Inside his 2-9 attempts at Indy, he completed the 500 miles on only five occasions, even though standing third at the all-time lap-leaders (556 laps).
Nevertheless, in May 1969, all of it went right — against the likelihood. Despite a slipping clutch, then an overheating engine and a sticking wheel nut motivates him to conduct the race on only 1 set of tires, even Andretti directed 116 of the 200 laps to score the most prestigious win of his career in Andy Granatelli’s STP-sponsored Clint Brawner-designed Hawk III-Ford.
Though winning four Indy car championships and finish his career in 1994 with a total of 52 victories, that ’6 9 victory would persuade Andretti’s only one at IMS. Today, Andretti and president of the Speedway, Doug Boles, unveiled the 50th anniversary symbol, including Andretti waving adjacent to the BorgWarner Trophy and the zero at the ‘50’ representing the oval track and the historic Yard of Bricks start-finish lineup. Andretti will be featured on the coveted IMS Bronze Badges used as access passes around the IMS grounds, as the logo will feature on the purchase price of the 20-19 Indianapolis 500 official app, also on memorabilia and officially accredited Mario Andretti along with IMS product, available to buy.
As stated by an IMS press-release, “The IndiaNapolis Motor Speedway Museum will unveil a specially curated exhibit dedicated to Andretti along with his iconic career. The exhibit will include historic Andretti cars, most making their initial appearance at the Museum, video and sound records of Mario and the Andretti family, along with personal souvenir which highlights the prestigious accomplishments of ‘The Driver of Century.
The display at the IMS Hall of Fame Museum would make an effort to communicate would be the massive range of cars in which Andretti won and hurried. Mario’s magnificence at Indy car racing apart — he’s that the only driver to have won at top line U.S. open-wheel rushing in four unique decades — that which makes Andretti an icon in the racing industry worldwide is his extreme versatility. That’therefore he’s one of those characters — along with Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones and A.J. Foyt — on exactly what legendary journalist Robin Miller explains as U.S. motor sport ’s fictional Mt. Rushmore.
Andretti scored 1 2 Formula 1 wins and the 1978 World Championship (the last for Team Lotus), also stayed competitive throughout his 128-race F1 career. He shot rod for his first start at a Lotus 49 ‘Notebook tubing ’ at Watkins Glen in ’68, also because of his penultimate start, driving the ground effect turbo charged Ferrari 126 C2B at Monza at 1982.
Andretti took both Ford and Ferrari to strikes from the Sebring 12 hrs, won the Daytona 24 hrs, helped Ferrari defeat the entire world sports car scene in early ’70s, won his class at Le Mans, beat the NASCAR regulars to succeed from the Daytona 500 in ’67, racked up numerous sprint car and midget wins, also took overall honors at the legendary Pikes Peak Hillclimb.