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Tuesday, 27 March, 2001, 23:17 GMT 00:17 UK
Andretti in Indy 500 return
Michael Andretti drives in the Indianapolis 500
Michael Andretti has never won the Indianapolis 500
Michael Andretti will drive again in the Indianapolis 500, it was announced on Tuesday.

He last drove in the race in 1995, the year before formation of the Indy Racing League spawned a boycott of the event by most of the top teams and drivers in open-wheel racing.

Andretti, the 1991 CART champion and son of 1969 Indy winner Mario Andretti, will drive for the new Motorola Racing team formed by Barry Green.

Green also owns the Team Green cars driven in CART by Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti.

Andretti was fourth in the CART season-opener in Mexico and confirmed two weeks ago that Green was attempting to help him secure a deal to drive in the rival IRL's premier event.

Lap records

The race, on 27 May, is one Andretti has not won.

The CART boycott began to struggle last year, when Ganassi Racing returned to Indy and won with driver Juan Montoya.

Ganassi and Penske Racing, whose drivers have won a record 10 Indy 500s, already have stated they will enter the race this year.

Michael Andretti, whose best finish in 11 previous starts at Indianapolis was second to Rick Mears in 1991, has won a record 40 CART races.

He also has led more laps at Indianapolis than any driver who has never won the world's richest auto race.

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