Mario Andretti

Celebrated Indy Race Car Champion
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Perhaps no other name epitomizes its sport more vividly than that of Mario Andretti. Virtually synonymous with motor racing, Andretti has come to mean class, quality, longevity, speed and victory.

Mario Andretti's life story captures the essence of the great American dream. Born in Montona, Italy, his family spent the first seven years of his life in a displaced person's camp before immigrating to the USA in 1955.

Childhood memories of Alberto Ascari and the Mille Miglia fueled Mario's passion for racing. He competed in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in 1965 and won this classic American race four years later. He qualified a works Lotus 49--on pole position for the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen and won his first Grand Prix victory at the wheel of a Ferrari in South Africa three years later.

Yet the whole point about Mario is his passion for racing. He is one of the most versatile drivers of all time, winning regularly in F1, Champcars, oval racers and long distance sports car races. In 1978 he drove the sensational Lotus 79 to the World Championship title and raced intermittently in F1 through to the end of 1982. He was 53 years old when he won his last Champcar race at Phoenix, Arizona, in 1993 and although he celebrated his 60th birthday at the start of 2000, he was still angling after a drive at Le Mans, perhaps to celebrate his official status as a senior citizen.

The man behind the name etched his championship reputation during thirty-five years of active competition. Mario Andretti has won races and championships in every class from midget and sprint cars to sports cars, NASCAR, CART and Formula One. Mario has been honored as the greatest modern-day star of motorsport. He was named Driver of the Year in 1967, 1978 and 1984, and in 1992 he was acclaimed the Driver of the Quarter Century and in 2000 as the Driver of the Century.

As he evolves from active driver to businessman, the greatest driver in racing history continues to project class, quality and winning. A successful businessman off the track, Mario Andretti understands the corporate environment. Mario serves as spokesman, associate and friend to top executives around the world. The business community has utilized Andretti's talents in marketing, advertising, operational, engineering, government and boardroom settings.

Mario Andretti, a respected public figure for more than thirty years, brings credibility and notoriety to the corporate message. Because of his longevity, success and background, Mario's popularity and influence extend all over the world. His name and reputation cross all demographic boundaries.

Find out what many international executives know firsthand: Mario Andretti works for business.

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