John Andretti’s wish to see his son Jarett race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be realized this year when he joins the Indy Lights Freedom 100 field with Andretti Autosport.
“To say I’m excited to run the Freedom 100 this year would be an understatement,” said Andretti, who is currently racing for Andretti Autosport’s Pirelli GT4 America program. “Anytime you get a chance to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway it’s special. Obviously, Andretti Autosport has a great track record there and I’ve known all the mechanics on the cars for years — I can’t wait to get the Month of May started.”
Andretti, whose background is primarily in sprint cars, will join two of his three new teammates Oliver Askew and Robert Megennis for a Rookie Orientation day at Kentucky Speedway on April 18. He will become the seventh Andretti to race at the Brickyard, joining a list that already includes John, great uncle Mario, uncle Adam, and cousins Michael, Jeff and Marco.
“I’m really happy to field a car at IMS for Jarett,” said team owner Michael Andretti. “Running in an Indy Lights car will be a new experience for him, and I know he’s up for the challenge. Our Indy Lights team has shown strong pace this season, and we have a Freedom 100 title to defend. Jarett is already a team driver on the GT4 side, and I’m confident he is going to fit into the Indy Lights team well. He will be a contender and an instant crowd favorite.”
Andretti has already won championships in go-karts, the USAC Eastern Ignite Pavement Midget Series, the 410 Sprint Car division at the Lawrenceburg Speedway and is also an Indiana Sprint Car Series champion. In addition, Andretti is the 2014 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of The Year and a former Rookie of The Year at the Oswego Speedway in the supermodified class.
Freedom 100 action begins Monday, May 20 with testing followed by Thursday qualifying and race day Friday, May 24.