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Mario Andretti

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Open Wheel Racing

Mario Andretti
Person

Born:  February 28, 1940

A race car driver.

1967 Daytona 500 winner
1978 Formula 1 Champion
1984 PPG Indy Car World Series Champion

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Video
Photographs
Racing Record
Formula 1 Race History
Die Cast Cars
Collectible Cards
Article Index
Quotes


Video

The Flying Lap, Episode 59: Mario Andretti
February 29, 2012
Duration: 1:13:44
It is very difficult to sum-up the man and the racing driver that is Mario Gabriele Andretti. For now, then, let's just adhere to the statistics: he is the only driver ever to have won the F1 World Championship, the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. (True: he never won Le Mans - but he finished second there in 1995 and he was third at the Circuit of the Sarthe, sharing a Porsche with his son, Michael, in 1983. He also helped Ferrari secure the 1972 World Sports Car Championship; and, in 1970, at the Sebring 12 Hours, drove one of the greatest races in sports car history to win in the closing stages.) He was won four IndyCar Championships from 52 race victories, countless more sprint and midget events, the Pikes Peak hill-climb and even a drag race. He is one of only three drivers ever to have taken the pole for his first F1 race - and his 12 Grand Prix victories and 18 poles came with two of the biggest names in the sport - Scuderia Ferrari and Team Lotus. Mario was as competitive in his 40s as he was in his 20s and raced at Le Mans as recently as 2000, when he was 60. He remains one of only two Americans ever to win the World Championship. And he is today the fully-active, passionate head of a family racing dynasty that has produced Michael, Jeff, John, Marco - and also, in the early years, twin brother Aldo. Mario, who turned 72 yesterday, is also a man of the times: he is on Twitter (@MarioAndretti); his website (http://marioandretti.com) is a feast of Italian operatic scores, images and stats; and he is the new face of Go Daddy.com, the domain name company. Very appropriately, a huge Mario Andretti billboard recently dominated Times Square in New York City.

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Photographs

Mario Andretti Ferrari 312B Model Car Ferrari 312B
Tamiya 1:12 scale kit
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
View photo of Mario Andretti Ferrari 312B Model Car - 3.8MB
Mario Andretti Ferrari 312B Model Car Ferrari 312B
Tamiya 1:12 scale kit
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
View photo of Mario Andretti Ferrari 312B Model Car - 3.8MB
Mario Andretti Ferrari 312B Model Car Ferrari 312B
Tamiya 1:12 scale kit
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
View photo of Mario Andretti Ferrari 312B Model Car - 3.8MB
Mario Andretti Lola T88 Model Car Lola T88/00
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
View photo of Mario Andretti Lola T88 Model Car - 3.9MB
Mario Andretti Lola T88 Model Car Lola T88/00
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
View photo of Mario Andretti Lola T88 Model Car - 3.4MB
Mario Andretti Lola T88 Model Car Lola T88/00
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
View photo of Mario Andretti Lola T88 Model Car - 3.9MB
1993 Mario Andretti Model Car 1993 Lola T93/00
Tamiya kit
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden

2009 Summer NNL

August 2, 2009
View photo of 1993 Mario Andretti Model - 3,229KB
1993 Mario Andretti Model Car 1993 Lola T93/00
Tamiya kit
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden

