LONG BEACH, Calif. – Third-generation racer Jarett Andretti will join the Andretti Autosport Indy Lights program for the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 24.
Jarett is the son of John Andretti, grandson of Aldo Andretti and great nephew of Mario Andretti.
“To say I’m excited to run the Freedom 100 this year would be an understatement,” said Andretti. “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!”
Currently competing with Andretti Autosport in the team’s Pirelli GT4 America effort, Andretti will join teammates Oliver Askew and Robert Megennis for a rookie orientation day at Kentucky Speedway April 18. He will become the seventh member of the Andretti family to compete at Indianapolis, joining the list that includes his father 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.”
The youngest racing Andretti has carried on the family tradition and has 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.