He may have never thought he would hear that question, but it was a very important one on Tuesday afternoon.
Instead of being asked why he didn't take a few laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday afternoon, he was inquired about why he did at all.
"At the same time I think I was trying to convince them so I could go drive."
Indeed Andretti was the exception on a day where the temperatures just cracked 50 degrees and the windy rainy air were prevelent thought most of the two-and-a-half mile oval. In the end it was just he and Andretti Autosport teammate Mike Conway who went out onto the course all day, combining for a total of just 13 laps.
All of the laps were run in Conway's number 27 car-a grand total of 13 on Tuesday.
"Not much to be gained today," admitted Conway afterwords. "Kinda gives us more tires for the week to use each day."
Many other drivers throught the same and didn't even take their cars out of the garage, sans a few who brought their machines outside Gasoline Alley to practice pit stops.
It was the second time in three days that weather caused the majority or all of practice to be cancelled. That is commonplace during the Month of May, where the rain often plays havok with practice, qualifying and even the race, but it still makes life frustrating for drivers.
"Whatever changes you do make to the car you're going to have to reevaluate later," said Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay, who thought his team might go out by the end of the day but never did. "Right now, we'll just let the cold roll by."
Simona De Silvestro of HVM Racing tried to find ways to pass the time in her garage as the six non-racing hours passed at a wind-swept speedway.
"It's kinda annyoing, I played "Angry Bird" today," said the second-year Indianapolis 500 driver, referring to a popular phone game. "Watched some TV, just hanging around."