Marco Andretti: I may retire if I win Indy 500

Andretti is already exploring other race disciplines.

Marco Andretti could retire from IndyCar in the event that he wins the Indy 500 on Sunday.

Andretti no longer races full time in the IndyCar series after deciding to also compete in the SRX series, and was asked if he might give up the competition entirely should he win the Indianapolis 500.

Andretti said: “I’ve thought about that. I think when you’re able to do that, there’s a lot of opportunities that might arise and I would have to just game plan it at that point.

“If a unique one comes with a great offer that’s hard to turn down, you take it. That’s why I can’t give you a definitive answer. I don’t know. We’ll see.

“That would be a good problem to have, good decision to make.”

Andretti has never won the Indy 500, though last year he managed to claim pole position only to end up in 13th.

“We’re lucky we made the race,” he explained. 

“We found an issue after qualifying. We changed everything mechanically in the car, and the whole week I was saying ‘There’s something aero that’s dominating the car,’ and it doesn’t matter what we change, it’s the same characteristics, the same speed and we’re just slow.

“Then we found it was the floor. We changed the floor and picked up downforce and lost drag, and we were right back in the game. So I was bummed we qualified where we did but I’m super confident after Sunday with the race car. I feel way better about the race this year than when I was on pole last year. So if I had to pick, I’d rather be in this scenario.

“So I’m bummed that we don’t have track position but happy we made the race and we can play, and now we can really play.”

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