Petty And Andretti Headed Back To Indy
Richard Petty, it appears, is hooked on the Indianapolis 500.
It was announced Monday that Andretti Autosport will again join forces with co-entrant Richard Petty Motorsports and primary sponsor Window World, Inc., to field an entry for IndyCar veteran John Andretti in this year’s 100 anniversary edition of the Indianapolis 500.
John Andretti, who has made 11 prior Indy 500 starts including last year’s run for the Petty-Andretti combo, will drive the No. 43 Window World car with a traditional “Petty Blue” and “Day-Glo Red” color scheme. However, the livery featured on this year’s entry was inspired by the 1982 race-winning car of Gordon Johncock and designed to commemorate that historic car.
“No matter how many times you’ve done it before,” Andretti said, “it never gets old to announce that
you’re going to run in the Indianapolis 500. To be able to represent Window World again is fantastic, as is the opportunity to work with Richard (Petty) and Michael (Andretti). Winning the Indianapolis 500 has always been a dream of mine. To be able to have another shot at that is tremendous, and being able to make one of our military heroes a millionaire in the process would make it that much better.”
2011 marks the third-straight year Window World has served as John’s primary sponsor in the Indianapolis 500. Headquartered in North Wilkesboro, N.C., Window World remains America’s largest replacement window company with offices in more than 200 cities nationwide.
This will also be the third-consecutive Indy 500 to include participation from Richard Petty, a racing icon and one of the most-recognizable figures in NASCAR history. A 200-time NASCAR race winner and seven-time NASCAR champion, Petty witnessed the Indianapolis 500 in person for the first time in 2007 and participated as a co-owner for the first time in 2009.
“As a racer, the Indianapolis 500 is something that you love to be involved in,” Petty said. “Heading back to Indy in May with John, Michael and Window World is the way we want to do it and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Michael Andretti, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Andretti Autosport, said, “It’s great for us to be able to put this program together again for 2011. Window World is a great partner, and getting the chance to work with Richard and John means so much to me personally. We learned a lot last year with John in the car and hopefully all of that will pay off for us this year. John is running the race for one reason and that’s to win it, so we’re going to give it everything we’ve got.”One Comment