Michael Andretti is one of the current contenders on Donald Trump’s reality competition show, Celebrity Apprentice that appears weekly on NBC. The famed IndyCar former racer and current team owner is filling in on the show for his son Marco Andretti who had signed on to do the show but needed a substitute after his good friend, Dan Wheldon, died in a tragic accident on the track in Las Vegas last October. The show began taping just one day later. Sunday night, Michael Andretti’s team won its challenge for the second week in a row.
The task this week was for each team to prepare a 15-minute show for the Medieval Times dinner and entertainment production. The project manager of the winning team would receive $40,000 for his or her charity.
Michael Andretti is part of team “Unanimous,” which is currently made up of all of the men in the competition. His role on the task this week appeared to be as a stage manager, while others such as Dee “Wicked Siter” Snider, Paul “American Chopper” Tautul Sr., and Lou “Incredible Hulk” Ferrigno played roles in the show. Project manager for Unanimous was Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller.
The women’s team, Forte, lost the challenge this week, meaning the men’s team record is now 2-0. Each time a team loses, one of its players gets “fired” in Donald Trump’s “boardroom.” That makes the team weaker in some ways for the next task because it has fewer members to get the work accomplished. Last week, Forte lost Cheryl Tiegs; this week, Victoria Gotti went home.
Since Unanimous won the challenge, Penn Jillette’s charity, the Las Vegas organization Opportunity Village, won the $40,000, half of which was donated by Medieval Times. Opportunity Village helps mentally challenged people become more integrated into society.
Michael Andretti continues on the show next week when the task will involve creating a living window display for Ivanka Trump’s Collection. So far, he has been lying low in the competition, not becoming part of any drama or controversy, but his team has been pretty cool-headed and focused for the most part. He is playing to raise money for Racing for Cancer.
Mr. Andretti is no stranger to the Rochester area. IndyCar raced at Watkins Glen International, 80 miles South of the city, from 2005 to 2010.
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