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Mario Andretti

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Mario Andretti

Retired Italian American world champion racing driver, one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1940.

Countries: United States (29%), (25%), United Kingdom (18%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Formula One, Ford Motor Company, Scuderia Ferrari

Linked to: Cosworth, Ford Motor Company, Chevrolet, Porsche

 

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Mario Andretti was born in 1940 add something


1945

In 1945, at the age of five, he and Aldo were racing their hand-crafted wooden cars through the steep streets of their hometown add something


1948

In 1948, the Andretti family left Montona during the Istrian exodus, ending up in a refugee camp in Lucca, Italy add something

 

The twins worked on a 1948 Hudson Hornet Sportsman modified funded by money that they earned in their uncle's garage in 1959 add something


1954

He had two fond childhood memories of watching a stretch of the Mille Miglia race in 1954 which caused him to become captivated by Italian two-time Formula One world champion Alberto Ascari, who won the race, which got him to go to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix, where he saw Ascari and Juan Manuel Fangio race against each other add something


1956

Fernando Alonso - At the start, Alonso got ahead of Massa to move up to second and later on in the race, leader Vettel had an engine problem and dropped to fourth and Alonso won the race, becoming the fifth man to win on his debut for Ferrari after Juan Manuel Fangio in 1956, Mario Andretti in 1971, Nigel Mansell in 1989, and Kimi Räikkönen in 2007


1959

They took turns racing the old Hudson on oval dirt tracks near Nazareth in 1959 add something


1960

Although originating in Europe, by the 1960s it included races worldwide add something

 

He competed in the popular North American Can-Am series in the late 1960s and early 1970s add something

 

Mario had 21 modified stockcar wins in 46 races in 1960 and 1961 add something


1961

Andretti raced midget cars from 1961 to 1963 add something

 

Dee Ann is a native of Nazareth who taught English to Andretti in 1961 add something

 

Dee Ann and Mario were married on November 25, 1961 add something


1963

Andretti won three feature races at two different tracks on Labor Day in 1963 add something

 

He raced in over one hundred events in 1963 add something


1964

Andretti became a naturalized United States citizen in 1964 add something

 

Andretti won the 1964 Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial USAC sprint car race at Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana add something

 

He bypassed the series when he was offered a full-time ride in a United States Automobile Club sprint car for 1964 add something

 

Andretti made his Champ Car debut on April 19, 1964 at the New Jersey State fairgrounds in Trenton, New Jersey add something


1965

Andretti won his first championship car race at the Hoosier Grand Prix on a road course at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1965 add something

 

At Andretti's first Indianapolis 500, in 1965, he met Colin Chapman, owner of the Lotus Formula One team, who was running eventual race winner Jim Clark's car add something

 

He competed in USAC stock cars in 1965, and finished twelfth in the season points add something

 

In 1965 he won once at Ascot Park, and finished tenth in the season points add something

 

Lotus 38 - It was run by Lotus at Indianapolis from 1965 to 1967; a total of 8 were built, most for use by Lotus, but several were sold for use by other drivers, including A. J. Foyt and Mario Andretti

 

Brabham - The "Dean Van Lines Special" in which Mario Andretti won the 1965 USAC national championship was a direct copy of this car, made with permission from Brabham by Andretti's crew chief Clint Brawner


1966

Between 1966 and 1969 he won 29 of 85 USAC championship races add something

 

He repeated as series champion in 1966, winning eight of fifteen events add something

 

In 1966 he shared a Holman Moody Ford MKII with Lucien Bianchi add something


1967

Andretti finished second in the IndyCars in 1967 and 1968 add something

 

Andretti won three 12 Hours of Sebring endurance races , and the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1972 add something

 

He won a USAC Stock Car race in 1967, and finished seventh in the season points add something

 

He won a single non-championship drag race in 1967 in a Ford Mustang add something

 

In 1967 he won two of the three events that he entered add something

 

In 1967, during a 3:30 am pit stop, a mechanic inadvertently installed a front brake pad backward on his Ford MkIV. As Andretti passed under the Dunlop Bridge before the Esses, he touched his brake pedal for the first time since leaving the pits add something

