My Formula 5000
Mario Andretti came very close to winning the 1974 Formula 5000
Championship title in the Vel’s Parnelli Jones/Viceroy Lola T332
with three victories - Watkins Glen, Road America and Riverside.
But a second, third and fourth place plus one DNF kept him eight
points behind victor Brian Redman at season’s end. In addition to
his 1975 F/5000 champaign for the title, Andretti is contesting the
full World Driving Championship Formula 1 series. Born in Trieste,
Italy, Andretti started his racing career in nearby Ancona driving
Formula Jr. Cars in 1953, at the age of 13. His first race in the U.
S. was in 1958 driving modified stock cars, and with considerable
success, winning more than 20 events during the next three
years. Since then, Andretti has competed in Grand Prix events,
winning the ‘71 South African GP; raced in NASCAR Grand
National competition, winning the Daytona 500; co-drove with
Bruce McLaren to the 1967 Sebring 12 Hours victory; with Jack
Ickx to the Watkins Glen 6 Hour win in 1972 and in 1974 co-drove
with Arturo Mezario to the Monza 1000km victory; competed in
SCCA Can-Am races and is a three-time winner of the USAC
National Championship-1965, 1966 and 1969 and twice was
runner-up. All together in his U. S. Career, Andretti has won 32
USAC Championship races, including the 1969 Indianapolis 500;
placed second 31 times and 10 times was third in “Champ”
events. He also has competed successfully in sprint cars and
midgets.
Date
Event
#
Car
Finish
1969
Sebring
4
Lotus 70
 
1974
MId-Ohio
5
Lola T332
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mario Andretti
photo & profile 1975
Age 35,Nazareth, Pa.
Mario Andretti with Laguna Seca Queen
Al Unser, Mario Andretti and Laguna Seca Queen