TZ (middle) brings a wealth of experience to Munoz's team. (LAT photo)
Andretti Autosport has added veteran IndyCar tactician John "TZ" Tzouanakis to its team for the upcoming Indianapolis 500. Tzouanakis will serve as the pit strategist for Andretti Autosport's fifth Indy 500 entry, the No. 26 Unistraw Chevrolet to be driven by Indy Lights front-runner and IndyCar rookie Carlos Munoz.
"After spending my career working my way up the ranks with Newman/Haas, I'm looking forward to again working with Michael (Andretti) and taking my career to new levels," said Tzouanakis. "The Mazda Road to Indy program features drivers with great potential, and the opportunity to work with one of those drivers for his first Indy 500 will be a great new chapter to my career."
During his 30-year tenure with Newman/Haas Racing, Tzouanakis has worked alongside drivers that include Mario and Michael Andretti, Sebastian Bourdais, Nigel Mansell and Cristiano da Matta. With eight open-wheel championships under his belt with Newman/Haas, and as a well-known figure in the racing community, the racing veteran offers a wealth of experience and competitive attitude that cemented his name at the top of the board for potential candidates. Prior to his Newman/Haas reign, Tzouanakis worked with Jim Hall's Chaparral team during its 1980 Indy 500 and championship-winning run of Johnny Rutherford.
"TZ is a great addition to our team," said team owner Michael Andretti. "I had the opportunity to work with him in the past, and I think he brings a great deal of racing experience to the table. We look forward to having him on board to help Carlos through his first Indy 500."