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This E Ssay Is About Mario Andretti

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Mario AndrettiMario Andretti was born on Feb. 28, 1940, in Montona, Italy. Mario was the identical twin brother of Aldo Andretti. Born only months before Italy joined Germany in World War II Mario had a rather rough childhood. When the war ended Mario's town came under communist rule. From 1948 to 1955 his family lived in a refugee camp. Mario's family was very poor and had to work hard to get by. Racing was a part of Mario's life from the beginning. In Italy race car drivers were well looked up to. Ferrari Grand Prix driver, Alberto Ascari, was Mario's idol.As a child Mario went to many races. Watching the races made Mario's desire to become a race car driver grow. During Mario's childhood the Italian government developed a program for young talented Italian drivers to be recognized. Mario and his brother got a sponsor for a car and started racing in Formula Junior racing in Italy. Aldo and Mario switched off driving and crewing at the races. They had a lot of success and had a lot of loyal fans.Since the Andretti's were not even close to being wealthy Mario's father thought about the future of the family. He decided that America would hold a much better future and give them a lot more opportunities than Italy. The Andretti's had relatives that lived in Nazareth, Pennsylvania Under the immigration laws a foreign family must of had proof they'd have a place to live. Their relatives served as their sponsors. So in 1955 Mario and his family emigrated to the United States.Not long after the Andretti's moved to the United States Mario got a job at a local gas station. Mario had worked hard on race cars in Italy and learned a lot about being a mechanic. This paid off in helping him with his job as a mechanic in the United States. Mario along with brother Aldo began racing a Hudson Hornet Sportsman Stock Car. Mario's career was successful from the start. He won 20 races in the modified stock class in his first couple of seasons.On April of 1964 Andretti made his first Indy car appearance in Trenton, New Jersey. In 1965 he won his first Indy car race, the Hoosier Grand Prix, and earned Rookie of the Year at the Indy 500 where he finished third. Andretti won the Indy title in 1969 when he won nine races. Mario participated in many forms of racing besides Indy car, such as Formula One, Formula 5000, and Can-Am racing. In 1974 he won the USAC dirt track championship plus several Formula 5000...

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