Michael Andretti, Driver, Andretti Green Racing Honda - 2003

2/26/2003 8:51:51 PM

Birthdate: October 5, 1962

Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pa.

Resides: Nazareth, PA

Height/Weight: 5'7", 160 lbs.

Personal: Married (Leslie)
3 children (Marco, Marissa, Lucca)

Interests: Fitness training, ice hockey


The all-time Champ Car victory leader among current drivers, Michael Andretti added to that number in 2002 with his 42nd open wheel racing win, scored at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

This year, Andretti takes the reins as an owner/driver in the IRL IndyCar Series, heading his own three-car team with Honda power.

One of the first "second generation" IndyCar drivers, Andretti is the eldest son of racing legend Mario Andretti. After starting in Formula Fords at the age of 18, Andretti quickly moved up through the racing ranks, winning the Formula Atlantic title in 1983 and making his CART debut the same year.

Andretti's first Champ Car victory came at Long Beach in 1986. Forty-one more wins and the 1991 series championship followed as he won at least one race every season except for 1988 and 1993, when Andretti spent one year racing for Team McLaren in Formula One.

Joining the Team Green organization in 2001, Andretti enjoyed Honda power for the first time in his career. In addition to posting victories at Toronto in 2001 and Long Beach in 2002, Andretti returned to the Indianapolis 500, finishing a very competitive third in 2001 and seventh last year.

Michael Andretti Racing Record

Year

Starts
1st
2-10th
Standings

Notes & Highlights

2002

20
1
12
9th

Won at Long Beach, 7th at the Indy 500

2001

21
1
11
3rd

Won again at Toronto, 3rd at the Indy 500

2000

20
2
8
8th

Wins in Japan and Toronto

1999

20
1
12
4th

Memorial Day weekend win at Gateway

1998

19
1
8
7th

Won Homestead second consecutive year

1997

17
1
7
8th

Gave Swift chassis its first Champ Car win

1996

16
5
4
2nd

Most race wins of any driver that year

1995

17
1
9
4th

Another Toronto race win

1994

16
2
8
4th

Returned from a year of Formula One racing

1992

16
5
6
2nd

Finished four points behind Bobby Rahal

1991

17
8
4
1st

Won CART championship

1990

16
5
6
2nd

Championship runner-up to Al Unser Jr.

1989

15
2
9
3rd

Wins at Michigan and Toronto

1988

15
0
10
6th

Five top-three results

1987

15
4
7
2nd

Runner-up to Bobby Rahal

1986

17
3
8
2nd

First Champ Car victories

1985

15
0
6
9th

Six top-10 results

1984

16
0
9
7th

Indy 500 Rookie of the Year

1983

3
0
1
26th

Also Formula Atlantic Champion