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Overview (3)

Born in Montona, Istria, Italy [now Motovun, Istria, Croatia]
Birth NameMario Gabriele Andretti
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of America's greatest racing drivers, Mario Andretti has virtually won it all, the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the International Race of Champion series (IROC), the CART and Formula 1 World titles. Andretti was born in Croatia (he has a twin brother - Aldo) and with his family moved to the United States in 1955. Ever since he was a little boy, his goal was to win the world championship and he accomplished this in 1978 as America's second and last world champion (he was naturalized when he was in his teens). He later won the CART title (America's top open-wheel series) and retired from racing in 1995. His son Michael is also a CART champion and still races (as of 10-99). Andretti is still enormously popular with race fans and is one of the most recognized personalities in the sport.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ken Severson

Spouse (1)

Dee Ann Andretti (25 November 1961 - present) (3 children)

Trivia (23)

One of the greatest and most versatile racing drivers of all-time.
Mario was the 1978 Formula 1 World Champion, IROC Champ in 1980, CART Champ in 1965,66,69,84.
Winner of the 1969 Indianapolis 500, 1967 Daytona 500, 1969 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, and Daytona & Sebring endurance events.
1969 Indianapolis 500 winner.
1967 Daytona 500 winner.
1978 Formula 1 World Champion.
Won 52 races in USAC/CART racing competition. Won 12 races in Formula 1 competition, the most of any American driver.
Only man to win the Indy 500, Daytona 500, CART title and F1 title.
Moved to the United States from Italy in 1955.
Has identical twin brother, Aldo Andretti.
Born in Croatia to Italian parents, he and his family spent several years after World War II in European refugee camps before emigrating to the US.
Uncle of race driver John Andretti.
Used to race for Paul Newman's Newman-Haas team.
Won more than $12 million in prize money.
Father of Michael Andretti, Barbara Andretti (Barbie Andretti) and Jeff Andretti.
Had planned to become a welder, but at age 19 he falsified a driver's license so he could pass for 21 and enter an amateur car race.
Became a U.S. citizen in 1964.
Like their father, both Michael Andretti and Jeff Andretti were Indy 500 Rookies of the Year, Michael in 1984 and Jeff in 1991.
During a practice lap before the qualifying sessions for the 1977 Indy 500, he became the first driver at the track to top 200 mph.
Father-in-law of Jodi Ann Paterson.
Grandfather of Marco Andretti, Marissa Andretti and Lucca Andretti.
Inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2005.
Shook down one of his son Michael's IRL cars at Indy when the car flipped thirty feet into the air off Turn One, high enough to clear the fencing - Mario emerged unhurt in the second turn. [April 2003]

Personal Quotes (24)

If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
[on excellence] Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to unrelenting pursuit of your goal--a commitment to excellence--that will enable you to attain the success you seek.
You do a period of go-karting until you're at the age of qualifying for a ride in a 'school-kart,' then you qualify for driving school. And several of the driving schools have a competition series for their own students.
The crashes people remember, but drivers remember the near misses.
I lived the true American dream, because I was able to pursue what I set as my goals at a very young age.
Desire is the key to motivation.
Speed is relative. You have to live it. You can't just jump into it. You have to live it all the time.
Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal.
What I learned is that in business you must make decisions based on facts, not react with your heart.
I've always said I didn't have a Plan B in life. I was in pursuit of my dream from the very beginning. It's all about desire and passion. At all costs.
Failure is success if we learn from it.
Love what you do. Believe in your instincts. And you'd better be able to pick yourself up and brush yourself off every day.
In racing, there is no question who is best - the first one to cross the finish line wins first prize. But with wine, even if you make the best wine in the world, someone isn't going to like it, because it isn't their style. Judging wine is very subjective.
Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.
A goal isn't something you just arrive at and stop.You have to stay curious and hungry and foolish....
The first time I fired up a car, felt the engine shudder and the wheel come to life in my hands, I was hooked. It was a feeling I can't describe. I still get it every time I get into a race car.
A racing car is an animal with a thousand adjustments.
For every negative, there's a positive. It's in everything. How you deal with life, outlook, how much energy you put into achieving something. That's why I detest entitlement. Anything that's worthwhile is going to call for some sacrifice. Nothing worthwhile will come to you without a price. People think in sports, you have different rules. You really don't. It's whatever motivates you,
It is amazing how may drivers, even at the Formula One Level, think that the brakes are for slowing the car down.
You do the best you can with what's thrown at you, then you try again.
Do it no matter what. If you believe in it, it is something very honorable. If somebody around you or your family does not understand it, then that's their problem. But if you do have a passion, an honest passion, just do it.
Motor racing is like one big family, ultimately, and when you come back to it, that's really what it feels like.
I don't have many superstitions, just dumb things I don't talk about. I will not sign an autograph with a green pen.
If you don't come walking back to the pits every once in a while holding a steering wheel in your hands, you're not trying hard enough

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