Marco Andretti

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Marco Michael Andretti
Marco Andretti 2009 Indy 500 Carb Day.JPG
Marco Andretti at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2009
Nationality American
Born (1987-03-13) March 13, 1987 (age 27)
Nazareth, Pennsylvania
Related to Mario Andretti (grandfather)
Michael Andretti (father)
John Andretti (cousin)
Aldo Andretti (great uncle)
Adam Andretti (cousin)
Jeff Andretti (uncle)
2014 IndyCar Series
Debut season 2006
Current team Andretti Autosport
Car no. 25
Starts 145
Wins 2
Poles 4
Fastest laps 6
Best champ.
finish
5th in 2013

Marco Michael Andretti (born March 13, 1987) is an American auto racing driver who drives the #25 car for Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar Series. He is the third generation of the famous Andretti racing family.

Early career[edit]

Andretti making his Indy Pro Series debut in 2005 on the Streets of St. Petersburg

Marco was born to Sandra and eventual IndyCar champion Michael Andretti. Marco's paternal grandfather Mario is a racing legend, he raced professionally for 4 decades and had success in the United States and all over the globe in various categories of racing. Other Andretti family members also have had success in various categories of racing.

Andretti won eight races in the 2003 Barber Formula Dodge Eastern Championship, and was champion in the Barber National and Southern class the following year.[1]

Still barely out of high school, he raced in the Star Mazda series in 2005 and also made six starts in the Indy Pro Series.[1] He won three times (at St. Petersburg, Liberty Challenge, and Sonoma) and finished 10th in points despite only starting half the races.

Motorsports journalist Gordon Kirby suggested at the Champ Car finale in Mexico City that the youngest Andretti would be replacing Dan Wheldon in his #26 Jim Beam Dallara-Honda for 2006 with Michael Andretti coming out of retirement to run a fifth car for his Andretti Green Racing team at the Indianapolis 500. Though a novel proposition to some, it was later confirmed in a December 15 press conference that he would move up to the Indy Racing League full-time as the youngest driver in series history and would trade sponsors (New York Stock Exchange and Motorola) with Dario Franchitti as Andretti was not old enough to run an alcohol-sponsored car.

Indy Car Series[edit]

2006[edit]

In his rookie start on March 26, 2006 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the #26 New York Stock Exchange Dallara Honda, Andretti started 13th but broke a halfshaft in his first pitstop, eliminating him from the race.

With his Rookie of the Year performance in May at the Indianapolis 500, he became the third Andretti to finish in the top five in his first Indianapolis 500 appearance, by finishing second to Sam Hornish Jr. in the second closest finish in Indy history (0.0635), joining his father Michael (5th in 1984) and his grandfather Mario (3rd in 1965 and 1st in 1969).

On August 27, 2006, Marco Andretti, at the time, became the youngest winner (19 yrs., 5 mo., 14 days) of a major open-wheel racing event (later to be replaced by Graham Rahal) as he scored his first career Indy Racing League victory at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. His win established him as the 2006 Bombardier Rookie of the Year.

Marco (left) practicing with Michael Andretti at Indy in 2007

2007[edit]

The 2007 season was not as successful for Marco. He failed to finish ten times and only completed 7 races. The team struggled to find balance on 1.5-mile (2.4 km) ovals, with accidents eliminating him from the races in Japan, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Chicago, as well as the Mid Ohio road course. After finishing second at Michigan International Speedway, Marco finished eleventh place overall with 350 points, and is yet to repeat his 2006 victory. Out of 17 races in the season, he had 10 DNFs and his highest place was a 2nd place.

2008[edit]

Andretti at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2008.

Marco ran his first night race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the first race of the 2008 season, with a 2nd place finish behind Scott Dixon, earning him 40 points. He also led the most laps of the race, 85, and received an additional three points.

In the second race of the season at St. Petersburg, FL, Marco snapped a half-shaft on the #26 Gillette Fusion trying to leave the pits. This was his first DNF (did not finish) of the season.

