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VICS: INDYCAR News and Notes – July 15, 2015

1. NBCSN Viewership Up for Second Straight Event 2. Bourdais a Driver of All Types 3. Consistency Leads to Positive Results for Andretti 4. Drivers ‘Get Found’ with ‘Paper Towns’ Author Green 5. Of Note 1. NBCSN Viewership Up for Second Straight Event: For the second consecutive event, viewership of an NBCSN telecast of a Verizon IndyCar Series race showed a significant viewership...
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July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Happy 75th birthday to legendary driver Mario Andretti!

As Mario Andretti celebrates his 75th birthday on February 28 one of the most magical names in international racing history chooses not to pause and reflect on his extraordinary accomplishments or his remarkable life. He doesn't think back to the long days when he grew up in a displaced persons camp in what is now Croatia from the darkest days Europe ever experienced during World...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Flashback: Andretti wins 1967 Daytona 500 in historic upset

Even Americans who may not follow motor racing have heard of Mario Andretti, and why not? He is the only person ever to have won the Formula One World Championship, Indianapolis 500 and, yes, the Daytona 500. Nowadays we look at Andretti, rightfully, as being one of the greatest racing drivers to have ever lived. However, he had to earn that status and, when he came into the 1967...
Via Fox Sports
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

IndyCar 2018 by Mario Andretti

Earlier this week, Mario Andretti sat down with RACER's David Malsha to talk about what he'd like to see in IndyCar by 2018. With the next-generation IndyCar due to start racing in 2018, RACER is running interviews with "the great and the good of IndyCar past, present and future" and asking fans to email all to discuss what they think IndyCar should be like...
Via Fox Sports
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

F1 needs to 'loosen up,' says Andretti

Ahead of this weekend's United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, the nation's last world champion, Mario Andretti, has spoken out about the state of the sport. F1 heads for Austin with a field of just 18 cars following the withdrawals of the Caterham and Marussia teams due to financial woes. Andretti, who serves as an official ambassador for the Austin, Texas circuit...
Via Fox Sports
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Mario Andretti to be grand marshal at Long Beach

INDYCAR officials announced today that Mario Andretti will be the grand marshal of the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13th. Andretti won three IndyCar races in his career, as well as the 1977 Formula One race on the streets of Long Beach, California. “It is totally appropriate to have Mario as grand marshal for our 40th race,” Jim Michaelian, president and CEO...
Via On Pit Road
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti's wife gives birth to twins

Race car team owner Michael Andretti's wife has given birth to twins. Jodi Andretti gave birth to son Mario and daughter Miati ''Mia'' in Indianapolis on Thursday morning. The twins are the first children for the couple. His youngest son is obviously named after grandfather, Mario Andretti, who ranks second on the open-wheel all-time wins list with 52 victories. Mario Andretti...
Via Associated Press
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Granatelli, Indy 500-winning car owner, dies at 90

Andy Granatelli, the former CEO of STP motor oil company who made a mark on motorsports as a car owner, innovator and entrepreneur, has died. He was 90. Granatelli's son, Vince, said his father died Sunday of congestive heart failure at a Santa Barbara hospital. Granatelli is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the...
Via Associated Press
December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Andretti helps PlayStation promote Gran Turismo 6

Mario Andretti is helping PlayStation promote its new video game, Gran Turismo 6. PlayStation is marking the launch of Gran Turismo 6 with the social video documentary ''First Love,'' which focuses on Andretti and the moment he fell in love with his 1948 Hudson Hornet. The third chapter of the video documentary was posted to on Monday. It explains the process of...
Via Associated Press
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Andrettis to organize Miami Formula E race

The Andretti family will organize a race featuring electric cars on the streets of Miami in March 2015. Andretti Sports Marketing announced Friday that it had been appointed by Formula E to conduct the race. Formula E is the world's first fully electric racing series. It will feature open-wheel cars powered exclusively by electricity. It's designed to promote interest and investment...
Via Associated Press
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

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