Few drivers alive today can say they’ve gone from wearing leather helmets to open-face units to sparking the closed-face revolution. Even better, the legendary Mario Andretti continues to aid in the development of new head protection technology with Bell Helmets, his chosen safety solution of more than 50 years. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below “It was a leather type of thing, something close to what they used to have with horse racing,” Andretti said of the first helmet he owned, made by Cromwell, that was shared with his brother Aldo in the 1950s. “That was en vogue at the time. It was as good as you could get. Here again, Aldo had the accident that he had at the very last race of the season, he bad a [basal] skull fracture. That helmet obviously didn’t do the job. Safety has to be a work in progress.”Andretti wore Bell’s open-face helmet on the way to Victory Lane at the 1969 Indy 500—replete with a scarf and goggles to protect … [Read more...] about Mario Andretti on the Evolution of Helmets
When you honor a racing masterpiece like Mario Andretti, what better place to do so than a venue like the Phoenix Art Museum? For those who weren’t able to attend ISM Raceway’s “A Night To Remember” tribute to Andretti on Thursday night, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the legendary racer’s final IndyCar win in 1993, we present a video compilation of some of the evening’s high points. Hosted by NBCSN’s own Townsend Bell, Andretti took those in attendance on a walk down memory lane not only about his last win, but also recounted several other stories from his illustrious career with a smile on his face and a sparkle in his eye. Among segments on the video are: Exteriors of Phoenix Art Museum Mario Andretti mingling with guests Wide of crowd watching Andretti video Wide of crowd watching Andretti and host Townsend Bell talk on stage Bell introduces Andretti Andretti discusses racing with his son, Michael Nigel Mansell discussion Bell … [Read more...] about Relive Mario Andretti’s ‘A Night To Remember,’ 25th anniversary of his last IndyCar win (video)
Like countless others on the East Coast, Mario Andretti was fighting through a snowstorm Wednesday morning. But emotionally and personally, it was a very bright and sunny day for the legendary Indy car driver. In an exclusive interview with NBCSports.com, Andretti spoke in glowing terms about this morning’s announcement of a multi-year media rights partnership between INDYCAR and NBC Sports Group beginning next year. “I think this is awesome,” Andretti said. “It’s music to my ears and all of us. NBC has been very familiar with IndyCar racing, so they’re a great partner. I’m elated that it’s all nailed down, secured and I’m looking forward to the future. “It’s also great for the young lads in Indy Lights coming on, and it’s great for all the sponsors to have that kind of exposure. It’s a good day for INDYCAR today.” Andretti lauded the fact that all elements of INDYCAR coverage – TV, digital and … [Read more...] about Reaction to INDYCAR/NBC Sports Group announcement: Mario Andretti, Roger Penske, Bobby Rahal and social media
The Valvoline 200 on April 4, 1993 marked the 52nd and final win of Mario Andretti’s illustrious IndyCar career. It came at a track – Phoenix International Raceway (now ISM Raceway) – that was one of the most significant tracks in Andretti’s life. It was in 1964, when the Italian-born driver first embarked upon an IndyCar career, that Andretti began a love affair with the one-mile oval that continues to this day. And now, in fitting fashion, the legendary Andretti will be honored today and throughout the weekend at ISM Raceway, paying tribute to his career and his final win there 25 years and one day ago. That final win is something that has stuck with him throughout the years. And tonight, he’ll help the track kick off the race weekend with a dinner in his honor, paying tribute to all he did not only for racing in general, but for ISM Raceway in particular. It will be a start to three days of memories of Andretti’s career, including a display of the … [Read more...] about Mario Andretti: Last IndyCar win 25 years ago at Phoenix ‘seems like it was only yesterday’
During my 30-year documentary career I made a number of motor racing films, including one on Mario Andretti. I called it “Mario at Indy” in 1971 and use that title again here as “Mario @ Indy” for my 7-page article in the current May/June 2017 issue of Vintage Motorsport magazine. It’s about Mario Andretti then and now as the racing legend he is, while also looking at his 29 Indy 500 races through the decades, the Andretti racing family, and speaking with Mario again today from his home in Pennsylvania. The above image and article’s 15 photographs by William Edgar. … [Read more...] about Mario Andretti in Vintage Motorsport’s May/June 2017 issue.