In the third race of the season at Motegi, Japan, Marco spun the #26 Alpine car out on the first lap of the race. This was his second DNF of the season.

At the 2008 Indianapolis 500, Andretti finished third, after leading several laps.[2] During the race, he made a pass by teammate, Tony Kanaan, who then crashed into the wall, blaming Marco.

A week later he captured his first IndyCar Series pole at the Milwaukee Mile (at 21 years, 79 days old, he became the youngest IndyCar pole winner at the time [3]), but crashed out with 3 laps to go in the race. His car slipped up the track, collecting Ed Carpenter, which in turn caused Vitor Meira to go airborne as he drove over Andretti's tire. The eventual winner, Ryan Briscoe, missed the wreckage "..by a foot..." Andretti finished 21st.

On June 7, 2008, Andretti added another DNF to the 2008 season at Texas Motor Speedway. Andretti had one of the best cars that night and was able to drive the high line all night, but Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti made contact with just a few laps to go. The knees of Andretti were x-rayed, but came back negative.

At the Iowa Speedway on June 22, 2008, Andretti finished third.

The following Saturday, Marco ran a strong race at the Richmond International Raceway but lost position when he pitted under green and a subsequent caution allowed the race leaders to pit under yellow, denying Marco's chance to regain position. He finished ninth.

On July 6, 2008, Andretti finished fifth at Watkins Glen International.

At the Nashville Superspeedway on July 12, Marco went out in the third lap in an incident that he initially thought was a driver error but later examination of the #26 car revealed that it was the result of a mechanical failure (left front shock). He also raced earlier the same day running in the American LeMans race at Lime Rock Park, Conn in the AGR XM Acura.

On July 20 at Mid-Ohio, Marco got caught up in a four-car wreck on a restart on lap 42 which ended his race.

On July 26 at Edmonton City Centre Airport, Marco lead a couple of times, but he finished 17th after he tagged his teammate Danica Patrick.

On August 9 at Kentucky Speedway, Marco took the lead from Scott Dixon, but as the race neared its end, all drivers had to pit for more fuel and Dixon took the win, while Andretti finished third.

On August 24 at Infineon Raceway Marco had an uneventful day and he finished 14th.

On Aug 31 at Belle Isle, Marco DNFed(mechanical), finishing 18th.

On September 7, the last points event of the 2008 season, Marco had an eighth place finish at Chicagoland Speedway.

On October 26, Marco finished the season off with a 13th place finish in the exhibition race at Surfers Paradise.

The 2008 season proved to be a struggle for the 21-year-old. Marco performed much better on the ovals, and struggled on the road and street courses. Marco Andretti finished 7th in the points and DNFed 7 times.

2009[edit]

Andretti in 2010.

The 2009 season began on two street circuits, giving Marco an opportunity to show the benefits of his recent A1GP experience. At St. Pete he tangled late in the race with veteran Alex Tagliani, finishing 13th, but overcame a 19th place start in Long Beach to finish 6th due to a different pitting sequence. This was Marco's first time at Long Beach, a circuit at which both his father and grandfather won multiple times. After a 6th place finish at Kansas Marco looked to Indianapolis, where he had been 2nd and 3rd in two of his three starts. Starting 8th, Andretti attempted to pass KV Racing's Mario Moraes on the outside of the Southchute (between Turns 1 and 2). Moraes moved towards the wall, apparently unaware that Marco was outside of him, and both cars collected the wall. Both Andretti and Moraes expressed their displeasure with each other in their on-air interviews. Andretti called the second-year driver "clueless" and said that "he doesn't get it and never will. I should have known who I was racing with."[4]

The remainder of the year did not yield much success, as Marco's best finish of the year was 4th at Texas. He continued his improved form on road and street courses, finishing 5th at Watkins Glen, 8th in his first race in Toronto (where his father won a record seven times), and 6th at Mid-Ohio before finishing 8th in the final standings.

2011[edit]

Andretti placed 9th at Indianapolis after starting 27th. On June 25, 2011, Andretti won his second IZOD IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway. It was his first win in 79 races since his win at Infineon Raceway in 2006, (his debut season).

