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personalia

American
28 February 1940 (82)
Albert Scherrer (28 February 1908)
Élie Bayol (28 February 1914)
Ingo Hoffmann (28 February 1953)
Sébastien Bourdais (28 February 1979)

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statistics

12 (9.3%)
19 (14.7%)
18 (14%)
1 (7.1%)
1st
14
129
128
180 (1.4 points per race avg)
67 (51.9%)
1968 United States Grand Prix
1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix
1971 South African Grand Prix
1978 Dutch Grand Prix

about Mario Andretti

Mario Gabriele Andretti (born February 28, 1940) is an Italian-born American former racing driver, one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport. He is one of only two drivers to have won races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR (the other being Dan Gurney). He also won races in midget cars, and sprint cars. During his career, Andretti won the 1978 Formula One World Championship, four IndyCar titles (three under USAC-sanctioning, one under CART), and 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, the only driver to have won a race in the NASCAR Cup Series, Formula One, and an Indianapolis 500. 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.

Andretti had a long career in racing. He 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, a feat that he accomplished four times. With his final IndyCar win in April 1993, 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, as with Barney Oldfield in the early twentieth century and Stirling Moss in the United Kingdom.


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seasons

1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982,

finishing positions

grid positions

teams & teammates Mario Andretti

season teammate
1968 Jim Clark
Graham Hill
Jo Siffert
Jackie Oliver
Bill Brack
Moisés Solana
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1969 Graham Hill
Jo Siffert
Jochen Rindt
John Love
Richard Attwood
John Miles
Jo Bonnier
Pete Lovely
Lotus-Ford compare 1969
1970 Jackie Stewart
Jo Siffert
Johnny Servoz-Gavin
Chris Amon
Ronnie Peterson
François Cevert
Hubert Hahne
March compare 1970
1971 Clay Regazzoni
Jacky Ickx
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1972 Jacky Ickx
Clay Regazzoni
Nanni Galli
Arturo Merzario
Ferrari compare 1972
1976 Ronnie Peterson
Bob Evans
Gunnar Nilsson
Team Lotus compare 1976
1977 Gunnar Nilsson
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1978 Ronnie Peterson
Hector Rebaque
Jean-Pierre Jarier
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1979 Carlos Reutemann
Hector Rebaque
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1980 Elio de Angelis
Nigel Mansell
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1981 Bruno Giacomelli
Alfa Romeo compare 1981
1982 Carlos Reutemann
Keke Rosberg
Derek Daly
Didier Pironi
Gilles Villeneuve
Patrick Tambay
Williams compare 1982

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FIA president Ben Sulayem tweeted at the start of the month that he wanted to explore the possibility of expanding the F1 grid by calling for expressions of interest from potential new teams. 
This was soon followed by Andretti announcing a new partnership with General Motors to form Andretti Cadillac Racing and join the F1 grid in the future. 
Andretti's plans have so far been met ...

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Andretti CEO Michael Andretti has made no secret of his ambition to get his eponymous team into F1 and, although his bid for an entry was heralded by FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the 10 teams in the series have been less welcoming.
That stance from some of the teams, particularly Mercedes, has softened slightly with Andretti's tie-up with GM's Cadillac brand, while Alpine is believed to ...

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US racing stalwart Michael Andretti has been on the front foot trying to gather support for an F1 entry, including months of lobbying in the paddock.
But enthusiasm for Andretti becoming an 11th team on the grid, which requires the approval of both the FIA and F1, has been lukewarm at best.
It is understood a large majority of F1 teams are not keen on having to share the prize pool with an ...

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In response to the FIA president revealing he wanted to explore expanding the F1 grid, Andretti Global announced a new partnership with Cadillac’s parent group, General Motors, last week with a view to joining the F1 grid in the coming years.
The partnership would take General Motors into F1 via its Cadillac brand and form Andretti Cadillac Racing, pending the formal expression of interest ...

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The American, who plans to lodge an entry with the General Motors Cadillac brand to join F1 as soon as possible, has found little support among the current competitors for his ambitions.
While FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem is eager to add more teams to the grid and believes GM's involvement will be a boost to the series, Andretti has not found the support he hoped for among potential ...

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After months of facing a cold shoulder from rival outfits and F1 owners Liberty Media, it appeared on the face of it he had got all his ducks in a row.
FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem had gone public in his desire to get more teams on the grid, and the GM-backing for a Cadillac-badged operation certainly seemed a big enough deal to prove the value his new team would bring to grand prix ...

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After Ben Sulayem revealed at the start of this week he wanted the FIA to explore starting the process to get a new team on the grid, Andretti announced a new partnership with US auto giant General Motors with the intention of entering F1.
The plan would see Andretti race in partnership with GM brand Cadillac, bringing a new manufacturer name to F1 in the process should it be granted an entry ...

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Promising an “all-American team” complete with an American driver, the news on Thursday was largely met with enthusiasm from fans eager to see an expansion of the grid.
Yet F1’s response was lukewarm at best. Its statement made zero mention of either Andretti or Cadillac, and served a reminder that any new entry requires its approval, not just that of the FIA.
There is a lengthy ...

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Andretti announced on Thursday that it had reached a deal with GM to lodge an expression of interest with the FIA to enter F1 as soon as it could. If successful, the team will run under the Cadillac banner.
The involvement of GM in the project has caused a surprise because it is not thought the American manufacturer had any intention of building its own F1 power unit from 2026, with the ...

