Now in its third year, the Walkinshaw Andretti United (WAU) joint venture brings together two of the world’s most renowned and revered names in motorsport. The name Walkinshaw has been a dominant force in Australian touring car racing, since exploding on the scene in 1988 – as well as enjoying a 25-plus year partnership with Mobil 1™. While the Michael Andretti-owned and run, Andretti Autosport (incorporating UK entity United Autosport) is a multi-championship winning team currently competing in; IndyCar Series, Indy Lights, GT4 Americas, FIA Formula E and Americas Rallycross. Championship victories include; IndyCar Series, Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000, USF2000, along with five Indianapolis 500 wins.
The newly minted WAU alliance is looking to build on last year’s strong showing, to move forward in 2020 – and start mixing it up at the pointy end of the field. Especially with a stellar new driver line-up of star recruit, Chaz Mostert alongside the talented Bryce Fullwood – winner of the 2019 Dunlop Super2 Series. The 2020 season will be a fitting anniversary celebration of Mobil 1’s 25-year partnership with one of the most successful teams in the history of Australian touring car racing.
Walkinshaw – Legacy
Australian racing fans were first introduced to the Walkinshaw name in 1985, when one of Tom Walkinshaw’s Group A, XJ-S Jaguars (#10) took victory in that year’s Bathurst 1000 (Tom drove the #8 XJ-S, which came home third). The Walkinshaw name has tasted success in many forms of motorsport – including F1, BTCC and outright victory at LeMans a number of times. In Australia, the Walkinshaw name is best known through its dominance of the V8 Supercar category. Through a succession of partnerships, the Walkinshaw name has been associated with no less than eight drivers’ championships and six Bathurst victories. That is an incredible success rate. Such was Tom Walkinshaw’s personal contribution to Australian Touring Car Racing, Supercars Australia inducted the Scotsman into the Hall of Fame in 2018. After Tom Walkinshaw succumbed to cancer in 2010, his widow, Martine and son, Ryan took over the running of the Walkinshaw Racing’s Supercars operation.
Andretti – Legacy
Through Mario Andretti and later his son, Michael’s racing exploits, the Andretti name is one of the most successful and most recognised names in world motorsport. To date, Mario is the only driver to win the F1 World Driver’s Championship, USAC Championship (IndyCar), plus the Indianapolis 500 (1969) and Daytona 500 (1967). Mario’s son Michael continued the family tradition, winning the 1991 CART PPG Indy Car World Series, as well as scoring a total of 42 race victories. After retiring from active competition in 2003, Michael has directed his energies into running Andretti Autosport. The teams’ efforts have been rewarded with over 200 race wins, including four IndyCar Series championships, three Indy Lights titles, one Indy Pro 2000 and one USF2000 championship. They’ve also captured victory five times at the famed Indianapolis 500. Marco Andretti (Michael’s son) currently competes in the IndyCar Series – making him a third-generation Andretti racer.