2012[edit]

The 2012 season was a struggle for Andretti. He started the year with a 14th place at St. Petersburg, 11th at Alabama, a DNF 25th at Long Beach, and 14th at São Paulo. He led the most laps (59) at Indianapolis, but hit the Turn 1 wall on Lap 188, making his second DNF of the season. Andretti continued the season with 11th at Detroit, 17th at Texas, 15th at Milwaukee, and a best finish of his season at Iowa, where he finished 2nd. Following his runner-up at Iowa, he had 16th at Toronto, 14th at Edmonton, 8th at Mid-Ohio, and DNF 25th place at Sonoma. At Baltimore, Andretti made another finish in the back of the field, finishing 14th at Baltimore. Just as the season was about to end, he received his second pole position of his career at Fontana, finishing the race 8th. Andretti finished 16th on the point standings.

Marco's 2012 season was marked as an all time low for himself. His successes in the season included his Most Laps Lead at Indianapolis, his 2nd place finish at Iowa, and his Pole Position at Fontana.

2013[edit]

Marco Andretti started off the 2013 season with a third place finish at St. Petersburg. This was followed by 2 seventh place finishes at Barber and Long Beach. In the first three races, he tied his number of top tens (3) with the number he had in 2012. After 3 races Marco was 4th in the points only 12 points back.[5] In the fourth race of the season at São Paulo, Marco finished 3rd and was able to move to second in the championship 13 points behind Takuma Sato. He also led his first seven laps of the season at this race.[6] At the Indy 500, Marco qualified 3rd and was consistently in the top 5 throughout the race. He led 31 laps and finished 4th after two late yellow flags that prevented him from moving forward in the field. After the race, Marco said he was "frustrated" with the finish because he had not been below fourth all race. However, after the 500 he took the points lead by 11 points over Takuma Sato.[7] He continued his season with his first double header at Detroit, finishing 20th the first race, his lowest finish of the season, and 6th at the second race, marking improvement between the two. At Texas, an oval, he performed relatively well, staying within the top 10 for most of the race, and later finishing 5th. Then came another career highlight, as he snatched a 3rd pole position at Milwaukee, which was his second at the track. Despite his success in qualifying, his engine blew after the first pit stop, leaving him with a 20th place finish. Following Milwaukee came Iowa, a race he had won at in 2011. He finished 9th. At Pocono, where his grandfather and father had once raced, he was at the top of his game, setting the track record for the fastest lap, and gaining a 4th career pole. Despite leading early in the race, he faded to a 10th place finish in the end. At Toronto, his second double header of his career and of the season, he qualified and finished in the top 10, staying consistently well during the race. Initially, he finished 4th, but was moved up to 3rd due to a penalty issued to Dario Franchitti, who was initially in 3rd. After the penalty was revoked, he was bumped back down to 4th. He finished 9th in the other race at Toronto, without any other events altering his finish. At Mid Ohio, a track that he had performed decent at, he finished 9th, without having many eventful occurrences throughout the course of the race.

Formula One[edit]

Honda Racing F1 tests[edit]

Honda Racing F1 announced in December, 2006 that Andretti would be presented with an opportunity to test their Formula One car,[8] and on December 15, Andretti drove their Formula One car at Jerez in Spain.[9] Honda sporting director Gil de Ferran commented that he had done a good job.[10]

Andretti said that he had greatly enjoyed the test but also told reporters that he wishes to enter Formula One only after he has won the Indy 500.[11]

On February 7 and February 8, 2007 Andretti participated in a second Honda Racing F1 test for two days in Jerez, Spain. As in the previous test Marco drove the team's 2006 Formula One car. His (unofficial) fastest lap of the day on February 7 was less than 1.5 seconds slower than Honda team driver Jenson Button's fastest time.[12] His (unofficial) fastest time on February 8 (in rainy/changing conditions) was less than one second slower than that of the 2005 and 2006 Formula One World Drivers' Champion Fernando Alonso's fastest lap.[13]

American Le Mans Series[edit]

12 Hours of Sebring[edit]

Marco drove in the ALMS Sebring 12 hour endurance race for the Andretti Green Racing XM Satellite Radio car in March 2008. He was able to put in times in the 1 minute 48 second range that neither of his co-drivers were able to match. Although the car was retired early from the race, it was in the position for a podium finish.

