FEBRUARY 1, 2003
Andretti to retire
"I've decided that I want to be a team owner full time, but first there's still a little piece of unfinished business I want to take care of on the racetrack," said Andretti. "I still want to win the Indianapolis 500. It's the one thing that I haven't done in my career, and it's the one thing that I really want to accomplish. I'm a very lucky man. Over the past 20 years, I've been able to pursue my dreams and succeed at my profession. I've been supported, encouraged and surrounded by people in the racing industry who continue to show me that anything is possible in this sport. I am very happy about this decision. Believe me when I tell you that I will be just as proud to accept first-place trophies as the team owner of Andretti Green Racing as I have been to accept them as a driver."