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June 18, 1990 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Michael Andretti shook off his challengers and his run of bad luck, running away with yesterday's Detroit Grand Prix. The 27-year-old driver, who lost two weeks ago at Milwaukee when he ran out of fuel while leading two laps from the end, this time led all 62 laps around the 2.5-mile, 17-turn downtown street circuit. "I didn't raise my hand until I knew I could coast across the finish line," Andretti said. "Then I knew I could rejoice. " It was Andretti's 10th career victory, but his first since winning the Marlboro 500 in August at Michigan International Speedway.
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September 17, 1990 | The Inquirer Staff
Michael Andretti survived a spin off the track and outraced his father, Mario, to win the rain-soaked CART Red Roof Inns 200 yesterday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The younger Andretti, who started from the pole, dominated the race until he slid off the wet track and through grass and gravel halfway through the 89- lap race. Michael Andretti resumed the race in third place, but caught Eddie Cheever to move into second. After dueling his father for several laps, Andretti slipped into the lead and gradually built his lead for the rest of the race, posting a 7.63-second margin for his fourth win of 1990.
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August 30, 1992 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Michael Andretti outdueled Emerson Fittipaldi in a record-smashing battle yesterday for the pole position in today's Vancouver Molson-Indy. Andretti, who grabbed the provisional pole on Friday with a track-record lap of 108.494 m.p.h., raised the mark on the 1.677-mile, nine-turn street circuit to 110.746, but not before Fittipaldi, who was third in Friday's qualifying, offered a serious challenge. Andretti, who now has won the pole for each of the three Indy-car races at Vancouver, came up with a lap of 109.860 about halfway through yesterday's 30- minute qualifying session, seemingly fast enough to gain his fourth pole of the season and 24th of his career, since no one else was close at that point.
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October 3, 1992 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Michael Andretti won another pole position yesterday, setting a track record at Pennsylvania International Raceway and making the battle for tomorrow's Indy-car Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix championship even tighter. Andretti, who lives less than three miles from the Nazareth track, used whatever home-track advantage he might have in turning a lap of 181.435 miles per hour. He smashed the track record of 178.740, set last year by Rick Mears on the one-mile oval. While Andretti led the way, each of the top six drivers climbed above 180, and the top eight all beat the mark set by Mears, who has been sidelined in recent weeks while recovering from a wrist injury.
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June 26, 1986 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, Daily News Sports Writer
Michael Andretti is leaving his spectacular, new hilltop home on a sunny afternoon earlier this week. As a visitor from Philadelphia unlocks his car, Andretti smiles and says, "You don't have to lock your car here. " Michael Andretti knows his place. Whether it is at home, in this pleasant Lehigh Valley town of 6,000, or on the race track, Andretti knows who he is and where he wants to go. As the leading driver on the Indy-car circuit this season, his place on the race track usually has been in front.
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October 3, 1991 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Michael Andretti is so hot that he should wear his fireproof racing suit around his hilltop home in Nazareth, Pa. Don't touch dad, kids, he's hot, hot, hot. Winning two races on the 17-race Indy-car circuit is a major accomplishment. Top drivers frequently are betrayed by broken equipment or accidents that knock them out of races. To win seven of 15, including the last three in a row, as Andretti has done, is astounding. Those CART-record seven wins have occurred in the last 11 races.
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September 23, 1991 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Running a nearly perfect strategic race, Michael Andretti outdueled Al Unser Jr. yesterday to win the Texaco-Havoline 200, his third consecutive victory. The 50-lap, 200-mile race at Road America is difficult to finish without constantly conserving fuel, and yesterday's record pace added to the problem. Andretti waited until two laps from the end to make a five-second fuel-only pit stop that enabled him to get back onto the track just ahead of Unser and go on to his career-high seventh victory of the season.
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August 21, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
IT'S NOT surprising that Mario Andretti wants the IndyCar series to continue at Pocono Raceway. Andretti, one of world's legendary racers, has won at Pocono (1986), where the ABC Supply 500 will be held Sunday. The track is about 30 miles from his home in Nazareth, Pa. Andretti's son, Michael, is a former successful racer and now a team owner in IndyCar. Michael's son, Marco, drives for him. "I would love for IndyCar to continue at Pocono," Andretti said Tuesday. "It's a great venue with tradition.
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July 7, 2013 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND, Pa. - There's another racer from Nazareth, Pa., except he is not named Andretti. Sage Karam, 18, is attempting to follow in the fast footsteps of Mario, Michael, Jeff, John and now Marco Andretti. Karam has won the last two Firestone Indy Lights races. He'll race today in the scheduled 4 p.m. Indy Lights event at Pocono Raceway. Karam should be easy to find on the track: His No. 8 car is one of only eight in the 40-lap/100-mile race that supports tomorrow's Pocono IndyCar 400 Fueled by Sunoco.
