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Mario Andretti is a retired American professional race car driver, who has won numerous racing titles and laurels

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BirthdayFebruary 28, 1940
NationalityCroatian, Italian, American
FamousSportspersons, F1 Drivers
SpousesDee Ann
SiblingsAldo Andretti
Known asMario Gabriele Andretti
Childrens Jeff Andretti, Michael Andretti
Birth PlaceItaly
Born CountryCroatia/hrvatska
Height171cm
GenderMale
FatherLuigi Andretti
MotherRina Andretti
Net Worth$120 Million as of Jan 2017
Sun SignPisces
Born inItaly

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Who is Mario Andretti?

The name of motor sport legend, Mario Andretti is synonymous with the sport of racing and he is widely considered as one of the greatest race drivers of all time. The only professional racer in the world to have been victorious in Formula One, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR, Andretti has a total of 109 career wins on major circuits. He has also been triumphant in midget and sprint car races and has also won the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Formula One World Championship and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In a career that spanned over three decades, Andretti was the only person to be conferred with the title of ‘United States Driver of the Year’ in three different decades. Besides Dan Gurney, Andretti is the only driver to win races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and racing laurels, including the Commendatore dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, the highest civilian award in Italy, among others. Both his sons, Michael and Jeff are motor racers.

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Childhood & Early Life

Mario Andretti was born in in Motovun, Croatia, along with his twin brother Aldo to Italian parents, Luigi Andretti, a farm manager, and Rina.

As a thirteen year old boy, he had participated in the Formula Junior in Italy, which was his first-hand experience at the sport of racing. He was inspired by Alberto Ascari, a two-time Formula One world champion.

In 1955, his family moved to the United States of America and settled in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania and they became American citizens.

Career

In 1964, he was the winner of the Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial USAC sprint race that was held at the Salem Speedway in Indiana.

In 1965, he participated in the United States Automobile Club stock car race and finished twelfth in the race but after two years he won this race.

In 1968 and 1969, he was the winner of the ‘The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Championship’ and he also won ‘The 1967 Daytona 500’.

In 1969, he was victorious at the Indianapolis 500 and also won the championship trophy that season. By now, he had won 29 USAC championship races.

In 1971, he raced in a Ferrari at the South African Grand Prix. He won the race and that year he also won the non-championship Questor Grand Prix in the U.S for the Italian team.

In 1974, he was the winner of three United States Automobile Club stock car races and the following year he won four ‘road course races’.

In 1974 and 1975 season, he was victorious in a total of seven Formula 5000 events. After three wins, he was awarded the USAC National Dirt Track Championship title.

In the 1975-1976 International Race of Champions, he finished second and the next two consequent races, he finished second and won the championship after he finished first, third and second in a total of twenty races held.

In 1976, he drove for the Chapmans Lotus team and was victorious at the Mount Fuji circuit and the following year he won the United States Grand Prix West.

From 1979 to 1980, he was not very successful. During this period he was paired with Elio de Angelis and test driver Nigel Mansell and the team did not do well at the race track.

In 1981, in the Indianapolis 500 he finished second, as Bobby Unser was ahead of him by eight seconds. After Unser was penalised for crossing under the caution flag, Andretti was declared the winner.

In 1983, he became part of the Newman/Haas Racing team and led the team to its first victory at the Elkhart Lake that year.

In 1984, the 44 year old racer was victories in his fourth national championship, which he won by six events, ten track records and a total of eight pole positions.

In 1988, he was the winner of the IndyCar race that was held in Phoenix and the also won the next IndyCar race that was held in Cleveland, the same year.

In 1993, he continued to taste victory at hid 52nd IndyCar race at the Phoenix 200. After this win, he became the first driver to win IndyCar races in four different decades.

In 1994, he participated in his last race at the 1994 Indianapolis 500. He retired from racing after this season.

Awards & Achievements

In 1967, 1978 and 1984, he was conferred the title of ‘Driver of the Year in the United States.

In 1990, he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

In 1992, he was bestowed the title of ‘the U.S. Driver of the Quarter Century’.

In 1996, he was inducted into the United States National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

In 2000, he was conferred the title of ‘Driver of the Century’, a title that was bestowed upon him by the Associated Press and RACER magazine.

In 2001, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

On October 23, 2006, he received the Commendatore dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, the highest civilian award in Italy.

Personal Life & Legacy

On November 25, 1961, he married Dee Ann, a native of Nazareth. The couple live together in Bushkill Township, Pennsylvania. Their sons, Michael and Jeff are also racers.

