Marco Andretti to make IMSA debut with family team

Marco Andretti will make his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut later this month as he teams up with cousin Jarett for the Sahlen's Six Hours of Watkins Glen.

Marco Andretti to make IMSA debut with family team

The duo will compete in the LMP3 class, sharing a Ligier JS P320 run by family team Andretti Autosport with Oliver Askew for the third leg of the Michelin Endurance Cup on June 27.

It follows Andretti's exit from full-time IndyCar competition at the end of last year, and his appearance in last month's Indianapolis 500, his only planned outing of 2021 in the series in which he has spent most of his career.

In March, the 34-year-old third-generation racer tested out the Ligier LMP3 car at Sebring, and said he was open to the idea of sharing a cockpit with Jarett if the chance arose.

Read Also:

“I’m so proud to see Jarett and Marco coming together to co-drive at Watkins Glen," said Marco's father Michael, team boss of Andretti Autosport. 

"Racing has always been a family affair for us, but it was especially important to John [Jarett's late father and Michael's cousin], and it’s been a goal of ours to get them in a car together.

"I’m just glad that this opportunity worked out for Marco to come onboard for the first endurance race of the season.”

Marco himself commented: “I’m looking forward to getting back to Watkins Glen and sports cars. I know John really loved driving with family, so I am happy Jarett and I can continue that part for him.”

While the race will mark Marco's IMSA debut, it won't be his first race outing in a prototype - he made three outings in the American Le Mans Series in 2008 at the wheel of an Andretti Green-run Acura LMP2, and also competed in the LMP1 class of the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2010 in a Rebellion Racing-run Lola.

His most recent prototype outing came in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2012, when he raced a Starworks Motorsport Riley-Ford DP.

The Andretti team made its first outing of the IMSA season last month at Mid-Ohio, the second of six points-paying LMP3 races, with Jarett and Askew sharing driving duties. The pair finished sixth in class. 

 

shares
comments

Related video

IndyCar and IMSA Chevrolet Detroit GP – weekend schedule

Previous article

IndyCar and IMSA Chevrolet Detroit GP – weekend schedule

Next article

Racing Team Nederland: "No decision on IMSA future"

Racing Team Nederland: "No decision on IMSA future"
Load comments
The significance of the next step in WEC/IMSA convergence Prime

The significance of the next step in WEC/IMSA convergence

Following the latest convergence connection permitting Le Mans Hypercars from the FIA World Endurance Championship to compete against LMDh entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023, it could open up enticing options not only to manufacturers but also for the calendar and race formats

WEC
Jul 13, 2021
Why a Mazda IMSA Prototype title would bring bitter joy Prime

Why a Mazda IMSA Prototype title would bring bitter joy

Can Mazda win this year’s IMSA Prototype championship? Undoubtedly. But it will be the culmination of an achingly hard struggle, after which the brand has decided to quit. David Malsher-Lopez tells the story of a bizarre blend of heartache and positivity.

IMSA
Apr 6, 2021
The GTE dilemma that IMSA has created for the WEC Prime

The GTE dilemma that IMSA has created for the WEC

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s decision to scrap its GT Le Mans class for 2022 raises the question of whether the FIA World Endurance Championship should phase out GTE cars. But it's a much harder decision than it appears on the surface.

WEC
Feb 3, 2021
Nine things to watch at the 2021 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona Prime

Nine things to watch at the 2021 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona

After a 100-minute sprint race to whet the appetite, the 2021 IMSA SportsCar Championship gets underway properly this weekend. With plenty of significant changes during the winter, here are the key points you need to keep an eye on

IMSA
Jan 29, 2021
Why Magnussen is relishing a fresh start in sportscars Prime

Why Magnussen is relishing a fresh start in sportscars

Having gone over seven years without a race win through spells with McLaren, Renault and Haas, Kevin Magnussen's departure from Formula 1 for IMSA with big-hitters Chip Ganassi Racing could give him what he craves most - a chance of success

IMSA
Jan 29, 2021
Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights Prime

Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights

Oliver Gavin has stepped down from the full-time Corvette Racing line-up after a stellar career with the team spanning nearly 20 years. He looks back on a stint that encompassed, among other successes, five Le Mans 24 Hours victories.

Le Mans
Jan 28, 2021
How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends Prime

How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends

Victory at last year's Spa 24 Hours meant Nick Tandy had completed the unofficial sextuple crown of the world's six biggest endurance races, becoming the first Briton to do so. Ahead of his fresh start with Corvette Racing, he explains how he did it…

Le Mans
Jan 24, 2021
The 12 greatest Sebring 12 Hours ranked Prime

The 12 greatest Sebring 12 Hours ranked

The 2020 edition of the Florida sportscar classic is finally taking place this weekend, eight months after its traditional date in March. That meant there was plenty of time for Motorsport.com to pour over its previous 67 races and select the best.

IMSA
Nov 11, 2020