Marco, Don’t Go Away Mad – Marco, Just Go Away

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No longer wondering “Marco, Where Have You Gone?” IRR now proposes that the IndyCar legacy find other, more suitable employment.

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Remarkably, we’re now into the sixth year since Andretti’s last victory – and that was only the second of his lengthy career. With a win rate of just over 1%, Marco‘s record has become an embarrassment. He’s up there – or rather, down there – with Danica. And several other former drivers, some of them named Andretti, too.

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Nevertheless, the Andretti family remains IndyCar royalty, beloved by hundreds across a few states. It’s on that vaunted list with names like Foyt, Unser, Mears, and Castro-Neves – which reminds us to do a similar piece in the future on Helio.

In case you’ve forgotten, there have been other stories like Andretti’s in the recent past. When A.J. Foyt IV tried following in the family’s tire tracks to no avail, he wisely decided to pursue other interests. Namely one Casey Irsay.

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In eleven IndyCar seasons and a hundred and eighty three starts, Marco’s just plain stunk for the most part. That’s especially true recently. This year he finished sixteenth in points, last on his team and back with the likes of Sato. Michael‘s son has finished the championship in the top five only once, back in 2013.

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In fairness, he does have thirty nine career top fives and usually does finish races. But taking care of the family’s equipment seems like the least he could do. Still, in all those races Mario’s grandson has managed only four poles. Meanwhile his team mates have fared well, with Ryan Hunter-Reay winning a championship and an Indy 500 and rookie Alexander Rossi taking the 100th 500 this year.

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For the good of the sport, we suggest the fellow find another occupation. Maybe try being a car salesman, or as Paul Tracy famously quipped, Uber. Heck, perhaps he could churn out the next great American novel, “Marco Dick.” Anything besides another agonizing season behind the wheel.

Marco, we’re pleading with you. Think of the family name and legacy. Think of the fans.

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