2009 Summer NNL

August 2, 2009
View photo of 1993 Mario Andretti Model - 3,338KB


Racing Record

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Win List

DateSeriesRaceTrack
1967Grand NationalDaytona 500Daytona International Speedway


Formula 1 Race History

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DateGrand PrixConstructorGridFinishPoints
October 6, 1968United StatesLotus-Ford1Retired0
March 1, 1969South AfricanLotus-Ford6Retired0
August 3, 1969GermanLotus-Ford12Retired0
October 5, 1969United StatesLotus-Ford5Retired0
March 7, 1970South AfricanMarch-Ford11Retired0
April 19, 1970SpanishMarch-Ford1634
July 18, 1970BritishMarch-Ford9Retired0
August 2, 1970GermanMarch-Ford9Retired0
August 16, 1970AustrianMarch-Ford18Retired0
March 6, 1971South AfricanFerrari419
April 18, 1971SpanishFerrari8Retired0
May 23, 1971MonacoFerrariDNQ0
June 20, 1971DutchFerrari16Retired0
August 1, 1971GermanFerrari1143
September 19, 1971CanadianFerrari13130
January 23, 1972ArgentineFerrari9Retired0
March 4, 1972South AfricanFerrari643
May 1, 1972SpanishFerrari5Retired0
September 10, 1972ItalianFerrari770
October 8, 1972United StatesFerrari1061
September 22, 1974CanadianParnelli-Ford1670
October 6, 1974United StatesParnelli-Ford13Disqualified0
January 12, 1975ArgentineParnelli-Ford10Retired0
January 26, 1975BrazilianParnelli-Ford1870
March 1, 1975South AfricanParnelli-Ford6170
April 27, 1975SpanishParnelli-Ford4Retired0
May 11, 1975MonacoParnelli-Ford13Retired0
June 8, 1975SwedishParnelli-Ford1543
July 6, 1975FrenchParnelli-Ford1552
July 19, 1975BritishParnelli-Ford12120
August 3, 1975GermanParnelli-Ford13100
August 17, 1975AustrianParnelli-Ford19Retired0
September 7, 1975ItalianParnelli-Ford15Retired0
October 5, 1975United StatesParnelli-Ford5Retired0
January 25, 1976BrazilianLotus-Ford16Retired0
March 6, 1976South AfricanParnelli-Ford1361
March 28, 1976USA WestParnelli-Ford15Retired0
May 2, 1976SpanishLotus-Ford9Retired0
May 16, 1976BelgianLotus-Ford11Retired0
June 13, 1976SwedishLotus-Ford2Retired0
July 4, 1976FrenchLotus-Ford752
July 18, 1976BritishLotus-Ford3Retired0
August 1, 1976GermanLotus-Ford12120
August 15, 1976AustrianLotus-Ford952
August 29, 1976DutchLotus-Ford634
September 12, 1976ItalianLotus-Ford14Retired0
October 3, 1976CanadianLotus-Ford534
October 10, 1976USA EastLotus-Ford11Retired0
October 24, 1976JapaneseLotus-Ford119
January 9, 1977ArgentineLotus-Ford852
January 23, 1977BrazilianLotus-Ford3Retired0
March 5, 1977South AfricanLotus-Ford6Retired0
April 3, 1977USA WestLotus-Ford219
May 8, 1977SpanishLotus-Ford119
May 22, 1977MonacoLotus-Ford1052
June 5, 1977BelgianLotus-Ford1Retired0
June 19, 1977SwedishLotus-Ford161
July 3, 1977FrenchLotus-Ford119
July 16, 1977BritishLotus-Ford6140
July 31, 1977GermanLotus-Ford7Retired0
August 14, 1977AustrianLotus-Ford3Retired0
August 28, 1977DutchLotus-Ford1Retired0
September 11, 1977ItalianLotus-Ford419
October 2, 1977USA EastLotus-Ford426
October 9, 1977CanadianLotus-Ford190
October 23, 1977JapaneseLotus-Ford1Retired0
January 15, 1978ArgentineLotus-Ford119
January 29, 1978BrazilianLotus-Ford343
March 4, 1978South AfricanLotus-Ford270
April 2, 1978USA WestLotus-Ford426
May 7, 1978MonacoLotus-Ford4110
May 21, 1978BelgianLotus-Ford119
June 4, 1978SpanishLotus-Ford119
June 17, 1978SwedishLotus-Ford1Retired0
July 2, 1978FrenchLotus-Ford219
July 16, 1978BritishLotus-Ford2Retired0
July 30, 1978GermanLotus-Ford119
August 13, 1978AustrianLotus-Ford2Retired0
August 27, 1978DutchLotus-Ford119
September 10, 1978ItalianLotus-Ford161
October 1, 1978USA EastLotus-Ford1Retired0
October 8, 1978CanadianLotus-Ford9100
January 21, 1979ArgentineLotus-Ford752
February 4, 1979BrazilianLotus-Ford4Retired0
March 3, 1979South AfricanLotus-Ford843
April 8, 1979USA WestLotus-Ford643
April 29, 1979SpanishLotus-Ford434
May 13, 1979BelgianLotus-Ford5Retired0
May 27, 1979MonacoLotus-Ford13Retired0
July 1, 1979FrenchLotus-Ford12Retired0
July 14, 1979BritishLotus-Ford9Retired0
July 29, 1979GermanLotus-Ford11Retired0
August 12, 1979AustrianLotus-Ford15Retired0
August 26, 1979DutchLotus-Ford17Retired0
September 9, 1979ItalianLotus-Ford1052
September 30, 1979CanadianLotus-Ford10100
October 7, 1979USA EastLotus-Ford17Retired0
January 13, 1980ArgentineLotus-Ford6Retired0
January 27, 1980BrazilianLotus-Ford4Retired0
March 1, 1980South AfricanLotus-Ford15120
March 30, 1980USA WestLotus-Ford15Retired0
May 4, 1980BelgianLotus-Ford17Retired0
May 18, 1980MonacoLotus-Ford1970
June 29, 1980FrenchLotus-Ford12Retired0
July 13, 1980BritishLotus-Ford9Retired0
August 10, 1980GermanLotus-Ford970
August 17, 1980AustrianLotus-Ford17Retired0
August 31, 1980DutchLotus-Ford1080
September 14, 1980ItalianLotus-Ford10Retired0
September 28, 1980CanadianLotus-Ford18Retired0
October 5, 1980USA EastLotus-Ford1161
March 15, 1981USA WestAlfa Romeo643
March 29, 1981BrazilianAlfa Romeo9Retired0
April 12, 1981ArgentineAlfa Romeo1780
May 3, 1981San MarinoAlfa Romeo12Retired0
May 17, 1981BelgianAlfa Romeo18100
May 31, 1981MonacoAlfa Romeo12Retired0
June 21, 1981SpanishAlfa Romeo880
July 5, 1981FrenchAlfa Romeo1080
July 18, 1981BritishAlfa Romeo11Retired0
August 2, 1981GermanAlfa Romeo1290
August 16, 1981AustrianAlfa Romeo13Retired0
August 30, 1981DutchAlfa Romeo7Retired0
September 13, 1981ItalianAlfa Romeo13Retired0
September 27, 1981CanadianAlfa Romeo1670
October 17, 1981Las VegasAlfa Romeo10Retired0
April 4, 1982USA WestWilliams-Ford14Retired0
September 12, 1982ItalianFerrari134
September 25, 1982Las VegasFerrari7Retired0


