Marco Andretti has apparently toyed with the idea of running NASCAR. The two-time IndyCar Series winner has expressed interest in running NASCAR. Going as far to say this:
Have spoken to Dale and Kelley. Maybe
— Marco Andretti (@MarcoAndretti) October 26, 2017
Marco Andretti teaming up with the Earnhardt’s would certainly be a huge story. Like the Bush’s and Clinton’s teaming up. No one really asked for it but by god, we all want to see it happen. Why wouldn’t you? It won’t be spectacular in terms of results but it should be entertaining none the less.
Marco hasn’t been stellar in IndyCar over his decade-plus long career. Some good runs here and there but his practices results have always been better than his race results. If points and trophies were handed out for practice Marco Andretti would go down as one of the best.
How would he fare in NASCAR?
Hard to tell in all honesty. He raced V8 Supercars once but it wasn’t the best experience. Other than that the whole stock car thing is a bit of a foreign vessel for Andretti. The good thing is open wheel guys have had good success in NASCAR on road courses.
Alex Tagliani, Sam Hornish, AJ Allmendinger have all had success on road course in NASCAR. Just this year James Davison ran really well in the Joe Gibbs Racing #20 in the Xfinity series. To think Marco could be highly competitive isn’t a stretch.
Racing for JR Motorsports is an ideal situation too. They could provide a 5th car for the road course races for Andretti or anyone else from the open wheel ranks that wants to give it a go.
Could It Happen?
There’s a solid chance that it could happen. Andretti Autosport currently runs Honda-powered cars in IndyCar. JRM runs Chevrolet’s obviously. When Kurt Busch did the double in 2014 he raced Chevy’s in NASCAR and a Honda at Indy. It could be reverse for Andretti. It is 100% possible that it could happen.
The next issue is funding. Andretti is a name but they have had issues securing funding for their IndyCar program. NASCAR has a higher viewership and a better ROI than IndyCar so possibly they could find a sponosor. One thing about JRM is they won’t run a car without the funding.
Hopefully, we can see this happen. Sure he might have some offs in practice and then an electrical failure in the race or the throttle might stick but at least he tried. What if NASCAR has been Marco’s calling all along? We potentially have missed out on all of the good Marco NASCAR years.
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