Jeff Andretti

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Jeff Andretti
Jeff andretti at indy500 in 2012.JPG
Jeff Andretti at the 2012 Indianapolis 500 Legends Day
Nationality United States American
Born (1964-04-14) April 14, 1964 (age 50)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Awards 1991 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
1991 PPG Indy Car World Series Rookie of the Year
Champ Car career
21 race(s) run over 5 year(s)
Years active 1990-1994
Team(s) TEAMKAR International (1990)
Bayside Motorsports (1991)
A. J. Foyt Enterprises (1992)
Pagan Racing (1993)
Euromotorsports, Hemelgarn Racing (1994)
Best champ.
finish
15th - 1991
First race 1990 Miller Genuine Draft 200 (Milwaukee)
Last race 1994 Slick 50 200 (Phoenix)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
3 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
64th - 1999
First race 1999 Pronto Auto Parts 400K (Texas)
Last race 1999 NAPA Autocare 200 (Nazareth)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

Jeff Andretti (born April 14, 1964) is a former American race car driver. He competed in CART, and was the series' Rookie of the Year in 1991.

Personal life[edit]

Jeff is the youngest son of the legendary Italian-born Mario Andretti, younger brother of Michael Andretti, and uncle of Marco Andretti. Jeff is the nephew of Mario's twin Aldo Andretti and cousin of Aldo's sons John Andretti and Adam Andretti. The Andretti family became the first family to have four relatives (Michael, Mario, Jeff, and John) compete in the same series (CART).[1]

Racing career[edit]

From 1990 until 1994 he drove in the CART IndyCar series. He has driven in the Indianapolis 500 three times, with a best finish of 15th in 1991 in his first start at the track. In his second attempt at the "500" a year later in 1992, he became yet another victim of the infamous Andretti Curse at the famed race track when a right rear wheel came loose off his car at Turn 2 and he crashed violently head-on into the wall, smashing both his legs. The accident severely hampered Andretti's career, at least in terms of his competitiveness, since he was never the same afterwards. He later managed, however, to come back and race Indy Lights for Canaska in 1995 and North American Touring Car Championship in a Leitzinger Racing Ford in 1996.

In the late 1990s Andretti moved to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, driving the No. 94 Chevrolet for Enerjetix Motorsports;[2] he raced in three events in 1999, posting a best finish of 30th at the Milwaukee Mile.[3]

Andretti is now retired from competitive racing, and works as a driving instructor.[4]

Motorsports career results[edit]

American open-wheel racing[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1990 Lola Cosworth Failed to Qualify
1991 Lola Cosworth 11th 15th
1992 Lola Chevrolet 20th 18th
1993 Lola Buick 16th 29th
1994 Lola Buick Failed to Qualify

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

North American Touring Car Championship[edit]

(key)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schwartz, Larry. "Mario Andretti synonymous with racing". Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. ESPN. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Past News: January 1998". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. January 8, 1998. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  3. ^ "Jeff Andretti - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Pruett, Marshall (May 23, 2012). "Jeff Andretti Thriving 20 Years After Indy 500 Crash". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Eddie Cheever
Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
1991
Succeeded by
Lyn St. James
Preceded by
Eddie Cheever
CART Rookie of the Year
1991
Succeeded by
Stefan Johansson