IRL: Indy 500: Michael Andretti preview

Jim Beam/Vonage Driver Michael Andretti Michael Andretti on the Indianapolis 500: "There's no question what brought me back this year -- Marco. But, now that I'm in it, I'm here to win it. I don't think I ever really expected that I'd get the ...

Jim Beam/Vonage Driver Michael Andretti

Michael Andretti on the Indianapolis 500:
"There's no question what brought me back this year -- Marco. But, now that I'm in it, I'm here to win it. I don't think I ever really expected that I'd get the chance to race with him. But, he developed quicker than I think anybody ever expected he would, and I'm only 43, so everything worked out. It's very special for me to think that I raced with my dad and now I'll get to race at Indy with my son.

"We've spent the whole month working on race day, but the Jim Beam/Vonage car was still good in qualifying. The weather Sunday is going to be drastically different than anything we've dealt with this whole month, which is going to be huge. Everybody is going to have to work very hard to find the right setup and adjust for the conditions. But, I think we can be a real factor on Sunday and I'm looking forward to it."

Michael Andretti Facts
Andretti will make his 15th career start in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Andretti qualified 13th last Saturday with a four-lap average speed of 224.508 miles per hour and will start from the inside of row five.

In 14 previous Indianapolis 500 starts, Andretti has led a total of 426 laps - the 11th most in the history of the event.

Andretti's last start in the Indianapolis 500 came in 2003, which was also his last professional race.

Andretti's son, Marco, qualified ninth (outside of row three) and is the fastest rookie qualifier, posting a four-lap average speed of 224.918 mph. Marco joins Michael (fourth in 1984) and his grandfather, Mario (fourth in 1964) as fastest rookie qualifiers.

Andretti won the 1991 CART series championship and was a five-time CART championship runner- up (1986-87, '90, '92, '96).

Andretti stands as CART's all-time victory leader with 42 and is second in CART career pole positions (32).

Andretti has started 315 Indy-style races (including six IndyCar Series events).

Andretti scored at least one win in 15 consecutive seasons.

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Jim Beam