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07/03/10
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Mario Andretti selected for IndyCar Road Racing trophy  
Mario Andretti
IZOD IndyCar fans have selected racing icon Mario Andretti as IndyCar road racing legend to be honored by the series.

In his book, "What's It Like Out There," Mario Andretti relays that as youngsters he and his brother, Aldo, were hired to park cars at a garage in Nazareth, Pa.

"The first time I fired up a car, felt the engine shudder and the wheel come to life in my hands, I was hooked," he writes. "It was a feeling I can't describe. I still get it every time I get into a race car."

Andretti, who turned 70 in February, was one of the most successful Indy car drivers with 52 victories – second to A.J. Foyt on the all-time list– and a record 67 pole positions. He earned four Indy car titles in his career and won the Indianapolis 500 in 1969.

Andretti remains active in motorsports through public appearances and following the career of his grandson, Marco, in the IZOD IndyCar Series. His popularity hasn't waned in more than four decades.

"Every day we have fan mail from all parts of the world," he said. "It's truly interesting that it continues."

Now fans have selected Andretti as the honoree for the IZOD IndyCar Series Road Championship trophy with 44 percent of the vote through a poll on indycar.com, the official website of the IZOD IndyCar Series. Alex Zanardi was second with 25 percent of the vote. Other nominees were: Dan Gurney (12 percent), Al Unser Jr. (10 percent) and Mark Donohue (8 percent).

Andretti will present the trophy to the driver with the most points through the nine road/street course events on the schedule following the Infineon Raceway event weekend Aug. 21-22. Team Penske's Will Power leads the standings heading into the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen on July 4.

“I was full of pride when I learned the road racing trophy would bear my name and that it was determined by a fan vote,” said Andretti, who won Indy car series races in four different decades. “It’s the ultimate compliment years after I retired, to have the fans remember me this way. That’s the really great thing about fans.  They keep you humble and grounded.  They let you know when you mess up, and applaud your successes.  And if you’re fortunate along the way, you make a lot of friends for life.”

Among his 23 road course victories were wins at Indianapolis Raceway Park (4), Mont Tremblant (4), Long Beach (3), Road America (3) Portland (2), Riverside (1), Cleveland (1), The Meadowlands (1) Caesars Palace (1) and Mid-Ohio (1).

“Throughout my career, there was a thrill in knowing and feeling that fans were connecting with me,” said Andretti, who also won the Formula 1 title and Daytona 500 in his storied racing career. “They certainly knew that road racing was my passion since the 60s.  I am honored to have this trophy in my name and cherish the opportunity that it gives me to have a lasting bond with this series.  I am genuinely appreciative of all the fans who continue to acknowledge my part in racing history every day.  In the future, I will certainly enjoy watching young drivers in pursuit of this trophy.”

A.J. Foyt was selected as the honoree for the oval championship by the vote of the fans.

