Who is Mario Andretti and what is his net worth 2018? Mario Andretti is a famous American racing driver. This Italian-born American racing driver is only one of two drivers (the other being Dan Gurney) who has won Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR. Andretti is the most successful American Formula One driver having won 12 races.
Mario Andretti was born in Montona, Italy, on February 28, 1940. It was one of the hard times in Italy, as Mussolini had dragged Italy in the World War II. By the end of the World War II, their town had become part of the communist Yugoslavia and forced Andretti’s into a refugee, spending several years in the camp of Tuscani. Mario’s passion for racing began when he got a chance to see the great Ascari compete in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Soon the entire Andretti Family emigrated to the United States and made their new home in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Mario and his twin brother, Aldo were passionate about racing, unfortunately, Aldo couldn’t carry on with his dream because of the horrible accident.
The famous Italian-born American racing driver married the girl of his dream. It was in 1961, Mario and De Ann got married. They have three children together. Both of their sons, Michael Andretti and Jeff Andretti, are race car drivers like their father. Even their grandson Marco Andretti, Michael’s son, is also a race car driver. Fast cars seem to run in their family blood.
Mario started his career, racing on dirt ovals with his twin brother Aldo in Old Houston. Unfortunately for Aldo, he suffered a bad accident and had to quit racing. In 1961, Mario joined the United Racing club and soon started racing for them. In 1964, he got the green card and officially became the American citizen. After getting the US citizenship, soon he became a part of U.S. Auto Club and competed in some of the best races, USAC sprint car, and Indy car races.
Andretti raced in his first-ever Indianapolis 500 and earned the rookie of the year title. Then started the golden era for the Andretti. He captured NASCAR’s Daytona 500 in 1967 and turned his attention to Formula One, where he got pole position in his maiden race. Late 1960’s was the era of Andretti as he was the best Indy Car racer. By the mid-1970’s Andretti was fully focused on Formula One and his biggest achievement in F-1 was winning the championship.
He was the second American (Phil Hill was the first) to win that title. After returning to Indy Car racing, Andretti won his fourth title. He nearly won the fifth title but lost the title to his son Michael in a close battle. Finally, in 1994, Andretti retired and was named “Driver of the Century” by The Associated Press and RACER magazine.
Recently in 2016, Andretti was made an honorary citizen of Lucca. Besides winning Formula One Championship in 1978 and four Indy Car racer championship, Andretti achieved many other awards for his contribution in the racing world. Mario was the Driver of the Year for three years (1967, 1978, and 1984) and also awarded Driver of the Century by Associated Press and RACER magazine.
Mario was also inducted into Hall of Fame for many years. Andretti was also awarded the highest civilian honour given by the Italian government, the Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana. In 2007, Andretti was honoured with the “Lombardi Award of Excellence” from the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.
Mario Andretti Net Worth
Mario Andretti earned his most of earning from the racing career. In 1994, after more than $11 million in winnings, Mario Andretti retired from Indy car racing. Today, the estimated net worth of Mario Andretti is approximately in the range of $130 million.
Mario Andretti was a legend in the world of car racing and still well-known around the world for his achievements. Today he’s happily married, and both his sons and a grandson are following his footsteps into the world of racing.