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Andretti Global announced on Thursday that it was tying up with General Motors to lodge an intention of entry to join the grand prix grid in the future.
The announcement came a few days after FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said he wanted to open the doors to potential new teams.
This came following months of wrangling over Andretti's previous interest, which was never enthusiastically ...

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Andretti revealed last February that it was planning to open an F1 operation in the future, and spent much of the 2022 season discussing the possibility of expanding the field with the existing 10 teams.
FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem revealed on Twitter earlier this week that he had asked his team to look at starting the process for expressions of interest from potential new F1 teams ...

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Andretti enjoyed success across many disciplines of racing including IndyCar, NASCAR and Formula 1, and stands as the most recent American to win the F1 world championship in 1978.
Ahead of its 10th grand prix this weekend in Austin, Texas, COTA announced on Monday that its final corner would be renamed 'The Andretti' in honour of Mario's success.
'The Andretti' is a tight left-hand corner ...

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Andretti has made clear his frustration at the apparent slow progress regarding his attempt to join the series with a brand new team, having failed in his efforts to buy the Sauber organisation.
Domenicali suggested that he?s happy with the current figure of 10 entrants and that a newcomer isn't required to add value to the sport. He also stressed that, along with Andretti, other parties have ...

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American racing marque Andretti is currently pushing to join the F1 grid in 2024. But its plans have received a lukewarm response from the rest of the field thus far amid concerns over prize money dilution.
Only McLaren and Alpine have appeared to support the push by Michael Andretti to establish an 11th F1 team, having seen his bid to take over Sauber - which operates the Alfa Romeo team - ...

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Andretti is currently pushing to establish an F1 operation that would join the grid from 2024 as an 11th team after seeing his bid to acquire Sauber, which operates the Alfa Romeo squad, fall apart late last year.
Although the FIA is yet to open up the official process for new teams to join F1, Andretti - the son of 1978 world champion Mario Andretti - was in Miami to try and gain support for ...

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Record TV figures, a sell-out crowd and an influx of star power helped make it one of F1?s biggest events to date, further laying the foundations for the expansion to three American races next year once Las Vegas joins the calendar.
But for Michael Andretti, more needs to be done to grow American interest in F1 by getting a team and a driver on the grid. Since his father, 1978 world ...

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Andretti revealed back in February that he was working on establishing a new F1 operation to join the grid in the near future after a bid to acquire the Sauber-run Alfa Romeo team last year fell through at the 11th hour.
Andretti Autosport currently has involvement in IndyCar, Indy Lights, Formula E and Supercars, and the F1 operation - Andretti Global - would field current IndyCar driver ...

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The American has lodged a request with the FIA to join the F1 grid from 2024, and is hoping to get an answer by next month so he can start ramping up preparations.
But while some current F1 teams believe Andretti's presence in grand prix racing would be hugely positive, others are more sceptical.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and Red Bull chief Christian Horner have both made it clear that ...

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The American?s Andretti Global operation has applied to enter F1, and needs to get a green light soon if it is going to have enough time to get things up and running.
Although there is no formal timeline for new entry deadlines in to F1, Andretti is clear he cannot wait much longer for the FIA to make a decision.
Speaking exclusively to Motorsport.com about the situation, Andretti said ...

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Andretti has opened talks with the FIA about joining F1 from 2024, having failed in its efforts last year to take over the Alfa Romeo outfit.
But while Andretti's plans have generated huge interest, not all teams are convinced that the American squad should be given an automatic slot.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and Red Bull chief Christian Horner both made it clear this week that Andretti ...

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Andretti recently announced that it is in talks with the FIA about fielding an entry for 2024, having failed in its attempt to buy Sauber/Alfa Romeo last year.
Under the latest Concorde Agreement, any new team has to pay a $200m entry fee, designed as an "anti-dilution" measure to compensate the existing teams for their potential loss of income.
While Wolff acknowledged the potential value ...

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The 1978 F1 World Champion and four-time Indy car champion broke the news on his Twitter feed on Friday.
He wrote: "Michael has applied to the FIA to field a new F1 team starting in 2024. 
?His entry, Andretti Global, has the resources and checks every box. He is awaiting the FIA's determination."
Michael Andretti confirmed to Motorsport.com that what his father had tweeted was ...

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The tally of seven constructors? and six drivers? titles doesn?t reveal the innovation that Colin Chapman?s team brought to the sport.
Many great drivers raced Lotus machinery between its F1 arrival in 1958 and Team Lotus folding in 1994. That made producing this list tricky, but here?s our pick of the top 10 Lotus F1 drivers.
We?ve considered the amount of success the drivers ...

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American motorsport marque Andretti was in talks with the owners of Sauber - which operates the Alfa Romeo-branded F1 team - over a possible takeover in the autumn of last year.
Andretti already enjoys a presence in IndyCar, Formula E, Supercars and Extreme E, and was looking to extend its reach to F1 by purchasing a majority stake in the Sauber Group.
Michael Andretti planned to field ...

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Speaking at the announcement that Devlin DeFrancesco will complete the team's four-entry IndyCar line-up for 2022, the Andretti Autosport CEO said: "I'd just like to put an end to some of these rumors that the deal fell through because of financial reasons. That couldn't be further from the truth. It had nothing to do with that.
"It basically came down to control issues in the final hours of ...

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