Andretti Global announced Jan. 16 that Salvador de Alba will drive the No. 2 Andretti Cape INDY NXT Dallara for the newly formed Andretti Cape INDY NXT team in the 2024 INDY NXT by Firestone season.
De Alba, 24, from Mexico, enters the official INDYCAR development series through a two-year agreement, making his 2024 series debut with Andretti Cape and then transitioning to Andretti INDY NXT for the 2025 season.
“Joining Andretti Cape is the biggest step in my career so far, and I’m excited to be part of this team,” de Alba said. “Last year was great for me across NASCAR, Super Copa and USF Pro 2000, so I’m eager to start competing in INDY NXT for the first time. With the help of my sponsors, Michel Jourdain and the Andretti Cape team, we're pleased to make the jump to INDY NXT, and I plan to work hard to make the most out of this season.”
De Alba began his professional racing career in 2016 in the Super Copa Telcel series, where he earned Rookie of the Year honors that season. In 2017, De Alba began racing in the Tractocamiones Freightliner and NASCAR Peak Mexico Series.
He has continued his success across multiple series, with driver’s championship titles in the NASCAR Peak Mexico Series (2021, 2023), SC Super Copa (2019) and Super Copa GTM (2021, 2023). He debuted in USF Pro 2000 in 2022 and placed third in the 2023 USF Pro 2000 driver championship.
“Bringing Salvador onto the Andretti Cape INDY NXT roster this year is an excellent move for us,” Andretti Global President J-F Thormann said. “He has a strong resume in a variety of series and recently walked out of 2023 with two driver’s championships, which is an impressive feat that hasn’t gone unnoticed. We think that Salvador’s experience and eagerness will make him a great asset to the Andretti Cape INDY NXT team, and we’re looking forward to helping to develop his career and watching him grow through 2025.”
De Alba will make his INDY NXT debut with Andretti Cape on March 8-10 on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.