CART veteran and 1991 CART champion Michael Andretti announced today that he will be leaving Newman-Haas Racing at the end of the 2000 season for a long-term contract with Team Motorola, operated and supported by Team Green, and running ...
CART veteran and 1991 CART champion Michael Andretti announced today that he will be leaving Newman-Haas Racing at the end of the 2000 season for a long-term contract with Team Motorola, operated and supported by Team Green, and running Reynard-Hondas.
"I'm excited to be working with Honda," said Andretti. "Honda's reputation is second to none, whether it's Champ Cars, Formula One, motorcycles, automobiles or other consumer products, and it's a thrill to finally work with them."
Andretti has been driving in CART for 17 years, interrupted by a single season in Formula One, in 1993, with Team McLaren. In addition to the 1991 championship, he has reached the milestone of 40 victories, and started more races than anyone other than Al Unser Jr.
Following his return from F1, Andretti drove one year for Target Racing, followed by a stretch of six years with Newman-Haas -- following in his father Mario's footsteps -- where he competed with a succession of Lola, Swift and again Lola chassis, but always with Ford-Cosworth power.
The new team will reunite Andretti not only with Barry Green, who spent 1986 through 1988 seasons with Andretti at Kraco Racing, but also with his former Newman-Haas teammate, Paul Tracy.
Andretti and Tracy teamed up at Newman-Haas for the 1995 season, and are currently also locked in a CART championship battle.
Kim Green, the son of Barry Green, and the general manager of Team KOOL Green, will also manage Team Motorola, in addition to the two cars the team runs for the KOOL drivers Tracy and Dario Franchitti.
"We're very pleased that Motorola and Michael have joined Honda at Team Green," Green commented. "Motorola is a world leader in communications, and one of CART's most enthusiastic sponsors. The records of Michael Andretti and Honda speak for themselves, and I expect the combination to be a formidable one indeed."
Team KOOL Green, with Franchitti and Tracy, has won a total of 11 races since 1998. In the 1999 season, the two drivers finished second and third, respectively, in the CART FedEx championship.