Marco Andretti has revealed a desire to return to IMSA competition, potentially driving alongside his cousin Jarett in the future, amid his decision to undertake a reduced NTT IndyCar Series program in 2021.
The third-generation driver announced on Friday that he will not contest a full season of IndyCar competition this year, with only the Indianapolis 500 currently confirmed on his schedule.
However, in a statement provided by Andretti Autosport, the 33-year-old has revealed ambitions of making a return to sports car racing.
Andretti has taken part in a handful of sports car races in his career, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010 with Rebellion Racing and the Rolex 24 at Daytona two years later in a Starworks Motorsport Riley-BMW DP.
Prior to that, he made three starts for his family’s Andretti-Green Acura LMP2 effort in the American Le Mans Series in 2008.
The development comes as Jarett steps into the LMP3 ranks this year in IMSA Prototype Challenge, with Andretti Autosport fielding a Ligier JSP320 Nissan in the six-round championship.
No WeatherTech Championship plans have been announced for the entry, which is eligible for the series’ new-for-2021 LMP3 class.
“I also want to do some sports car racing – maybe even get the chance to do IMSA events with my cousin Jarett, which would be a lot of fun for me,” said Marco.
“I’ll be looking into other sports car opportunities as well in the coming months and welcome discussions in that regard.
“Marquee events like the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and Le Mans would be on that list for sure.
“I am excited for what the future holds for me both on and off the track and, again, am grateful to Dad and Andretti Autosport for allowing me the freedom to change things around as I’d like and to proceed forward a little differently this upcoming season.”