Sunday, May 25, 2003

Tale of the Tape - Michael Andretti vs. Michael Corleone



By Ryan Ernst
The Cincinnati Enquirer

One inherited a racing empire, the other inherited La Cosa Nostra. But which second-generation Italian-American wins in a head-to-head battle? Let's go to the facts.

FATHER
Mario, named driver of the century by the Associated Press in 1999.Edge MCDon Vito, once assured a man "that either his brains, or his signature, would be on the contract." That's a true story.
SIBLING RIVALRY
Younger brother Jeff, a disappointment on the track, works for Michael.Edge MAOlder brother Fredo, a disappointment in every sense of the word, was ordered killed by Michael.
HEIR TO THE THRONE
Oldest son, Marco, races on the CART Stars of Tomorrow series, plans to follow in the footsteps of his father.Edge MAOnly son, Anthony, dropped out of law school to become an opera singer, vowed never to work for his father.
FAMILY FEUD
The UnsersEdge MAThe Tattaglias
YAHOO! SEARCH HITS
41,000Edge MA10,400
BUSINESS INTERESTS
Andretti Green Racing, Michael Andretti Powersports, Andretti Toyota, Andretti Mitsubishi, Andretti Hanna Carwashes, Andretti Petroleum and Speedmart Stores, Andretti Signature Line Apparel, Andretti Enterprises and Andretti Global Development Corp.Edge MCGenco Olive Oil, numerous Nevada casinos and another in Cuba, communications companies and the multibillion-dollar, Vatican-run, corrupt Immobiliare.
EARLY SUCCESS
His first competition was the 1980 Formula Ford race at Watkins Glen, which he won.Edge MCWhacked McCluskey and Sollozzo with the gun Clemenza taped to the back of the toilet at Louis' Restaurant in the Bronx.
ON RETIREMENT
"I've decided that I want to be a team owner full time (after this year's Indy 500)."Edge MC"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."
RECORDS
The all-time Champ Car victory leader among current drivers with 42.Edge MCOrdered the death of 10 people, including his brother-in-law and one of his father's oldest associates. All were carried out within hours of one another.
THE END
Takes one last run at the elusive Indy 500, today.Edge MAFalls off a chair, dies alone, while a dog sniffs his body.

Winner: It's a tie (5-5). So what have we learned? Well, driving a car at more than 200 mph while earning millions of dollars is pretty cool. But then again, so is organized crime.




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