Formula Ford - Andretti
Posted 17 February 2005 - 12:25
What Iam pretty sure is :
Michael drove Formula Fords from 1980 to 1982
He had his first start in Watkins Glen in 1980, was the SCCA Northeast champion in 1981 with 6 wins, won 4 out of 6 races in 1982 - He also won the pole at the SCCA Runoffs in 1982 -
In 1981, he won at least in West Palm Beach (Moroso), Sebring and Summit Point but I don't have the dates -
John drove Formula Fords in SCCA and is a veteran of the SCCA Runoffs
Jeff drove Formula Fords in 1983 and 1984 - He was USAC Pro and Skip Barber Eastern champion in 1983 and SCCA Northeast champion in 1984-
If someone has results or stats, I am very interrested
Posted 18 February 2005 - 15:42
Andretti.com has a pic that shows Michael in Lime Rock 1981 in a car prepared by Bertil Roos # 55 sponsored by Star Brite Car Care
Posted 19 February 2005 - 19:21
From Andretti.com :
1982 - FORMULA FORD Competed for Carl Haas-Won four of the six races he competed in.
1981 - Champion - FORMULA FORD Drove to his first professional championship when he earned the Northeast division title with six victories.
1980 - FORMULA FORD Qualified for SCCA amateur and national license. First competition was the Formula Ford race at Watkins Glen. Winner -
Michael’s brother Jeff won the Skip Barber Formula Ford Eastern Series title in 1983, and Michael himself won an SCCA Formula Ford championship in a car prepared and run by Skip Barber Racing in the early 1980s.
Michael won the SCCA Northeast Division Formula Ford Title in 1981 with six national victories.
1981 - Captured six of 13 Formula Ford races and SCCA Northeast Division championship.
1980 - Michael Andretti enters his first Formula Ford race at Watkins Glen
From book « Lola – 1978 to1997 » - Nota T640 is a 1600 FF
1982 - The Lola T640 made its debut at Sebring in Florida and won. Michael Andretti was the driver in a car run by the Carl Haas racing team. […] Andretti also won at West Palm Beach and Autosport said “We can guarantee that you will be hearing a lot more of Michael Andretti in years to come .”
June 8, 1981 – Michael Andretti, the son of Indy 500 winner Mario and a college freshman, drove his Formula Ford to victory in each of his first three SCCA amateur road races this year, at West Palm Beach, Sebring, Fla. and Summitt Point, W. Va.
MICHAEL ANDRETTI: "Although I had an opportunity to race in Montreal in Formula One, Formula Ford and Formula Atlantic I don´t think my experience from those cars and from that long ago will offer me much of an advantage this weekend."
1980 – competed in SCCA Formula Ford regionals and nationals
From CNN / Sports Ill. - 1999
Began open wheel racing in 1979 when he attended Andre Pillette's driving school in Zolder, Belgium with cousin Michael. Michael's Christmas present to John in 1980 was to Bertil Roos' driving school at Pocono where they raced SCCA Formula Ford regional and national events.
In 1983, Jeff won both the USAC Pro Ford championship and the Skip Barber Formula ford Eastern Series title, earning Rookie of the Year honors in the latter series. Jeff qualified for his SCCA national license in 1984 and was named Rookie of the year winning six of 13 races. Jeff also won the Northeast Division title in Formula Ford and made his Super VEE debut at Las Vegas in the last event of the season.
Posted 22 February 2005 - 09:29
A pic as Mike winner in Lime Rock in 1981
1981 - Formula Ford - Star Brite car # 55
Formula Ford in West Palm Beach 1981 - Skip Barber car # 5
Another one of the same car
Skip Barber article
Posted 22 February 2005 - 09:39
Posted 28 February 2005 - 08:32
I mean national & regionals series.
Posted 20 March 2005 - 19:26
If you have some other pics , do not hesitate to post some -
Do you know where Michael ended his day when he ran the SCCA RunOffs ?
Find your site recently, thanks for sharing those photos,
very good ones and good to see photos from the past of lower series like Super Vees or Atlantics.
Posted 20 March 2005 - 22:15
1st Dave Weitzenholf
2nd Dennis Firestone
3rd Arnie Loyning
4th Craig Taylor
5th Michael Roe
6th Bob Lobenberg
7Th Paul Barnhardt
Some other names from that race
16th Drake Olson
18th Chris Kneifel
37th Dennis Vitolo
Glad I've kept most of my old copies of On Track, kept telling my wife they would come in handy someday!
Posted 20 March 2005 - 22:31
I think Michael drove the runoffs in 1982 too -
Read somewhere that he won the pole that year -
Would you also have the 1982 results ?
In 1981, Michael won Sebring, West Palm Beach, Summitt Point races
In 1982, he won Sebring and West Palm Beach with the new Lola for the Haas team
Can you tell me if all those races were SCCA sanctionned and what the dates were ?