The racing career of Mario Andretti — in detail

2000
Le Mans 24h - LMP 900 class
Race position: 8.
Team: Panoz Motorsports
Car: Panoz LMP-1 Roadster S (Ford)
1997
Le Mans 24h - P class
Race position: no position.
Team: Sté Courage Compétition
Car: Courage C36 (Porsche)
Complete results needed.
1996
Le Mans 24h - P1 class
Race position: 3.
Team: Sté Courage Compétition
Car: Courage C36 (Porsche)
Complete results needed.
1995
Le Mans 24h - WSC class
Race position: 1.
Team: Sté Courage Competition
Car: Courage C34 (Porsche)
Complete results needed.
1994
PPG Indy Car World Series
Position: 14 (45 points)
16 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 1 podium. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Newman/Haas
Car: Lola T9400 (Ford XB)
1993
PPG Indy Car World Series
Position: 6 (117 points)
16 races. 1 win. 1 pole position. 3 podiums. 1 fastest lap.
Team: Newman/Haas
1992
PPG Indy Car World Series
Position: 6 (105 points)
15 races. 0 wins. 1 pole position. 1 podium. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Newman/Haas
1991
PPG Indy Car World Series
Position: 7 (132 points)
17 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 4 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Newman/Haas
IMSA Camel GTP championship
Position: 29 (18 points)
1 race. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Jochen Dauer Racing
Car: Porsche 962C
1990
PPG Indy Car World Series
Position: 7 (136 points)
16 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 4 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Newman/Haas
Car: Lola T9000 (Chevrolet A)
USAC National Championship
Position: 27 (10 points)
0 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Car: Lola T9000 (Chevrolet A)
1989
PPG Indy Car World Series
Position: 6 (110 points)
15 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 4 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Newman/Haas
Car: Lola T8900 (Chevrolet A)
IMSA Camel GTP championship
Position: no position
1 race. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Busby Racing
Car: Porsche 962
USAC National Championship
Position: 4 (600 points)
0 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Car: Lola T8900 (Chevrolet A)
1988
PPG Indy Car World Series
Position: 5 (126 points)
15 races. 2 wins. 0 pole positions. 6 podiums. 2 fastest laps.
Team: Newman/Haas
Car: Lola T8800 (Chevrolet A)
World Sports-Prototype Championship
Position: 44 (18 points)
1 race. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Porsche AG
Car: Porsche 962C
USAC National Championship
Position: 20 (20 points)
0 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Car: Lola T8800 (Chevrolet A)
1987
PPG Indy Car World Series
Position: 6 (100 points)
15 races. 2 wins. 8 pole positions. 3 podiums. 2 fastest laps.
Team: Newman/Haas
Car: Lola T8700 (Chevrolet A)
International Race Of Champions
Position: 9 (31 points)
4 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Car: Chevrolet
Complete results needed.
USAC National Championship
Position: 9 (200 points)
0 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Car: Lola T8700 (Chevrolet A)
1986
PPG Indy Car World Series
Position: 5 (136 points)
17 races. 2 wins. 3 pole positions. 4 podiums. 2 fastest laps.
Team: Newman/Haas
Car: Lola T8600 (Cosworth TC)
USAC National Championship
Position: 32 (5 points)
0 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Car: Lola T8600 (Cosworth TC)
1985
PPG Indy Car World Series
Position: 5 (114 points)
14 races. 3 wins. 3 pole positions. 5 podiums. 3 fastest laps.
Team: Newman/Haas Racing
Car: Lola T900 (Cosworth)
International Race Of Champions
Position: 11 (25 points)
2 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 1 podium. ? fastest laps.
Car: Chevrolet
Complete results needed.
USAC National Championship
Position: 2 (800 points)
0 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Car: Lola T900 (Cosworth)
1984
PPG Indy Car World Series
Position: 1 (176 points)
16 races. 6 wins. 8 pole positions. 8 podiums. 6 fastest laps.
Team: Newman/Haas Racing
Car: Lola T800 (Cosworth)
USAC National Championship
Position: 20 (20 points)
0 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Car: Lola T800 (Cosworth)
1983
PPG Indy Car World Series
Position: 3 (133 points)
13 races. 2 wins. 2 pole positions. 6 podiums. 2 fastest laps.
Team: Newman/Haas Racing
