Andretti ends third for first Rahal/Andretti podium in nearly 20 years (VIDEO)


The date was September 1, 1996 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Graham Rahal was 7 years old, and Marco Andretti was 9.

That was the last time the Rahal and Andretti names stood on the same IndyCar podium. Until today.

Back in the first year of the CART/IRL split, at the beginning of the start of the inexorable 20-year-old decline of the sport on the whole, it was Michael Andretti leading home Bobby Rahal in the penultimate round of the PPG IndyCar World Series season.

Today, Graham Rahal has won the MAVTV 500, Round 11 of 16 in the Verizon IndyCar Series season, but Marco Andretti joined him on the podium with third place.

Tony Kanaan, who raced against both their dads in his rookie CART season of 1998 (Bobby Rahal’s final season as a driver), sandwiched them in second.

Andretti’s No. 27 Snapple Honda was well set-up from the start of the weekend, rolling off the truck quickly as he qualified third. In the race, he led 10 times for 31 laps and ultimately ended in the same position.

Andretti’s biggest achilles’ heel during the race, it seemed, was that he was stuck on the wrong line when it came time to go for the win.

“It’s definitely crazy, pack racing’s always like that,” Andretti said post-race. “You’ve got guys that just don’t want to back off, guys going forward, guys going backward, inside, outside. I find it quite fun but it is extremely dangerous, but that’s what we sign up for. We put on a heck of a show for the fans, that’s for sure.

“We were pretty good but sort of shot ourselves in the foot there at the end. I shouldn’t have gone low, I should’ve known Graham (Rahal) was going to do that. I had a full head of steam. If I would’ve went high, I think we could’ve won the race.”

Andretti moved up to sixth in the points after this result.

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:

Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and; Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.

IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information


GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis