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Andretti out at Petty Enterprises

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Level Cross, NC (Sports Network) - Winston Cup veteran has been replaced in the No.43 Dodge beginning with this Sunday's Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. "We appreciate what John has done for us," said Richard Petty. "We had some successes, won some poles and won a race, but we feel like where we are right now it's time for a change for Petty Enterprises and for John. Andretti finished 23rd at Pocono and was 33rd in the championship after 14 races. In 1998, his first with Petty Enterprises, Andretti finished 11th in the championship. The next season he took the checkered flag at Martinsville, for his only win in five and a half season with the team. has been selected to replace Andretti. The former F1 and CART driver made his Winston Cup debut with Petty last year at Phoenix. "Christian Fittipaldi has shown, every time he has gotten in a Winston Cup car, including Phoenix, Texas and Daytona, that he has the talent to drive these cars and help us get to the front," said , CEO of Petty Enterprises. "We look forward to showing everyone what Christian can do week in and week out."

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