Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti announced on Friday that he will step back from full-time NTT IndyCar Series competition in 2021 to focus on other races activities but says he will continue to compete in the Indianapolis 500 with the team. Marco is a part owner of his car with Bryan Herta and Michael Andretti so where does this leave the No.98 car?
As it stands, Andretti Autosport have three full-time drivers on their roster for this season with Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter Reay and Colton Herta. Marco Andretti will compete in a partial programme for the team this season and for the races he won’t do his car is available and team owner Michael Andretti has stated that he wants to bring James Hinchcliffe back into a full time drive in 2021.
Pre-season testing gets underway at Sebring International Raceway on Monday with no mention of James Hinchcliffe who tokk over the No.26 Gainbridge Honda following Zach Veach’s departure towards the end of last season. Although the Mayor of HinchTown is not mentioned as participating in the test that doesn’t mean he won’t/
Hinch has reportedly found the sponsorship necessary for a full-time return to IndyCar this season and Paddock Eye understands that if Hinch does indeed take over the 98 Honda for the races that Marco Andretti does compete in Hinch would revert back to running the No.29 Genesys Honda like for example in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Andretti Autosport will be action on Monday with Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter Reay, Colton Herta and Marco Andretti so it will be interesting to see if James Hinchcliffe will also be in action. Paddock Eye will have all of the reaction from the first day back on track on Monday evening as IndyCar makes its return.