|Mario Andretti likes to make sure the passenger gets his money's worth|
“I like to make sure the rider (in the 2-seat IndyCar) feels like I’ve left nothing on the table," Mario Andretti told NBCSports.com on Friday in Texas.
But on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, the 79-year-old Andretti was giving a business associate a ride around the high-banked oval when the car broke loose coming out of Turn 2 and spun out.
Andretti was able to maintain control of the car and keep it from hitting the outside wall. The car drifted across the track and made light contact with the infield retaining wall.
Neither Andretti nor his passenger were injured.
“I wanted to make a change on the car, and I should have taken the time and I didn’t," Andretti said later. “I thought I would ride it out and it caught me out coming out of Turn 2.
“The passenger loved the ride. He hopes we have a video of it. It’s actually the son of my business partner, M.J. Castello. I know the kid well."
“It’s serious business," Andretti said. “That’s why you sign a release of liability. Look at the millions of miles we have run and have never hurt anybody. The protection in the car is amazing and everybody is fine.
“I thought I had the car saved, but I didn’t. It hit the inside wall a little bit, but no big deal. I’m safe, I don’t want to hurt myself or anybody … That’s just the way it is."