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Richard Petty must be hooked on the Indy 500.
Richard Petty Motorsports and Andretti Auotosports have announced that they will join forces for the 2011 Indy 500, entering a car into the field for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Weekend this year.
John Andretti, who has made 11 prior Indy 500 starts including last year’s run for the Petty-Andretti combo, will drive the #43 Window World car with a traditional “Petty Blue” and “Day-Glo 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.
“No matter how many times you’ve done it before,” Andretti said, “it never gets old to announce that you’re going to run in the Indianapolis 500. To be able to represent Window World again is fantastic, as is the opportunity to work with Richard (Petty) 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.”
2011 marks the third-straight year Window World has served as John’s primary sponsor in the Indianapolis 500. Headquartered in North Wilkesboro, N.C., Window World remains America’s largest replacement window company with offices in more than 200 cities nationwide.
This will also be the third-consecutive Indy 500 to include participation from Richard Petty, a racing icon and one of the most-recognizable figures in NASCAR history. A 200-time NASCAR race winner and seven-time NASCAR champion, Petty witnessed the Indianapolis 500 in person for the first time in 2007 and participated as a co-owner for the first time in 2009.
What is your views on Richard Petty partnering again with Michael Andretti to enter a car in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”?
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