By: Tanner Watkins
November 1, 2018 | 11:22 AM
Following in the footsteps of his father, Marco Andretti is exposing his entrepreneurial colors by becoming a partner on the No. 98 U.S. Concrete Honda that he drives. The news was released this morning by Andretti Autosport.
“I’m happy and proud to invest back into the team that I have been with for 13 seasons and counting,” said Andretti, who turns 32 in March. “I truly believe this is the best team out there and I’m looking forward to a fun, competitive future with the U.S. Concrete No. 98 family.”
The move positions the third-generation driver for a future in car ownership, should he decide to pursue the venture any further. For the 2019 season the No. 98 car will be titled “Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco Andretti and Curb-Agajanian.
Overseeing the overall operation will still be Marco’s father, Michael, who ventured into team ownership in 2003 when he bought into Team Green’s ownership group as a 41-year-old.
Michael clearly sees the benefit of working his son into the ownership rotation, potentially to carry Andretti Autosport through a generational change in due time.
“I’m proud to see Marco looking beyond the racing seat and taking a vested interest in not just his car entry, but the future of motorsport that can one day take him beyond his driving career,” said Michael, the chief executive officer of Andretti Autosport.
“Marco has many driving years ahead of him and many victories yet to come but is continuing to see the big picture of racing and that will in turn make him a stronger competitor all around.”
In his 13th year as an IndyCar Series competitor, Marco picked up his first pole since 2013 and his best average finish since 2015. The No. 98 entry will run in unison with teammates Zach Veach (No. 26), Alexander Rossi (No. 27), and Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28).
Header image courtesy of Chris Owens/INDYCAR.