Congratulations to Darlene Sandmann who is not only this week’s Andretti Autosport Fan of the Week, but also our Lunatic of the Week – courtesy of Luna-C Clothing. Darlene lists Marco Andretti as her favorite Andretti Autosport driver, but considers Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe two of her favorites, too.
“Marco is my favorite driver somewhat because it carries on the Andretti Tradition – I am so proud of him this year in how much growth and maturity you see in him,” said Sandmann. “Anyone who drives for Andretti Autosport gets to the top of my list.”
Sandmann has been an open-wheel racing fan for the past 27 years. During those 27 years, Darlene met her husband, Marc Sandmann. “Racing laid the groundwork in the beginning for when I met Marc (now husband) who, at that time, was a much bigger fan than me,” Sandmann comments. “He took me to my first race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, and I have been in love with the sport and hooked ever since.”
Darlene has witnessed many Andretti victories during her 27 years of attending races. “I think the best racing memory for me is the culmination that I have been blessed to go to many races and several races each year,” she said. “There is nothing better than going to victory circle after the race to celebrate the win;the Andrettis and Andretti Autosport drivers have many wins at the races I have been to.” The proud Andretti supporter has experienced the highs and lows of IndyCar racing, but one high she will never forget is seeing the all-Andretti podium in 1991 at the historic Milwaukee Mile.
Heading into the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Darlene is looking for one more Andretti Autosport podium. “I know there is only one race left this season and my fingers are crossed that he (Marco Andretti) will get that win he deserves this season,” Sandmann commented.
While the Fantastic Four heads to California to end the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season, we know Darlene will be on the edge of her seat enjoying her RC Cola 10, waiting to see an Andretti Autosport driver come to the twin checkers ahead of the pack.
The 250-lap MAVTV 500 will air live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, Oct. 19. The MAVTV 500 will be the 12th Indy car race at and the sixth IZOD IndyCar Series event at the 2-mile oval.
Thank you to everyone who submitted a form to become the Andretti Autosport Fan of the Week. Please check back next Friday as we select another winner!
As always, thanks for your amazing support.