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Third-generation driver Jarett Andretti will make his Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires debut next month as he joins Andretti Autosport for the Freedom 100 on May 24 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Andretti, the 26-year-old son of Indy car race winner John Andretti, will attempt to become the seventh member from one of racing’s most famous families to compete at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, joining the list that includes his father, great uncle Mario, uncle Adam and cousins Michael, Jeff and Marco.
“To say I’m excited to run the Freedom 100 this year would be an understatement,” Jarett Andretti said. “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.”
Team owner Michael Andretti, Jarett’s godfather, was happy to help his first cousin once removed achieve his goal of racing at IMS and add to the family legacy. Jarett has competed for Andretti Autosport in USAC sprint cars and the Pirelli GT4 America sports-car series.
“I’m really happy to field a car at IMS for Jarett,” Michael Andretti said. “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.”