Mario Gabriele Andretti (born February 28, 1940) is an Italian-born American former race car driver….who is one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport…..as he is one of only two drivers to have won races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR…with the other being Dan Gurney….as he also won races in midget cars and sprint cars. During his career, Andretti won the 1978 Formula One World Championship ….four IndyCar titles…or which three were under USAC-sanctioning, one under CART and one uner IROC VI. To date, he remains the only driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), Daytona 500 (1967) and the Formula One World Championship….and, along with Juan Pablo Montoya….is the only driver to have won a race in the NASCAR Cup Series, Formula One and an Indianapolis 500….while no American has won a Formula One race since Andretti’s victory at the 1978 Dutch Grand Prix. Andretti had 109 career wins on major circuits….and was the only person to be named United States Driver of the Year in three decades (1967, 1978, and 1984). He was also one of only three drivers to have won major races on road courses, paved ovals, and dirt tracks in one season…which was a feat that he accomplished four times. With his final IndyCar win in April 1993….Mario Andretti became the first driver to have won IndyCar races in four different decades…. and the first to win automobile races of any kind in five. In American popular culture, his name has become synonymous with speed….in the fashion of Barney Oldfield in the early twentieth century….and Stirling Moss in the United Kingdom
Any way you cut the pie….Mario Andretti could drive a race car….who established a legend that will not soon be forgotten….and we at ImaSportsphile are delighted to have this ABC’s Al Trautwig interview of Super Mario…for he is with the best of the best to ever race a car.