Like Father Like Son
December 20, 2005 | 11:48 A.M. EST
The Andretti name will return to the Brickyard next season as not one, but two members of the famous family take part in the 2006 Indianapolis 500.
Michael Andretti and his son Marco announced they will compete in the 90th Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 2006 as teammates with Andretti Green Racing.
Marco Andretti also will drive for AGR in the entire 2006 IndyCar Series season joining Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan and Bryan Herta.
Next season will be the first time an Andretti takes part in the 500 since 2003, when Michael Andretti last drove in a race before focusing entirely on his co-ownership role at AGR.
Andretti led twice for 28 laps during that race before a broken throttle linkage ended his day after 94 laps. He placed 27th.
“I think I’ll have as good a shot as I’ve ever had to win the Indianapolis 500, and I think I can also be a big help to Marco as he gets ready to make his first ‘500’ start,” Michael said.
The move to Indy Racing's top division has Marco Andretti looking forward to driving a full season in the IRL.
“I’m excited about having the opportunity to drive the ArcaEx car for Andretti Green Racing," he said. "Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time in the paddock with the ArcaEx team, as well as my three teammates, so that is a plus. I know that I have a lot of work ahead of me and a pretty steep learning curve, but I also know that I have one of the best teams in motorsports working with me.”
Michael and Marco Andretti will be the 19th father-son pairing with Indianapolis 500 starts on their resumes but just the fourth such duo to race together at Indy. Al Unser and Al Unser Jr. were the first, in 1983, and Mario and Michael Andretti achieved the feat in 1984. Mario and Jeff Andretti became the third father-son combo in the same race in 1991.