Car: Lola T700 (Cosworth TC)
FIA World Endurance Championship
Position: 25 (12 points)
1 race. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 1 podium. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Kremer Racing
Car: Porsche 956
European Endurance Championship
Position: 28 (12 points)
0 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Kremer Racing
Car: Porsche 956
USAC National Championship
Position: 32 (15 points)
0 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Car: Lola T-700 (Cosworth TC)
1982
PPG Indy Car World Series
Position: 3 (188 points)
11 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 6 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Team: Patrick Racing
Car: Wildcat VIIIB (Cosworth)
Complete results needed.
Formula 1
Position: 19 (4 points)
3 races. 0 wins. 1 pole position. 1 podium. 0 fastest laps.
Team: TAG Williams Team, Scuderia Ferrari
Car: Williams FW07D (Ford)
Car: Ferrari 126C2
USAC National Championship
Position: 6 (805 points)
2 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Car: Wildcat (Cosworth TC)
Car: Wildcat 8B (Cosworth)
Complete results needed.
1981
Formula 1
Position: 17 (3 points)
15 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo
Car: Alfa Romeo 179B, 179C, 179D
PPG Indy Car World Series
Position: 11 (81 points)
7 races. 0 wins. 1 pole position. 4 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Car: Wildcat (Cosworth TC)
Complete results needed.
1980
Formula 1
Position: 20 (1 points)
14 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Team Essex Lotus
Car: Lotus 81 - Ford
PPG Indy Car World Series
Position: 16 (580 points)
4 races. 1 win. 2 pole positions. 2 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Car: Penske PC-9 (Cosworth)
Complete results needed.
International Race Of Champions
Position: 5 (25 points)
3 races. 1 win. 0 pole positions. 2 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Car: Chevrolet
Complete results needed.
SCCA Citicorp Can-Am Challenge
Position: no position
1 race. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Carl Haas Racing
Car: Lola T530 (Chevrolet)
Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix
Race position: no position.
Team: Lotus
Car: Lotus 81 (Cosworth)
Complete results needed.
USAC National Championship
Position: 37 (40 points)
0 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Car: Penske PC-9 (Cosworth)
1979
Formula 1
Position: 12 (14 points)
14 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 1 podium. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Martini Racing Team Lotus
Car: Lotus 79 (Ford)
Car: Lotus 80 (Ford)
International Race Of Champions
Position: 1
3 races. 1 win. 0 pole positions. 3 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Car: Chevrolet
Complete results needed.
Procar BMW M1
Position: 27 (2 points)
3 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: BMW Motorsport
Car: BMW M1
SCCA/CART Indy Car Series
Position: 11 (700 points)
1 race. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 1 podium. ? fastest laps.
Car: Penske PC-6 (Cosworth TC)
Complete results needed.
Formula 1 Race of Champions
Race position: 3. Started from pole position.
Team: Martini Racing Team Lotus
Car: Lotus 79 (Cosworth)
Complete results needed.
1978
Formula 1
Position: 1 (64 points)
16 races. 6 wins. 8 pole positions. 7 podiums. 3 fastest laps.
Team: John Player Team Lotus
Car: Lotus 78, 79 - Ford
USAC National Championship
Position: 17 (681 points)
8 races. 1 win. 0 pole positions. 1 podium. ? fastest laps.
Car: Penske (Cosworth TC)
Complete results needed.
International Race Of Champions
Position: 2
4 races. 1 win. 0 pole positions. 2 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Car: Chevrolet
Complete results needed.
Formula 1 BRDC International Trophy
Race position: no position.
Team: John Player Team Lotus
Car: Lotus 79 (Cosworth)
Complete results needed.
1977
Formula 1
Position: 3 (47 points)
17 races. 4 wins. 7 pole positions. 5 podiums. 4 fastest laps.
Team: John Player Team Lotus
Car: Lotus 78 (Ford Cos. DFV 3.0 V8)
USAC National Championship
Position: 7 (1580 points)
6 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 1 podium. ? fastest laps.
Car: McLaren (Offenhauser TC)
Car: McLaren (Cosworth TC)
Car: Penske (Cosworth TC)
Complete results needed.
Formula 1 Race of Champions
