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By Tom Higgins and Tom Higgins,Charlotte Observer | October 4, 1994
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The pairing of legendary NASCAR champion-turned-team owner Richard Petty and driver John Andretti for 1995, a Winston Cup Series deal that seemed so certain just a week ago, isn't going to happen."
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2013
If Sage Karam had not won those weekend go-kart races in Charlotte, N.C., as an 8-year-old, he might be getting ready for his final high school football season in Nazareth, Pa. If Karam had not won the Skip Barber School Shootout in Sebring, Fla., five years later, he might be thinking about wrestling in college, as his father did, rather than eyeing the Indianapolis 500. Those two events proved pivotal in the direction Karam's life has taken...
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | April 16, 2000
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- The spotlights are on the stage at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. The audience, which has already seen A. J. Foyt, Don "The Snake" Prudhomme, Craig Breedlove, Ayrton Senna and Nelson Piquet inducted, has come to its feet for the first time, drenching Mario Andretti with their affection. It seems the only major difference among these great drivers. Foyt, the indomitable Indy Car legend, is respected. Senna and Piquet, two of the greatest Formula One drivers; Prudhomme, of drag racing fame; and Breedlove, who spent his career pursuing land-speed records on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats, are admired.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2013
The skeptics have followed Marco Andretti ever since he was old enough to drive a go-kart. Just as the offspring and siblings of stars in other sports often struggle to live up to the family name, Andretti's accomplishments in his eight-year IndyCar Series career have paled in comparison to his father, Michael, whose own career fell in the shadow of legendary family patriarch Mario Andretti. Initially, Marco quieted the whispers when he finished a close second in his Indianapolis 500 debut in 2006 and three months later won his first IndyCar race as a 19-year-old rookie.
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By Robert Markus and Robert Markus,Chicago Tribune | May 19, 1992
INDIANAPOLIS -- He has been coming here for more than a quarter-century and has seen many changes. He has seen speeds go from 160 mph to more than 230. He has seen competition grow keener, the cars grow leaner, the crashes meaner.But the one thing that has remained almost constant has been his luck.If there's one thing Mario Andretti would like to see one more time before he retires, it's the checkered flag at the end of the Indianapolis 500. He saw it once, but it was so long ago it's almost buried in the mist of memory.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | May 29, 1994
INDIANAPOLIS -- Suddenly, Mario Andretti can laugh about it.About all the times -- after nearly every one of his near-misses in 28 previous Indianapolis 500s -- when he turned to his wife, Dee Ann, and asked her how many more cracks his heart could take without breaking.Now he is about to call it a career, about to start his final Indianapolis 500 and take his last shot at the track that has denied him all but once since he was a rookie in 1965.Andretti has had so many cars break down or just lose their dominance less than 100 miles from the finish line that even he can see the humor.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | April 1, 2001
The joy was there to be heard in Michael Andretti's voice. The veteran CART driver is coming back to the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since Championship Auto Racing Teams and the Indy Racing League went their separate ways in 1995. "I'm tickled to death to be back at Indy," Andretti said. Say what you will about the Indianapolis 500 and its perceived loss of prestige since the split - it is still a Siren. All by itself, the race is putting an end to the boycott that has kept CART teams and drivers away from Indianapolis.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | July 22, 2001
Several weeks ago, some readers took issue with the idea expressed here that the CART open-wheel series is in trouble. But during a conference call last week, none other than Michael Andretti, CART's winningest and most veteran driver, admitted the ground is shaky. "I think what has kept CART alive since the CART and IRL split has been the international influence," Andretti said, referring to the series' success in Australia, Canada, Japan and, until this year's forced cancellation, Brazil, since the open-wheel drivers broke into rival groups in 1996.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | January 23, 1998
Mario Andretti laughs."Martini is the star of the movie," he says. "He's getting fan mail. Three letters last week, addressed to Martini Andretti."Andretti continues with affection."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | October 4, 1992
NAZARETH, Pa. -- If this were a game of Monopoly, Michael Andretti and Bobby Rahal would be in jail and Emerson Fittipaldi would be counting all his money.Fittipaldi, who earned $300,000 yesterday by winning the sixtannual Marlboro Challenge all-star race, is hot. But, perhaps, not quite as hot as Andretti and Rahal, who were both given stop-and-go penalties for improperly entering pit road.It was a perfect demonstration of just how difficult it is thandicap the PPG IndyCar championship points race with just two races left in the season.
