Today’s guest is a very exciting one for me, as I am a HUGE Formula1 fan. I had the opportunity to speak with the racing legend himself, Mario Andretti – a man widely accepted as the greatest race car driver in history.
His wins include the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the Formula One World Championship and the Pikes Peak Hillclimb – but it doesn’t stop there. He has also won the Indy Car National Championship four times and was a three-time winner at Sebring. He won races in sports cars, sprint cars and stock cars – on ovals, road courses, drag strips, on dirt and on pavement, winning 111 races in his career.
He is a true racing icon and I am thrilled to share our conversation about his career success with you.
Mario discusses his childhood and connection to motorsport. [2:09]
The first car Mario and his brother Aldo built and raced is described. [5:25]
Crashing cars and racing is touched on. [7:38]
Passion and pursuit of success within the sport is detailed. [11:33]
Mario discusses meeting his wife and the influence she had on him and their family during their 56 years of marriage. [14:46]
Mario raced in Indy Car and Formula 1 – he discusses which he preferred. [18:44]
The best circuits to race on are explained. [24:05]
The role of competition is reflected on. [27:06]
Experiences of not winning are discussed. [29:24]
Mario details the ending of his racing career. [33:28]
The current state of racing and potential winnings is discussed. [39:20]