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Michael Mario Andretti

Michael Andretti at Michigan International Speedway in 2007.
Nationality United States American
Date of birth October 5, 1962 (1962-10-05) (age 47)
Place of birth Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Related to Mario Andretti (father)
Jeff Andretti (brother)
Marco Andretti (son)
Aldo Andretti (uncle)
John Andretti (cousin)
Adam Andretti (cousin)
2010 IRL IndyCar Series
Debut season 1983
Current team Andretti Green Racing
Former teams Kraco Racing
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Newman/Haas Racing
Starts 317
Wins 42
Poles 32
Best finish 1st in 1991
Previous series
1983-1992
1993
1994-2002
CART IndyCar World Series
Formula One
CART IndyCar World Series
Championship titles
1991 1
Awards
1991 CART IndyCar World Series Champion
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1993
Teams McLaren
Races 13
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 7
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1993 South African Grand Prix
Last race 1993 Italian Grand Prix
Andretti racing at Monterey, California, October 1991
Michael (right) practicing against Marco at Indy

Michael Mario Andretti (born October 5, 1962 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) is an American retired CART and Formula One driver. He now owns the Andretti Autosport team in the Indy Racing League. Andretti is the son of Mario Andretti, one of the most successful auto racing drivers of all time.

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Racing career

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Early career

Andretti started racing in 1980, driving a Formula Vee car in Local SCCA events. In 1981 he won six of the 11 Super Vee races and won the championship.[1] He moved on to drive in Formula Atlantic, and won the Championship in 1983. In the same year he joined his father and Philippe Alliot in the Porsche Kremer Racing Team, taking third place in the Le Mans 24 Hours, driving a Porsche 956.

CART

He made his CART debut in 1984, racing for the Kraco team. He managed five third place finishes and ended the season in seventh overall. In the Indianapolis 500, he finished fifth and shared the Rookie of the Year award with Roberto Guerrero. He went on to win his first IndyCar race in 1986 at Long Beach, finishing that year as championship runner-up after collecting other wins at Milwaukee and Phoenix.

Andretti achieved major title success by winning the 1991 CART/PPG IndyCar World Series for Newman/Haas Racing. He won 8 of 17 races; Milwaukee, Toronto, Vancouver, the Marlboro Challenge, and all 5 permanent road course events (Portland, Cleveland, Mid-Ohio, Road America, and Laguna Seca).

Futility at Indianapolis

The Andretti family's bad luck at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is known as the Andretti Curse. As a driver, he is largely remembered for being unlucky at the Indianapolis 500. In 1991, he led with twelve laps remaining, but finished second to Rick Mears after battling the multiple Indy 500 winner. In 1992, he dominated the race, leading a full four-fifths of the laps, but, with eleven laps remaining, his fuel pump failed, and his car coasted to a stop. He finished in 13th place. He also dropped out while leading the Indy 500 in 1989, 1995 and 2003. Michael holds the record for most laps led in the Indy 500 without having achieved a victory.

Formula One

After his 1991 CART title win, Andretti joined the McLaren Formula One team for 1993, alongside the triple World Champion Ayrton Senna. Unfortunately, the season was not a success. A string of collisions meant that he only completed three laps in his first three races, and he never fully got to grips with Formula One cars. Highly technical aspects which he was not used to in the technologically simpler IndyCars such as active suspension and traction control hampered Andretti's chances for the 1993 F1 season. This combined with the fact that he commuted to races and test sessions from the USA, rather than re-locating full-time to Europe were also contributing factors to his lack of success in Formula One. Three points-scoring finishes, including a third place at Monza, were perceived as too little, too late, and he left the team and the series by mutual agreement after that race.

However, according to son Marco, the McLaren team Andretti drove for "sabotaged" his chances at being competitive in order to replace him with Finnish driver Mika Häkkinen, who would require a smaller salary. "The reality of it was, they had Mika Häkkinen ready to come in for a lot less than what my dad was getting paid, and that's all it was. Right then and there, they had to make him look [bad]," claimed Marco in 2008. "They would make the car do weird things in the corner electronically, stuff out of his control.'"[2] However, Andretti still had problems in practice at Monza, and both he and Senna spun off with brake balance problems early in the race. Andretti was able to continue and fought back up to third, holding off Karl Wendlinger. Throughout the season, Senna experienced similar reliability problems to Andretti, mainly electronic gremlins, particularly in San Marino, Canada, Hungary and Belgium.[3] After Andretti's departure, both Senna and Häkkinen continued to have reliability issues,[4][5] although Häkkinen equalled Andretti's third place Monza finish in Japan.