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2012
Michael Andretti, wearing his promoter's hat, stopped for a chat in the Baltimore Convention Center on Thursday afternoon. The IndyCar owner, who has taken on the job of organizing the Grand Prix of Baltimore this weekend through his company Andretti Sports Marketing, looked relaxed. "We're as ready as we've ever been for any event that we've ever done," he said when asked about preparations for the weekend festivities that kick off Friday morning when the gates open at 7:30 a.m. "The track is on schedule.
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Lorraine Mirabella | August 27, 2012
  IndyCar racing champion Michael Andretti will be at Giant Food in Parkville on Thursday to talk with shoppers and sign autographs. Andretti, CEO of Andretti Sports Marketing, the promoter of the Grand Prix of Baltimore, will be at the store at 7709 Harford Road from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Andretti's son, Marco Andretti, will be driving the No. 26 Dr. Pepper TEN car during the IZOD IndyCar Series race on Sunday. Landover-based Giant is a sponsor of this weekend's 2012 Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT. The three-day event in the streets of downtown Baltimore kicks off on Friday.
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2012
With the Grand Prix of Baltimore two weeks away, the race's promoter and owner of three cars competing in the IndyCar Series this year, Michael Andretti, was in town recently and sat down for a conversation that ranged from the upcoming event through the streets of the city to current issues in racing. When it comes to Baltimore, Andretti is still learning about the city, but he did offer insight into how Andretti Sports Marketing has cut thousands of dollars from last year's expenses.
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July 21, 2012
It won't be long before racing fans in Baltimore and television viewers from around the world will once again enjoy IndyCar racing with your beautiful waterfront skyline as a backdrop. And as we experienced here last month with Milwaukee IndyFest, I'm confident Michael Andretti and the Andretti Sports Marketing team will get the job done and produce a first-class international event on Labor Day weekend. Milwaukee has a long and storied tradition in auto racing. The Milwaukee Mile is the oldest active racetrack in the world, having hosted races dating back to 1903.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
Ten months ago, IZOD IndyCar Series owner and promoter Michael Andretti and his chief marketing officer John Lopes stood beside the then-Baltimore Grand Prix course and marveled at the crowd and the energy filling the space around them. "This would be a great event to be part of one day," Andretti said to Lopes. Now, Andretti and his sports management company, Andretti Sports Marketing, are less than eight weeks from opening the gates on the new Grand Prix of Baltimore with Race On LLC, headed by partners J.P. Grant and Greg O'Neill.
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May 10, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blakesays the new organizers she has selected for September's Baltimore Grand Prix - including a member of the legendary Andretti family - "have what it takes to move forward and make this world-class sporting event successful for Baltimore. " Isn't that what she said about the last group of people she brought in to save the race? That the lead promoter, Dale Dillon, was a race-savior who would make sure everything went smoothly this year? (Unless, as it happened, he stopped talking to his Baltimore-based partners and dropped off the face of the Earth?
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | June 2, 1997
Mario Andretti may have retired three years ago, but that doesn't mean he isn't looking for another mountain to climb.Andretti's mountain is the 24 Hours of Le Mans."
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By SANDRA McKEE | March 14, 2004
NASCAR is known for wrapping itself in the American flag. You can hardly go to a race without being overwhelmed by patriotism -- flags waving, fighter jets roaring overhead, military salutes in front of the grandstands, even visits by presidents of the United States. So, when word came that Nextel Cup driver John Andretti was being included on a panel that would speak to the U.S. Senate's Committee on the Judiciary, it seemed certain to be another ploy to gather NASCAR Dads in support of President Bush's re-election campaign.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2012
Racing champion Michael Andretti is working on a last-minute effort to organize the Baltimore Grand Prix, teaming with two local businessmen to put together the Labor Day street racing festival, the mayor's office announced Thursday. The new racing group, Race On LLC, will be headed by J.P. Grant , a Columbia-based financier with close ties to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and Curtis Bay concrete contractor Greg O'Neill. They will provide the financial muscle behind the group, which must speed through preparations in 31/2 months.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2011
When he was growing up in Towson, JF Thormann could not, in his wildest fantasies, have imagined a day when downtown Baltimore would be turned into a IndyCar racetrack. He did, however, frequently spend his afternoons and evenings pretending there was a Grand Prix racetrack in the parking lot of Goucher College, where his father was a professor. "I'm not sure my father knows that," Thormann said with a sheepish chuckle. "But I used to practice there a lot. I also burned up a lot of road around the Loch Raven Reservoir.
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