Marco Andretti will attempt to make his 18th career Indianapolis 500 start in the No. 98 KULR Technologies/Curb Honda fielded by Andretti Autosport and sponsored by KULR Technology Group, team officials announced Oct. 17.
The 107th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is scheduled for Sunday, May 28, 2023, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“It’s great to see a sponsor like KULR continue as a primary sponsor with our INDYCAR program for the second year,” said Andretti Autosport Chairman and CEO Michael Andretti. “The development potential of KULR’s technology is exciting, and we’re proud of their commitment to improving performance. We look forward to this special event in May and are happy to have them back with Marco.”
Andretti, 35, has eight top-10 finishes – including four top-three results – in 17 previous starts in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” all with various iterations of his family team. His best finish of second came as a rookie in 2006 in one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the world’s greatest auto race. He also won the pole in 2020.
KULR has long been a leading developer of next-generation lithium-ion battery safety and thermal management products and services, playing a part in countless customer successes, including the 2020 Mars Rover mission. The company served as Andretti’s primary sponsor for the 2022 Indy 500, which was Andretti’s 250th career INDYCAR start.
"We are thrilled to welcome back Marco Andretti as a KULR Ambassador as we return to Andretti Autosport for the 2023 Indy 500," KULR Technology Group President and COO Keith Cochran said. “Marco authentically embodies the spirit of our brand. His dedication to his craft and the motorsport industry are just some of the reasons we believe he is the perfect person to represent KULR Technology as we continue to expand our energy management platform."