Andretti Autosport a budding auto racing empire

Team owner Michael Andretti gives his teams the signal to go on the track during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Team owner Michael Andretti gives his teams the signal to go on the track during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. (AP 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.

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