At the start of the 1993 season, Ron Dennis signed Häkkinen as a backup to Senna, who was initially reluctant to commit to the team for the whole season. The F1 Rejects website states that this created a difficult atmosphere for Andretti, who would be in the shadow of the three-time F1 champion Senna, and also faced the threat of being replaced by Häkkinen.[6]

After Andretti's unsuccessful Formula 1 season, he never returned to the cockpit in that series.

Return to CART

After McLaren replaced Andretti with Häkkinen, Michael returned to the CART series for 1994 and drove for Chip Ganassi, where he once again proved very successful. He went on to win in his very first race back in the series at the Surfers Paradise event in Australia, having led every lap along the way. That win also got Reynard's first win in CART in their debut. In 1995 he returned to Newman/Haas Racing. He finished as runner-up to Jimmy Vasser in 1996 and more race wins followed in the years to come, but his 1991 championship success remained his only title in CART/IndyCar racing.

His career in CART ended in 2002, in which he took his 42nd and final career victory at the Long Beach Grand Prix - placing him in third place for all-time victories in championship car racing behind his father, Mario Andretti (52 wins) and A.J. Foyt (67 wins).

Michael Andretti is also tied with Al Unser, Jr. for the most wins in a CART/IndyCar season with eight victories. He achieved this during his championship-winning season of 1991.

Sports cars

Michael and Mario's 1989 Porsche 962 driven in the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Michael has driven in numerous sports car races at different times in his career. Many were Andretti family efforts, especially with his father Mario.

Semi-retirement and team owner

After competing in the 2003 Indianapolis 500, Andretti retired from full-time IndyCar racing. He led the race for 28 of the opening 94 laps before a throttle linkage failure put him out of contention once again. That year he bought into the "Team Green" squad run by brothers Kim and Barry Green in CART. It became Andretti Green Racing and for 2003 the team moved to the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series.

That year, Tony Kanaan won the 2004 IndyCar Series Championship for Andretti Green Racing. In 2005, Britain's Dan Wheldon won the Indy 500, and the Championship for the team. In 2007, Scotland's Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar Series title for AGR.

Return to racing at Indy

Andretti returned to the driver's seat for the 2006 Indianapolis 500 in a one-time effort to assist the development of his son, Marco, an IndyCar rookie for the '06 season. Michael led the race with four laps to go, before falling to second behind his son a lap later. He went on to finish third, while Marco only just missed out on the 500 victory after he was passed just before the start/finish line on the last lap by three-time Indycar champion Sam Hornish, Jr.

After qualifying his car in 11th place for the 2007 Indianapolis 500, Andretti went on to finish 13th. He then announced that this would be his last Indy 500 as a driver.

Andretti leaves driving competition at Indy with a frustrating distinction - the driver who's led the most laps (431) without winning the race. He competed in 16 Indy 500s, with a top finish of second in 1991, but led the race nine times.

As a car owner, however, he has far more success. In 2005, only three years after Andretti acquired primary ownership of the team, Andretti-Green Racing (AGR) saw its first 500 triumph come from Dan Wheldon in the #26 Klein Tools Special entry, and in 2007 an even stronger second victory, from Scottish driver Dario Franchitti in the #27 Canadian Club-sponsored car, who won the rain-shortened event at the completion of 166 of the scheduled 200 laps, but after another AGR team driver, Tony Kanaan, had himself led half of the eventual laps, and showed potential of renewing his challenge for supremacy after a fourth turn late-race incident.

Personal life

Andretti was married to Sandra Spinozzi from November 1985 to 1996 and they had two children, son Marco (born March 13, 1987) and daughter Marissa (born October 31, 1990). He remarried on December 24, 1997 to Leslie Wood. They had a son, Lucca, born September 16, 1999. On September 7, 2004 Andretti filed for divorce. Two years later on July 15, 2006 Andretti announced his engagement to former Miss Oregon Teen USA 1994, model, actress and 2000 Playboy Playmate of the Year Jodi Ann Paterson. The couple were married on October 7, 2006 at the Andretti Winery in Napa Valley, California.

Andretti family

Michael is from the famous Andretti racing family. His brother Jeff Andretti competed in IndyCar. Michael's uncle Aldo Andretti was an open wheel racer until an accident ended his racing career. Aldo's son John Andretti (Michael's cousin) raced in IndyCar before he became a NASCAR regular. He returned to IndyCar in 2007 and 2008 to race the Indy 500, and will race in the 2009 edition too. Aldo's other son, Adam also is a racecar driver. The Andretti family became the first family to have four relatives (Michael, Mario, Jeff, and John) compete in the same series (CART).[7]

Michael Andretti has an estate upon an adjacent tract of land to his father's mansion of "Montona" in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, where he grew up. However that property was listed for sale in January 2008 for $3.4 million.[8] His sister Barbara is the listing agent and said Michael has several other homes and will always have a Nazareth connection. Michael's other homes include a property in downtown Indianapolis where his son lives (near his championship race team headquarters), a residence in Miami Beach, and several other properties for investment purposes.

Motorsports career results

American Open Wheel racing (1983-1992)

(key)

Year Team Series 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Rank Points
1983 Kraco CART United States
ATL
 
United States
INDY
 
United States
MIL
 
United States
CLE
 
United States
MIS1
 
United States
ROA
 
United States
POC
 
United States
RIV
 
United States
MDO
 
United States
MIS2
 
United States
LVG
Ret
United States
LS
Ret
United States
PHX
9
T-26th 4
1984 Kraco CART United States
LBH
10
United States
PHX1
3
United States
INDY
5
United States
MIL
4
United States
POR
12
United States
MEA
Ret
United States
CLE
3
United States
MIS1
Ret
United States
ROA
16
United States
POC
Ret
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
SAN
3
United States
MIS2
7
United States
PHX2
3
United States
LS
3
United States
LVG
Ret
7th 102
1985 Kraco CART United States
LBH
Ret
United States
INDY
8
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
POR
Ret
United States
MEA
4
United States
CLE
7
United States
MIS1
Ret
United States
ROA
2
United States
POC
Ret
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
SAN
Ret
United States
MIS2
Ret
United States
LS
9
United States
PHX
5
United States
MIA
Ret
9th 53
1986 Kraco CART United States
PHX1
Ret
United States
LBH
1
United States
INDY
6
United States
MIL
1
United States
POR
2
United States
MEA
Ret
United States
CLE
2
Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
MIS1
Ret
United States
POC
Ret
United States
MDO
10
United States
SAN
6
United States
MIS2
2
United States
ROA
2
United States
LS
3
United States
PHX2
1
United States
MIA
Ret
2nd 171
1987 Kraco CART United States
LBH
4
United States
PHX
4
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
1
United States
POR
2
United States
MEA
5
United States
CLE
6
Canada
TOR
5
United States
MIS
1
United States
POC
8
United States
ROA
Ret
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
NAZ
1
United States
LS
Ret
United States
MIA1
Ret
United States
MIA
1
2nd 158
1988 Kraco CART United States
PHX
3
United States
LBH
7
United States
INDY
4
United States
MIL
7
United States
POR
11
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
3
United States
MEA
6
United States
MIS
3
United States
POC
Ret
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
ROA
5
United States
NAZ
2
United States
LS
2
United States
MIA1
1
United States
MIA
Ret
6th 119
1989 Newman
Haas
CART United States
PHX
4
United States
LBH
2
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
2
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
6
United States
CLE
Ret
United States
MEA
Ret
Canada
TOR
1
United States
MIS
1
United States
POC
3
United States
MDO
3
United States
ROA
Ret
United States
NAZ
5
United States
LS1
7
United States
LS
7
3rd 150
1990 Newman
Haas
CART United States
PHX
Ret
United States
LBH
4
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
5
United States
DET
1
United States
POR
1
United States
CLE
Ret
United States
MEA
1
Canada
TOR
2
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
DEN
5
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
MDO
1
United States
ROA
1
United States
NAZ1
6
United States
NAZ
5
United States
LS
3
2nd 181
1991 Newman
Haas
CART Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
PHX
4
United States
INDY
2
United States
MIL
1
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
1
United States
CLE
1
United States
MEA
Ret
Canada
TOR
1
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
DEN
3
Canada
VAN
1
United States
MDO
1
United States
ROA
1
United States
NAZ
3
United States
LS1
1
United States
LS
1
1st 234
1992 Newman
Haas
CART Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
PHX
10
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
DET
4
United States
POR
1
United States
MIL
1
United States
NHM
2
Canada
TOR
1
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
CLE
2
United States
ROA
4
Canada
VAN
1
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
NAZ1
2
United States
NAZ
2
United States
LS
1
2nd 192
(Event)1 : non-championship, exhibition race held day preceding next championship race.