He is an ardent wine lover, wine maker and is also the Vice Chairman of Andretti Winery, located in Napa Valley, California. He also owns a petroleum business.

Trivia

At the age of 19, this popular American car racer once falsified his driver’s license and claimed that he was a 21 year old, so that he could participate in an amateur racing competition.

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Mario Andretti biography timelines

  • // 28th Feb 1940
    Mario Andretti was born in in Motovun, Croatia, along with his twin brother Aldo to Italian parents, Luigi Andretti, a farm manager, and Rina.
  • // 1955
    In 1955, his family moved to the United States of America and settled in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania and they became American citizens.
  • // 25th Nov 1961
    On November 25, 1961, he married Dee Ann, a native of Nazareth. The couple live together in Bushkill Township, Pennsylvania. Their sons, Michael and Jeff are also racers.
  • // 1964
    In 1964, he was the winner of the Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial USAC sprint race that was held at the Salem Speedway in Indiana.
  • // 1965
    In 1965, he participated in the United States Automobile Club stock car race and finished twelfth in the race but after two years he won this race.
  • // 1967 To 1969
    In 1968 and 1969, he was the winner of the ‘The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Championship’ and he also won ‘The 1967 Daytona 500’.
  • // 1967 To 1984
    In 1967, 1978 and 1984, he was conferred the title of ‘Driver of the Year in the United States.
  • // 1969
    In 1969, he was victorious at the Indianapolis 500 and also won the championship trophy that season. By now, he had won 29 USAC championship races.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, he raced in a Ferrari at the South African Grand Prix. He won the race and that year he also won the non-championship Questor Grand Prix in the U.S for the Italian team.
  • // 1974
    In 1974, he was the winner of three United States Automobile Club stock car races and the following year he won four ‘road course races’.
  • // 1974 To 1975
    In 1974 and 1975 season, he was victorious in a total of seven Formula 5000 events. After three wins, he was awarded the USAC National Dirt Track Championship title.
  • // 1975 To 1976
    In the 1975-1976 International Race of Champions, he finished second and the next two consequent races, he finished second and won the championship after he finished first, third and second in a total of twenty races held.
  • // 1976
    In 1976, he drove for the Chapmans Lotus team and was victorious at the Mount Fuji circuit and the following year he won the United States Grand Prix West.
  • // 1979 To 1980
    From 1979 to 1980, he was not very successful. During this period he was paired with Elio de Angelis and test driver Nigel Mansell and the team did not do well at the race track.
  • // 1981
    In 1981, in the Indianapolis 500 he finished second, as Bobby Unser was ahead of him by eight seconds. After Unser was penalised for crossing under the caution flag, Andretti was declared the winner.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, he became part of the Newman/Haas Racing team and led the team to its first victory at the Elkhart Lake that year.
  • // 1984
    In 1984, the 44 year old racer was victories in his fourth national championship, which he won by six events, ten track records and a total of eight pole positions.
  • // 1988
    In 1988, he was the winner of the IndyCar race that was held in Phoenix and the also won the next IndyCar race that was held in Cleveland, the same year.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he was bestowed the title of ‘the U.S. Driver of the Quarter Century’.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, he continued to taste victory at hid 52nd IndyCar race at the Phoenix 200. After this win, he became the first driver to win IndyCar races in four different decades.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, he participated in his last race at the 1994 Indianapolis 500. He retired from racing after this season.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, he was inducted into the United States National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he was conferred the title of ‘Driver of the Century’, a title that was bestowed upon him by the Associated Press and RACER magazine.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
  • // 23rd Oct 2006
    On October 23, 2006, he received the Commendatore dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, the highest civilian award in Italy.

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Mario Andretti's FAQ

  • What is Mario Andretti birthday?

    Mario Andretti was born at 1940-02-28

  • Where is Mario Andretti's birth place?

    Mario Andretti was born in Italy

  • What is Mario Andretti nationalities?

    Mario Andretti's nationalities is Croatian,Italian,American

  • Who is Mario Andretti spouses?

    Mario Andretti's spouses is Dee Ann

  • Who is Mario Andretti siblings?

    Mario Andretti's siblings is Aldo Andretti

  • Who is Mario Andretti childrens?

    Mario Andretti's childrens is Jeff Andretti, Michael Andretti

  • How tall is Mario Andretti?

    Mario Andretti's height is 171

  • Who is Mario Andretti's father?

    Mario Andretti's father is Luigi Andretti

  • Who is Mario Andretti's mother?

    Mario Andretti's mother is Rina Andretti

  • What is Mario Andretti's sun sign?

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