While Andretti Autosport is focused on trying to get into F1, a recent move in NASCAR by its major sponsor Gainbridge is indirectly serving as an experimental step into the stock car series for Andretti, according to people familiar with the matter.

In early July, Spire Motorsports announced that it had signed a multiyear deal with Gainbridge, a fintech company, to be the primary sponsor of the team‘s two cars in the NASCAR Cup Series for 16 of the final 18 races this year. The sides also revealed that day that former IndyCar driver Marco Andretti, Michael‘s son, would make his debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in a Spire truck that month.

The team is not yet commenting on its talks to potentially enter NASCAR, and Andretti Autosport was not technically named in the press release with Spire. But SBJ understands that this move is a first step of sorts that will help the Andretti family get a feel for NASCAR if it decides it wants to take a more formal move into it.

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