Andretti’s move from active racing driver to a new phase in his life as a businessman and team owner was at least as successful as his time on the racetrack. Very few professional sportspersons have made that transition as smoothly as he did. In 2003, Andretti purchased Team Green, for whom he was driving at the time. As well as entering the business world, he also continued to race sporadically himself. From that point on, however, his greatest triumphs came as the co-owner of Andretti Green Racing. Between 2004 and 2007, the team won three IndyCar titles and the Indy 500 twice.
“I knew that I had a good career and I wanted to end that career on a high, while I was still competitive. I didn’t want to just keep driving and fade away over time,” said Andretti, describing his thoughts at the time. “In 2003, I had the opportunity to make the transition from driver to owner. Since then, things have evolved to where I am today with Andretti Autosport.”
Andretti Autosport is currently involved in a whole host of different motorsport projects. The Indianapolis-based team is successfully represented in the IndyCar Series, the Indy Lights Series, Australian V8 Supercars, and GT4 America. Andretti Autosport has also enjoyed many race wins and titles in the world of rallycross. In 2021, it will also start as a private team in Extreme E. “I think you have to stay diverse. The experience we gain in different categories is what helps to make us competitive and successful,” said Andretti, explaining the philosophy behind the team’s involvement in motor racing. “We have platforms, on which we can broaden our horizons and find the best talent and partners.”