JOHN ANDRETTI LOOKS FOR CONSISTENCY IN WINDOW WORLD CAR
INDIANAPOLIS (May 8, 2009) -- Track conditions are always tricky at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the month of May. Just ask John Andretti.
Andretti, the first driver to compete in the Memorial Weekend "Double" at Indy and Charlotte back in 1994, has been around the world's most famous race track as much as anyone in the current field. And Andretti knows what to expect with the wild weather trends.
The Indianapolis native experienced a variety of track conditions Friday during practice runs in his No. 43 Richard Petty Window World Honda Dallara. John recorded 29 laps Friday with a best speed of 222.079 miles per hour.
The Window World crew was busy Friday in the garage area with adjustments to Andretti's car throughout the day. The popular Andretti worked with his engineers on car setup and met with race fans, signing autographs between his on-track activities.
Andretti, a graduate of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., is as astute outside in his racing machine as he is in the cockpit. John assisted in developing a marketing plan for his racing endeavors this month including working closely with Window World, his primary sponsor . In addition, Andretti has worked hard to expand the website -- www.petty-andretti.com -- with daily video blogs and updated news from the track.
NASCAR legend Richard Petty, a first-time car owner in the Indy 500, will attending Pole Day action on Saturday to watch Andretti and the No. 43 Window World Honda attempt to qualify for one of the top eleven spots.. Petty, the seven-time Sprint Cup champion, will then fly back to Darlington, S.C., to witness his four drivers compete in the Southern 500 NASCAR race Saturday evening.
Andretti, a NASCAR Sprint Cup regular, will be trying to qualify for his tenth Indy 500 this weekend. Andretti won a NASCAR Sprint Cup event for Petty in 1999 at Martinsville.
John Andretti, No. 43 Richard Petty Window World Honda Dallara:
"We are going to make some more changes, and we will come out early tomorrow and run. It will be tough tomorrow. One lap is different than four laps. We need to keep the consistency and keep the same speed from the first lap. We will make some more changes to get some more drag and get a better balance, because you will need both to make the top eleven."