John Andretti – the nephew of the legendary Mario Andretti – has confirmed he will contest this year’s Indianapolis 500 in an entry run by his cousin Michael’s Andretti Autosports entry run in collaboration with Richard Petty Motorsports.John Andretti has confirmed he will contest the Indianapolis 500 once again

Petty Motorsports – more widely associated with NASCAR – has been involved in Andretti’s Indy 500 campaigns for the last two years, when the one-time CART racewinner was backed into a seat with Dreyer & Reinbold in 2009, before he switched to the Andretti team for the 2010 race.

Andretti – who turned 48 just a few days ago – crashed out of last year’s Indy 500 after finishing a promising ninth at the preceding round at Kansas, which he was competing as a warm-up event.

“As a racer, the Indianapolis 500 is something that you love to be involved in,” said Petty. “Heading back to Indy in May with John, Michael and [sponsor] Window World is the way we want to do it and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Andretti Autosports owner Michael Andretti is hoping his cousin will be a contender for a race win, possibly breaking the ‘Andretti Curse’ that has sullied the Andretti family’s luck at this oval race – keeping the Andretti surname off the top step of the podium – for over forty years.

“We learned a lot last year with John in the car and hopefully all of that will pay off for us this year,” said the one-time McLaren driver. “John is running the race for one reason and that’s to win it, so we’re going to give it everything we’ve got.”

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