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June 11, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
John Andretti was fired Tuesday by Petty Enterprises, where he has driven the famed No. 43 car since 1998. Christian Fittipaldi will replace him, beginning with this weekend's race at Michigan Speedway. Kyle Petty said the decision was made this week and the team informed sponsor General Mills. Andretti was in his second stint with the Pettys.
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March 4, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch said Tuesday he'll attempt to drive in the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day May 25. If Busch qualifies for the Indy 500, he would become only the fourth driver to do "the double" on the same day and try to drive 1,100 miles in the combined events. "It's literally a dream come true," said Busch, 35, who drives for Stewart-Haas Racing, a team co-owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. Stewart did the double twice, in 1999 and 2001.
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May 30, 1994 | From Associated Press
John Andretti held up fine Sunday in his quest to become the first driver to complete an 1,100-mile racing adventure. His cars didn't do as well. After completing 490 of a possible 500 miles for a 10th-place finish at the Indianapolis 500, Andretti caught a plane to compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Concord, N.C. A broken crankshaft ended his day on lap 220, after 330 miles. In all, he drove 820 miles. A good day for the common motorist, but far short of what Andretti had hoped for.
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June 11, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
John Andretti was fired Tuesday by Petty Enterprises, where he has driven the famed No. 43 car since 1998. Christian Fittipaldi will replace him, beginning with this weekend's race at Michigan Speedway. Kyle Petty said the decision was made this week and the team informed sponsor General Mills. Andretti was in his second stint with the Pettys.
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July 6, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
John Andretti always thought he had the best car for a super speedway. With a little help, he finally proved it Saturday in the NASCAR Pepsi 400 at Daytona Beach, Fla. Andretti earned his first Winston Cup victory after 110 starts in a one-lap sprint to the finish, leaving Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett and a six-car collision in his wake. Andretti, driving a Ford, averaged 157.791 mph to defeat Terry Labonte's Chevrolet by .029 seconds and earned a first-place check of $109,525.
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May 10, 1994 | SHAV GLICK
John Andretti, trying to combine Indy and stock car racing, has put together a logistic jigsaw puzzle to enable him to drive in the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C., on the same day. The 366-mile trip in a business jet will take about 53 minutes, but that is only one part of the puzzle. Andretti--Mario's nephew and Michael's cousin--will start the Indy race at 11 a.m. EDT, with the estimated conclusion at 2:20 p.m.
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May 23, 1993 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Andretti spent most of the week helping other drivers get their cars set up to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. He finally got a car of his own to drive from A.J. Foyt on Saturday. Andretti, whose Uncle Mario will start on the front row and cousin Jeff on the sixth row, responded with four laps at a 221.746 m.p.h. average, the sixth-fastest time among the 33 qualifiers. As soon as Andretti pulled into the pits, Foyt sent Robby Gordon out and the rookie from Orange ran a steady 220.
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February 11, 1998 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If racing heritage means anything, pairing an Andretti with a Petty--the King himself--should just about guarantee winning results on the race track. John Andretti thinks so. So does the King. No one, not even his son, Kyle, calls Richard Petty anything but "King." "The King wants to make this work," Andretti said of the STP Pontiac team of which he is the driver and Richard is the owner. "I have a feeling that it will.
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August 2, 1997 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only nine drivers have won a NASCAR Winston Cup race and an Indy car race. John Andretti is the only one of them still active. He won the opening Indy car race in Australia in 1992, and he won at Daytona Beach in the Pepsi 400 stock car race last month. "There's no comparison which was the greatest accomplishment, it was the NASCAR win far and away," Andretti said on the eve of today's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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April 28, 2003 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
John Andretti's performance has been dismal the last few years, so team owners Kyle and Richard Petty this season looked everywhere for a magic touch. They decided it should be a woman's touch, making Margaret Lindhjem the first female race engineer in NASCAR Winston Cup history. Whether the choice turns out to be magic isn't certain, but Sunday at the Auto Club 500, Andretti put in his best weekend of the year, finishing eighth. His two best finishes in nine previous races were 14th and 18th.
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April 1, 2001 | MIKE HARRIS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It's a little surprising, but the team leading Dodge toward the first victory of its new era in NASCAR is Petty Enterprises. That once-elite team, founded by racing pioneer Lee Petty and carried to legendary status by stock car king Richard Petty, has fallen on hard times in recent year. John Andretti, a member of another famous racing family, joined the Petty team in 1998 and has managed just one win in his three full seasons driving for the team operated by Richard Petty and son, Kyle.
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March 30, 2001 | SHAV GLICK
Michael Andretti has led more laps in the Indianapolis 500 than any driver who has never won the race. He has been in front for 382 laps in 11 races, but never for the last one. Now 38, and having not raced there since 1995, the son of 1969 winner Mario Andretti will get another chance May 27 to fill the most noticeable void in his racing resume.
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April 19, 1999 | From Associated Press
John Andretti recovered from an early race spinout that cost him a lap, and passed Jeff Burton with three laps to go Sunday to win the Goody's Body Pain 500. Andretti, who changed only two tires on the final yellow-flag pit stop with 112 laps to go, trailed Burton by 2.8 seconds with 19 laps remaining and also was behind Jeff Gordon. But Andretti was able to pass both. He passed the reigning Winston Cup champion with 11 laps left, then took aim at Burton.
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February 11, 1998 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If racing heritage means anything, pairing an Andretti with a Petty--the King himself--should just about guarantee winning results on the race track. John Andretti thinks so. So does the King. No one, not even his son, Kyle, calls Richard Petty anything but "King." "The King wants to make this work," Andretti said of the STP Pontiac team of which he is the driver and Richard is the owner. "I have a feeling that it will.
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August 2, 1997 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only nine drivers have won a NASCAR Winston Cup race and an Indy car race. John Andretti is the only one of them still active. He won the opening Indy car race in Australia in 1992, and he won at Daytona Beach in the Pepsi 400 stock car race last month. "There's no comparison which was the greatest accomplishment, it was the NASCAR win far and away," Andretti said on the eve of today's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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June 11, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Michael Andretti set an unofficial track record and his cousin, John Andretti, walked away unhurt after slamming into a wall of the New Hampshire International Speedway during testing for an Indy Car race at the track next month. Michael Andretti covered a mile in 176.007 m.p.h. during testing. John Andretti's Lola-Chevy A hit the wall in turn 1, leaving the driver unhurt but the car considerably damaged.
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April 11, 1991 | JIM MURRAY
Everybody knows who Mario Andretti is, right? You all know Jose Canseco. Curtis Strange? But how about Aldo Andretti? Ozzie Canseco? Alan Strange? Got a clue? The best they can hope for from history is a "Say, are you related to . . . ?" They are related, all right. They are twins. Why is one sibling able to drive a race car, a baseball, a golf ball fast or far while his identical (or fraternal) twin isn't? It's a question that has confounded geneticists for generations.
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July 6, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
John Andretti always thought he had the best car for a super speedway. With a little help, he finally proved it Saturday in the NASCAR Pepsi 400 at Daytona Beach, Fla. Andretti earned his first Winston Cup victory after 110 starts in a one-lap sprint to the finish, leaving Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett and a six-car collision in his wake. Andretti, driving a Ford, averaged 157.791 mph to defeat Terry Labonte's Chevrolet by .029 seconds and earned a first-place check of $109,525.
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