ALLENTOWN, Pa. – IndyCar driver Marco Andretti is slated to test a three-quarter midget during the upcoming Indoor Auto Racing Series event on Jan. 5-6 at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa.
Andretti, a third-generation racer from the legendary Andretti family from nearby Nazareth, Pa., will be a spectator for the Indoor Auto Racing Series event but will test drive a three-quarter midget typically driven by one of his friends, Kyle Lick, during the course of the weekend.
While fans won’t get a chance to see him compete against a field of 50 other drivers in the three-quarter midget division, fans will have an opportunity to get his autograph. Andretti has volunteered to join all the weekend competitors to meet fans and sign free autographs during the Fan Fest, which opens the Saturday, Jan. 6 program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
At that time, those with free Fan Fest tickets will allowed on to the racing floor of the center to get a close up look at all the race cars competing that night as well as collect autographs. These free Fan Fest tickets are available by clicking the Fan Fest option when ordering tickets on-line or when purchasing them at the box office.
Three-quarter midget racing and Indoor Auto Racing competition are nothing new to the Andretti family. Marco’s grandfather Mario Andretti won a three-quarter midget event inside New Jersey’s Teaneck Armory in 1962. He also won in three-quarter midget competition outdoors at New Jersey’s Pine Brook Stadium before embarking on his legendary, internationally known Hall of Fame career.
Marco Andretti began racing in go-karts at the former Flemington Speedway in New Jersey on an infield road course. He quickly advanced to become the youngest ever IndyCar driver at the age of 19 as a teammate to his father, Michael Andretti.
Since then, Marco Andretti has won two IndyCar events. He’ll be driving again next year for the Andretti Autosport team in the Verizon IndyCar Series. While his prevents him from racing in three-quarter midget events, he is allowed to test.