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Andretti to Make 500th Motorsports Start Front Row Motorsports/John Andretti Career Fast Facts: * This Sunday, John Andretti, driver of the ...

Andretti to Make 500th Motorsports Start

Front Row Motorsports/John Andretti Career Fast Facts:

* This Sunday, John Andretti, driver of the #34 Taco Bell Chevrolet, will make his 500th professional motorsports oval start at the 2.5-mile Pocono (Penn.) Raceway. Andretti also has professional starts in the NHRA and IMSA Series not included in this fact.

* In his 22 year career, Andretti has raced in various forms of oval racing. His start list is as follows:

-376 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup
-37 in the Series NASCAR Nationwide
-Six in the NASCAR Camping World
-73 in the Series defunct CART/Champ Car World
-Seven in the IRL IndyCar Series

* Andretti has four wins, 27 top fives, and 80 top-10s, with over 750 laps led in all his previous starts. He has won two Sprint Cup events, one at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and one at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. He has one CART win at Surfers Paradise, Australia.

* Front Row Motorsports will be making their second start at Pocono this weekend.

John Andretti Comments on His 500th Motorsports Start

"Well, at 500 starts I guess that means you are either old or have been doing a lot of racing. I guess I'm a little of both. I enjoy what I do. Obviously I will have many more starts, but with the way some guys are doing it today, racing two and three series at a time, they are racking up a lot of starts and a lot of miles. I just feel privileged to make any professional starts period! I get to do what I love, and I think is what everyone aspires to. I've had the opportunity to do this for a long span and had a good time. I don't know if I've had 500 good times, but I've had a few anyway.

"As far as a highlight in my career or something that sticks out, that's funny. I can remember every lap of every race, and all the things that went on during the race, but I can't remember something from five minutes ago if it's not racing related. I think one of the most significant moments would have to be the first time I qualified for Indianapolis for the ‘500'. That's the one place everyone wants to go to, and for me and my dad (Aldo), who didn't get the opportunity, it just made it that much more special.

"I'll tell you, I've really been blessed to work with a lot of good people but I have to say that the one owner that I especially enjoyed working with is Richard Petty. We used to sit down and talk, not only about racing, but about life and family. Yet it was funny, I'd go to him for advice on how to drive my race car and he'd say, ‘You know what you're doing, just go do what you know.' Here is a guy with seven championships, 200 wins who will never be matched and he's telling me I know what I'm doing. I've had guy's that I drove for who have never raced who wanted to give me advice on driving a car. So I felt very privileged to drive for him and in a lot of ways I feel like we are parts of each other's families.

"Moving forward, I hope there are another 500 starts in there somewhere. It's like I said, I'm happy racing. Front Row Motorsports is a growing team and I'm proud to be here. We're making progress, have remained in the top-35 in owner points and hopefully drawn some attention from a few guys. Bob (current car owner Bob Jenkins) is another great guy I've met in my career. He's been great to work with. We're all in this to make the team grow and I want to be a part of it. It's where I'm at right now and I'm pretty happy."

-credit: frr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Richard Petty
Teams Front Row Motorsports