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March 2, 2012

The Best Owner in IndyCar

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:07 pm

Michael Andretti, take a bow. Since this guy started his Indy Car team his group has worked harder than most to make the entire venture a success. Over the years he has always fielded more cars than anyone else, he has hired mostly American talent with promise, further propagated the Danica brand, has produced an Indy Car winner and series champions. And that’s just ON the track.

Off the track, his group has become an effective promoting entity. His latest feat is the rescue of the Milwaukee Indy Car event from certain death. He is planning to do it the right way, with affordable ticket prices and a full weekend of entertainment. In other words a festival o’ speed atmosphere at an oval track.

He is also mugging it up on reality TV as a Celebrity Apprentice on NBC.

Say what you want about Michael, e.g., dull as dishwater, reckless golf cart driver, no personality, etc., or even about his team; e.g., dissension, etc., but the guy has been great for the series and is a model owner.

IndyCar is fortunate to have him.

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8 Comments »

  1. He’s also got teams at every level of the ladder system too.

    Comment by Matt — March 2, 2012 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

  2. I agree! He is creating a ‘happening’ which is what all the ovals really need.

    Comment by Mike Miller — March 2, 2012 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

  3. “CARTroach refugee saves Indycar and ovals”…that should be the title. Poor choice of title there, Mister IRLDefender.

    This is a sleight on all other CARTroach refugee owners who have done equally as much (or more) for the AOW sport over the years. Wheres John Menard these days? Tony George? Leo Mehl? AJ Foyt?

    Perhaps Mikey is now just a “Great” owner, unless it drives your agenda. A simple thanks would have sufficed here.
    Editor’s Note: Actually, simple maturity would suffice. Grow up, kid. This is not the second grade.

    Comment by Goran Liddy — March 2, 2012 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  4. Dear Defender:

    I met Mike at an autograph session he held at a K-Mart in Portland the week before the 1997 CART race at PIR and he was cordial and friendly with the fans and took the time to speak with everybody who lined up for his signature….not only a good guy but a great racer who consistently won throughout his career at several different teams in American Open Wheel….while his foray into Formula One was an unmitigated disaster, Michael won from the start of his career through to his finale season….too bad a victory at the 500 eluded Mike as a driver….I am very excited about his revival of the Milwaukee race where I watched him bring his Lola to victory lane with Budweiser colors at the 1995 event sponsored by Miller! See you in West Alis on June 16!

    Comment by Neil Rubin — March 2, 2012 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

  5. To tha Andretti family………..your family is cemented in the books and the hearts of us IndyCar fans. Thank you for not giving up on The Mile.

    Comment by steve — March 3, 2012 @ 12:52 am | Reply

  6. I’ve always been a fan of Michael, and I’m really sorry he never won the Indy 500 as a driver. That didn’t detract from his ability and talent, however. The fact he has chosen to try to resurrect the famed Milwauke Mile–one of my stomping grounds in the 70’s–shows he also has a lot of guts and a healthy respect for tradition. I wish him the very best there. I’m also envious of Neil Rubin–wish I could be in West Allis on June 16th too.

    Comment by DOUG — March 3, 2012 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

  7. You forgot to add the bit about him being completely useless in F1.

    Comment by Vinesh Kumar — March 4, 2012 @ 3:41 am | Reply

  8. Michael was far from the only Indy car driver not to have made it in F1.

    Comment by DOUG — March 5, 2012 @ 1:59 pm | Reply


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