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Marco Andretti to run a number of NASCAR Truck and ARCA races in 2024

Cook Racing Technologies (CRT) announced on Thursday it had signed the 36-year-old grandson of racing legend Mario Andretti to compete in multiple ARCA Menards and NASCAR Truck series races throughout the 2024 season. Andretti will compete in 13 ARCA races in CRT’s No. 17 Chevrolet, beginning with the Feb. 17 season opener at Daytona International

Marco Andretti to run a number of NASCAR Truck and ARCA races in 2024

Prepare dinner Racing Applied sciences (CRT) introduced on Thursday it had signed the 36-year-old grandson of racing legend Mario Andretti to compete in a number of ARCA Menards and NASCAR Truck collection races all through the 2024 season.

Andretti will compete in 13 ARCA races in CRT’s No. 17 Chevrolet, starting with the Feb. 17 season opener at Daytona Worldwide Speedway. Andretti participated in final weekend’s preseason take a look at on the monitor and has been cleared to compete on all collection tracks.

Along with the ARCA occasions, Andretti can even compete in seven Truck races, driving the No. 04 Chevrolet fielded in an alliance with Roper Racing. His first Truck begin shall be in March on the Circuit of the Americas.

For the previous three seasons, Andretti has competed within the six-race SRX Sequence, which is run on brief asphalt and dust oval tracks in the course of the summer season. He gained a race in his first season and gained the collection championship in 2022.

His most up-to-date IndyCar begin got here in final 12 months’s Indianapolis 500, when he completed seventeenth in an entry fielded by Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian.

Marco Andretti, Andretti Herta w/ Marco & Curb-Agajanian Honda qualification photo

Picture by: Geoffrey M. Miller / Motorsport Images

Marco Andretti, Andretti Herta w/ Marco & Curb-Agajanian Honda qualification photograph

“I’m actually pleased with this system we’ve put in place for my racing schedule in 2024,” Andretti mentioned. “This plan is an effective combination of races with the ARCA Menards Sequence and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Sequence that gives most monitor time, which is what I’m after.

“It would reply loads of my unknowns in inventory automobiles. I additionally need to do it the precise manner and never go proper to the highest of their sport on my IndyCar and SRX advantage as I respect the quantity of expertise in the entire varied inventory automotive collection.

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“I’m trying ahead to having loads of enjoyable with (group proprietor) Bruce (Prepare dinner) and the group. I’m assured that we may be fairly aggressive proper out of the gate.”

Andretti made his NASCAR nationwide collection debut in 2022 within the Xfinity Sequence, competing on the Charlotte Roval. Through the 2023 season, he made three Truck begins, all with Spire Motorsports.

CRT, the defending ARCA Menards Sequence West championship group, is co-owned by Prepare dinner and Steve McGowan.

“Marco has a confirmed monitor document throughout a number of racing platforms. I feel with some extra seat time and steerage within the inventory automotive world, he’ll be capable of compete up entrance regularly,” mentioned Prepare dinner, who can even function Andretti’s crew chief.

In an interview with Motorsport.com final summer season, Andretti mentioned he believed “the ship has sailed” on a return to full-time IndyCar competitors however would “by no means say by no means” to a NASCAR profession.

“I’m actually loving the inventory automotive stuff,” he mentioned. “So, who is aware of if it’ll preserve going?”

MMI Racing and Solar West Building will function sponsors for Andretti’s races. Extra sponsors shall be introduced at a later date.

Feb. 17 – Daytona (ARCA)

March 8 – Phoenix (ARCA)

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March 23 – COTA (Vans)

April 26 – Dover (ARCA)

Could 4 – Kansas (ARCA)

Could 31 – Portland (ARCA West)

June 7 – Sonoma (ARCA West)

June 14 – Iowa (ARCA)

June 21 – Mid-Ohio (ARCA)

July 19 – IRP (ARCA)

Aug. 11 – IRP (Vans)

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Aug. 25 – Milwaukee (ARCA)

Aug. 25 – Milwaukee (Vans)

Sept. 13 – Watkins Glen (ARCA)

Sept. 19 – Bristol (ARCA)

Sept. 19 – Bristol (Vans)

Sept. 27 – Kansas (ARCA)

Sept. 27 – Kansas (Vans)

Oct. 26 – Homestead (Vans)  

Nov. 8 – Phoenix (Vans)

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