- Construction set to begin this autumn
- Facility due to be operational by 2025
- Expected to add 500 jobs to local community by early 2026
Andretti Global, the parent company of US racing outfit Andretti Autosport, has announced plans to construct a US$200 million facility in Fishers, Indiana.
The new 575,000 square-foot build will serve as the headquarters of Andretti’s global commercial functions, as well as the base of operations for its IndyCar, Indy Lights and IMSA programmes, plus other future racing initiatives.
The new campus will also house attractions for fans, including the Fishers Parks Nature First programme, an indoor ampitheatre, and a museum and innovation centre showcasing Andretti’s racing legacy.
Construction is expected to begin this autumn, with the facility due to be operational by 2025. Andretti claims the new facility will add up to 500 jobs to the local community by early 2026.
“Indiana holds an important place in the history of racing, and in my career as a driver and an owner; I’m happy to confirm that the racing capital of the world will continue to be the home of our global racing efforts for a long time to come,” said Michael Andretti, global chairman and chief executive of Andretti.
“We’re excited about our plans for the new campus and looking forward to becoming a part of the Fishers community.
“Over the past 20 years, I’ve worked to expand our operations and I’m proud of our steps to create a diverse racing portfolio. Our current facility has served us well.
“Our team has expanded in both competition and commercial areas and our people deserve the best environment and resources available. I’m excited to have so many of our teams under one roof as we continue to build and grow.
“For us, it’s about more than just having somewhere to work on the cars; it’s about having a global motorsport home and sharing that with our people, our fans and our sponsors to advance the sport and leave a lasting legacy.”
With IndyCar, Indy Lights and IMSA all based in the US, a new ‘global’ headquarters would suggest Andretti Autosport is looking further afield when it comes to its next project.
The desire to enter Formula One is well known and this is the biggest statement yet of the team’s intentions to put the suitable infrastructure in place.
The mention of ‘future racing initiatives’ is of most interest, especially after the team’s push at this season’s Miami Grand Prix to drive support for a future Formula One entry. Despite the US$200 million outlay for the new facility, Michael Andretti still has a long way to go to convince the series’ team principals that his racing outfit is worth diluting the prize money for, with only Alpine’s Laurent Rossi and McLaren’s Zak Brown said to be interested so far.
Mario Andretti, father of Michael, went as far as to call out Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on Twitter for being too powerful within the global motorsport series. It appears the US team still has some way to go before achieving its Formula One dream.