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Andretti named as new strategist for Danica.

Andretti Green Racing has announced that team co-owner Michael Andretti will switch roles in 2009, taking over as strategist for Danica Patrick on the team's #7 IndyCar Series entry.

Andretti, who co-owns Andretti Green with partners Kim Green and Kevin Savoree, previously called races for son Marco, but will swap seats with Kyle Moyer for 2009.

Andretti Sr won 42 times during his professional driving career and has helped guide Andretti Green to three IndyCar Series championships and two Indianapolis 500 wins in just six seasons.

"As a driver and as an owner, I've seen a million different scenarios unfold during a race and I'm sure I'll see a few more this year," he commented, "But, as a strategist, you just have to try to anticipate what is going to happen and be a little bit smarter than everybody you're racing against. This will be a new challenge for sure, but I'm looking forward to working more closely with Danica."

Moyer worked with Patrick in 2008, but will now return to calling races for Andretti Jr's #26 entry.

"I'm looking forward to having Michael call the shots for me this year," Danica admitted, "Michael has been a great resource for me since I came to Andretti Green and having him in my pit box is going to be good. He has been very hands-on with all four of our cars in the past and it will be great having him calling races for me."

AGR's two other entries will retain the same strategist/driver alignments as in 2008, with Kim Green returning to Hideki Mutoh's #27 entry and George Klotz rejoining Tony Kanaan on the #11 car.

The 2009 IndyCar Series season begins 5 April with the fifth running of the AGR-promoted Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg.


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