One of the true greats of motorsport reached a special milestone this weekend, with Mario Andretti celebrating his 70th birthday!
Born in Montona, Italy, Andretti’s family migrated to the United States. Andretti is widely regarded as one of the United States’ greatest racing drivers, winning twelve Grands Prix between 1968 and 1982, in addition to the 1978 Championship title.
Andretti made a stunning return in 1982 at Monza, where – aged 42, and being labelled past his use-by date – he put his Ferrari on pole and finished in the podium! All this in a car he had never driven!
A handful of a huge list of career highlights include winning the 1967 Daytona 500, four IndyCar titles, the 1969 Indianapolis 500, and three wins in the Sebring 12 Hours. At the age of 55, he finished second outright at the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours.
Mario was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and to this day remains actively involved in motorsport, closely following the endeavours of his son Michael and grandson Marco, who have forged their own successful motorsport paths with the family name.
Andretti will reunite with many of Drivers’ Championship winning contemporaries at the season-opening Bahrain GP, where F1 will celebrate 60 years’ competition in the modern era.
“I’m looking forward to visiting the Kingdom of Bahrain,” Andretti is quoted as having said by the New York Times. “I have followed the six previous races with great interest. It looks like a spectacular venue and I can’t wait for what will certainly be a weekend of excitement on the track, as well as fun and reminiscing with good friends.”
We wish Mario a very happy birthday!
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