BIOGRAPHY
Full Name Michael Mario Andretti
Nationality American
Born 5 October 1962, Bethlehem
Father Mario Andretti
Website Official Website
Twitter @michaelandretti
Instagram @andretti_michael
FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CAREER
Entries Races Non-Starts Best Grid Wins Podiums F/L Pts DNFs
13 13 0 5/26 0 1 0 7 7
First Grand Prix Last Grand Prix
1993 South African Grand Prix 1993 Italian Grand Prix
Season Team Chassis Engine Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1993 McLaren MP4/8 Ford Cosworth 3.0 V8 13 0 0 1 0 7 11th
CART / INDYCAR CAREER
Season Team Engine Races Poles Wins Podiums Pts Rank
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
Year Team Chassis Engine Start Finish
1984 Kraco Racing March Cosworth 4th 5th
1985 Kraco Racing Lola Cosworth 15th 8th
1986 Kraco Racing March Cosworth 3rd 6th
1987 Kraco Racing March Cosworth 9th 29th (DNF)
1988 Kraco Racing March Cosworth 10th 4th
1989 Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet 21st 17th (DNF)
1990 Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet 5th 20th (DNF)
1991 Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet 5th 2nd
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)
2001 Team Green Dallara Oldsmobile 21st 3rd
2002 Team Green Dallara Chevrolet 25th 7th
2003 Andretti Green Dallara Honda 13th 27th (DNF)
2006 Andretti Green Dallara Honda 13th 3rd
2007 Andretti Green Dallara Honda 11th 13th
ENDURANCE RACING HIGHLIGHTS
Year Event (Class) Team Car Co-Driver(s) Result
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
Philippe Alliot
3rd
1988 Le Mans 24 Hours (C1) Porsche A.G. Porsche 962C Mario Andretti
John Andretti
6th
1991 Daytona 24 Hours (GTP) Jochen Dauer Racing Porsche 962C Mario Andretti
Jeff Andretti
3rd

Michael Andretti, McLaren Ford MP4/8 - 1993 European Grand Prix


Biography

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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