Andretti planning expansion to Le Mans Hypercar entry

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In the round-up: Michael Andretti says the Andretti racing organisation hold ambitions to race in the Le Mans 24 Hours in the future as well as enter Formula 1

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Andretti’s ambitions extend to Le Mans hypercar entry

The Andretti racing organisation is looking to further expand its operations to include the Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Endurance Championship as well as enter Formula 1.

Andretti, which has publicly announced it intends to submit an entry into F1, is competing in the IMSA sportscar championship in the United States in partnership with Wayne Taylor Racing. Speaking at a press conference ahead of next weekend’s Daytona 24 Hours, Michael Andretti said his family’s racing team also held ambitions to compete in the WEC and at Le Mans in the Hhypercar class.

“One of the objectives is to hopefully have a WEC team out there in the next few years,” Andretti said.

“That (Le Mans) is a definite goal for us. Our goal is to be in every major racing event in the world. And, obviously, Le Mans that’s one of the big ones. And so, down the road, we definitely want to be there.”

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After qualifying a remarkable fifth on the grid in a different car, Schumacher would retire from his debut after burning out his clutch. He would be signed by Benetton for the next round.

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  • 9 comments on “Andretti planning expansion to Le Mans Hypercar entry”

    1. Definitely not a championship dark horse but perhaps generally in the midfield, & while his full-time driver debut may happen relatively late, the experience over other single-seaters should indeed be a benefit (he’s six years older than Piastri btw).

      1. Nyck’s teammate has 42 times as many F1 races under his belt. That’s the kind of experience that may actually apply to – you know – driving a Formula 1 car.

      2. Seems unlikely that this experience would help, especially since that same team said it was normal for Tsunoda to need almost three years to fully get to grips with F1. If one takes that at face value (and not as a way to shield Tsunoda from outside criticisim), De Vries’ experience in other categories as compared to Tsunoda’s experience in actual F1 doesn’t seem that impressive. If anything, he’ll be under instant pressure to deliver more ‘Monza 2022’ performances.

        If De Vries can do well that’d be great, but let’s not forget that the 2019 F2 season he won wasn’t exactly a highlight season for the series. If you look down the order, Latifi came 2nd ahead of Ghiotto and Sette Câmara. All three of which have pretty much ended their single seater racing career.

      3. Agree, also he will have to cope with much less pressure than Piastri, who is in a team with higher aspirations than midfield. De vries will also and most importantly be against a much easier team mate to be compared to. Lando Norris is one of the most consistent drivers in the field, and is always quick. Your team mate is always the first benchmark, so Piastri will be expected to collect points every week. Lastly, Alpha Tauri is a team used to adapt new drivers and to build their confidence levels through the season. McLaren has a much more Top team approach. They expect you to arrive and deliver, maybe with Piastri they will cut some slack, but probably no more than 6 races. Will be interesting to see the performance from De vries and Piastri.

    2. The Central government has given special clearance for the racing cars to come directly to Hyderabad. This is huge.

      Could anyone elaborate as to why this is huge, or needs approval by the India government in the first place?

      Just a few freighters flying in and out of a city of several million people, you’d think that would happen quite often.

      1. playstation361
        23rd January 2023, 2:33

        It is Law related.
        IRL did a good job I think so hope the same will be the case with FE in the end.
        https://postimg.cc/0KPDG2QT

    3. Wayne Taylor Racing is a solid team, and if they can join Andretti in their attempt to join the WEC that sounds pretty good. Still, they’d need to buy a car and the Hypercar class is probably going to become an even more complex BoP game than GTE was. As nice as BoP sounds in theory, a third party like Andretti is likely to lose out in all that politicking when the likes of Toyota, Porsche, Ferrari and Peugeot start ‘voicing concerns’, if you will.

    4. Wow! Damon Hill’s helmet looks so confusing and yet so good in the Benneton!

    5. It seems like Andretti are really ready for the top level of motorsports

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