Michael Andretti is a tool

Posted by Iannucci | 9/11/2008 | 5 comments »
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A few years ago a 19-year-old phenom named Jonathan Klein was tearing up the Indy Pro Lights series, finishing 6th or better in 11 straight races and ending up a mere 4 points behind 2006 Indy Pro series champion Jay Howard. Klein’s car was sponsored by his father’s company (Klein Tools), which also served as primary sponsor for Andretti Green driver Dario Franchitti that year. With a solid season, a big name team, and a secure sponsor behind him, Klein seemed on the fast track to the IndyCar series.

Well, that kind of all fell apart. Later that year leaders at Klein Tools not only decided to oust Jonathan’s dad from the ownership of the company, but they also slashed their motorsports marketing as well. With no money he had no ride, leaving Klein to spend the next two years kicking around the Lights series with varying results.

However, there does remain one amazing remnant of the Andretti/Klein Tools relationship. For less than $50 you can own a (ahem) piece of racing history in the form of this Limited Edition Michael Andretti Side-Cutting Pliers. That’s right friends, not only does it provide you with “46% more cutting and gripping power than other plier designs”, but it also features a laser engraving of Michael Andretti’s signature right there on the pliers.

Every home should have one. Even Jonathan’s.


  1. Anonymous // September 11, 2008 11:28 AM  

    Kudos, sir, for a crippling first salvo in our Snark War... I'll have to fire back as soon as I stop cackling.

  2. Anonymous // September 11, 2008 1:15 PM  

    Call me crazy... but the Andretti merchandise "signature" logo would be a MUCH better etching for a tool IMO.

    Fans who hate Mike could justify buying it as fans of Mario or perhaps Marco... I said perhaps!

    Bad Marketing 101 could be the reason Klein's dad was pushed out of the family biz??

  3. Anonymous // September 11, 2008 2:34 PM  


    I just can't see a pair of pliers bearing Mikey's name being worth $50. I guess I'm missing the connection.

    But an Klein Tools Block and Tackle set autographed by Andretti 2.0 might be more appropriate.

    I mean, it kinda fits with his drivin' style. Just sayin'


  4. Jennifer Coomer // September 11, 2008 6:15 PM  

    "Michael Andretti is a tool"

    I knew you'd finally come around...

  5. Anonymous // September 12, 2008 6:57 PM  

    I actually have a pair of those my son won in a kart race. make good offer!