Andretti, 35, is the grandson of motorsports icon Mario Andretti.
Andretti competed full-time as an IndyCar driver from 2006 to 2020, profitable twice. Since then, he has made one-off appearances within the Indianapolis 500, a race he has began 17 occasions.
Most lately, he earned the championship in Season 2 of Tony Stewart’s six-week Famous person Racing Expertise (SRX). He beat NASCAR veterans Ryan Newman and Bobby Labonte to take the title.
However now he’ll tackle NASCAR itself, making his debut within the Xfinity Collection later this 12 months throughout the playoffs. He’ll pilot the No. 48 Large Machine Racing Chevrolet Camaro on the Charlotte ROVAL.
The occasion takes place on eight October, and serves because the cutoff race to the Spherical of 12.
The organisation, which debuted in 2021, has used quite a lot of drivers all through the 2022 season. They embrace Jade Buford, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Tyler Reddick, Kaz Grala, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr..
Reddick earned the Scott Borchetta-owned crew their maiden victory at Texas Motor Speedway.
Marco would be the first member of the legendary Andretti household to start out a nationwide stage NASCAR race because the late John Andretti took half within the 2010 Daytona 500.
Gibbs holds off Justin Allgaier for Michigan Xfinity win
Gibbs, 19, dominated the ultimate stage of Saturday’s race at Michigan Worldwide Speedway which remained caution-free, however his No. 54 Toyota did decide up a sizeable piece of particles on his grille on Lap 88 of 125.
Gibbs pulled up behind the lapped automobile of Blaine Perkins and the air shortly dislodged the particles and returned his engine temperature to regular.
After efficiently navigating a spherical of green-flag pit stops, Gibbs was not critically threatened for the lead and gained by 1.160 seconds over Justin Allgaier.
The win is the fifth of the 12 months for Gibbs and ninth of his profession in simply 39 begins.
“We had a really quick automobile. It’s superior,” Gibbs stated. “This fashion of racing additionally exhibits the technique and pit stops as we obtained fairly unfold out. My guys did an incredible job. My pit works so exhausting – I work out with them throughout the week. I see how exhausting they work.
“I simply race week-in and week-out. Individuals can get all excited and assume they’re making an enormous assertion then they go to the playoffs and suck.”
Gibbs will make his third consecutive Cup Collection begin on Sunday filling in for Kurt Busch, who continues to get better from a concussion.