Marco Andretti was due to race in the next round of the FIA Formula E Championship at Miami on March 14, but will have to bow out due to a schedule conflict. He made his debut at Buenos Aires last month.
IndyCar testing should be fairly intense in mid-March, from when teams receive their new aero kits to implement ahead of the March 29 season opener at St. Petersburg. Spring training is set for Barber Motorsports Park on March 16-17.
As for an Andretti FE replacement, there are two likely options before a third option would present itself.
Matthew Brabham, as Andretti FE’s reserve driver, has already raced twice this year for the team and would make sense to fill in. The young American with an Australian family lineage does not yet have his program set for 2015, although he told MotorSportsTalk he is still working towards continuing with Andretti Autosport’s Indy Lights program.
The other conceivable option is Scott Speed, who has tested for Andretti’s FE program before and, as written here yesterday, made a pit stop to the Andretti Autosport shop in Indianapolis for an IndyCar seat fitting.
The “out of left field” option – as Jean-Eric Vergne was in December – is option three. Vergne has raced the last two events for Andretti FE, including scoring the pole on his debut in Uruguay.
Andretti began the season with Franck Montagny and Charles Pic. Montagny’s positive test results for a cocaine derivative were announced on New Year’s Day, while Pic has moved on to explore other opportunities.