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Marco Andretti to step back from full-time IndyCar racing, out of family’s shadow

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Marco Andretti will not run the full IndyCar program this time as the 3rd-generation driver reprioritizes his racing occupation.

Andretti will compete in the Indianapolis 500, the historic race his loved ones has notoriously won just after, and guide Andretti Autosport with preseason testing and enhancement. He will be in a auto upcoming week testing in Sebring, Florida.

Over and above that, his program is open up.

“Marco and I have discussed this at duration. I assist and regard his selection to acquire a emphasis on other spots of lifetime, and probably even other types of motorsport,” crew proprietor Michael Andretti said Friday of his son.

Andretti adopted his grandfather, father and cousins into IndyCar racing but has never uncovered the very same success as his famed loved ones. Mario Andretti, his grandfather, ranks second on IndyCar’s all-time win list with 52 victories which include the 1969 Indy 500. Michael Andretti won 42 races.

Marco Andretti has two occupation victories in fifteen seasons, his final in 2011. The 33-12 months-old won the pole in August for the Indianapolis 500 but he did not direct a lap and completed 13th.

He was 20th in the ultimate time standings, most affordable of all full-time IndyCar drivers.

“I believe for any multi-generational athlete, it can be truly demanding to find your have ground and make your have name on major of your family’s,” Michael Andretti said. “Marco has often experienced the bravery to chart his have path and I am proud of the occupation he’s designed for himself and the particular person he’s come to be. I know this selection wasn’t effortless.”

Both of those father and son pressured Andretti is not retiring.

Marco Andretti said he hoped to compete in sporting activities auto racing alongside his cousin, Jarett, and marquee situations such as the Rolex 24 at Daytona, twelve Hrs of Sebring and Le Mans.

“I definitely am heading to keep driving,” he said. “I still have a deep enthusiasm for it and have unfinished company to acquire care of and some boxes that I want to check out in advance of I think about retiring as a driver.

“I continue to be really hungry to win the Indy 500. It is our greatest stage and the position that I come to feel I carry the most to the table as a driver.”

Andretti as a rookie was passed while major on the ultimate straight by winner Sam Hornish Jr. in his 2006 Indy 500 debut. He completed second that 12 months, his best end in fifteen races. He was 3rd in 2010 and 2014.

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