Michael Andretti moving from Indycar to NASCAR? Now that would be interesting
Most NASCAR rumors are pretty well within the range of things that normally happen in the sport -- drivers swap teams, crew chiefs getting fired, etc.
But the latest rumor, which is being reported by FOXSports.com, is a bit more interesting.
Sources tell them that Dodge is trying to get Michael Andretti to bring his race team over to NASCAR from Indycar, as they try to find decent teams to run their equipment next year now that Penske will no longer field Dodges. Andretti currently fields three full-time teams in the IndyCar Series with drivers Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe.
This is interestng on a couple levels. First of all, the Andretti name is synonymous with Indycar. If he is thinking about leaving the series, that means Indycar is in deep doo-doo. And really, it is. I don't pay much attention to it anymore, and haven't for some years now, and I'm thinking most of the motorsports world is with me on that one. There is no doubt that with the right drivers, he could definitely be more successful as a team owner in the NASCAR world than he currently is in Indycar. And if he did move away from open wheel, it would be a devastating blow to the Indycar series, which is already pretty much off most people's radar -- even big-time racing fans.
Another way that this is interesting is because of the rumored drivers Andretti could tap to drive his cars if he makes the move. One is Ryan Newman, a former Dodge driver and current teammate to Tony Stewart. I don't think this will happen, but it would be a good hire if they could lure him.
And the other driver being considered, according to sources -- that's right, Kurt Busch. Mr. Personality. Wow is all I can say to that.
Like I said, this could get interesting. And I actually hope it happens. I'd love to see what Andretti could do.
FYI: Other teams that might field Dodges next year are Richard Petty Motorsports, which would be smart to make the move since they're pretty terrible this year for the most part, and Furniture Row Racing -- who also isn't seeing the front of the field too much.