Mario Andretti's legendary drive at Sebring

Mario Andretti's Legendary 1970 Sebring Drive To Be Remembered SEBRING, FL. - Mario Andretti has literally done it all in motor racing. A Formula One World Championship, Indy 500 and Daytona 500 wins, victories on road courses, street circuits,...

Mario Andretti's Legendary 1970 Sebring Drive To Be Remembered

SEBRING, FL. - Mario Andretti has literally done it all in motor racing. A Formula One World Championship, Indy 500 and Daytona 500 wins, victories on road courses, street circuits, ovals and dirt tracks. Andretti is also a three-time winner of America's premier sports car race- Sebring's 12 hour sports car classic. It was his 1970 Sebring victory that stands out as one of the greatest moments in endurance racing history.

Andretti returns to Sebring this year for induction into the Sebring Sports Car Racing Hall of Fame. Ceremonies will take place Friday, March 19, the day before the 52nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Andretti will be inducted along with Carroll Shelby, Sir Stirling Moss, Bobby Rahal, Bob and Al Holbert, race official Ford Heacock, Sr., and the legendary manufacturer Ferrari.

At Sebring 1970, Andretti produced one of the greatest drives in endurance racing history. After building a tremendous lead in his Ferrari 512S, transmission failure ended his day, or so it seemed. A furious battle ensued in the closing stages, as the Porsche 908 driven by Peter Revson and actor Steve McQueen ran steadily through the field, taking the lead in the final hour.

The Ferrari team decided to put Andretti in the remaining Ferrari 512S, which had been driven by Ignazio Giunti and Nino Vaccarella. Andretti responded with record laps in the Sebring darkness, passing Revson in the final minutes to win in the thrilling race, despite having to make a fuel stop with just two laps remaining.

Andretti also won Sebring in 1967, co-driving with Bruce McLaren, and again in 1972 driving with Jacky Ickx.

The famous Andretti name will again be on track at Sebring this year, when grandson Marco competes in two Formula Dodge National Championship events.

Gates open for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Wednesday, March 17, and remain open 24 hours a day through Saturday. The opening race of the American Le Mans Series features the world's best sports car racing teams. The 48-car field includes Audi, Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche, Lola, Panoz, Saleen and Lotus entries.

Ticket information is available online at www.sebringraceway.com and www.americanlemans.com or by calling (863) 655-1442 (toll-free 800-626-RACE).

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Series ALMS
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Mario Andretti , Bruce McLaren , Jacky Ickx , Al Holbert , Stirling Moss , Nino Vaccarella