‘Mario Andretti: ICON’ Presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+
‘Mario Andretti: ICON’ presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline, opened to the public on May 1, 2019 – a fitting start to the long-awaited “Month of May” at the IMS Museum and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The exhibit is part of a comprehensive celebration at IMS recognizing the 50th anniversary of Andretti’s popular victory at the 1969 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. The exhibit features a full retrospective of Andretti’s incredible career, from Sprint Car racing in the early 1960s, to four career IndyCar championships and Formula 1 World Championship glory, and his busy life today as an ambassador for the NTT IndyCar Series.
‘Mario Andretti: ICON’ presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+ is anchored by 23 cars representing significant milestones in the history of auto racing and highlights personal success and global fame for Andretti, who emigrated from Italy to Nazareth, Pa., with his family in 1955 when he was age 15.
Visitors to the IMS Museum will see a sampling of race cars that tell the story of Andretti’s gift for speed, including:
- The Sprint Car that legendary driver Ted Horn drove to three championships in the 1940s and Andretti drove in his first Sprint car race in May 1961.
- The Mercury Cyclone Andretti drove to a major upset victory in the 1967 Daytona 500.
- The Brawner Hawk III replica of Andretti’s 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner.
- The John Player Special Lotus Type 79 Andretti drove to clinch the 1978 Formula 1 World Championship.
- The 1994 Lola T9400 Andretti piloted in his final IndyCar race at Laguna Seca in 1994, capping his “Arrivederci Mario” farewell season and an IndyCar career spanning 30 years.
‘Mario Andretti: ICON,’ presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+ also includes firesuits, helmets, exquisite photography and an audio tour. Visitors can log onto www.imsmaudio.com on their smartphone and follow the prompts to hear behind-the-scenes exhibit narration by Andretti, plus entertaining insight from longtime rivals A.J. Foyt, Al and Bobby Unser, and team owner Roger Penske.
‘Mario Andretti: ICON,’ presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+ is open through November 10, 2019.
Penske Mini Exhibit
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum invites the public, Museum members and the racing community to a special presentation, “Team Penske’s First 500,” honoring 50 years of winning for team owner Roger Penske’s namesake racing organization.
The mini-exhibit officially opened March 29 and runs through mid-November.
“Team Penske’s First 500” honors a trio of milestones: the team’s 50th anniversary at the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, Team Penske’s 500th win in major racing competition and a “Penske sweep” of major NASCAR Cup Series and NTT IndyCar Series events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2018.
In May 1969, while a now-iconic driver named Mario Andretti took the checkered flag at the Indianapolis 500, Roger Penske entered a car in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time under the Team Penske banner, beginning a campaign that has rewritten North American motorsports history. Penske was inducted in the IMS Hall of Fame in 2002.
“Team Penske’s First 500” features five cars and historic memorabilia and runs concurrently with the Museum’s major 2019 exhibit honoring Andretti. Opening May 1, “Mario Andretti: ICON” presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline celebrates his 1969 “500” triumph and incredible driving career, which included a period with Team Penske.
The Team Penske Indy cars and NASCAR Cup Series stock cars in the display include:
- The 1969 No. 66 Sunoco-Simoniz four-wheel-drive Lola T152
- The 1972 No. 66 Sunoco McLaren M16B
- No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevy-powered Dallara, winner of the 2018 INDYCAR Grand Prix (2.439-mile IMS road course) and the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
- No. 2 Discount Tire Ford Fusion driven by Brad Keselowski to victory at the 2018 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line, the first Cup Series win at IMS for Team Penske.
- No. 2 Autotrader Ford Fusion driven by Keselowski to Team Penske’s 500th major win on Sept. 16, 2018 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway NASCAR Cup Series race.
Andretti Autosport Mini Exhibit
In company with the IMS Museum’s featured exhibit, Mario Andretti: ICON presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline, Andretti Autosport has teamed up with the Museum for a “mini-exhibit” featuring four of the NTT IndyCar Series team’s five Indianapolis 500-winning cars. Currently on the floor of Museum are the cars of Dan Wheldon (2005 winner), Dario Franchitti (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014) and the 100th Indianapolis 500 winner of Alexander Rossi (2016). The 2017 winner, driven by Takuma Sato, is at Honda headquarters in Japan.
Please contact the Museum at (317) 492-6784 for more information.