May 1, 2019 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum’s new exhibit, “Mario Andretti: ICON” presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline, is now open to the public – a fitting start to an exciting 2019 “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. However, IMS Museum visitors are in store for 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, let alone personal success and global fame for Andretti, who emigrated from Italy to Nazareth, Pa., with his family in 1955 when he was age 15.
A sampling of race cars in the IMS Museum exhibit that tell the story of Andretti’s gift for speed:
- 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 in which Andretti clinched the 1978 Formula 1 World Championship
- The 1994 Lola T9400 Andretti drove 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+ is further illustrated by 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.
Merchandise featuring the Mario Andretti 50th Anniversary logo is available throughout the Month of May at the IMS Gift Shops around IMS, including those in the Museum, and online. Check the Indianapolis Motor Speedway website, www.ims.com, for a schedule of special events honoring Andretti during the 2019 Indianapolis 500.
“Mario Andretti: ICON,” presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+ is open through November 10.
About the IMS Museum: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is home to one of the world’s premier motorsports and automobile collections, with interpretive emphasis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its role as a global icon of sporting tradition and innovation.
Located inside the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval, the Museum is open 363 days a year (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on support from admissions, tours, sponsorships, annual memberships and planned-giving for its operations, educational programming, restoration and preservation efforts, exhibits and events.
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