Marco Michael Andretti is an auto racing driver from Nazareth, Pennsylvania. He drives the No.98 car and races with the Andretti Herta Autosport in the IndyCar series part-time. He is also a third-generation race car driver from the Andretti family that includes Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, John Andretti, Aldo Andretti, Adam Andretti, and Jeff Andretti.

Early Career

Born 13 Mar 1987
Nationality United States United States

Marco is the son of Sandra Andretti and the IndyCar champion Michael Andretti. His grandfather is also a highly successful race car driver who has raced for a total of four decades with successes not only in the United States but throughout the globe.

In 2003, Marco won a whopping eight races in the Barber Formula Dodge Eastern Series Championship. He was also the named champion in the 2004 Barber National and Southern. He was still barely out of high school when he raced in the Star Mazda series in the year 2005. He racked a total of 3 wins and finished 10th overall.

Through the suggestion of Gordon Kirby, a motorsports journalist, Marco was confirmed to race in the Indy Racing League full-time. He was the youngest driver in the series’ history to race full-time.

IndyCar Career

For 16 years, Marco Andretti has participated in a total of 249 races. His rookie start was in 2006 when he raced at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. He was eliminated after a half shaft broke in his first pit stop. It was not a great start, but Marco would later on become a Rookie of the Year for his performance in the Indianapolis 500. This made him the third Andretti in the family to finish in the top five in the Indianapolis 500. His father and grandfather finished fifth and third respectively, while Marco finished second. In August 2006, Marco became the youngest winner of a major open-wheel racing event. He was able to hold this record until April 2008. It was this win that made him the 2006 Bombardier Rookie of the Year award.

2007-2009 was not memorable for Marco as he was not able to place in the top 10. However, in 2011, Marco was able to place 9th at Indianapolis. He also experienced his second IndyCar series win at the Iowa Speedway. The start of 2012 was also a struggle for Marco, but he managed to achieve his second pole position at Fontana, second for his career.

2013 started to look up for Marco as he finished third at St. Petersburg and followed by 2 seventh-place finishes. Overall, he finished the season 5th.

From 2014-2017 Marco raced in the Buenos Aires ePrix for the Andretti Autosport team, finishing 12th. 2018-2019 was disappointing for Marco. He finished 10th in the 2020 season. In January 2021, Marco announced that will pause from full-time racing in the IndyCar series but will continue his work in development with the Andretti Autosport team.

Player Statistics

IndyCar SeriesWins: 2Podiums: 20Poles: 6

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