Marco Andretti To Make Pro Series Debut At Honda Grand Prix Of St. Petersburg INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 16, 2005) Marco Andretti, the 18-year old son of Andretti Green Racing co-owner Michael Andretti and grandson of Mario Andretti, willd make...
Marco Andretti To Make Pro Series Debut At Honda Grand Prix Of St. Petersburg
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 16, 2005) Marco Andretti, the 18-year old son of Andretti Green Racing co-owner Michael Andretti and grandson of Mario Andretti, willd make his Indy Racing League® Menards Infiniti Pro SeriesTM debut during the April 3r running of the St. Petersburg 100 at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Marco, who won his first professional driving championship in 2004, will be behind the wheel of the #26 Vonage Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, which has been entered by Andretti Green Racing. The car is being prepared by Keith Duesenberg Racing and will be engineered by open-wheel racing veteran Tony Cicale.
"I'm looking forward to it," said Marco. "I know it's going to be a big challenge, but it's a great opportunity. Hopefully, we'll have a good car and can put on a good show for everybody."
Marco, who won 11 races on his way to the 2004 Formula TR Pro Series title, will participate in the Pro Series road course test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on March 24 and will also test the car at Sebring International Raceway on March 29 in preparation for the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Michael, who co-owns Andretti Green Racing with partners Kim Green and Kevin Savoree, sees only positives in this opportunity for his oldest son.
"This is a great opportunity for Marco and I'm really glad that Andretti Green Racing can have a hand in it," said Michael, who is also partnered with Green, Savoree and Barry Green in Andretti Green Promotions, which is promoting the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. "Marco will get a chance to run a competitive car on a great circuit in front of a huge crowd of new fans in St. Petersburg."
The St. Petersburg 100 is one of three races that are being held in support of the Honda Grand Prix, which is the IndyCar Series' first-ever non-oval event. The Pro Series race, which is Round 3 of the 14-race schedule, will be aired on April 8 at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
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