CHAPTER 42

Mario Andretti

WORLD CHAMPION RACE CAR DRIVER

Mario Andretti is often called the greatest race car driver of all time, having proven himself a winner at all levels of competition. In his career he won the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the Formula One World Championship, and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. In addition, he has won the Champ Car National Championship four times and was a three-time winner at Sebring. He has won races in sports cars, sprint cars, and stock cars—on ovals, road courses, drag strips, on dirt, and on pavement.

Andretti took the checkered flag 111 times during a career that spanned five decades. He was named “Driver of the Year” in three different decades (the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s), “Driver of the Quarter ...

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