Copeland Motorsports & David Tilton Racing announced that Jarett Andretti joined the team as their premier driver. Andretti will compete in s Pirelli World Challenge TCR Races starting at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas on March 23rd. Andretti will be driving car no. 8.
Andretti, a native to Indiana, Indianapolis, and a graduate of North Carolina State University is already a rising star in the motorsports industry with an incredible record of success behind the wheel. Carrying on the family tradition, Jarett is the son of John Andretti, cousin of Marco Andretti, nephew of Michael Andretti, grandson on Aldo Andretti and great nephew of Mario Andretti.
He has competed full-time in the USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown Car Series, earning Rookie of the Year honors in the Sprint Car category at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway (in the shadow of the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway) once at the USAC National Sprint Car and again at Oswego Supermodified. He’s steadily progressed in several series, including winning championships in go-karts, USAC Midget Eastern Ignite Pavement Series, Lawrenceburg Speedway Sprint Car and Indiana Sprint Car Series.
“I want to thank Copeland Motorsports & David Tilton Racing for this opportunity”, said Andretti. “I am excited and look forward to this new challenge. David and everyone at Copeland Motorsports put a lot into their program and I am eager to become a part of it.”
“We look at this as an opportunity to go to the next level”, said David Tilton, founder of David Tilton Racing, a retired U.S. Navy Veteran and Andretti Autosport chassis owner. “I am humbled that Andretti has chosen us. We have hired a lot of different drivers in the past, but Andretti brings a lot of youth and talent to our team, explained Tilton. He’s proven at a young age to be able to be consistent, giving feedback to his team to improve the car and race hard to get the best possible finish. He knows how to win, too. He’s really eager to show what he can do and that he belongs in the Pirelli World Challenge TCR Racing Series.”
“We are very exited to be working with David Tilton Racing and bring the new Volkswagen TCR car to our program,” stated Kevin Copeland, President of Copeland Motorsports. “They have brought a lot of support and we feel that the VW is the manufacture to be in as we go into the new TCR series! We have had many successful wins including the TCA class in our Mazda MX5 at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. For 2018, we are looking forward to having Andretti as part of our team. Andretti showed he has the talent and speed in our preseason testing. We feel that with our program and Andretti’s talent, we are a strong contender for the championship.”