IndyCar/NASCAR: Andretti and Petty cars on display at Air & Space Museum (2nd Update)

CORRECTION: The actual exhibit opens to the public on Friday, October 14.

October 7, 2022 

The display is now open and Mario Andretti tweeted out that he was very moved by the exhibit.

July 11, 2022 

Coming this fall at the Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum in Washington, DC, the “Nation of Speed” exhibit will recount our desire to become the fastest on land, sea, air, and space in the pursuit of commerce, power, and prestige.

Featuring iconic vehicles from Mario Andretti’s Indy 500 winning race car, Richard Petty’s STP car, to the Sharp DR 90 Nemesis, “Nation of Speed” will be a portrait of human ingenuity — the technology developed to propel people faster and faster— and will explore how the pursuit of speed has shaped American culture and our national identity.

Richard Petty’s car has been cleaned and wrapped
Andretti wall display
1959 Corvette
An artist Illustration of the Future Nation of Speed Gallery, #203, at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
Every spec of dust and dirt is removed from Andretti’s 1969 Indy 500 car.


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