As motorsports icons go, few measure up to Mario Andretti. Beyond that evocative racing driver’s name, he’s been blessed with ability, determination and competitive fire to match; and during a career that spanned five decades, he has compiled an unrivaled record of accomplishment.
Mario Andretti‘s the only man ever to win the Formula 1 World Championship, the American National Championship (four times), the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Deytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring (three times) and the Pikes Peak International Hill Club. He won races in sports cars, sprint cars and stock cars – on ovals, road courses, drag strips, on dirt and on pavement. He won at virtually every level of racing since he arrived in America from his native Italy at age 15.
Assessing his legacy is easy… Mario Andretti drove the careers of three men. He drove with a passion and joy that few have equaled… and he won. Mario Andretti took the checkered flag 111 times during his career – a career that stretched five decades. And he was competitive for all of those years: He was named Driver of the Year in three different decades (the 60s, 70s, 80s), Driver of the Quarter Century (in the 90s) and Driver of the Century in January, 2000.
Mario Andretti retired from active driving at the end of 1994. Now a successful businessman off the track, he serves as spokesman, associate and friend to top executives around the world.