CHAMPCAR/CART: Michael Andretti acts as witness

Patrick Loquasto, an avid Michael Andretti fan, proposed to the future Mrs. Loquasto, Julie Turillo, this morning at the Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline transporter. Pat Loquasto contacted the team one month ago and stated his intention to ask Julie,...

Patrick Loquasto, an avid Michael Andretti fan, proposed to the future Mrs. Loquasto, Julie Turillo, this morning at the Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline transporter.

Pat Loquasto contacted the team one month ago and stated his intention to ask Julie, his girlfriend of two-and-one-half years to be his wife and asked if Andretti could be present while he "popped the question."

The couple, who watch all CART races on TV and attend many, are from Nazareth, Pa., Andretti's hometown.

"I had no idea he was planning to ask me to marry him today. I was wondering why he was running to the transporter this morning," said Julie Turillo.

"Michael is our favorite driver so when I knew we were coming to the race I contacted the team to see if there was any way we could meet Michael and have him present when I asked Julie to marry me," said Loquasto.

"I couldn't believe it when they said 'sure.' She was totally surprised. We both love CART racing and Michael is our favorite so I thought it would be special if I could propose in front of him."

The couple had breakfast in the Newman/Haas hospitality area after Turillo called many of her family members from the team transporter to share the news. The track PA announcer reported the engagement throughout the day.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti