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Mario Andretti is a racing icon, considered by many to be
the greatest race car driver in the history of the sport.
Andretti was born in Italy and didn't emigrate to the
United States until age fifteen. At 19, he began racing stock
cars in Pennsylvania and that was the start of an illustrious career that saw the versatile driver compete and win in
every discipline he entered - midgets, sprint cars, dirt track
cars, stock cars, IndyCars, Formula One, Formula 5000 and
sports cars.
His achievements became legendary: The world watched
as he won the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and ultimately the Formula One World Championship, an unprecedented trifecta. No other race car driver has ever won all
three titles. Mario took the checkered flag 111 times during
his career - a career that stretched five decades and across
six continents.

all at a stage of life where loss of loved
Today he is a successful businessman off the track, serving as spokesones is not uncommon and it's not surman, associate and friend to top
prising, it's all too frequent. And I want
executives around the world. He has
you to know that we at the magazine
worked with top brands like Firestone,
and all your fans were very sorry to
Bridgestone, Honda, Chevron, Texaco,
hear of the loss of your wife last year.
Mutual of Omaha, Mattel Hot Wheels,
I'm sure this has been a very difficult
AAA, Magnaflow, IZOD, Infineon
period for you and for your family.
Technologies and GoDaddy. He has his
Mario: Well absolutely. Indeed. In
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name on the Andretti Winery in Napa
fact, three months before my wife
g-time frien
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it
Mario w
n
Newma
Valley and a petroleum business in
passed, I lost my sister as well, Maria.
California.
As you could see, 2018 was not a very good
He has received hundreds of awards and recognitions.
year for me. And as you can imagine, you spend a lifetime...
Among the most prestigious, he was named Driver of the
this past November it was 57 years together; and she was
Century, he was knighted by his native Italy, and the Library with me with in all the battles, all the ups and downs, and
of Congress in Washington DC added him to its Living
she was the Rock. In every way. I could always depend on
Legends list. And on the lighter
her for any sort of advice. I knew that she would
side, but undoubtedly affirmaalways have the home front taken
tion of his charisma and popularcare of.
ity, he was in the first Pixar Cars
We had children at a very early
movie voicing himself and GQ
age. When we married, I was
Magazine named him one of
21, she was 19. We had a family
"The 25 Coolest Athletes of All
immediately, almost immediately.
Time".
My racing at that point was really
kicking in gear. So I was doing a
GRAND: Well, this is a
lot of traveling and she held it all
huge pleasure for us. And
together and along the way, we
first I wanted to say somegrew together. I couldn't have done
thing right up front. GRAND
it without her, in any possible way.
Mario wit
Magazine is sort of a commuAnd because of that, I miss her every
h his belo
ved
wife of 57
nity of grandparents. We're
day. She was just the strength for me.
years, De

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MAY JUNE 2019

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