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Adam Andretti

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Born: 24 March 1979

An American race car driver, nephew of Mario Andretti and first cousin of Michael Andretti.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Adam Andretti page on 6 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Adam Andretti is an American race car driver. He has raced in sport cars, a lower NASCAR touring series, and IndyCar.

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 a race car after he nearly died in an accident. Adam married Tabitha Eve on November 3, 2007, and they currently reside in Brownsburg, Indiana. Andretti is a graduate of the Skip Barber Racing School.

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.

In 2000, Andretti drove the #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.

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

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. On December 17 he announced that he had signed a deal with the new FuZion Autosport team for the upcoming season. However, the team and Andretti failed to participate in any league-sponsored test sessions or enter any races. In 2014 he began regularly competing in the TA2 class of the Trans Am Series.

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29 June 2016Andretti, Archer Among Trans Am Series Racers This Weekend at Brainerd International RacewayBrainerd International Raceway

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