 

Mario is in the Pixar Animation Studios film "Cars", where his voice is used for a cameo in which he plays the 1967 Ford Fairlane in which he won the Daytona 500, a parody of his own success in that race add something

 

Ken Miles - The steel roll cage in the Mk IV probably saved the life of Mario Andretti, who crashed violently during the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans but escaped with minor injuries


1968

By 1968 Andretti felt he was ready add something

 

Holman Moody was one of & NASCAR's most successful teams at that time, as the team won NASCAR championships in 1968 and 1969 with driver David Pearson add something


1970

Lotus was at a low point, having failed to produce a competitive car to replace 1970's Lotus 72 add something

 

AAA National Championship - Conversely, American drivers have never found great success in Formula One since the 1970s, the last drivers' champion and race winner was Mario Andretti

 

Le Mans (film) - In the 1970 Sebring 12-hour race, McQueen himself and partner Peter Revson were relegated to second place after Mario Andretti took over the car of Nino Vaccarella/Ignazio Giunti


1971

He signed with Ferrari in 1971, and won several races with co-driver Jacky Ickx add something

 

David Winters (choreographer) - In 1971 Winters directed and produced "Once Upon a Wheel", an ABC television documentary on the history of auto racing starring and hosted by Paul Newman and co-starring Mario Andretti, Kirk_Douglas, Hugh Downs, Dean Martin, Cesar Romero, Dick Smothers and many others


1972

In 1972 he shared wins in the three North American rounds of the championship and at Brands Hatch in the UK, contributing to Ferrari's dominant victory in that year's World Championship for Makes add something


1973

In 1973, USAC split its National Championship into dirt and pavement championships add something


1974

He competed in USAC's dirt track division in 1974, and won the dirt track championship while competing in both series add something

 

He won three 1974 USAC stock car races on road courses, and won four road course races in 1975 add something

 

The team had run Andretti in the two North American end-of-season races in 1974 with promising results add something


1975

It wasn't until 1975 that Andretti drove a full Formula One season, for the American Parnelli team add something


1976

When the Parnelli team pulled out of Formula One after two races of the 1976 season, Andretti returned to Chapman's Lotus team, for whom he had already driven at the season-opening Brazilian Grand Prix add something

 

United States Grand Prix West - Despite tremendous success since the race's inception in 1976, and the observable impact of the global exposure it brought to the city, the organizers believed that the less expensive and domestically more popular CART championship with mostly American drivers such as Mario Andretti, would be a more promising investment


1977

In 1977, at Long Beach, he became the only American to win the United States Grand Prix West, and the last American as of 2012 to win any US Grand Prix add something

 

Ronnie Peterson - After spending the 1977 season with Tyrrell, he moved back to Lotus for the 1978 season as "number two" driver to Mario Andretti


1978

During his career, Andretti won the 1978 Formula One World Championship, four IndyCar titles , and IROC VI add something


1979

He had a difficult year in 1979, as the new Lotus 80 was not competitive, and the team had to rely on the Lotus 79 which had been overtaken by the second generation of ground effect cars add something

 

In 1979 a new organization, Championship Auto Racing Teams, had set up the Indycar world series as a rival to the USAC National Championships that Andretti had won three times in the 1960s add something


1980

In 1980, he was paired with the young Italian Elio de Angelis, and briefly with test driver Nigel Mansell, but the team was again unsuccessful add something

 

Nigel Mansell - His driving was noticed by Colin Chapman, owner of Lotus, and shortly after his accident, hiding the extent of his injury with painkillers, Mansell performed well enough during a tryout at the Paul Ricard circuit with Lotus, where he was pitted against a number of other drivers to determine who was going to take the second seat for the 1980 season alongside Mario Andretti, as Argentinean Carlos Reutemann was leaving to go to Williams


1981

Andretti had an unsuccessful 1981 with the Alfa Romeo team add something


1982

In 1982, he partnered with son Michael in a Mirage M12 Ford add something

 

It was to this arena that Andretti returned full-time in 1982, driving for Patrick Racing add something