1981 - 13 races, 6 wins
1982 - 6 races, 4 wins
For 1980, I can't find anything as for John Andretti's Formula Ford career
Every results you can find, would be very helpful
Posted 20 March 2005 - 22:50
Posted 28 March 2005 - 13:21
Originally posted by Gary C
Blimey!! I've visited Summit Point quite a few times from the other side of the pond & never knew Michael Andretti raced there! Does anyone know of any other 'big' names that might have raced at this small, quaint but fun venue?? (and yes, I myself have completed a few laps there, albeit on a push bike after racing has finished !).
Don't have a list of big names, but anyone who came out of SCCA amateur racing in the NE US would have come to Summit Point for the Wash DC National since about the time the track opened in the late 60's.
Trans Am (83-85), Can Am (II) (86) and IMSA non-prototpye cars all raced there in the 80s and early 90s. I believe the Escort Endurance series topped there too, as there are pictures of PLN and Tom Cruise wearing their drivers suits with Planters Peanuts sponsorship.
Group 44 and PTG (Tom Milner) are/were based in nearby Winchester, VA and have used the track for testing.
Brian Redman holds the "Jefferson 500" at Summit Point and has a few friends stop by.
The only driver I know of whose only SP experince is equivalant to yours is Bobby Unser. He gave a talk at the track a few years ago when he was promoting his book, and said he had just gotten a ride around the track.
I race there, but the only thing "big name" about that is the Hungarian translation ;)
Posted 11 March 2009 - 14:57
n 1982, he was racing the Lola T640 owned by Carl Haas and run by Ove Olsen-
In the SCCA National Runoffs held in Road Atlanta, Mike won the pole and finished third in 1982-
On July 19, 1981 at the Nelson Ledges Road Course in Garrettsville, Ohio, Michael won the Mahoning Valley Region SCCA Formula Ford Race sanction # 81-n-48-s where Michael Roe was 3rd & John Andretti 18th racing a Scandia (30 starters)
Posted 11 March 2009 - 15:02
The legend says :
Michael Andretti started his racing career in Formula Ford.
He's shown here in a new Crossle 55 getting ready to race at Sebring .
He's receiving encouragement from Mario, cousin John and Skip Barber.
Rick Hiland and David Loring had prepared the car at Ric Racing in Bow, New Hampshire and apparently, they did a great job: Mike broke out in front of the pack and won going away
Posted 11 March 2009 - 15:34
Posted 11 March 2009 - 16:40
Posted 11 March 2009 - 18:27
Interesting...note the embroidery on his suit, "Mike Andretti". At some point shortly thereafter he became "Michael Andretti" and I believe that has been his preferred identity since then. All one ever hears since the early '80s is 'Michael'. Of course, the exception is Al Unser Jr, who I believe always refers to him as "Mikey".
Originally posted by kris
Posted 12 March 2009 - 16:19
Seems it is pretty easy to learn the limits, when there is unlimited $ behind you replacing cars all the time
Sorry for the negativity.....
Posted 12 March 2009 - 17:14
Posted 12 March 2009 - 17:18
Excerpt from the column :
While Andretti ran a year of SCCA FF1600 in 1981 in four different cars. In fact, Loring was crew chief for young Andretti for a few races in 1981 when Andretti drove a Crossle Formula Ford for Skip Barber and I remember some years later Michael talking about how tough it is to make it in racing. "Look at a guy like David Loring," Michael remarked. "He's a classic example of a great racer who never made it."
Posted 13 March 2009 - 01:10
Posted 13 March 2009 - 01:33
According to this Mohawk-Hudson SCCA Region report (page 9 of 12), in early 1984 "region member Jeff Andretti starts the year strong, winning two Formula Ford National races (and a pro event too) in Florida."
Posted 13 March 2009 - 01:52
And that article had legends of the pictures speaking of Moroso. This Skip Barber site article isn't on line anymore and that's a pity because I have no copy of the second picture.
This one now appears on this site page : Link .
This Sports Illustrated article I spoke of in post # 4 says Michael won both Moroso and Sebring.
At that time, I posted (post #5) some links to the 2 pictures and article mentionned above and two links pointing to pictures of the old andretti.com site. You won't find any of them on the web anymore and I haven't save any of them (argggggggghhhhh)
Posted 13 March 2009 - 15:23
Ah, David Loring! Talk about a marvelous talent never getting the necessary breaks to make it big, as he surely could have.
Originally posted by kris
......Michael talking about how tough it is to make it in racing. "Look at a guy like David Loring," Michael remarked. "He's a classic example of a great racer who never made it."
Posted 13 March 2009 - 22:05
Originally posted by kris
Thanks for the photo, MyF5000, would you have Mike's results for this Pocono race ?
kris, photos from June 13, 1981. There where no results from this FF race, it was canceled due to fog.
Posted 20 January 2011 - 12:05
Michael Andretti's Lola T-640 leads Bill McGehee's Crossle 50F during Formula Ford practice.
Michael Andretti's Lola T-640 Formula Ford. Note: He was listed as Mike Andretti on the grid.