April 21, 1991
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Michael Andretti is a hard man to nai down. After all, it's pretty difficult catching up to someone who is rocketing down a straightaway at 220 mph.However, race fans seeking his autograph better take note: Make a concerted effort to get it sometime this year.You may not get the opportunity next year.The 28-year-old son of racing legend Mario Andretti plans to take a course once charted by his father, embarking on a career in Formula One racing, perhaps as early as the 1992 season.
July 8, 1991
CLEVELAND -- The pass was less daring but just as effective yesterday, as Michael Andretti got past Emerson Fittipaldi and went on to a victory in the Cleveland Grand Prix.Andretti, who picked up his second win in a row and third of the season, made a heart-thumping move between Fittipaldi and Rick Mears two weeks ago at Portland, Ore. He got away with it and won the race.This time, it took the second-generation Indy-car star until the 53rd of 85 laps on the 2.37-mile, 10-turn temporary road circuit to get to the front for good.
August 25, 1991
DENVER -- Michael Andretti and Bobby Rahal played showdown and Andretti pulled an ace to win the pole for today's Texaco-Havoline Grand Prix a little more than one minute before the end of yesterday's qualifying session.Andretti set a track qualifying record with his lap of 79.631 mph, breaking the mark of 78.964 set by Teo Fabi last year in the inaugural event in the streets of downtown Denver.Rahal went into the second of two days of time trials holding the provisional pole by virtue of a 78.747 mph lap he threw at thefield Friday.
April 5, 1992
PHOENIX -- Michael Andretti surprised himself and spoiled a great effort by Bobby Rahal, as the defending IndyCar champion won the pole position for today's Valvoline 200 with a record-setting performance.Rahal, a former series champion and second to Andretti in the 1991 PPG Cup points battle, set the target, turning a record-shattering lap of 171.618 mph yesterday as the first qualifier on the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway oval.That broke the mark of 168.334 set last April by Rick Mears, who had won four consecutive Phoenix poles and swept all five oval track poles in 1991.
April 12, 1992
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Michael Andretti kept plugging until it all came together yesterday, hanging onto the pole position for today's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.The defending IndyCar PPG Cup champion, who won the provisional pole Friday on a street circuit that this year is shorter and faster than previous years, turned a lap of 106.894 mph with only about four minutes remaining in yesterday's session to grab his second straight pole and 10th in the past 20 events.Danny Sullivan, a former CART series champion who struggled through a frustrating year in 1991 with the now-departed Alfa Romeo engine program, took the outside spot on the front row with a last-minute lap of 106.191 before slamming nose-first into a tire wall.
June 17, 1991
DETROIT -- Emerson Fittipaldi came away with his first victory of the season yesterday in the Detroit Grand Prix, a race featuring an incident involving Mario and Michael Andretti and a safety truck that caused a stoppage of nearly an hour.The Brazilian, who also won here in 1989 on the way to the CART driving championship, held off a determined effort by series point leader Bobby Rahal over the final dozen laps on the tight 2.5-mile, 17-turn circuit winding through the streets of downtown Detroit.