Adam Andretti

Last updated
Adam P. Andretti
Nationality American
Born (1979-03-24) March 24, 1979 (age 39)
Brownsburg, Indiana
Related to Aldo Andretti (father)
John Andretti (brother)
Mario Andretti (uncle)
Michael Andretti (cousin)
Jeff Andretti (cousin)
Marco Andretti (cousin)
Firestone Indy Lights Series
Years active2007
TeamsSpeedWorks
Starts1
Wins0
Poles0
Best finish41st in 2007
Previous series
2000
2001–2002
2003
2017
United States Formula 3
NASCAR Southwest Series
SPEED World Challenge
Speed Energy Formula Off-Road

Adam Andretti (born March 24, 1979) is an American racing driver. He has raced in sports cars, Indy Lights, NASCAR, and Speed Energy Formula Off-Road. He has been competing in the Trans-Am Series since 2014.

Indy Lights American automobile racing series

Indy Lights is an American developmental automobile racing series sanctioned by IndyCar, currently known as Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires for sponsorship reasons. Indy Lights is the highest step on the Road to Indy, a programme of racing series leading up to the IndyCar Series. The Indy Lights series has been promoted by Anderson Promotions since 2014, which also manages the Road to Indy programme.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is an American auto racing sanctioning and operating company that is best known for stock-car racing. Its three largest or National series are the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Regional series include the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, the Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Pinty's Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series. NASCAR sanctions over 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 48 US states as well as in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. NASCAR has presented races at the Suzuka and Motegi circuits in Japan, and the Calder Park Thunderdome in Australia. NASCAR also ventures into eSports via the PEAK Antifreeze NASCAR iRacing Series and a sanctioned ladder system on that title.

Speed Energy Formula Off-Road

The Speed Energy Formula Off-Road presented by Traxxas is an American off-road racing series. The series was formed by former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Robby Gordon in 2013. Sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC), the Trucks originally competed primarily in American football stadiums, but in 2014 began racing mostly on street circuits.

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Family background

He is the younger brother of veteran NASCAR racer John Andretti, nephew of Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti and first cousin to IndyCar champion Michael Andretti and Jeff Andretti. He is the first cousin once-removed to IndyCar driver Marco Andretti. His father Aldo Andretti, Mario's twin brother, retired from driving race cars after nearly dying in an accident. Adam married Tabitha Eve on November 3, 2007. As of 2017, they reside in Brownsburg, Indiana. Andretti is a graduate of the Skip Barber Racing School.

John Andretti American racecar driver

John Andrew Andretti is an American race car driver. He is the older brother of racer Adam Andretti, nephew of Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti, and first cousin to IndyCar champion Michael and Jeff Andretti. He is also the first cousin once-removed to IndyCar driver Marco Andretti. His father Aldo Andretti, Mario's twin brother, retired from driving a race car after he nearly died in an accident. He has won in CART, IMSA GTP, Rolex Sports Car Series, and NASCAR.

Indianapolis 500 Auto race held in Speedway, Indiana, United States

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Mario Andretti Italian-American racing driver

Mario Gabriele Andretti is an Italian-born American former racing driver, one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport. He is one of only two drivers to have won races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR. He also won races in midget cars, and sprint cars. During his career, Andretti won the 1978 Formula One World Championship, four IndyCar titles, and IROC VI. To date, he remains the only driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), Daytona 500 (1967) and the Formula One World Championship, and, along with Juan Pablo Montoya, the only driver to have won a race in the NASCAR Cup Series, Formula One, and an Indianapolis 500. No American has won a Formula One race since Andretti's victory at the 1978 Dutch Grand Prix. Andretti had 109 career wins on major circuits.

Racing career

Andretti's racing career started in 1994 at the age of 15 with the help of his brother John, who helped Adam obtain a ride in the new half-scale Mini Cup Stock Car series, driving for Terry Lingner of Lingner Group Productions at the Velodrome in Indianapolis. He showed promise by winning four races in 1995 and finishing fourth in the series championship. After his stint in the Mini Stocks, Andretti raced karts. His brother Mark bought him a 125cc shifter kart and they raced for the next two years in the SKUSA series. In 1998, he finished second at the Formula C World Karting Championship held in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also ran in the 24 Hours of Daytona, an event sponsored by the Grand American Road Racing Association.

Kart racing motorsport

Kart racing or karting is a variant of motorsport road racing with small, open-wheel, four-wheeled vehicles called karts, go-karts, or gearbox/shifter karts depending on the design. They are usually raced on scaled-down circuits. Karting is commonly perceived as the stepping stone to the higher ranks of motorsports, with former Formula One champions such as Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher beginning their careers in karting.

Charlotte, North Carolina Largest city in North Carolina

Charlotte is the most populous city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Located in the Piedmont, it is the county seat of Mecklenburg County. In 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population was 859,035, making it the 17th-most populous city in the United States. The Charlotte metropolitan area's population ranks 22nd in the U.S., and had a 2016 population of 2,474,314. The Charlotte metropolitan area is part of a sixteen-county market region or combined statistical area with a 2016 census-estimated population of 2,632,249.

