Marco Andretti made a blast on the NTT IndyCar Series on Friday, in which he announced that he would be stepping down from his full-time role at the Andretti Autosport No. 98 Honda for 2021, and instead only planned to race in the Indianapolis 500 Confirmed.
“In due diligence over the past few months, I have decided to make some changes to my racing activities and focus on 2021,” Andretti said. “I have recently shared this decision and the changes I want to make with my dad (Michael) and have talked to him about it. I appreciate their openness and allow me the flexibility to pursue my own curriculum.
“I am fortunate to be in a position at Andretti Autosport to run the full IndyCar season if I want. But, instead, I’ve decided to change my direction somewhat – to reset, to do something different – look at everything afresh and see where it takes me. And, for me, now seems an appropriate time to do so.
“I am definitely going to keep driving. I still have a deep passion for it and have unfinished work to take care of some boxes that I want to check before I retire as a driver.
“First and foremost, I am very hungry to win the Indy 500. This is our biggest stage and I think I bring the most to the table as a driver. I have come closer there and every year it seems That’s in the mix. Winning the poll there last year was terrible, but it’s not enough – I know there’s a win in my future so we’ll try to do that in the years to come. Thus, this year I Andretti is committed to driving the Indy 500 with Autosport and is moving forward. “
Andretti said he is keeping the possibility of running an additional IndyCar race open, as well as some sports car outings with his cousin Jarrat, who recently planned to race at the IMSA LMP3 this season Confirmed.
He added, “In addition to being fully focused on the Indy 500, I can also look at putting some other races on the IndyCar schedule as the season progresses to stay ‘car fit’. I have en route. Has also offered to help the team with some testing and other activities, “said Marco.” And, I can see various opportunities in all motorsports. My participation in my Andretti Autosport entry will continue.
“I also want to do some sports car racing – maybe I get a chance to do an IMSA event with my cousin Zarat, which will be very fun for me. I would welcome other sports car opportunities and discussion in this regard in the coming months. Marquee events (Rolex 24) will be on that list to ensure 24 hours of Daytona, 12 hours of Sebring, and Le Mans.
“I’m excited about what the future holds for me and on track and again, thankful to Dad and Andretti Autosport for me, as I allow for the freedom to change things around me, as I wish And take it a little differently, the upcoming season. “
Marco’s father, team owner Michael Andretti, insisted that the final decision was his son’s.
“Marco and I have discussed it,” he said. “I support and respect my decision to focus on other walks of life and perhaps other forms of motorsport. We were working on a full-season IndyCar entry for him, but he decided that he wanted to take a different direction and I respect him for making that decision.
“I think it can be really challenging for any multi-generation athlete to find their own ground and make their name at the top of their family. Marco is always daring to walk his way and me Proud of the career he built for himself and the person he has become. I know this decision was not an easy one.
“But, as he has said, this is not retirement. He has some great achievements behind him and I think he is still far ahead of him. He has offered to help us with some tests, I will give him 500 for Looking forward to coming back with us, and hopefully maybe a few more races through the season. “
Marco Andretti recorded two career IndyCar wins in 226 races over the last 15 years, which came in 2011 in Iowa. He claimed pole for last year’s Indy 500, his sixth career poll, although he finished a disappointing 13th in the race.