Responsibility and high expectations are synonymous with the Andretti name. Michael Andretti is the winningest driver in CART history with 42 victories and has led 6,702 Indy-style laps, second only to his father, Mario. When Michael Andretti took over as owner of Andretti Green Racing, it was impossible to think the team could live up to expectations, but he rose to the challenge and became the winningest owner in Indy Racing League History.
Since joining the Indy Racing League in 2003, AGR has compiled 32 IndyCar Series wins and four Indy Pro Series wins. The team owns the two highest single-season win totals in IndyCar Series history, claimed in 2004 and 2005 on the way to two-consecutive IndyCar Series championships. In 2005, the team won 11 of 16 races, including the Indianapolis 500R while in 2006, eight drivers drove under the Andretti Green Racing banner and all eight led laps during an event. The 2007 season did not fail to enhance the Andretti legacy. Andretti Green Racing captured its third IndyCar Series title and second Indianapolis 500R win.
Since its inception, AGR has been a model of consistency. Under the ownership of Michael Andretti and co-owners Kim Green and Kevin Savoree, AGR has won 32 of 80 events, an amazing 40 percent. AGR has had at least one driver finish in the top five in 75 of 80 events (95 percent).
Looking for additional business ventures, Michael Andretti has lengthened the race team’s business reach since 2003. The team has expanded its IndyCar Series operation several times in addition to adding a full-time Pro Series team in 2006. The team branched out again in 2007 by joining forces with Acura and entering the American Le Mans Series. AGR captured its first ALMS win at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Bryan Herta, Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan behind the wheel.
Stepping outside of his team owner duties, Michael Andretti also joined forces with Green and Savoree, this time in a combined effort with former Team Green owner Barry Green, in July of 2004. Together they formed Andretti Green Promotions, which promotes the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg through the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. The Indy Racing League’s first-ever street course event was a mammoth success in 2004 and has continued to grow into one of the League’s premier weekends. After the 2007 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Andretti Green Promotions and the City of St. Petersburg announced that the event would return for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
As one of the most well-known racing personalities in the United States, Michael Andretti stepped out of the race car on a full-time basis in 2003 as CART’s most successful driver.
After a two-year absence and feeling the itch to drive again, he returned to the cockpit to drive in the Indianapolis 500 in 2006. Michael Andretti found himself leading “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” with as little as three laps remaining and ultimately finished third, proving he is still one of the elite drivers in the world. Again in 2007, Michael Andretti returned to the cockpit one more time. Andretti led one lap on his way to an 11th place finish in the final race of his career.
With his full-time driving career behind him, Michael Andretti continues to set the standard in the racing industry, albeit from behind the pit wall.
Michael Andretti, who has two sons (Marco and Luca) and a daughter (Marissa), resides in Indianapolis with his wife Jodi.