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May 25, 2013 | Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Shortly before he left his home in Nazareth, Pa., for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Marco Andretti watched a documentary that showed his grandfather Mario at the famed track. "It was him and [radio announcer] Paul Page. They were walking down the start/finish line and he said, 'You know, I always said I hated this place,' " Andretti recalled his grandfather saying. "And then he paused for a while and said, 'I lied.' That pretty much tells it all. We've been through a lot here, but we live for it. " Five drivers from the Andretti clan have combined to make 80 starts in the Indianapolis 500. Mario Andretti's 1969 victory remains the lone win and the family has been answering questions about the "Andretti Curse" for decades now. It was Michael Andretti who had it the worst, leading 431 laps in 16 career starts and never getting a chance to drink the celebratory milk.
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May 29, 2007 | INQUIRER STAFF
Michael Andretti has retired for a second time as a race-car driver after finishing a disappointing 13th in the Indianapolis 500. Andretti's decision to focus fully on running Andretti Green Racing came one day after his 16th appearance at Indy. Andretti, 45, has led more laps (426) at Indy than any other non-winning driver. But the son of 1969 Indy winner Mario Andretti - and a longtime open-wheel star - never won the race. Nor has his son, Marco, who finished 24th Sunday after a jarring crash that wrecked his car but left him uninjured.
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December 21, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Michael Andretti announced yesterday that he would return to the cockpit after a three-year retirement for the Indianapolis 500 in May. Andretti, 43, said he would give his son, Marco, a full-time ride on the Indy Racing League circuit. Michael's father, Mario, won at Indy in 1969 and never made it back to Victory Lane. A.J. Foyt Enterprises has hired Felipe Giaffone, the 2001 IRL rookie of the year, to drive the No. 14 Dallara in the 2006 IRL series. Chevrolet has become the title sponsor of the Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge, to be held Jan. 5 to 7 in Lake Placid, N.Y. Colleges Junior forward Erick Murray, a walk-on, was kicked off the Cincinnati basketball team for violating an unspecified rule.
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May 30, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
"No more curse. " With those words, Michael Andretti took a long gulp from the bottle of milk in his right hand and declared himself a winner yesterday. "I finally won the Indianapolis 500," he said, breaking into a wide grin. "I never tasted milk so good. " Seemingly hexed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway throughout his 20-year driving career, Andretti, 42, finally nabbed the ultimate prize. As a team owner with Andretti Green Racing, he celebrated when Dan Wheldon outdueled rookie phenom Danica Patrick in the closing laps to win the Indy 500. The leaders ran so close to the edge as the miles wound down that Wheldon ran out of fuel before he could return to Victory Lane.
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May 26, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Fresh-faced, tanned and eager, 18-year-old Marco Andretti sat trackside yesterday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, basking in brilliant sunshine. Everywhere he looked, the famed Brickyard seemed to conjure up memories. He said he could not put his emotions into words. "I basically grew up here one month out of the year, every year," Andretti said. "What I remember most was just hanging out over the years, listening to the announcers say my grandfather's and my father's name.
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August 24, 2003 | By Pete Schnatz FOR THE INQUIRER
Who could have known that life outside a race car could be so much fun? Certainly not Michael Andretti. In the week leading up to today's Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway (ESPN, 3 p.m.), the Lehigh Valley's favorite son has been feted with a hero's welcome - an Allentown street was renamed in his honor and a black-tie gala celebrated his storied racing career. Less than three months after hanging up his helmet and gloves to concentrate on his role as a first-year owner of Andretti Green Racing, Andretti has a legitimate chance at winning the Indy Racing League championship.
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May 26, 2003 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As Michael Andretti stood in front of his garage, speaking softly, the cars still running in the Indianapolis 500 kept drowning out his voice. "It was just a loose mechanical thing in the engine," Andretti said. "Just a throttle body that came apart. We never had that before. " Andretti's career had ended minutes earlier with one final torture. His first words to his father: "Why did it have to happen to me?" Mario Andretti, who had handed down "the curse" from his own Indy career, said, "Same song, a different day," after driving the golf cart that ferried Michael back to the garage.
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May 25, 2003 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He never tried to be his father, perhaps the world's most famous race car driver, who always reveled in the glory of it, the passion, all the accolades. For Michael Andretti, the next-generation star taking his last ride today at the Indianapolis 500, his own raging motivations always have come from the opposite direction: He was scared to death of failing. "It has to do with the way I was brought up, being 'the son of,' " Andretti said. Michael and Mario Andretti, the grandson and son of Italian immigrants who settled in the Lehigh Valley, are still in Nazareth, entrenched in adjoining villas on a 120-acre spread paid for by their cars.
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