Marco Andretti won’t race in the Chili Bowl any time soon, if ever, but he entertains the thought now. That wasn’t always the case.
Thirteen years into his career at North American open wheel’s highest level, the two-time IndyCar series race-winner now believes that variety can make him a better competitor. So he dabbled heavily this offseason.
“I tested a three-quarter midget, did a bunch of go kart races, some endurance go-kart races,” Andretti, 30, said on Wednesday during preseason testing at Sebring International Raceway. “It was awesome.
“In the past, I was always super-focused on IndyCar. I’m like ‘nah.’ But now, talking to, like, Tony Stewart and my grandfather [Mario Andretti], especially, [they] just drive anything. I even went out and did a sports car race, GRS, in Sonoma. We ended up winning. So I’m just trying to drive everything because I believe it helps me adapt when the things not right.”
Andretti tested the three-quarter midget during an Indoor Auto Racing Series event in Pennsylvania earlier this year. The series races on concrete floors. That leaves him miles from the dirt of the Chili Bowl, but intrigued.
“I mean, the dirt is a different beast and I would need a lot of testing but yeah, I mean, it would be something, yeah, maybe for the future,” he said. “I don’t know about 120 races like those guys do, but yeah, I think there is value in just learning to adapt, for sure.”
Andretti won in IndyCar as a rookie at Sonoma Raceway in 2006 and Iowa in 2011.