Race position: no position.
Team: Team Lotus
Car: Lotus 78 (Cosworth)
Complete results needed.
1976
Formula 1
Position: 6 (22 points)
15 races. 1 win. 1 pole position. 3 podiums. 1 fastest lap.
Team: John Player Team Lotus, Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing, Team Lotus
Car: Lotus 77 (Ford Cos. DFV 3.0 V8)
Car: Parnelli VPJ4B (Ford Cos. DFV 3.0 V8)
International Race Of Champions
Position: 2
4 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 2 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Complete results needed.
USAC National Championship
Position: 9 (1200 points)
4 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 1 podium. ? fastest laps.
Car: McLaren (Offenhauser TC)
Complete results needed.
Formula 1 Graham Hill International Trophy
Race position: 7.
Team: John Player Team Lotus
Car: Lotus 77 (Cosworth)
Complete results needed.
1975
Formula 1
Position: 14 (5 points)
12 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 1 fastest lap.
Team: Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing
Car: Parnelli VPJ4 (Cosworth)
Formula 5000 USAC-SCCA
Position: 2 (165 points)
9 races. 4 wins. 8 pole positions. 5 podiums. 2 fastest laps.
Team: Vel's Parnelli Jones
Car: Lola T332 (Chevrolet)
USAC National Championship
Position: 23 (210 points)
4 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 1 podium. ? fastest laps.
Car: Eagle (Offenhauser TC)
Complete results needed.
Formula 1 BRDC International Trophy
Race position: 3.
Team: Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing
Car: Parnelli VPJ4 (Cosworth)
Complete results needed.
1974
USAC National Championship
Position: 15 (655 points)
11 races. 0 wins. 1 pole position. 1 podium. ? fastest laps.
Car: Parnelli (Offenhauser TC)
Car: Eagle (Offenhauser TC)
Complete results needed.
Formula 5000 USAC-SCCA
Position: 2 (97 points)
7 races. 3 wins. 6 pole positions. 5 podiums. 2 fastest laps.
Team: Vel's Parnelli Jones
Car: Lola T332 (Chevrolet)
USAC National Silver Crown
Position: 1
5 races. 3 wins. 0 pole positions. 5 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Team: Miletich/Jones
Complete results needed.
Formula 1
Position: no position
2 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing
Car: Parnelli VPJ4 (Ford Cos. DFV 3.0 V8)
1973
USAC National Championship
Position: 5 (2400 points)
15 races. 1 win. 1 pole position. 3 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Car: Parnelli (Offenhauser TC)
Complete results needed.
USAC National Silver Crown
Position: no position
3 races. 2 wins. 0 pole positions. 2 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Team: Miletich/Jones
Complete results needed.
1972
USAC National Championship
Position: 11 (1135 points)
10 races. 0 wins. 1 pole position. 2 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Team: STP Oil Treatment
Car: Parnelli (Offenhauser TC)
Complete results needed.
Formula 1
Position: 12 (4 points)
5 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
Car: Ferrari 312B2-72
1971
USAC National Championship
Position: 9 (1370 points)
10 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 1 podium. ? fastest laps.
Team: STP Oil Treatment
Car: McNamara (Ford TC)
Complete results needed.
Formula 1
Position: 8 (12 points)
5 races. 1 win. 0 pole positions. 1 podium. 1 fastest lap.
Team: Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC
Car: Ferrari 312B
Car: Ferrari 312B2
USAC National Silver Crown
Position: no position
3 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Team: Granatelli
Complete results needed.
Canadian-American Challenge Cup
Position: 19 (10 points)
1 race. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Spa Ferrari SEFAC
Car: Ferrari 712M
Formula 1 Questor Grand Prix
Race position: 1.
Car: Ferrari 312B
1970
USAC National Championship
Position: 5 (1890 points)
18 races. 1 win. 4 pole positions. 4 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Team: Brawner-Andretti
Car: Brawner Hawk (Ford TC)
Car: Brawner Hawk (Ford)
Car: McNamara (Ford)
Car: King (Gurney-Weslake Ford)
Car: King (Ford)
Car: Hawk (Ford TC)
Complete results needed.
Formula 1
Position: 15 (4 points)
5 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 1 podium. 0 fastest laps.
Team: STP Corporation
Car: March 701 (Ford Cosworth)
Canadian-American Challenge Cup
Position: 23 (8 points)
