On This Day

Mario Andretti

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com

Profession: Racing Car Driver


Why Famous: He won the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the Formula One World Championship and the Pikes Peak Hillclimb.

Born: February 28, 1940
Birthplace: Montona, Italy
Age: 81 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces

Married Life

  • 1961-11-25 Racing car driver Mario Andretti (21) weds high school sweetheart Dee Ann Hoch (19)

Historical Events

  • 1967-02-26 9th Daytona 500: Mario Andretti wins his first and only NASCAR Grand National event; only time driver born outside the US has ever won the Great American Race
  • 1969-05-30 Indianapolis 500: Mario Andretti wins in 3:11:14.689 (252.453 km/h)
  • 1978-09-10 The single point American Lotus driver Mario Andretti earns for finishing 6th at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza is enough to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
  • 1978-10-08 American Mario Andretti in a Lotus finishes 10th in the season ending Canadian Grand Prix at Île Notre-Dame Circuit, but wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 13 points from Ronnie Peterson
  • 1987-05-06 Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH
  • 1988-05-11 Mario Andretti records fastest Indianapolis 500 lap (221.565 mph)

Famous Racing Car Drivers