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chose to leave like the majority of the habitants of that area. And yes, we did spend
seven and a half years in a refugee camp
in Tuscany, basically refugees in our own
country.
My dad kept correspondence with
an uncle here in America, and it was a
suggestion, "Why don't you come to
America? You know, see if you like it?"
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1948 and applied for a visa in 1952
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GRAND: I encourage our readers to look at TripAdvisor.
You will see one person after another falling all over
themselves, having visited the winery, having gotten married there...It's a wonderful thing and it seems like a great
fit with your life.
I'm going to kick into racing a little bit because that is
the definition of your life. One thing we know...racing is a
very expensive sport and we see a lot of young, rich men
in the sport today and I'm sure it was like that when you
were coming up. But you didn't come from that at all. You
have a very interesting background...born in Italy...could
you give our readers a quick look at how a young boy
who was living in a refugee camp in postwar Europe, ends
up racing in Pennsylvania?
Mario: As you said, we were affected by the Second
World War. Where I was born is now Croatia. It was Italy
but Italy lost that territory after the war to Yugoslavia
and hard-line communism. And that's the reason why we
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Mario with
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first grand
son, Marc
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, Michael

through so it was decision time.
And Dad decided, "Well, I'm thinking of your
future, kids. Let's go to America and maybe we'll come
back in five years...?"
But anyway, the thing about racing is my twin brother,
Aldo, and I fell in love with the sport already while in Italy,
while even in Montagna. For whatever reason, I don't
know, but it just captured our imagination and quite honestly, just as kids are allowed to dream, I suppose, and
from then on, I never had a plan B. I never said, well, if I
can't become a race driver, I'll, probably do something
else. That never crossed my mind. And because of that, I
suppose a lot of things just fell in place.
Four members of the Andretti family
competing against each other during the 1991.
Indy Car race season From L/R - John Andretti (Mario's
nephew), Michael Andretti (Mario's son),
Mario Andretti, Jeff Andretti (Mario's son)

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