UFD fills sponsorship vacancy left by bankrupt hhgregg for Marco Andretti

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Marco Andretti’s No. 27 Honda will see the return of a familiar livery in next week’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as United Fiber & Data replaces the struggling hhgregg.

UFD will serve as Andretti’s primary sponsor in Long Beach and other “select IndyCar races” as original sponsor hhgregg struggles to find a purchaser after filing bankruptcy earlier this month.

“We’d like to wish Bob (Riesbeck) and the entire hhgregg family luck as they work through the current situation,” Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti said in a release. “We are blessed to have such loyal and dedicated partners; and while this is an unfortunate situation for hhgregg, we are pleased to have such a strong relationship remaining with United Fiber & Data.”

UFD’s addition continues a five-year relationship between the company and Andretti that’s seen them serve as both an associate (2013-14) and primary (2014) sponsor of Andretti’s No. 27 machine.

Last season UFD served as an associate of the organization, while also handling co-primary sponsorship duties for both Andretti and Carlos Munoz, who has since gone on to A.J. Foyt Racing.

“We are proud of our longstanding partnership with Andretti Autosport, and we are equally pleased to continue this partnership by serving as a primary sponsor for select IndyCar races this season,” UFD founder & CEO Bill Hynes said in a release. “We look forward to once again bringing the signature colors of the UFD livery to IndyCar tracks across the country.”

The Verizon IndyCar Series will return for their second race of the year at Long Beach, California on April 9.

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