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Michael Andretti
CHAMPION 1991 | Drove for NHR from 1989-1992 & 1995-2000 | 173 starts

had one of the most dominating seasons, both personally and for Newman/Haas Racing to date, en route to his lone CART Championship in 1991. He scored a record eight Champ Car victories, eight poles and 11 podium positions (top-three) as well as won the invitational Marlboro Challenge from the pole. During the season, he earned a record number of points under the modern (1983) system. He became the first driver to win the Marlboro Challenge twice, first to win from the pole and first to win the PPG Cup in the same season. He topped CART’s first ever all-Andretti victory podium ahead of cousin, John, and father, Mario, at Milwaukee. He won the championship in the same year as his younger brother, Jeff, won the “Rookie of the Year” title. Andretti was named “Driver of the Year” by a national panel of journalists and set a Champ Car earnings record of $2,400,000 in a single season. Michael Andretti began driving for Newman/Haas Racing in 1989 marking the first father/son team in Champ Car history. Prior to his official role with the team beginning in 1989, Andretti had been an unofficial member since the team’s inception in late 1982 due to his father’s involvement. It was a natural progression for Newman/Haas Racing to become a two-car team to make room for the younger Andretti in 1989 and they were immediately rewarded with wins, pole and ultimately a Championship a few seasons later. The team supported his desire to follow in the footsteps of his father and compete in Formula One in 1993. Formula One’s loss was Champ Car racing’s gain when Andretti came back to the series the following season. Newman/Haas Racing’s lineup was set with Mario Andretti and Nigel Mansell so Andretti drove for Chip Ganassi in 1994 and scored the team’s first win in the series. Andretti came home to Newman/Haas Racing in 1995 and remained a part of the team until the conclusion of 2000 when he announced he would drive for team owner Barry Green thus ending three decades of Andretti involvement with the team. During his 10 seasons at Newman/Haas Racing the combination of Andretti and the team’s expertise garnered 31 race wins and 26 pole positions as well as the 1991 Championship.

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