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A Karting driver is being investigated over an attack on a racing fan after comments he allegedly made on the track. Indianapolis 500 winner Marco Andretti has called on all race fans to act against what he says is a “dangerous road” in which Mr Andretti took his race rivalry with another driver too far.
The 28-year-old German, Marco Andretti, said: “I believe this is an area that the majority of drivers in the paddock should really care about and speak out on – because it’s a dangerous road to go. It’s not even that we’re pointing at any driver, or it’s the minority, it’s more it’s the innocent people, who have become victims.”
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Andretti, an IndyCar Series driver who was crowned champion in May this year, made the comments after a race in Indianapolis on Friday where the incident involving Mr Andretti took place. It is reported that following his defeat at Barber Motorsports Park, Mr Andretti apparently became unhappy at a fatal accident involving another driver. According to race reports, Mr Andretti claimed “they’ve got to clean the track to make sure people are safe, otherwise there’s nothing left”, a comment which could have been seen as threatening.
Mr Andretti is known to be very passionate about what he calls the IndyCar Series, but when commenting on the situation Mr Andretti confirmed that it was not a particular driver who was responsible.
“That’s not Marco,” he said. “Marco has a lot of respect for drivers – that’s the way we’re taught – but we’re grown adults and there’s a very good safety program. So we want to make sure everyone’s safe and everyone goes out enjoying their hobby and that’s that. I’m probably probably as passionate as anybody, but, again, I’m 28 years old, not 25, not 26, not 27, I’m 28 years old. That’s obviously a part of it, but I’m able to think outside the box. I think at the end of the day, what’s right is right. And that’s why it’s been the same guys, and why it has been so successful.”
The 45-year-old Mr Andretti is a 17-time runner-up in the Formula Ford title race and has won Formula Ford and SCCA Pro Sportsman championships.
When asked what he planned to do about it, Marco Andretti suggested he was not sure. “I don’t know. I haven’t heard much,” he said. “I’m not sure [what to do], but I’ll certainly talk to my dad and see what we want to do about it.”
Meanwhile, Marco Andretti paid tribute to the victims of the Novobre crash in a statement issued on Monday. “Like everyone else, my thoughts and prayers are with the families of those involved and with the friends, teammates and fans of Toyota Racing Development who will be far too soon,” said the son of Dennis Andretti, who is also a Formula One and IndyCar driver.
“This is an incredibly difficult situation and I am so grateful for the outpouring of support from the motorsport community. This is obviously a tragedy that none of us can fully understand, and I’m grateful to everyone who continues to keep the victims in their thoughts and prayers.”