Marco Michael Andretti
(born March 13, 1987) is an Italian American auto racing
driver who drives the #26 car for Andretti Autosport
in the IndyCar Series
. He is the son of 1991 IndyCar World Series
champion Michael Andretti
and the grandson of racing legend Mario Andretti
. His rookie year, he finished second in the 2006 Indianapolis 500
in the second closest finish in the race's history.
Andretti currently divides his time residing in Indianapolis, IN; Nazareth, PA; and Miami, FL.
Andretti won eight races in the 2003 Barber
Formula Dodge Eastern Championship, and was champion in the Barber National and Southern class the following year.
Still barely out of high school
, he raced in the Star Mazda series in 2005 and also made six starts in the Indy Pro Series
. He won three times (at St. Petersburg
, Liberty Challenge
, and Sonoma
) and finished 10th in points despite only starting half the races.
Motorsports journalist Gordon Kirby suggested at the Champ Car finale in Mexico City that the youngest Andretti would be replacing Dan Wheldon
in his #26 Jim Beam Dallara
for 2006 with Michael Andretti
coming out of retirement to run a fifth car for his Andretti Green Racing
team at the Indianapolis 500
. Though a novel proposition to some, it was later confirmed in a December 15 press conference that he would move up to the Indy Racing League
full time as the... Read More