Bertil Roos Racing School Graduate Andretti Finishes Sixth in Indy Lights Debut

Jarett Andretti once again showed the versatility his famous racing family is known for and it comes as no accident.


In his Indy Lights series debut, Andretti finished sixth in the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As a graduate of Bertil Roos Racing School and a coaching client of BRRS President Dennis Macchio, his success on the “World’s Most Famous Race Track” is no surprise.


While Indianapolis is a nearly rectangular-shaped track with four tight corners, Andretti adapted well to its unique challenges. The training he received from Bertil Roos Racing School in the highly-technical, European-style road racing made for a smooth transition.


In the May 24 race, Andretti had the sixth fastest practice time at 193.839 mph in a Dallara chassis. After not posting a qualifying lap, he had to start on the grid. He came back in the race to finish right outside the top five.


As an Indianapolis native and the seventh member of his family to race on the famous track, it was a dream come true for the son of former IndyCar and NASCAR winner John Andretti.

“There’s something about this place,” Jarett said. “There’s an allure here that you can’t replicate. Obviously being born in Indianapolis, it has an even more special meaning and seeing your dad compete here among all your other family members.”


Those family members include great-uncle Mario, who ranks amongst the all-time greats in motorsports history as the 1969 winner of the Indianapolis 500. In fact, Mario Andretti is the only man to win a Formula One World Championship, the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.


Other family members include Michael Andretti, now one of IndyCar’s top car owners, and his cousin, Marco, who raced in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.


Besides their history at Indianapolis, the Andretti family also has a long history with Bertil Roos Racing School. Michael Andretti, is a BRRS graduate, coached by the school’s founder Bertil Roos.


Since Jarett participated in Bertil Roos Racing School in 2011 at Virginia International Raceway, he has raced in a variety of cars and series. He won the Eastern Pavement championship for the USAC Midgets, has been a track champion on the 3/8-mile clay oval in Lawrenceburg (Ind.) and was the winner of the nationally-televised Indiana Sprint Car Series.


Also an accomplished sports car racer, he competed in the 50thanniversary of the 24 Hours of Daytona and in the Pirelli World Challenge.    


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