Andretti believes F1 can still succeed in US

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Former champion Mario Andretti believes Formula One can still succeed in the United States despite going without a race for three years and an American team's recent withdrawal from the championship.

Andretti says it is an "unthinkable travesty" that motor racing's premier sport has not raced in the United States since 2007.

Andretti, speaking from the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday, had backed USF1, which pulled out of the 2010 championship at the last minute. The 70-year-old former driver says the Charlotte-based team was probably "shooting too high" before losing control of the project.

Andretti says he will become more involved with Lotus, the team with which he won the championship in 1978.