On July 12, 2008, Andretti raced in the American LeMans race at Lime Rock Park, Conn in the AGR XM Acura. Later that same day, he raced in the IndyCar Series race in Nashville.

Marco Andretti, Franck Montagny and Tony Kanaan raced at the Petit Le Mans on October 4, 2008. A late-race incident retired the #26 XM Radio Acura early, with a seventh-place finish in LMP2 and 16th overall.

GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series[edit]

Marco made his Rolex Sports Car Series debut in the 2012 24 Hours of Daytona, driving the No. 2 Starworks Motorsport Riley-Ford with Ryan Hunter-Reay, Michael Valiante, Scott Mayer and Miguel Potolicchio, finishing 10th overall.[14]

A1 Grand Prix[edit]

2008-09 season[edit]

On November 3, 2008, Marco was confirmed to be racing for A1 Team USA at the second round of the 2008-09 A1 Grand Prix season.[15][16] Marco was given the opportunity to race after Andretti Green Racing was revealed to be taking over the management of A1 Team USA starting with the 2008-09 season, and his father Michael Andretti became seat holder.[17]

Racing record[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2005 Andretti Green Racing HMS PHX STP
1
INDY
16
TXS IMS
1
NSH MIL KTY
3
PPIR SNM
1
CHI WGL
2
FON 10th 250

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2006 Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda HMS
15
STP
15
MOT
12
INDY
2
WGL
16
TXS
14
RIR
4
KAN
9
NSH
8
MIL
5
MCH
8
KTY
17
SNM
1
CHI
18
7th 325
2007 Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda HMS
20
STP
4
MOT
16
KAN
19
INDY
24
MIL
15
TXS
19
IOW
2
RIR
12
WGL
5
NSH
5
MDO
18
MCH
2
KTY
4
SNM
16
DET
17
CHI
22
11th 350
2008 Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda HMS
2
STP
25
MOT1
18
LBH1
KAN
5
INDY
3
MIL
21
TXS
19
IOW
3
RIR
9
WGL
5
NSH
24
MDO
25
EDM
17
KTY
3
SNM
14
DET
18
CHI
8
SRF2
13
7th 363
2009 Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda STP
13
LBH
6
KAN
6
INDY
30
MIL
7
TXS
4
IOW
12
RIR
7
WGL
5
TOR
8
EDM
10
KTY
10
MDO
6
SNM
14
CHI
11
MOT
7
HMS
22
8th 380
2010 Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda SAO
23
STP
12
ALA
5
LBH
14
KAN
13
INDY
3
TXS
3
IOW
15
WGL
13
TOR
8
EDM
11
MDO
9
SNM
12
CHI
3
KTY
6
MOT
11
HMS
7
8th 392
2011 Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda STP
24
ALA
4
LBH
26
SAO
14
INDY
9
TXS
13
TXS
6
MIL
13
IOW
1
TOR
4
EDM
14
MDO
7
NHM
24
SNM
24
BAL
25
MOT
3
KTY
27
LVS3
C
8th 337
2012 Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
14
ALA
11
LBH
25
SAO
14
INDY
24
DET
11
TXS
17
MIL
15
IOW
2
TOR
16
EDM
14
MDO
8
SNM
25
BAL
14
FON
8
16th 278
2013 Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
3
ALA
7
LBH
7
SAO
3
INDY
4
DET
20
DET
6
TXS
5
MIL
20
IOW
9
POC
10
TOR
4
TOR
9
MDO
9
SNM
4
BAL
10
HOU
13
HOU
20
FON
7
5th 484
2014 Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12 Honda STP
22
LBH
8
ALA
2
IMS
14
INDY
3
DET
10
DET
16
TXS
22
HOU
8
HOU
10
POC
9
IOW
18
TOR
16
TOR
8
MDO
22
MIL
SNM
FON
10th* 383*