Die Cast Cars

TypeBrandItem NumberSeriesNameScaleColorNotes
Die CastGMP7801Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing #2 4-cam Ford dirt champ1:18#2Production:  1,500
Die CastCarsL4153-0911G1The World of CarsMario AndrettiSmallTeal & Dark Yellow #11 "Mario"1964 Ford Fairlane


Collectible Cards

YearSet#NameCar #SponsorNotes
1991All World Racing5Mario AndrettiK-Mart/Texaco Havoline
1991All World Racing961984 P.P.G. Champion Mario AndrettiK-Mart/Texaco Havoline


Article Index

DateArticleAgency/Author/Speaker
March 16, 1999CART Media ConferenceMario Andretti
October 2, 2001CART Media ConferenceMario Andretti
February 27, 2002CART Media ConferenceMario Andretti
Michael Andretti
Chris Pook
August 6, 2002CART Media ConferenceMario Andretti
Derek Daly
Adrian Fernandez
Chris Kneifel

April 23, 2003Mario Andretti May Return to Indy 500Voice of America
April 24, 2003Andretti Survives Indy 500 Practice Session CrashVOA Sports
April 25, 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceMario Andretti
George Bruggenthies
Chris Pook
June 10, 2003Champ Car Media ConferenceMario Andretti
Mark Blundell
Alex Zanardi
May 24, 2005IndyCar Series: Indianapolis 500Marco Andretti
Mario Andretti
Kenny Brack
Scott Sharp
December 20, 2005Indy Racing League Media ConferenceMarco Andretti
Mario Andretti
Michael Andretti
Dario Franchitti
November 9, 2010Indy Racing League Media ConferenceMario Andretti
Tom Lee
September 28, 2011Indy Racing League Media ConferenceMario Andretti
Michael Andretti
January 24, 2012Grand-Am Road Racing Media ConferenceMario Andretti
A.J. Foyt


Quotes

While watching a NASCAR race begin with the announcer introducing the command to start engines with "and now the most famous words in racing..." Dave Crittenden said, "those aren't the most famous words in racing, the most famous words in racing are, 'Andretti slowing on the backstretch...'"




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