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.

Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,