Monday, March 13, 2017

Marco Andretti Born In Nazareth, Pennsylvania - March 13, 1987

March 13, 1987
Marco Andretti
(Photo; marcoandretti.com)
Born in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, USA. 
He is the third generation of the famous Andretti racing family. Son of Micheal and Grandson of Mario. Currently drives for Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar Series. In the 2003 Barber Formula Dodge Eastern Championship, and was champion in the Barber National and Southern class the following year. Still barely out of high school, he raced in the Star Mazda series in 2005 and also made six starts in the Indy Pro Series. He won three times and finished 10th in points despite only starting half the races.

Marco has had success in series such as the American Le Mans Series, and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, competing in races such as the Sebring 12 hour and 24 Hours of Daytona.

Honda Racing F1 announced in December, 2006 that Andretti would be presented with an opportunity to test their Formula One car, and on December 15, Andretti drove their Formula One car at Jerez in Spain. Honda sporting director Gil de Ferran commented that he had done a good job. Andretti said that he had greatly enjoyed the test but also told reporters that he wishes to enter Formula One only after he has won the Indy 500.

On February 7 and February 8, 2007 Andretti participated in a second Honda Racing F1 test for two days in Jerez, Spain. As in the previous test Marco drove the team's 2006 Formula One car. His (unofficial) fastest lap of the day on February 7 was less than 1.5 seconds slower than Honda team driver Jenson Button's fastest time. His (unofficial) fastest time on February 8 (in rainy/changing conditions) was less than one second slower than that of the 2005 and 2006 Formula One World Drivers' Champion Fernando Alonso's fastest lap.

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