1 race. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Spa Ferrari SEFAC
Car: Ferrari 512S
1969
USAC National Championship
Position: 1 (5055 points)
24 races. 9 wins. 5 pole positions. 13 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Team: Brawner-Andretti
Car: Brawner Hawk III (Ford TC)
Car: Brawner Hawk III (Ford)
Car: Kuzma (Offenhauser)
Complete results needed.
Canadian-American Challenge Cup
Position: 11 (22 points)
4 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 1 podium. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Holman & Moody
Car: McLaren M6B 50-11 (Ford)
Formula 1
Position: no position
3 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Gold Leaf Team Lotus
Car: Lotus 49B (Ford Cosworth)
Car: Lotus 63 (Ford Cosworth)
NASCAR Grand National
Position: no position
1 race. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Car: Ford
Complete results needed.
1968
USAC National Championship
Position: 2 (4319 points)
27 races. 4 wins. 8 pole positions. 16 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Team: Brawner-Andretti
Car: Brawner (Ford)
Car: Brawner (Ford TC)
Car: Watson (Offenhauser TC)
Car: Kuzma (Offenhauser)
Complete results needed.
Canadian-American Challenge Cup
Position: no position
3 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: George Bignotti
Car: Lola T70 Mk 3 SL73/127 (Ford)
Car: Lola T160 (Ford)
NASCAR Grand National
Position: no position
3 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Car: Mercury
Car: Ford
Complete results needed.
Formula 1
Position: no position
1 race. 0 wins. 1 pole position. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Gold Leaf Team Lotus
Car: Lotus 49B (Ford Cosworth)
1967
USAC National Sprint Car Series
Position: no position
34 races. 2 wins. ? pole positions. ? podiums. ? fastest laps.
Complete results needed.
USAC National Championship
Position: 2 (3360 points)
19 races. 8 wins. 4 pole positions. 13 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Team: Dean Racing Enterprises
Car: Brawner Hawk (Ford)
Car: Brawner Hawk (Chevrolet)
Car: Kuzma (Offenhauser)
Complete results needed.
NASCAR Grand National
Position: no position
6 races. 1 win. 0 pole positions. 1 podium. ? fastest laps.
Car: Ford
Complete results needed.
Canadian-American Challenge Cup
Position: no position
2 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Holman & Moody
Car: Honker II (Ford)
World Sports-Prototype Championship
Position: no position
2 races. 1 win. ? pole positions. 1 podium. 1 fastest lap.
Team: Ford Motor Co., Holman & Moody
Car: Ford GT40 Mk IV
Complete results needed.
1966
USAC National Sprint Car Series
Position: no position
27 races. 5 wins. ? pole positions. ? podiums. ? fastest laps.
Complete results needed.
USAC National Championship
Position: 1 (3070 points)
15 races. 8 wins. 9 pole positions. 9 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Team: Dean Racing Enterprises
Car: Kuzma (Offenhauser)
Car: Brawner Hawk (Ford)
Complete results needed.
NASCAR Grand National
Position: no position
4 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Car: Dodge
Car: Chevrolet
Car: Ford
Complete results needed.
Canadian-American Challenge Cup
Position: no position
2 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 0 podiums. 0 fastest laps.
Team: Team Mecom
Car: Lola T70 Mk 2 SL71/37 (Ford)
World Sports-Prototype Championship
Position: no position
1 race. ? wins. ? pole positions. ? podiums. ? fastest laps.
Team: Holman & Moody
Car: Ford GT40 Mk II (Ford 7.0L V8)
Complete results needed.
1965
USAC National Sprint Car Series
Position: no position
27 races. 1 win. ? pole positions. ? podiums. ? fastest laps.
Complete results needed.
USAC National Championship
Position: 1 (3110 points)
16 races. 1 win. 3 pole positions. 10 podiums. ? fastest laps.
Team: Dean Van Lines
Car: Blum (Offenhauser)
Car: Brawner Hawk RE (Ford)
Car: Kuzma (Offenhauser)
Complete results needed.
1964
USAC National Sprint Car Series
Position: no position
24 races. 1 win. ? pole positions. ? podiums. ? fastest laps.
Complete results needed.
USAC National Championship
Position: 11 (530 points)
10 races. 0 wins. 0 pole positions. 1 podium. ? fastest laps.
Team: Dean Van Lines
Car: Elder (Offenhauser)
Car: Silnes (Offenhauser)
Car: Blum (Offenhauser)
Car: Kuzma (Offenhauser)
Complete results needed.

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