Sunday, March 12, 2017

John Andretti Born In Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - March 12, 1963

March 12, 1963
John Andretti
(Photo; Saturday Busch Qualifying - Andretti via photopin (license))
Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.
He is the older brother of racer Adam 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. His son, Jarett, is a USAC midget driver.

He has won in CART, IMSA GTP, Rolex Sports Car Series, and NASCAR. What many don't know John had success in Drag Racing also. In 1993, Andretti drove the Taco Bell Express Top Fuel Dragster for owner Jack Clark. He reached the semi-finals in his first national event at Atlanta during the FRAM Southern Nationals, clocking a career-best speed of 299 mph (481 km/h). In that race he beat 1992 T/F Champion Joe Amato in Round 1 and Mopar Express Lube driver Tommy Johnson Jr. in Round 2, but lost to Mike Dunn in Darrell Gwynn's La Victoria Salsa Car in the semi-finals. That race was won by Eddie Hill.

Since 2007, Andretti has co-hosted The Driver's Seat with John Kernan on Sirius Satellite Radio's NASCAR channel 90.

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