Marco Andretti will not operate the entire IndyCar timetable this year as the third-technology driver reprioritizes his racing job.
Andretti will contend in the Indianapolis 500, the historic race his household has notoriously gained just at the time, and aid Andretti Autosport with preseason screening and improvement. He will be in a car or truck up coming week screening in Sebring, Florida.
Over and above that, his timetable is open.
“Marco and I have talked over this at duration. I support and regard his conclusion to get a emphasis on other parts of daily life, and possibly even other sorts of motorsport,” staff operator Michael Andretti reported Friday of his son.
Andretti adopted his grandfather, father and cousins into IndyCar racing but has never discovered the identical good results as his famed household. Mario Andretti, his grandfather, ranks next on IndyCar’s all-time acquire checklist with fifty two victories like the 1969 Indy 500. Michael Andretti gained 42 races.
Marco Andretti has two job victories in 15 seasons, his very last in 2011. The 33-12 months-previous gained the pole in August for the Indianapolis 500 but he failed to guide a lap and completed thirteenth.
He was twentieth in the last year standings, cheapest of all entire-time IndyCar drivers.
“I consider for any multi-generational athlete, it can be actually challenging to locate your possess ground and make your possess title on major of your family’s,” Michael Andretti reported. “Marco has usually experienced the courage to chart his possess route and I am proud of the job he is developed for himself and the man or woman he is grow to be. I know this conclusion wasn’t easy.”
Both of those father and son stressed Andretti is not retiring.
Marco Andretti reported he hoped to contend in sports activities car or truck racing together with his cousin, Jarett, and marquee functions this kind of as the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hrs of Sebring and Le Mans.
“I definitely am heading to maintain driving,” he reported. “I nonetheless have a deep enthusiasm for it and have unfinished enterprise to get treatment of and some bins that I want to look at just before I take into account retiring as a driver.
“I stay really hungry to acquire the Indy 500. It is our greatest phase and the position that I sense I convey the most to the table as a driver.”
Andretti as a rookie was handed while foremost on the last straight by winner Sam Hornish Jr. in his 2006 Indy 500 debut. He completed next that 12 months, his finest finish in 15 races. He was third in 2010 and 2014.