Rumor: Andretti Exit?

The cars were supposed to be the biggest change to the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Season, but for a second straight week, there's huge potential news on the driver front.

New rumors have surfaced on a much debated driver in the paddock, and that's Marco Andretti.

According to Tony Donohue, there are serious discussions taking place about the possibility of shifting Marco Andretti from the IndyCar program to the rumored Andretti Autosport program in IMSA. Marco would run in the endurance series full-time, and do the Month of May in IndyCar.

Marco was asked about the rumor by IndyCar Radio during the first practice session at Toronto, where he said, "Journalists (are) doing as bad a job as I'm doing this year."

Andretti, who made his debut for his father's team in 2006, has only raced for Andretti Autosport in his 12 year career. In those years, he's amassed just under 200 starts and only two wins. He's only cracked the top-five in the championship in one season, while in the same span his teammates have managed five top-five finishes in the championship, including two champions (Dario Franchitti 2007 and Ryan Hunter-Reay 2012).

Marco Andretti in St. Petersburg (Photo: IndyCar Media)

Speculation sprouted up years ago that Marco would stip in IndyCar to race for his dad's potential startup in NASCAR, though it never happened. Still, the third generation driver has just not lived up to his potential, and time may be running out for him.

My Opinion

While the Helio Castroneves story is highly believable, this one is less likely. I guess it's time to find out how reliable Tony Donohue is. He insists this isn't a bogus rumor, and has taken unkindly to people ripping his credibility on Twitter. Donohue seems more "in the know" than the guy on facebook yammering about how he knows Fernando Alonso will be in Sonoma for the IndyCar finale.

I like Marco as a person, but he's done nothing for me as a driver. He's impressed on the ovals, especially the high-speed ones, but he has never impressed me over a full season excluding 2013.

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-Matthew Hickey