The Andretti name is one of the most recognizable names in the motorsport world however outside the sport you can say the name Andretti and people will know who you are talking about.
Mario Andretti began his open wheel career in the American ChampCar series in 1964 and in 1969 he won nine races on his way to winning the Verizon IndyCar Series championship and also took victory at the 1969 Indianapolis 500 at the famous brickyard, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Andretti moved to Formula One in 1968 where he drove the Golden Leaf Lotus team under the leadership of Colin Chapman.
Andretti won the Formula One world championship in 1978 with the John Player Lotus F1 Team winning five races on his way to claiming his only Formula One championship. Andretti moved back to IndyCar in 1983 where he joined the Newman Haas Racing team where he spent 12 years with the team.
Andretti scored his final Verizon IndyCar Series victory at the 1993 Phoenix Grand Prix. Andretti’s son Michael made his CART debut in 1983 following in his father’s wheel tracks and from 1989 to 1992 the pair were team mate’s at Newman Haas Racing.
In 1993, Andretti moved to Europe to compete in Formula One with McLaren for 13 races before being replaced by Mika Hakkinen before returning to the US open wheel series.
In 2003, Andretti bought into Team Green in the CART champion and it was renamed Andretti Green Racing when they moved from CART to the IndyCar Series. In 2004, Andretti Green Racing won the Verizon IndyCar Series championship with Brazilian Tony Kanaan while in 2005, not only did the team win back to back championships with Dan Wheldon winning the title, Andretti won his first Indianapolis 500 as a team owner with Wheldon.
In 2007, Danica Patrick joined the team alongside Dario Franchitti, Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan at the team. Franchitti won the championship and Andretti’s Indianapolis 500.
In 2008, Patrick driving the No.7 Motorola Andretti Green Racing Honda made history in Motegi becoming the first female driver to win a major open wheel race.
In 2010, Michael Andretti bought out his business partners Kim and Barry Green with team becoming Andretti Autosport for the 2010 season. In 2012, Ryan Hunter Reay claimed four wins during the season claiming the 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
Hunter Reay also won the Indianapolis 500 in 2014. Andretti Autosport have been extremely successful at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in recent years with former Formula One driver Alexander Rossi winning the Indy 500 as a rookie in 2016 while last year Takuma Sato took victory in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Andretti Autosport entered into a partnership with the McLaren Technology Group in 2017 bringing double Formula One champion Fernando Alonso over to compete in an Andretti McLaren Autosport in the most famous motor race on the planet.
In 2006, Marco Andretti, the third generation Andretti made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Andretti Green Racing.
At the Indianapolis 500 that season, Andretti finished the race in second place behind winner Sam Hornish Jr in what is to this date the second closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history, later that season he took his maiden Verizon IndyCar Series win at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.
Andretti continues to drive for his dad’s team in 2018 having moved across to Bryan Herta Autosport for the new season and this change had an instant impact as he ended the opening race of the 2018 season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in ninth place.
It certainly is a case of pride for the Andretti family with Mario, Michael and Marco all involved in the Verizon IndyCar Series.