1983

Andretti took the team's first win at Elkhart Lake in 1983 add something

 

Ironically, Jones later decided to make a comeback to F1 in 1983 and had he taken the seat at Ferrari its likely they would have kept the former World Champion for that year which would have seen him drive a very competitive car add something

 

Philippe Alliot - By 1983 he moved to Formula Two but hit the headlines that year when he finished third in the Le Mans 24 Hours with Michael and Mario Andretti in a Kremer Porsche


1984

He won the pole for nine of sixteen events in 1984, and claimed his fourth Champ Car title at the age of 44 add something


1987

Adrian Newey - After a spell at Newman-Haas in 1987 working as Mario Andretti's race engineer, Newey was re-hired by March, this time to work in Formula One as chief designer


1988

Michael followed in his father's footsteps by winning the IndyCar title, with Mario's nephew John Andretti joining the series in 1988 add something


1989

Mario's son Michael joined Newman/Haas in 1989 add something


1991

With Mario sharing driving duties with sons Michael and Jeff at the 1991 Rolex 24 at Daytona, driving a Porsche 962, the Andretti clan finished 5th add something


1992

Andretti was named the U.S. Driver of the Quarter Century in 1992 add something


1993

Mario's last victory in IndyCar racing came in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway, the year that Michael left Newman/Haas to race in Formula One. The win made Mario the oldest recorded winner in an IndyCar event add something


1994

Andretti's final season, in 1994, was dubbed "The Arrivederci Tour add something


1995

Jacques Villeneuve - Jacques Villeneuve won the 1995 CART Championship, the 1995 Indianapolis 500 and the 1997 Formula One World Championship, making him only the third driver after Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi to achieve such a feat


2000

Andretti's final appearance at Le Mans was at the 2000 race, six years after his retirement from full-time racing, when he drove the Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S at the age of 60, finishing 16th add something

 

In 2000, the Associated Press and RACER magazine named him Driver of the Century add something


2001

He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2001, the United States National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1996, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1990, and the Hoosier Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1970 add something


2002

CART severed its ties with the track as a legal resolution of payment issues from the 2002 and 2003 series events at the track add something

 

Michael Andretti - His career in CART ended in 2002, in which he took his 42nd and final career victory at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach - placing him in third place for all-time victories in championship car racing behind his father, Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt


2003

IndyCar - Following a series of spectacular high-profile accidents in 2003, including American racing legend Mario Andretti and former champion Kenny Bräck, as well as the death of Tony Renna in testing at Indianapolis, the IRL made additional changes to reduce speeds and increase safety


2006

Mario's grandson Marco completed his first full season in the Indy Racing League in 2006, driving for his father Michael's Andretti Green Racing team add something

 

In July 2006 Mario took part in the Bullrun race across America add something

 

On October 23, 2006, Andretti was awarded the highest civilian honor given by the Italian government, the Commendatore dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana , in honor of his racing career, public service, and enduring commitment to his Italian heritage add something


2007

From 2007 Mario Andretti is the "Mayor" of the "Free Commune of Motovun in Exile" , an association of Italian exiles from Motovun add something

 

Mario Andretti was featured in the 2007 documentary "A State of Vine", where he commented on his winemaking activities add something


2012

In a 2012 interview, World Champion Alan Jones stated that Ferrari, looking for a proven top class driver, had actually contacted him to drive for the team in late 1982 add something


 

He received the "America award" of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2015 add something

 

In November 2015, he guest starred on an episode of "Jay Leno's Garage", driving Leno in multiple fast cars and talking about his past as a driver add something


2016

In 2016 Andretti was made an honorary citizen of Lucca add something


2017

Fernando Alonso - In 2017, Alonso will skip the Monaco Grand Prix to compete in the Indianapolis 500, driving for Andretti Autosport in a McLaren-branded car

 

Fernando Alonso - On 3 May 2017 Alonso took place for the first time behind the wheel of an IndyCar and his first running on an oval during a private test arranged by McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport


2018

Dee Ann passed away on July 2, 2018 after not regaining consciousness as a result of a heart attack add something