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Born:  February 28, 1940

A race car driver, famous for having competed in and won in a wide variety of motorsports in the United States and abroad including winning the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, a class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as championships in Formula 1, dirt cars, IndyCars, IROC, and was named the "Driver of the Century" by the Associated Press and RACER magazine.

1967 Daytona 500 winner
1969 Indianapolis 500 winner
1978 Formula 1 Champion
1984 PPG Indy Car World Series Champion
1995 24 Hours of Le Mans Class Winner (2nd Overall)

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Mario Andretti page on 1 January 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Mario Gabriele Andretti (born February 28, 1940) is an Italian-born American former racing driver, one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport. He is one of only two drivers to have won races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR (the other being Dan Gurney). He also won races in midget cars, and sprint cars. During his career, Andretti won the 1978 Formula One World Championship, four IndyCar titles (three under USAC-sanctioning, one under CART), and IROC VI. To date, he remains the only driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), Daytona 500 (1967) and the Formula One World Championship, and, along with Juan Pablo Montoya, the only driver to have won a race in the NASCAR Cup Series, Formula One, and an Indianapolis 500. No American has won a Formula One race since Andretti's victory at the 1978 Dutch Grand Prix. Andretti had 109 career wins on major circuits.

Andretti had a long career in racing. He was the only person to be named United States Driver of the Year in three decades (1967, 1978, and 1984). He was also one of only three drivers to have won major races on road courses, paved ovals, and dirt tracks in one season, a feat that he accomplished four times. With his final IndyCar win in April 1993, Andretti became the first driver to have won IndyCar races in four different decades and the first to win automobile races of any kind in five.

In American popular culture, his name has become synonymous with speed, as with Barney Oldfield in the early twentieth century and Stirling Moss in the United Kingdom.


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2002 BookMario Andretti: The Complete Record by Mike O'Leary; MBI Publishing Company


Multimedia

29 February 2012
The Flying Lap, Episode 59: Mario Andretti

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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Download The Flying Lap, Episode 59 at The Internet Archive - 1:13:44


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
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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
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Mario Andretti Lola T88 Model Car Lola T88/00
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
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Mario Andretti Lola T88 Model Car Lola T88/00
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
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1993 Mario Andretti Model Car 1993 Lola T93/00
Tamiya kit
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden

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1993 Mario Andretti Model Car 1993 Lola T93/00
Tamiya kit
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Article Index

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

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


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Collector Card - 1991 All World Racing 5Mario AndrettiK-Mart/Texaco Havoline
Collector Card - 1991 All World Racing 961984 P.P.G. Champion Mario AndrettiK-Mart/Texaco Havoline
Die Cast - GMP 7801Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing #2 4-cam Ford dirt champ1:18 scale, #2 Mario Andretti, Production: 1,500
Die Cast - Cars L4153-0911G1Mario AndrettiThe World of Cars, small scale, Teal & Dark Yellow #11 "Mario"1964 Ford Fairlane


Racing Record

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Win List

DateSeriesRaceTrack
1967Grand NationalDaytona 500Daytona International Speedway


DateSeriesRaceTrackMake#SponsorStartFinishStatusPointsEarnings
9 October 1966Fuji 200Fuji International SpeedwayHawk/Ford1Dean Van Lines23DNS
4 March 1978Formula 1South African Grand PrixKyalami CircuitLotus/Ford5John Player Team Lotus27+1 Lap
31 October 1987PPG Indy Car World SeriesMarlboro ChallengeTamiami ParkLola/Chevrolet5Hanna Car Wash108Out (Engine)$30,000
5 November 1988PPG Indy Car World SeriesMarlboro ChallengeTamiami ParkLola/Chevrolet6Amoco/Kmart46Running$45,000
14 October 1989PPG Indy Car World SeriesMarlboro ChallengeLaguna Seca RacewayLola/Chevrolet5Kmart/Havoline85Running$61,000
6 October 1990PPG Indy Car World SeriesMarlboro ChallengeNazareth SpeedwayLola/Chevrolet6Kmart/Havoline95Running$70,500
19 October 1991PPG Indy Car World SeriesMarlboro ChallengeLaguna Seca RacewayLola/Chevrolet6Kmart/Havoline95Running$65,500
3 October 1992PPG Indy Car World SeriesMarlboro ChallengeNazareth SpeedwayLola/Ford2Kmart/Texaco-Havoline79Out (Engine)$30,000


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


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