Mario Andretti: The Italian Driver of the Century

His passion for motor racing as a youngster in Italy would be fulfilled in America in 1955, arriving with his hopeful family in New York Harbor and looking for a new life with more opportunities. Mario Gabriele Andretti was born in Montona, Italy (now Croatia), about 35 miles from the northeastern city of Trieste along with his twin brother, Aldo, to parents, Alvise and Rina Andretti on February 28, 1940. World War II broke around the time he was born. 

When the war ended, the peninsula of Istria, which is where Montona was


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