Champ Car Legend Mario Andretti Featured on A&E Network Biography Airing Wednesday
INDIANAPOLIS (December 13, 2004) -- The rise of Mario Andretti from immigrant child to one of the finest drivers ever to turn a wheel in a race car has been chronicled many times, but fans will get a chance to see some never-before-seen footage and learn some things they may not know about the life of the Champ Car legend this coming Wednesday.
Adam Friedman's Traveling Light Media production company and Mario Andretti biographer Gordon Kirby have collaborated on a biography of the four-time Champ Car titlewinner, which will premiere on the A&E Network Wednesday, December 15. The show will first air at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and will be shown again at 4 p.m. on the same day.
The biography, which has been in the works for nearly a full year, contains video footage from four decades of racing and celebrates not only Andretti's many Champ Car triumphs, but also those of his Formula 1 World Championship career as well as his successes in NASCAR and sportscar racing. Paul Newman, Dan Gurney, Ashley Judd, Jay Leno and a host of luminaries both in racing and the entertainment world share their thoughts on what Mario meant to them and to the sport of racing.
Andretti is the all-time Champ Car leader in poles with 67 and starts with 407 and is second in victories with 52. He is one of only four drivers to ever win Champ Car and Formula 1 championships, and also scored victories in the Daytona 500 as well as in sports-car endurance races in Sebring, Daytona and Brands Hatch.