IRL: CHAMPCAR/CART: Michael Andretti to return to Indy 500

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IRL: CHAMPCAR/CART: Michael Andretti to return to Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002 - Team Green announced Feb. 7 that Michael Andretti will return to Indianapolis for the second consecutive year to compete in the 86th Indianapolis 500. Andretti will drive the Motorola/Archipelago entry...

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002 - Team Green announced Feb. 7 that Michael Andretti will return to Indianapolis for the second consecutive year to compete in the 86th Indianapolis 500.

Andretti will drive the Motorola/Archipelago entry for the Memorial Day weekend classic on May 26.

"I said last year when I came back to the Speedway that I felt like I had some unfinished business at this place," Andretti said. "After coming so close last year, that feeling hasn't changed, so I'm glad to be getting another opportunity."

Michael Andretti.
Photo by Bob Kozel.

Andretti started 21st and finished third in his return to the Speedway in 2001 after overcoming a punctured tire, a collision on pit lane and enduring a mid-race rain shower.

"Each time I come to the Speedway, it throws me a new curve," said Andretti, who holds the record for most laps led (398) in the "500" without a victory. "I plan on changing the statistics after this year's race, hopefully adding 'winner' to my final results column."

The same crew that mans the Team Motorola entry in the CART series will handle the Motorola/Archipelago Indianapolis 500 effort.

"It's great to be back at the Speedway with Motorola and Archipelago," said Barry Green, team owner and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner. "Michael will have his full crew working with him from sponsors to the pit crew, which brings a certain level of familiarity right from the start, and we're hoping that gives us the advantage we need to win."

Team Motorola General Manager Kim Green will oversee the Motorola/Archipelago Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone with the assistance of team manager Tony Cotman, crew chief John Cummiskey and chief engineer Eddie Jones.

Speedway Engines will prepare the engines, as it did for the 2001 Indianapolis 500 Motorola/Archipelago entry. At this point, there is no plan to run any other Indy Racing League events in 2002.

Team Green also will field cars for Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy this year at Indy.

Motorola first appeared at the Indianapolis 500 in 1937. Over the years, it has used the rugged Indy-style racing 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.

"We're excited to once again extend our racing partnership with Michael and Team Green to the Indianapolis 500," said Keith Bane, executive vice president and president, Global Strategy and Corporate Development of Motorola. "It was an honor to participate in last year's race, and we're confident of even greater success in 2002."

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