|Full Name||Michael Mario Andretti|
|Born||5 October 1962, Bethlehem|
|FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CAREER|
|First Grand Prix||Last Grand Prix|
|1993 South African Grand Prix||1993 Italian Grand Prix|
|1993||McLaren||MP4/8||Ford Cosworth 3.0 V8||13||0||0||1||0||7||11th|
|CART / INDYCAR CAREER|
|1983||Kraco Racing||Cosworth DFX V8T||3||0||0||0||4||26th|
|1984||Kraco Racing||Cosworth DFX V8T||16||0||0||5||102||7th|
|1985||Kraco Racing||Cosworth DFX V8T||15||0||0||1||53||9th|
|1986||Kraco Racing||Cosworth DFX V8T||17||2||3||8||171||2nd|
|1987||Kraco Racing||Cosworth DFX V8T||15||1||3||4||158||2nd|
|1988||Kraco Racing||Cosworth DFX V8T||15||1||0||5||119||6th|
|1989||Newman/Haas Racing||Chevrolet 265A V8T||15||2||2||6||150||3rd|
|1990||Newman/Haas Racing||Chevrolet 265A V8T||16||4||5||7||181||2nd|
|1991||Newman/Haas Racing||Chevrolet 265A V8T||17||8||8||11||234||1st|
|1992||Newman/Haas Racing||Chevrolet 265A V8T||16||7||5||8||192||2nd|
|1994||Chip Ganassi Racing||Ford XB V8T||16||0||2||3||118||4th|
|1995||Newman/Haas Racing||Ford XB V8T||17||3||1||4||123||4th|
|1996||Newman/Haas Racing||Ford XD V8T||16||0||5||6||132||2nd|
|1997||Newman/Haas Racing||Ford XD V8T||17||0||1||5||108||8th|
|1998||Newman/Haas Racing||Ford XD V8T||19||0||1||5||108||8th|
|1999||Newman/Haas Racing||Ford XD V8T||20||1||1||5||151||4th|
|2000||Newman/Haas Racing||Ford XF V8T||20||0||2||5||127||8th|
|2001||Team Motorola||Honda HR-1 V8T||20||0||1||5||147||3rd|
|2002||Team Motorola||Honda HR-2 V8T||19||0||1||4||110||9th|
|INDIANAPOLIS 500 CAREER HIGHLIGHTS|
|1987||Kraco Racing||March||Cosworth||9th||29th (DNF)|
|1989||Newman/Haas Racing||Lola||Chevrolet||21st||17th (DNF)|
|1990||Newman/Haas Racing||Lola||Chevrolet||5th||20th (DNF)|
|1992||Newman/Haas Racing||Lola||Ford Cosworth||6th||13th (DNF)|
|1994||Chip Ganassi Racing||Reynard||Ford Cosworth||5th||6th|
|1995||Newman/Haas Racing||Lola||Ford Cosworth||4th||25th (DNF)|
|2003||Andretti Green||Dallara||Honda||13th||27th (DNF)|
|ENDURANCE RACING HIGHLIGHTS|
|1982||Le Mans 24 Hours (C)||Grand Touring Cars Inc.||Mirage Cosworth M12||Mario Andretti||DSQ|
|1983||Le Mans 24 Hours (C)||Porsche Kremer Racing||Porsche 956||Mario Andretti
|1988||Le Mans 24 Hours (C1)||Porsche A.G.||Porsche 962C||Mario Andretti
|1991||Daytona 24 Hours (GTP)||Jochen Dauer Racing||Porsche 962C||Mario Andretti
The family genes were apparent in Michael, son of the legendary Mario Andretti, when he ripped through the American junior formulae, winning the Super Vee and Formula Atlantic championship crowns.
He made his full-time debut in the IndyCar Series in 1984, aged 21, making an impact with five podium finishes in his first full season at the top tier of American open-wheel racing. He also proved himself a useful endurance racing driver, partnering with his father and Philippe Alliot to place third in a Kremer Porsche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
By the mid-1980s, the younger Andretti was making his own waves in the IndyCar Series in a competitive field featuring his own father. He picked up his first win in 1986 and progressed to be a regular frontrunner. In 1991, he broke the series’ record books, claiming eight poles, eight wins and 11 podiums en route to the championship title.
Encouraged by his father and with Formula 1 desperate to have an American driver on the grid, Andretti was signed up by McLaren for the 1993 World Championship season. He was paired alongside the great Ayrton Senna (whose own contract wranglings with the team proved a massive distraction), and the Brazilian was in no mood to ease the rookie’s passage onto the Grand Prix stage. Compounding his steep learning curve was the need to learn every circuit with limited practice laps under the FIA’s new rules for the season.
To call Andretti’s Formula 1 foray a disaster would be an understatement. If there was an accident or spin, he seemed to be involved in it. His confidence dwindled with every race, and his refusal to relocate to Europe and instead remain Stateside meant he struggled to endear himself to the team.
By the mid-season, Andretti wanted out. He and team principal Ron Dennis negotiated an early exit from the team which would be announced after the Italian Grand Prix. Ironically, Andretti produced his best performance at Monza, finishing in third place.
Returning to IndyCar racing in 1994, Andretti slotted right back in with victory first time out at Surfers Paradise. Despite a further win at Toronto, it wasn’t the happiest of environments at Chip Ganassi Racing, so he returned to his spiritual home at Newman/Haas Racing the following year to take over the race seat vacated by the retirement of his father Mario.
He enjoyed his position as the sport’s elder statesman in subsequent years and remained competitive, even more so when he moved to Team Green in 2001 and placed third overall.
He then made the shock defection to the rival Indy Racing League series, forming his own Andretti Green Racing operation in 2003 and hiring Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan to drive alongside him. Struggling to juggle the challenge of being an owner/driver, he called time on his full-time racing career to concentrate on running his new team, although he made sporadic Indianapolis 500 outings until 2007.
The younger Andretti is perceived to be the victim of the ‘Andretti Curse’ at the Indianapolis 500, having never won the event in 16 attempts despite leading the race nine times. His second-place finish in 1991 remains his best result at ‘The Brickyard’.
Andretti continues to play a major role as a team owner in the IndyCar Series, while also owning or co-owning teams in the FIA Formula E Championship and Australian Supercars Championship.
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