|Visit to the IMS MUSEUM
ICON: Mario Andretti
Monday, June 17, 2019
|Another Limestone Monument has been added out front of the museum.
1981 Patrick Racing IndyCar Firesuit
(Owner: The Andrew Cummins Collection)
Mario Andretti competed in eight IndyCar races in 1981 for
Patrick Racing, while also driving full-time in Formula 1 for
Alfa-Romeo, his last full campaign in that series. Andretti
finished second three times for Patrick in 1981, including a
controvercial runner-up finish in the Indy 500. He also added
two third-place finishes.
1972 Scuderia Ferrari Viceroy Sports Car Firesuit
(Owner: Tom Hemquist)
The state of Florida was very kind to Mario Andretti in early
1972, as he won two of the biggest prizes in sports car racing
wearing this suit in these iconic Florida races. Andretti and
teammate Jackie Ickx won the Daytona 6-hour Continental
driving a Ferrari 312PB in February. The race had been
shortened from its traditional 24-hour distance at the request
of the FIA, the governing body for sports car endurance racing.
In March, Andretti and Ickx drove a 3-liter Ferrari 312P to
victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring, Andretti's third victory in
the prestiguous event.
1969 South African Grand Prix Formula 1 Firesuit
(Owner: Scott Borchetto)
Mario Andretti wore this firesuit for his second career Formula 1
start at the 1969 South African Grand Prix. Andretti qualified
sixth driving a Lotus 49B for Colin Chapman's Team Lotus.
A gearbox failure sidelined Andretti just 31 laps into the race.
1967 Holman-Moody Stroppe USAC Stock Car Firesuit
(Owner: IMS Museum)
In 1967, Mario Andretti won the Daytona 500 while driving for
John Holman and Ralph Moody's powerhouse team. It is
believed Andretti wore this firesuit driving in the USAC stock
car events for the team later that season. The "Stroppe" refers
to Bill Stroppe, a pioneer of Ford's racing program. John
Holman worked for Stroppe in the mid-1950s before
purchasing Stroppe's business, which created "Holman-
Moody Stroppe." the West Coast division of the Holman-
Moody Racing empire.
Brawner Hawk Mark III
This car is a Granatelli-built replica.
(On loan from STP Corp.)
The original car was donated to the Smithsonian's
National Museum of American History.
|Lotus Type 64
(On loan from Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.)
Mario Andretti's original entry for the 1969 Indy 500 was a brand-new four-wheel-drive Lotus Type 64.
On May 21 the car was destroyed in a heavy Turn 4 crash when a rear wheel hub failed on the Lotus.
Similar cars for Graham Hill and Jocken Rindt were then withdrawn. Mario switched to his backup car,
the Brawner Hawk Mark III, which he'd driven to victory the month before at the Hanford Motor Speedway
Despite an overheating problem, Mario led 116 of the 200 laps to claim his only Indy 500 victory.
Mario Andretti drove this Lotus 79-4 to five victories in 1978 on his way to win the Formula 1 Championship.
(On loan from Duncan Dayton)
Mario drove the #5 Vel's Parnelli Jones Eagle 7400 in 1974. (On loan from Can-Am Cars.)
Mario drove the #11 Vel's Parnelli Jones VPJ-2 in 1973. He won in Trenton. He set a record for the
fastest speed on a closed circuit, with an average speed over 214 mph. (Owned by IMS Museum.)
Mario drove this Patrick Racing Wildcat Mk8B in 1982. (On loan from Gary Trout.)
|Mario Andretti raced this McLaren M6B in the 1969 Can-Am road racing series.
(On loan from VALGINS Performance Collection.)
|Mario Andrettti drove this Lola T900 for Newman/Haas Racing in 1985.
(On loan from VALGINS Performance Collection.)
The legendary Ted Horn drove this sprint car to three consecutive AAA championships beginning in 1946.
Mario drove it in 1961 after someone had replaced the Offenhauser engine with a Cadillac.
This was his first time racing a sprint car. (On loan from VALGINS Performance Collection.)
|Mario's 1984 Newman/Haas Racing Lola T801. (On loan from VALGINS Performance Collection.)
|Mario raced this Grant King-built dirt car in all five USAC 1-mile dirt oval races in 1970.
Al Unser won all five. (On loan from Jim and Pat York.)
I've been meaning to get over to the museum all year.
I finally made it on this rainy Monday afternoon.
There were a lot of visitors.
The first thing I did was spend about $150 on souvenirs from their
two giftshops inside the museum. Note: All of their clearance
items were in the gift shop outside the museum, to the west.
Mario Andretti is being honored this year at IMS as it's been 50
years since he won the Indy 500. The museum has created a
wonderful exhibit featuring many things from his racing career.
They also hand you a free program that is just fantastic! If you
visit, be sure and hold on to it.
I am including some photos of some of his race cars that are on
loan to the speedway for this exhibit. These are not all, nor do I
include the cars on display that the museum own.
Of course there is still a lot more of the museum to see.
This web page just shows some of the the Mario stuff.
There were lots of floor-to-ceiling murals about Mario.
Here are several: