Mario Andretti, born Mario Gabriele Andretti, is a legendary Italian-born American former racing driver. He was considered synonyms to speed due to his racing pace. Mario is among a few of those sportsmen who have raced in ‘Formula One’, ‘Indy Car’, ‘World Sports Car Championship’ and ‘NASCAR’. He remains to be the only racer to have won ‘Indianapolis 500’, ‘Daytona 500’ and ‘The Formula One’ till date. He has bagged in numerous titles and car racing events. After biding adieu to the tracks, he became an entrepreneur and owns a clothing line. Mario is also the official ambassador of the ‘Circuit of Americans’. Mario has also written a book on his journey titled ‘What’s It Like Out There’. This man has been in the crucible of racing for more than three decades and has not just survived it but has come out with flying colors. Following are some words of wisdom in form of quotes and sayings from the man himself. Read through the inspiring quotes and thoughts by Mario Andretti which have been excerpted from his tweets, interviews, writings, work, life, views and public utterances.
Do it no matter what. If you believe in it, it is something very honorable. If somebody around you or your family does not understand it, then that's their problem. But if you do have a passion, an honest passion, just do it.
You see people in the left lane, and as long as they are on the speed limit, they stay there. Get in the right lane and let people pass you - let the police worry about somebody who wants to speed. Don't force them pass in the right lane and zig zag, which can create an accident, just because you think you're correct.
There's something special about racing in real streets. The 'artificial' circuits have a certain sameness to them. But every race conducted on real streets has a character of its own - Barcelona, Monaco, and now Long Beach.
With tennis, you can go pick up a racket, take a lesson, and understand how much talent and skill it takes to be as good as the top pros. Same with golf: pick up a club. But not many can go out and get in a race car and experience a drive at over 200 miles an hour.
It seemed like whenever I got a bona fide offer from Ferrari, I couldn't do it. And vice versa - when I was ready, their seats were taken. We always had a relationship, but what's important is that I pretty much started my F1 career with them and ended it there, too.
As far as I'm concerned, Parnelli Jones was the greatest driver of his era. He had aggressiveness and also a finesse that no one else possessed. And he won with everything he put his hands on, including off-road.
I see all these old people who don't have anything to do but eat, drink and sleep. I will never say 'retired' because that's such a finality that I don't want to be part of my life. I'll work until they throw me in a box.
Unfortunately, we don't educate drivers enough to be respectful on the road.
When a car's ahead of you, as long as you can see it, you get a tow, just like the draft in NASCAR. Even if it's a long ways down the track, it punches a hole in the air that has to help. When you're running alone, you can feel the difference, and it shows on the clock, too.
The most important thing at Daytona is, are you going to have friends willing to work with you during the race as far as drafting? You've got to have friends out there. You can't do it alone. You form those relationships as the race moves along.
You do a period of go-karting until you're at the age of qualifying for a ride in a 'school-kart,' then you qualify for driving school. And several of the driving schools have a competition series for their own students.
From a prestige standpoint, the U.S. needs to host Formula 1. And I think Formula 1, they know they need the U.S. as well. So many companies that are global are based in the United States support Formula 1.
I've driven just about every kind of car there is.
At Andretti Winery, I'm not the winemaker.
Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal--a commitment to excellence--that will enable you to attain the success you seek.