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Andretti, Mario(ăndrĕt`ē), 1940–, American auto racing driver, b. Italy. He is the only driver to have won the Indianapolis 500 (1969), stock racing's Daytona 500 (1967), and the international Formula One championship (1978). He retired from Indy-car racing in 1994 with 52 victories, second only to A. J. FoytFoyt, A. J.
(Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr.), 1935–, American auto-racing driver, b. Houston. Foyt was the first person to win the Indianapolis 500 race four times (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977). He also won the Daytona 500 and, with Dan Gurney, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He was U.S.
..... Click the link for more information. , but continued his attempts to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Andretti is the head of a racing family that includes his son Michael Andretti, 1962–, also a noted Indy car driver; son Jeff; and nephew John.
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Andretti, Mario(1940– ) auto racer; born in Trieste, Italy. After spending over three years in a displaced persons camp after World War II, he came to the U.S.A. with his family at age 15. From the time he won the United States Auto Club national driving championship in 1965 and 1966, he emerged as one of auto racing's most versatile drivers. He was the only person to have won the Daytona 500 (1967), the Indianapolis 500 (1969), and the Grand Prix world driving championship (1978). His son, Michael Andretti, also became a championship auto racer.
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