Huntersville, NC (May 2, 2009) - Despite having competed in NASCAR, IndyCar and NHRA, John Andretti experienced a new type of speed this week. The driver of the No. 34 Window World Chevrolet performed a tandem skydive with the elite Golden Knights Parachute Team. For Andretti, it was a thrilling way to kickoff a month that promises even more excitement.
Andretti and Window World CEO Todd Whitworth were invited to be guests of the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team. Each individual was paired with an instructor and experienced the thrill of skydiving from 13,500 feet. "It's a thrill," said Andretti. "When your freefall, you're traveling around 120 mph. You fall for about a minute before the parachute opens, but it feels like it's just a few seconds. It's hard to believe you can move that fast without a motor."
In addition to Andretti, the Golden Knights have performed tandem skydive jumps with celebrities such as Tiger Woods, Chick Norris, George H. Bush, Karl Malone and Ann Curry. "The Golden Knights are a first class organization and it was an honor to jump with them," said Whitworth. "They've hosted some incredible people as their guests. I'm really proud to have been invited by them as well. I know it's something that I'll never forget."
Andretti still has more to look forward to. After competing in this weekend's Crown Royal 400, Andretti will turn his focus to open-wheel racing. Andretti will drive the No. 43 Window World/Richard Petty Motorsports/Dreyer and Reinbold Racing Honda-Dallara in the Indy 500. It will be the first time Richard Petty has entered a car into the Indianapolis 500. "This month is already off to a great start and there's so much more to look forward to," said Andretti. "We'll be racing at Richmond this weekend and then head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I can't wait. It's my all-time favorite track and my all-time favorite race. It's going to be awesome to compete in it. Having Richard Petty participate as well only makes the deal sweeter. I hope our month ends as well as it began."