24 Hours of Daytona auto race held in Daytona, United States

The 24 Hours of Daytona, currently known as the Rolex 24 At Daytona for sponsorship reasons, is a 24-hour sports car endurance race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is run on a 3.56-mile (5.73 km) combined road course, utilizing portions of the NASCAR tri-oval and an infield road course. Since its inception, it has been held on the last weekend of January or first weekend of February as part of Speedweeks, and it is the first major automobile race of the year in the United States. It is also the first race of the season for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

In 2000, Andretti drove the No. 12 car in the short-lived United States Formula 3 Championship for Duesenberg Brothers Racing. He won a race and finished third in the series points championship. Then in 2001 and 2002, he drove in NASCAR's Featherlite Southwest Series. In 2003, Andretti drove a Corvette at Sebring Raceway in the SPEED World Challenge Series. He drove in the 2004 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

Chevrolet Corvette Sports car by the Chevrolet division of General Motors (GM)

The Chevrolet Corvette, known also as the Vette or Chevy Corvette, is a front engine, rear drive, two-door, two-passenger sports car manufactured and marketed by Chevrolet across more than sixty years of production and seven design generations. As Chevrolet's halo vehicle, the Corvette is widely noted for its performance and distinctive plastic — either fiberglass or composite — bodywork.

Since then, he has served as a racing instructor for Road & Track magazine and some driving schools, including the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

<i>Road & Track</i> American automotive enthusiast magazine.

Road & Track (R&T) is an American automotive enthusiast magazine. It is owned by Hearst Magazines and is published monthly. The editorial offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Richard Petty American racing driver

Richard Lee Petty, nicknamed The King, is a former NASCAR driver and voice actor who raced in the Strictly Stock/Grand National Era and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. He won the NASCAR Championship seven times, winning a record 200 races during his career, winning the Daytona 500 a record seven times, and winning a record 27 races in the 1967 season alone. Statistically, he is the most accomplished driver in the history of the sport and is one of the most respected figures in motorsports as a whole. He also collected a record number of poles (127) and over 700 Top 10 finishes in his 1,184 starts, including 513 consecutive starts from 1971–1989. Petty was the only driver to ever win in his 500th race start, until Matt Kenseth joined him in 2013. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.

Andretti racing in his TA2 Trans Am Series car at Road America in 2014 44 Adam Andretti TA2 2014 TransAm Road America.jpg
Andretti racing in his TA2 Trans Am Series car at Road America in 2014

Andretti made his Indy Pro Series debut at Chicagoland Speedway on September 9, 2007. His race ended with an altercation with IndyCar veteran Jimmy Kite. Andretti announced after the race that he would compete in a full Indy Pro Series season in 2008. [1] On December 17 he announced that he had signed a deal with the new FuZion Autosport team for the upcoming season. [2] However, the team and Andretti failed to participate in any league-sponsored test sessions or enter any races.

Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) tri-oval speedway in Joliet, Illinois, southwest of Chicago. The speedway opened in 2001 and used to host NASCAR racing including the opening event in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Until 2011, the speedway also hosted the IndyCar Series, recording numerous close finishes including the closest finish in IndyCar history. The speedway is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation.

Jimmy Kite American racing driver

Jimmy Kite is a retired American race car driver. He debuted in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series in 1997 and has competed in 34 IndyCar races, including five Indianapolis 500s. In 2005, he intended to compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and he made four starts before being called to replace the injured Paul Dana for Hemelgarn Racing in the IRL, where he completed the season after the Indy 500.

In 2014, he became the first member of the Andretti family to compete in the Trans Am Series, doing so regularly in the TA2 class. He has raced a Camaro, a Mustang, and a Challenger, picking up 6 wins and finishing second in points twice.

In December 2017, Andretti joined UFD Racing for his Speed Energy Formula Off-Road (Stadium Super Trucks) debut at the Lake Elsinore Diamond in the No. 44 truck. [3] He failed to qualify for the first feature race after finishing sixth in his heat race, [4] and finished twelfth in the second feature after suffering a mechanical failure on lap eight. [5]

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

K&N Pro Series East

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
YearTeamNo.Make1234567891011121314NKNPSECPtsRef
2016 Bob Schacht 75 Toyota NSM MOB GRE BRI VIR DOM STA COL NHA IOW GLN
8
GRE NJM DOV 46th36 [6]

Pinty's Series

NASCAR Pinty's Series results
YearTeamNo.Make12345678910111213NPSCPtsRef
2017 Scott Steckly 44 Dodge MSP DEL ACD ICAR TOR
3
SAS SAS EIR CTR RIS MSP
10
ASE HAM 30th75 [7]

Speed Energy Formula Off-Road

(key) (Bold – Pole position. * – Most laps led.)

Speed Energy Formula Off-Road results
Year12345678910111213141516171819202122SSTCPtsRef
2017 ADE ADE ADE STP STP LBH LBH BAR BAR BAR DET DET TEX TEX HID HID HID BEI GLN GLN ELS
DNQ
ELS
12
21st34 [8]
2018 ELS ADE ADE ADE LBH LBH BAR BAR DET DET TEX
8
TEX
11
ROA
11
ROA
9
SMP SMP HLN HLN MXC MXC 22nd23 [9]

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References

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  2. Andretti signs with new team [ permanent dead link ], indycar.com, December 17, 2007
  3. Speed Energy Formula Off-Road (December 7, 2017). "@SSuperTrucks: "Adam Andretti will make his #stadiumsupertrucks debut December 15-16 at the Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore, CA."". Twitter . Retrieved March 4, 2018.
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