Andretti Autosport announced Monday that it will join forces once again this May with co-entrant Richard Petty Motorsports and primary sponsor Window World, Inc., to field an entry for IndyCar veteran John Andretti in this year's 100 anniversary edition of the Indianapolis 500.
John, who has made 11 prior Indy 500 starts including last year's run for the Petty-Andretti combo, will drive the No. 43 Window World car with a traditional "Petty Blue" and flourescent red color scheme. However, the livery featured on this year's entry was inspired by the 1982 race-winning car of Gordon Johncock and designed to commemorate that historic car.
Adding extra promotional spice to the deal,Window World and ABILITY Magazine have created a "$1,000,000 WIN-WIN" promotion that will provide one, lucky contestant the chance to win $1m should John win the 2011 Indianapolis 500. That contestant will be selected randomly from a group of six semi-finalists, with five representatives from designated U.S. regions and one representative from the national community of veterans, including active duty, retired and Wounded Warriors. The semi-finalists will also be selected from a random drawing.
"No matter how many times you've done it before, it never gets old to announce that you're going to run in the Indianapolis 500," said John Andretti. "To be able to represent Window World again is fantastic, as is the opportunity to work with Richard and Michael (Andretti). Winning the Indianapolis 500 has always been a dream of mine. To be able to have another shot at that is tremendous, and being able to make one of our military heroes a millionaire in the process would make it that much better."
Added car owner Michael Andretti: "It's great for us to be able to put this program together again for 2011. Window World is a great partner, and getting the chance to work with Richard and John means so much to me personally. We learned a lot last year with John in the car and hopefully all of that will pay off for us this year. John is running the race for one reason and that's to win it, so we're going to give it everything we've got."