Michael Andretti wants world domination in racing and that includes Le Mans, WEC

  • Michael Andretti who is tries to enter Formula 1 with his racing team, also has designs for the World Endurance Championship and Le Mans.
  • It remains to be seen if Cadillac, returning to Le Mans with Chip Ganassi Racing, would commit to WEC and Le Mans.
  • Andretti said he doesn’t think IMSA’s partnership with Wayne Taylor Racing will weaken his current efforts in IndyCar and Formula E, saying it’s about not having the same people for all the different series.

    Wayne Taylor Racing’s immediate goal with Andretti Autosport is to add a second Acura ARX-06 for next season’s WeatherTech championship campaign.

    In the longer term, the team has Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship in mind.

    “Our aim is to be at every major racing event in the world and Le Mans is one of the big ones so we definitely want to be there,” said Michael Andretti in a media conference ahead of WeatherTech Championship Rolex 24 qualifying.

    Andretti said he intends to expand his current satellite operations in Europe “over the next few years” to include a WEC program and Le Mans.

    Le Mans “is the only sports car race in the world that we haven’t won overall,” said Wayne Taylor, “so it’s the focus for us here. That’s where we want to go.”

    It remains to be seen if a WEC and Le Mans effort would take place with Cadillac returning to Le Mans this year under the convergence of LMDh regulations in a two-car effort with Chip Ganassi Racing.

    Andretti has announced his intention to race with the GM brand in Formula 1, possibly as early as 2026. A source close to GM’s racing operations confirmed that it wouldn’t be a surprise if Taylor was keen to return to Le Mans with Cadillac. Taylor was part of Cadillac’s Le Mans effort from 2000-2002.

    Honda Motor Company, parent company of the Acura brand, has not sanctioned any major sports car effort other than America-based entries by Taylor/Andretti and Meyer Shank Racing in the WeatherTech series. It has agreed to the delivery of additional ARX-06 by Honda Performance Development. The Japanese company last took part in the World Endurance Championship in 2013.

    Taylor said he realized during the December Daytona test for GTP competitors that his Acura team was short on manpower compared to the combined IndyCar/IMSA teams behind the BMW, Cadillac and Porsche competitors. “I was pacing up and down the pit lane and we had 91 people around the car. I was like, ‘What the hell am I doing here?’” That led to a call to Andretti, who currently has 157 employees, according to a team spokesman.

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    Michael Andretti is in line with the eternal IMSA power Wayne Taylor Racing this season.

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    Andretti said he doesn’t think partnering with Taylor will weaken his current efforts in IndyCar and Formula E, saying it’s about not having the same people for all the different series.

    “If you have the right people in the right position, it should just help the overall effort,” Andretti said. “I think there’s a lot of things they’re doing that I’ll be looking at for our IndyCar and Formula E programs. I feel like it empowers us and what we are trying to do.”

    Taylor, who will have 90,000 square feet at Andretti Autosport’s new facility in Fishers, Indiana, views the partnership as a long-term one.

    “There’s going to be a lot of overlap between drivers, engineers and technology,” said Taylor.

    The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport Acura ARX-06 qualified third on Sunday for next weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.


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