April 14, 1986 |
Michael Andretti, outdueling Al Unser Jr. in a battle of second-generation drivers, earned his first Indy-car victory Sunday in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. That kept the race through the streets of downtown Long Beach in the family since Michael's father, Mario Andretti, had won both previous CART-PPG Indy-car series races on this circuit. The 23-year-old Michael Andretti, making both fuel stops earlier than his top competitors, managed to run the final 40 laps around the 1.
July 18, 1994 |
Michael Andretti outraced trouble Sunday, ending Team Penske's seven-racing winning streak and earning his fourth Toronto Molson-Indy victory. Andretti took control after bumping and passing Nigel Mansell for the lead on lap 26 as the defending series champion's right-rear tire deflated. Andretti was virtually unchallenged the rest of the 98-lap, 174.44-mile race, beating Bobby Rahal to the finish by 6.8 seconds in earning his 29th Indy-car victory.
September 17, 1990 |
A mistake by Michael Andretti became a blessing Sunday as he survived an off-course excursion to beat his father, Mario, in the Red Roof Inns 200 at Lexington, Ohio. The younger Andretti, who started from the pole, slid off the wet track and through grass and gravel, nearly the guardrail one lap past the halfway mark in the 89-lap, 200-mile race. His slide dropped him from first to third place, behind Mario Andretti and Eddie Cheever.
October 20, 1986 |
Michael Andretti drove his backup car to a track record in winning the Fiesta Bowl 200 at the Phoenix International Raceway. Andretti, 24, of Nazareth, Pa., trying to win his first CART-PPG title, picked up 21 points to tighten the Indy-car point race with leader Bobby Rahal. Rahal leads, 174-171, with only the season finale on Nov. 9 in Miami, Fla., remaining. Danny Sullivan, who got back on the lead lap on a restart just 11 laps from the finish, was second, a distant 20.
October 20, 1994 |
Canadian Paul Tracy, who helped make Roger Penske's team the most dominant in Indy car racing this season, will join forces with Michael Andretti next year in an attempt to short-circuit his former team. The announcement that Tracy and Andretti would become teammates on the Paul Newman-Carl Haas team--replacing Nigel Mansell and Michael's father, Mario--ended weeks of speculation about Tracy's future. Would Penske hold him to his contract for another year?
June 1, 1987 |
First Mario Andretti and then Roberto Guerrero looked like a sure winner at Milwaukee Sunday before fate stepped in for the second straight week, this time handing the victory to Michael Andretti. The younger Andretti picked up his second straight Miller American 200 win, the fourth victory of his Indy-car career, while his father was in a nearby hospital undergoing precautionary X-rays and Guerrero was hiding his disappointment in his motor home.