IRL: CHAMPCAR/CART: Michael Andretti returns to Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, March 27, 2001) -- The five-year Indianapolis 500 hiatus is over for Champ Car driver Michael Andretti and race team owner Barry Green. Today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Andretti and Green announced an entry for ...

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, March 27, 2001) -- The five-year Indianapolis 500 hiatus is over for Champ Car driver Michael Andretti and race team owner Barry Green.

Today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Andretti and Green announced an entry for "Motorola/Archipelago" in the 85th running of the Indianapolis 500. On May 27, Andretti will be driving a 2001 Dallara/Aurora in the famous Memorial Day weekend event.

"I feel like I have some unfinished business at this place," said Andretti, a consistent front-runner who in 11 previous Indy 500 entries has never won "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing". "In my last race at Indy I went out while leading the race and I've been eager to get back to the Speedway and replace my last memory of the brickyard." He has led 382 laps in the "500", more than any driver who has not visited Indy's Victory Lane.

Barry Green, a native of Australia, is the owner of Team Green, which fields a three-car effort in the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series. Green is excited about his return to Indianapolis, "I've wanted to come back and the circumstances weren't right, but this year the program -- between Michael and Motorola/Archipelago -- came together." Green's last Indianapolis 500, which coincidentally was his first time there as a car owner, was a huge success. Team Green driver Jacques Villeneuve won the Indianapolis 500, taking the checkered flag and overcoming a two-lap mid-race penalty. IMS president Tony George joined the announcement via teleconference.

George the founder of the Indy Racing League in 1996, has a long relationship with both Andretti and Green. "I warmly welcome Michael and Barry to the Indianapolis 500," George said. "They are both great racers. Racing fans, the Indy community and the motorsports industry worldwide will be watching this program with deep interest. We welcome their entry."

Andretti drives for Green's Team Motorola in the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series where Archipelago is a major associate sponsor. This will be Archipelago's first appearance in the Indy 500 as the co-primary sponsor of the Motorola/Archipelago entry. Archipelago CEO Jerry Putnam strongly supported Andretti and Green with the 2001 Indianapolis 500 program. "Michael's enthusiasm for wanting to compete in the Indy 500 really drove Archipelago's interest in helping him get here," Putnam said. "Archipelago is new to racing but we are not new to competition. We are excited about being a part of this challenge."

Motorola first appeared at the Indianapolis 500 in 1937. Over the years it has used the rugged Champ Car environment to test and develop its radios and electronic gear for the commercial and industrial marketplace. Virtually every top race team uses Motorola two-way radio communication equipment. "The Andrettis are an American legacy and an icon of motorsports," said Keith Bane, executive vice president and president Global Strategy and Corporate Development of Motorola. "Michael's passion for competing is consistent with Motorola's passion to compete and serve our customers. We are honored to participate in Michael's return to Indy."

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT, www.motorola.com) is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronics solutions. Sales in 2000 were $37.6 billion.

Archipelago (TradeArca.com), is a Chicago-based Electronic Communication Network (ECN) which utilizes advanced technologies to match equity buyers and sellers at sub second speeds. Archipelago expects to launch the first open, totally electronic U.S. stock exchange this summer.

Andretti was the PPG World Series champion in 1991 and has been its runner-up five times. His 40 CART wins make him the winningest active Champ Car driver. Andretti's first year at Indy was 1984, when he finished fifth and was co-Rookie of the Year with Roberto Guerrero. His best Indianapolis 500 finish was second in 1991.

-TGR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Michael Andretti , Roberto Guerrero , Barry Green , Tony George