Time to give Andretti the credit he deserves

Time to give Andretti the credit he deserves

For more than 20 years Michael Andretti has been derided as the son who failed to match the achievements of his legendary father Mario. But, as Jeff Olson explains, it's time the former indycar champion driver and team owner got the credit he deserves

Perhaps it's time, once and for all, to give Michael Andretti proper credit. Not for the 42 victories over the course of his indycar racing career or his 1991 championship. Not for his 39 wins, three IndyCar Series titles or two Indianapolis 500 victories as a team owner. Not even to make amends for the house of mirrors that was his transitory and awkward expedition into Formula 1 with McLaren in 1993.

No, what's needed in Andretti's case is some outside appreciation of his latest effort regarding the future of North American open-wheeler racing; More accurately, his commitment to what has always been the sport's third rail – its ladder system.

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