Jay Howard's sabbatical just got extended.
Roth Racing is pleased to announce that veteran John Andretti will remain with the team as the driver of the #24 car for two more races beginning with this weekend's race in Milwaukee. He will also be behind the wheel next Saturday night in Texas.
Although Andretti has never raced at Milwaukee in an IRL sanctioned event, he has competed in 4 CART races at the track, and has 3 top 10's, including a 2nd place in 1991 when he finished behind his cousin Michael and ahead of his uncle Mario in an all Andretti podium.
Umm, wasn't 1991 like SEVENTEEN years ago? No offense to John who drove well at Indy this year, but let's give some sympathy to the poor PR person who had to spin the "he ran well here 17 years ago" angle. That's the biggest reach since David Tyree in Super Bowl XLII.
In all likelihood this announcement will introduce another round of "Marty needs to replace himself" comments here and elsewhere, which although obvious are futile. As noted previously Marty probably got into racing to become a driver and not an owner, so presuming that to be the case the larger question is if he would even bother to remain an owner were he not one of the drivers for Roth Racing.
So would you rather have Roth employ himself and some other able driver or would it be better for the league if he simply took his two Dallara toys and went home?
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