On March 23, World of Speed Motorsports Museum will unveil the new exhibit, Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty, honoring the most successful American race car driver of all time. The feature exhibit aligns with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of his Pike’s Peak and Indianapolis 500 race wins, as well as his success across five decades in 11 styles of racing. This retrospective of his achievements features 11 vehicles from some of those important wins as well as other cars from his storied race career.
World of Speed Celebrates Mario Andretti, the Most Successful American Race Car Diver of All Time
Local motorsports museum presents Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty, opening March 23
WILSONVILLE, Ore. (Mar. 08, 2019) — World of Speed, a Wilsonville, Ore.-based nonprofit motorsports museum, is proud to announce the opening of a new exhibit honoring Mario Andretti, the most successful American race car driver of all time.
This feature exhibit celebrates the breadth of a career spanning five decades, showing historic cars from the first race car (a ’48 Hudson he and his brother Aldo built themselves) to the rare 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV Sebring winner – World of Speed celebrates it all. Andretti conquered every style of racing he tried, going head-to-head with the best drivers the world had to offer and coming out victorious.
“Mario Andretti isn’t just a race legend, he is a household name,” said World of Speed Curator Ron Huegli. “How many times have you heard someone say ‘Who do you think you are, Mario Andretti?’ He is a part of America’s lexicon and an ambassador for the world of racing. His list of accomplishments is unrivaled, and he successfully competed in 11 different types of racing.”
Along with this 11-car retrospective, the Museum is proud to present original interview film footage of Mario, his twin brother Aldo, son Michael, and grandson Marco. The films also feature racing luminaries commenting on their personal experiences and some untold stories about Mario, what the racing legend means to them, and the sport itself.
Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty opens Saturday, March 23 and will run through November 2. World of Speed is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday and Sunday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For membership and pricing information, visit worldofspeed.org. See full list of cars on exhibit below.
About World of Speed
World of Speed is an educational motorsports museum, where historic race cars, boats, and motorcycles tell the story of America’s iconic car culture and its leadership role in the world of racing. It encompasses many aspects and types of motorsports, from drag racing and land speed racing to open-wheel racing, NASCAR, and more. Through interactive exhibits, extensive education, family programs, and hands-on activities, World of Speed offers an exciting behind-the-scenes look at the racing world.
The Museum is funded by income from sponsorships, foundations, admissions, corporate and individual memberships, and from events held at the museum. World of Speed is a 501(C)(3) public charity. For more information, please visit: worldofspeed.org.
List of Cars in Mario Andretti: Racing Royalty
- 1948 Hudson Modified – First Race Car
- 1950 Hillegass TQ Midget
- 1955 Hillegass Sprint Car
- 1964 Kuzma Indy Roadster
- 1967 Ford Fairlane Stock Car – Recreation Tribute of the Daytona 500 Winner
- 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV J4 Sebring Winner
- 1969 Grant King – Pikes Peak Winning Car
- 1972 Viceroy Champ Dirt Car
- 1979 IROC Camaro
- 1981 Wildcat Indy Car – Controversial Winner
- 1994 Lola Indy Car – IMax Movie Car
Mario and Aldo Andretti, picture taken during World of Speed interviews