Marco Andretti steps down from IndyCar
He plans to still run the Indy 500 and potentially other elite sports car races.
Marco Andretti has been keeping his family name alive in racing by racing professionally in the IndyCar series since 2006.
Andretti just announced that he will be stepping away from full-time racing in the 2021 IndyCar series.
"Upon careful thought over the past couple of months, I have made the decision to make some changes to my racing activities and focus for 2021,” says Andretti. “I recently shared this decision and the changes that I want to make with my Dad and have spoken at length with him about it. I appreciate his openness and for allowing me the flexibility to map out my own course going forward."
He will be racing in select IndyCar events for his fathers Andretti Autosport team particularly the Indy 500.
“First and foremost, I remain very hungry to win the Indy 500,” says Andretti. “It is our biggest stage and the place that I feel I bring the most to the table as a driver. I’ve come close there and am in the mix there it seems each year. Winning the pole there last year was awesome, but that isn’t enough - I know that a victory there is in my future, so we’ll try to get that done in the coming years."
Besides the Indy 500, Andretti has interest in taking on the Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans and racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with his cousin, Jarett Andretti.
“Marco and I have discussed this at length. I both support and respect his decision to take a focus on other areas of life, and maybe even other forms of motorsport. We were working on a full-season INDYCAR entry for him, but he decided he wanted to take a different direction, and I respect him for making that decision," said Andretti's father and Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti.