Marco Andretti grateful his dad’s on ‘Apprentice’
Marco Andretti has been following his father’s progress on “Celebrity Apprentice,” and is grateful the retired race car driver filled in for him following the death of fellow driver Dan Wheldon in October.
The Indycar Series driver was scheduled to begin taping the NBC hit show immediately after the Oct. 16 season finale race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race was canceled following an early 15-car accident that killed Wheldon, and Mr. Andretti decided he could not honor his commitment to do the show.
“I had a private plane right next to the track in Las Vegas, and we were literally going to start filming hours after that race,” Mr. Andretti said last week during testing for the March 25 season-opening race at St. Petersburg, Fla.
“I lost my maternal grandfather the same week and I was just like ‘I’m not ready to do this.’ I always said if my heart is not in it 100 percent, then I’m not going to do it. I knew I was not going to be at my full potential. I was not going to do well. My mind wasn’t in it,” he said.
Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, agreed the morning of the race to rejoin Andretti Motorsports for the 2012 season, and would have been one of Mr. Andretti’s teammates.
Michael Andretti ultimately replaced his son on the show, and joined the cast midway through the first episode. He had made it