Formula One

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1993 Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/8 Ford V8 RSA
Ret
BRA
Ret
EUR
Ret
SMR
Ret
ESP
5
MON
8
CAN
14
FRA
6
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
8
ITA
3
POR
JPN
AUS
11th 7

American Open Wheel racing (1994-2007)

(key)

Year Team Series 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
1994 Ganassi CART Australia
SRF
1
United States
PHX
Ret
United States
LBH
6
United States
INDY
6
United States
MIL
4
United States
DET
5
United States
POR
Ret
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
1
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
MDO
5
United States
NHM
5
Canada
VAN
3
United States
ROA
Ret
United States
NZR
9
United States
LS
Ret
4th 118
1995 Newman
Haas
CART United States
MIA
Ret
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
PHX
2
United States
LBH
9
United States
NZR
Ret
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
3
United States
DET
4
United States
POR
4
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
TOR
1
United States
CLE
7
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
NHM
2
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
LS
4
4th 123
1996 Newman
Haas
CART United States
HMS
9
Brazil
RIO
Ret
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
LBH
7
United States
NZR
1
United States
MIS1
Ret
United States
MIL
1
United States
DET
1
United States
POR
11
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
MIS2
Ret
United States
MDO
3
United States
ROA
1
Canada
VAN
1
United States
LS
9
2nd 132
1997 Newman
Haas
CART United States
HMS
1
Australia
SRF
2
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
NZR
2
Brazil
RIO
Ret
United States
STL
11
United States
MIL
2
United States
DET
2
United States
POR
8
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
4
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
MDO
8
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
LS
Ret
United States
FON
Ret
8th 108
1998 Newman
Haas
CART United States
HMS
1
Japan
MOT
14
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
NZR
Ret
Brazil
RIO
5
United States
STL
2
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
DET
10
United States
POR
17
United States
CLE
2
Canada
TOR
2
United States
MIS
6
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
2
United States
LS
10
United States
HOU
Ret
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
FON
Ret
8th 108
1999 Newman
Haas
CART United States
HMS
2
Japan
MOT
5
United States
LBH
7
United States
NZR
6
Brazil
RIO
Ret
United States
STL
1
United States
MIL
15
United States
POR
10
United States
CLE
3
United States
ROA
2
Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
MIS
4
United States
DET
4
United States
MDO
8
United States
CHI
Ret
Canada
VAN
14
United States
LS
10
United States
HOU
3
Australia
SRF
5
United States
FON
Ret
4th 151
2000 Newman
Haas
CART United States
HMS
Ret
United States
LBH
Ret
Brazil
RIO
9
Japan
MOT
1
United States
NZR
6
United States
MIL
2
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
4
United States
CLE
4
Canada
TOR
1
United States
MIS
2
United States
CHI
2
United States
MDO
8
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
LS
14
United States
STL
Ret
United States
HOU
13
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
FON
Ret
8th 127
2001 Team
Motorola
CART Mexico
MTY
4
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
TXS
NH
United States
NAZ
6
Japan
MOT
Ret
United States
MIL
2
United States
DET
4
United States
POR
8
United States
CLE
15
Canada
TOR
1
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
CHI
Ret
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
ROA
2
Canada
VAN
3
Germany
LAU
4
United Kingdom
ROC
5
United States
HOU
Ret
United States
LS
14
Australia
SRF
2
United States
FON
7
3rd 147
IndyCar United States
PHX
 
