ANDRETTI SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT AT HOMESTEAD, HOPES TO IMPROVE HIS LUCK FOR REST OF THE YEAR HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Jan. 18, 1999) - Michael Andretti returns to the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex looking for his third...
ANDRETTI SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT AT HOMESTEAD, HOPES TO IMPROVE HIS LUCK FOR REST OF THE YEAR
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Jan. 18, 1999) - Michael Andretti returns to the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex looking for his third consecutive victory in the March 21 Marlboro Grand Prix Presented by Toyota. Perhaps more importantly, he hopes to set a different tone for the remainder of the CART FedEx Championship Series campaign.
"Winning at Miami hasn't been a good omen for the rest of the season the past two years," admits Andretti, who went winless the remainder of the past two seasons. "Sometimes I wonder if we might just want to finish second and not win (at Homestead) and win the rest of the races after that!"
It's not often that you hear an Andretti talk about finishing second, and the son of 1978 Formula One World Champion and open-wheel legend Mario Andretti is quick to change his tone.
"Hopefully, we can start off the season strong again, but keep it going throughout the season," he said. "That's the plan for 1999."
Andretti was in Homestead Jan. 16-17 testing his 1999 Paul Newman/Carl Haas Racing Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford/Swift in preparation for the season opener, turning unofficial laps at over 208 mph.
"The car seems to be good. It seems to be better than last year, but so is everyone else's. You really don't know where you're at until you're out there with everybody else."
Andretti enters the season atop the list of CART's all-time leading winners, with 37. He is also the fourth leading winner in the history of all Indy Car racing, dating back to 1909. He trails only Al Unser Sr. (39), Mario Andretti (52), and A.J. Foyt (67).
"It would be nice to finish my career passing dad," Michael said. "That's a nice goal to have. I'd love to win as many races as I can before I retire."
And for Andretti, winning races - not retirement - is in his plans for many years to come.
Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1999-season opening weekend March 19-21 also features the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in Saturday's Florida Dodge Dealers 400. Tickets for Friday are $10. Unreserved grandstand seats for Saturday's activities are $25. Reserved grandstand seats for the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota range from $55 to $85. Weekend paddock passes are an additional $30. Unreserved lower-row grandstand seats will be sold at the gate if available. To order tickets, call (305) 230-7223. For additional information visit www.racemiami.com.