August 21, 2015 |
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.
July 7, 2013 |
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.
May 25, 2013 |
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.
May 29, 2007 |
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.
December 21, 2005 |
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.
May 30, 2005 |
"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.
May 26, 2005 |
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.
August 24, 2003 |
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.
May 26, 2003 |
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.
May 25, 2003 |
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.