INDIANAPOLIS — The No. 29 Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport machine piloted by Devlin DeFrancesco this year in the NTT INDYCAR Series will be backed by hydrogen production and dispensing fueling infrastructure innovators, PowerTap Hydrogren – supporters of DeFrancesco and Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport over the past years on the “Road to Indy” ladder. The livery was revealed Thursday.
Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport partner Capstone Green Energy – a leading provider of customized microgrid solutions and on-site energy technology systems – returns for its fourth season of INDYCAR competition. DeFrancesco will contest a selection of races with Capstone as the primary sponsor.
Clean technology company Atmofizer Technologies will use its involvement in INDYCAR for the first time in 2022 to showcase its mission to make air and water safer for people and the environment.
Italian-Canadian racer DeFrancesco will make his INDYCAR debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Feb. 25-27.
The Miami-based racer was born 15-weeks premature nearly 22 years ago and at one stage was not expected to survive. Despite the early life setback, he went on to enjoy a successful karting career in Europe before climbing the European open-wheel ladder.
He returned to North America in 2020 and scored the Rookie of the Year award on his way to second place in the Indy Pro 2000 championship for Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport. He graduates to INDYCAR this year from Indy Lights as another success story from the “Road to Indy” program.
“To see the car for real and have my name on it is a fantastic feeling,” said DeFrancesco. “I’m incredibly grateful for the continued support of PowerTap Hydrogen, who has been with me on the Road to Indy, and to Capstone, who has also shown faith in me to continue on the No. 29 car this year.
“Now, with Atmofizer joining us as well, we have three great primary partners who are leaders in the environmental technology space.”
Major retail brands will also be showcased on the DeFrancesco entry, including Kimoa – the fashion, clothing, and accessories brand founded by Fernando Alonso; Apple’s largest premium retail partner, Simply Mac; Seattle, Wash.-based Jones Soda Co. and returning Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport partner – small-batch and Austrian-distilled ultra-premium brand, NEFT Vodka.