Andretti branches out with SRX Championship, NASCAR debut

Andretti Autosport Driver Marco Andretti looks off camera at the Indianapolis Open Test in April 2022
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It has been two years since Marco Andretti has run a full season in IndyCar. Now that his full-time open-wheel career seems to be done, he is beginning to branch out to other forms of motorsport.

Despite breaking his wrist midway through the SRX finale at Sharon Speedway on July 23rd, Marco Andretti still fought his way back to claim the championship in the exhibition series.

A few days later, Andretti posted a set of pictures to Twitter that included an X-ray of his wrist, complete with a plate and a set of screws placed into the broken bone.

Marco’s caption was simple. “Wild weekend.”, said the 35-year-old, followed by “Worth it.”, showing his appreciation for his newfound stock car success.

After the conclusion of the 2020 IndyCar Series season and his subsequent retirement from full-time IndyCar competition, it seems that Marco Andretti has quickly become more and more comfortable with moving on from his open-wheel roots.

A New Venture

This fall, Andretti is looking to go further into the stock car world than just SRX, because last week, it was announced that Andretti would drive the Big Machine Racing No.48 car in the October 8th Xfinity Series race at the Charlotte Roval. The 35-year-old actually hinted at this announcement during the SRX season, telling Frontstretch.com “If I can hang with these guys, maybe I can hang in Xfinity.”

This latest announcement only extends the Andretti family legacy, which includes a Formula 1 championship, multiple IndyCar championships, NASCAR Cup Series wins, and countless wins as team owners. To say the Andretti family’s impact on global motorsport is significant would be quite an understatement.

Now, Marco has a chance to begin a new chapter of his and his family’s racing life. While right now, it may just be one Xfinity race, Andretti is only 35 years old, giving him plenty of time to figure out if he wants to venture into the stock car world full-time.

You can catch the Drive for the Cure 250 at the Charlotte Roval on Saturday, October 8th at 3:00 Eastern on NBC.

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