United States
HMS
 
United States
ATL
 
United States
INDY
3
United States
TXS
 
United States
PPIR
 
United States
RIR
 
United States
KAN
 
United States
NSH
 
United States
KTY
 
United States
STL
 
United States
CHI
 
United States
TX2
 
34th 35
2002 Team
Motorola
CART Mexico
MTY
12
United States
LBH
1
Japan
MOT
Ret
United States
MIL
7
United States
LS
11
United States
POR
9
United States
CHI
Ret
Canada
TOR
11
United States
CLE
2
Canada
VAN
6
United States
MDO
3
United States
ROA
10
Canada
MTL
8
United States
DEN
13
United Kingdom
ROC
10
United States
MIA
Ret
Australia
SRF
9
United States
FON
2
Mexico
MEX
Ret
9th 110
IndyCar United States
HMS
 
United States
PHX
 
United States
FON
 
United States
NZR
 
United States
INDY
7
United States
TXS
 
United States
PPIR
 
United States
RIR
 
United States
KAN
 
United States
NSH
 
United States
MIS
 
United States
KTY
 
United States
STL
 
United States
CHI
 
United States
TX2
 
38th 26
2003 Andretti
Green
IndyCar United States
HMS
6
United States
PHX
Ret
Japan
MOT
4
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
TXS
 
United States
PPIR
 
United States
RIR
 
United States
KAN
 
United States
NSH
 
United States
MIS
 
United States
STL
 
United States
KTY
 
United States
NZR
 
United States
CHI
 
United States
FON
 
United States
TX2
 
24th 80
2006 Andretti
Green
IndyCar United States
HMS
 
United States
STP
 
Japan
MOT
 
United States
INDY
3
United States
WGL
 
United States
TXS
 
United States
RIR
 
United States
KAN
 
United States
NSH
 
United States
MIL
 
United States
MIS
 
United States
KTY
 
United States
SNM
 
United States
CHI
 
24th 35
2007 Andretti
Green
IndyCar United States
HMS
 
United States
STP
 
Japan
MOT
 
United States
KAN
 
United States
INDY
13
United States
MIL
 
United States
TXS
 
United States
IOW
 
United States
RIR
 
United States
WGL
 
United States
NSH
 
United States
MDO
 
United States
MIS
 
United States
KTY
 
United States
SNM
 
United States
DET
 
United States
CHI
 
27th 17

Indianapolis 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1984 March Cosworth 4 5 Kraco
1985 Lola Cosworth 15 8 Kraco
1986 March Cosworth 3 6 Kraco
1987 March Cosworth 9 29 Kraco
1988 March Cosworth 10 4 Kraco
1989 Lola Chevrolet 21 17 Newman/Haas
1990 Lola Chevrolet 5 20 Newman/Haas
1991 Lola Chevrolet 5 2 Newman/Haas
1992 Lola Ford-Cosworth 6 13 Newman/Haas
1994 Reynard Ford-Cosworth 5 6 Ganassi
1995 Lola Ford-Cosworth 4 25 Newman/Haas
2001 Dallara Oldsmobile 21 3 Team Green
2002 Dallara Chevrolet 25 7 Team Green
2003 Dallara Honda 13 27 Andretti Green
2006 Dallara Honda 13 3 Andretti Green
2007 Dallara Honda 11 13 Andretti Green

See also

References

  1. ^ Texaco/Havoline CART History Michael Andretti
  2. ^ Andretti: F1 team tried to ’sabotage’ dad’s career Northwest Herald Retrieved 29 June 2008
  3. ^ [1] "Atlas F1 - Man for One Season" Retrieved 29 June 2008
  4. ^ [2] 1993 Portuguese GP report
  5. ^ [3] 1993 Australian GP report
  6. ^ Michael Andretti F1 Rejects Retrieved 29 June 2008
  7. ^ Schwartz, Larry. "Mario Andretti synonymous with racing". Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. ESPN. http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/features/00014066.html. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  8. ^ Story not found - NJ.com

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dave McMillan
North American Formula Mondial
Champion

1983
Succeeded by
Dan Marvin
Preceded by
Teo Fabi
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

1984 with:
Roberto Guerrero
Succeeded by
Arie Luyendyk
Preceded by
Al Unser, Jr.
CART Series
Champion

1991
Succeeded by
Bobby Rahal

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