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All-American F1 Blockbuster: Michael Andretti, General Motors Plan to Enter F1 with Cadillac

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Andretti Joins Forces with GM for Formula 1 EffortRachel Murray - Getty Images
  • Andretti of Andretti Global and General Motors President Mark Reuss announced on Thursday that the two will be partnering for an F1 effort.

  • Plans call for the all-American team to include an American driver, American manufacturer and an American headquarters.

  • Andretti feels this new partnership, which has been in the works for the last 4-5 months, and the support of the FIA head will put the effort over the top.


Michael Andretti's Formula 1 effort has taken a major leap forward with a surprising partner.

Andretti of Andretti Global and General Motors President Mark Reuss announced that the two will be partnering for an F1 effort with Cadillac.

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"Andretti Global has partnered with General Motors to pursue an Expression of Interest to join Formula 1," Andretti said in a video press conference on Thursday. "I'm really proud to be able to be a part of this fellow American company in this pursuit of the opportunity to join Formula 1. GM and Andretti both have a strong history in racing, and I believe that together we have a lot to offer."

Plans call for the all-American team will include a American driver, American manufacturer and an American headquarters.

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The team would be based in the United States, ostensibly at Andretti’s expanding campus at Fishers, Indiana, but will have a support facility in the United Kingdom.

“We are continuing to grow Andretti Global and its family of racing teams and always have our eyes on what’s next,” said Andretti. “I feel that we are well suited to be a new team for Formula 1 and can bring value to the series and our partners, and excitement for the fans. I’m proud to have GM and Cadillac alongside us as we pursue this goal. GM and Andretti share a legacy born out of the love of racing. We now have the opportunity to combine our motorsport passions and dedication to innovation to build a true American F1 bid.

“Together, we will continue to follow procedures and steps put forth by the FIA during the evaluation process. In the meantime, we continue to optimistically prepare should we be fortunate enough to have Andretti Cadillac formally approved as a Formula 1 contender.”

Reuss added that General Motors is “honored to team with Andretti Global on this historic moment in racing.

“Cadillac and F1 both have growing global appeal," Reuss said. "Our brand has a motorsports pedigree that’s more than a century in the making, and we would be proud to have the opportunity to bring our distinct American innovation and design to F1.”

Andretti, who raced for McLaren in 1993, has been exploring avenues to enter Formula 1 in recent years.