* Season in progress

1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.
3 The Las Vegas Indy 300 was abandoned after Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
8 1 138 4 2 15 50 0 0
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes.
*** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2006 Dallara Honda 9 2 Andretti Green
2007 Dallara Honda 9 24 Andretti Green
2008 Dallara Honda 7 3 Andretti Green
2009 Dallara Honda 8 30 Andretti Green
2010 Dallara Honda 16 3 Andretti Autosport
2011 Dallara Honda 27 9 Andretti Autosport
2012 Dallara Chevrolet 4 24 Andretti Autosport
2013 Dallara Chevrolet 3 4 Andretti Autosport
2014 Dallara Honda 6 3 Andretti Autosport

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2008 Andretti Green Racing LMP2 Acura ARX-01b Acura 3.4L V8 M SEB
ovr:18
cls:6
STP LNB UTA LIM
ovr:6
cls:5
MID AME MOS DET PET
ovr:16
cls:7
MON 24th 38

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 DC Points
2008–09 A1 Team USA NED
SPR

NED
FEA

CHN
SPR

15
CHN
FEA

8
MYS
SPR

Ret
MYS
FEA

3
NZL
SPR

11
NZL
FEA

11
RSA
SPR

17
RSA
FEA

8
POR
SPR

12
POR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

GBR
SPR

11th 24

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2010 Switzerland Rebellion Racing France Nicolas Prost
Switzerland Neel Jani
Lola B10/60-Rebellion LMP1 175 DNF DNF

Touring Car racing[edit]

Complete V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Final Pos Points
2012 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

SYM
R3

SYM
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

PER
R7

PER
R8

PER
R9

PHI
R10

PHI
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

SMP
R18

SMP
R19

SAN
Q

SAN
R20

BAT
R21

SUR
R22

Ret
SUR
R23

Ret
YMC
R24

YMC
R25

YMC
R26

WIN
R27

WIN
R28

SYD
R29

SYD
R30

NC 0 †

† Not Eligible for points

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Meet the rookies: Marco Andretti". F1Fanatic.co.uk. 2007-08-15. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  2. ^ Patrick, Kanaan, Rahal, Foyt run into trouble at Indy 500 AP on ESPN.com May 25, 2008
  3. ^ Andretti edges Rahal to become youngest IndyCar pole winner AP on ESPN.com May 31, 2008
  4. ^ http://www.crash.net/indycar/News/147367/1/andretti_slams_clueless_kid_moraes.html
  5. ^ Lewandowski, Dave. "http://www.indycar.com/News/2013/04/4-21-Notes-from-Long-Beach-race-day". Indycar. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  6. ^ Estrada, Chris. "Marco Andretti "We're on par for a great season."". NBC Sports. 
  7. ^ Weaver, Matt. "2013 Indianapolis 500 results: Marco Andretti comes up short once again". 
  8. ^ "Honda hand test to Andretti". Overdrive. 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2006-12-11. 
  9. ^ "F1 in the news". F1Fanatic.co.uk. 2006-12-15. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  10. ^ "Action packed final Jerez test". Overdrive. 2006-12-16. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  11. ^ "Andretti wants to win 500 then join F1". GPUpdate.net. 2006-12-15. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  12. ^ "Marco Andretti joins Jenson for day two at Jerez". HondaRacingF1.com. 2007-02-07. 
  13. ^ "Barrichello and Andretti in action at wet Jerez". HondaRacingF1.com. 2007-02-08. 
  14. ^ Dagys, John. "Michael Shank Racing Wins Gripping 50th Rolex24". Web. SPEED.com. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Marco Andretti confirmed for USA". a1gp.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  16. ^ "First start for Andretti". indycar.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  17. ^ "Andretti Green Racing to run USA". a1gp.com. 2008-10-01. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Danica Patrick
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

2006
Succeeded by
Phil Giebler
IndyCar Series
Rookie of the Year

2006
Succeeded by
Ryan Hunter-Reay