Andretti Autosport a budding auto racing empire

(AP File Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Many drivers have tried to segue from driver to car owner. A few of them even thrive. But Michael Andretti has established an auto racing empire.

His hands touch everything from road racing to RallyCross to the innovative Formula E series. He’s responsible for developing many in the next generation of stars. He secures sponsorships, chips in on marketing, employs hundreds of people and champions open-wheel racing.

On Sunday, he’ll send out five entries from Andretti Autosport for the Indy 500, the one race that has caused him more joy and heartbreak than the others combined.

And while it may not be the end-all, be-all, his son Marco Andretti admits that the race has “fueled this family more than you can believe,” and that a victory would mean everything. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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