CHAMPCAR/CART: Mario Andretti at the Winter Olympics

FOUR-TIME CHAMP CAR CHAMPION MARIO ANDRETTI TO SERVE AS PART OF PRESIDENTIAL DELEGATION AT OLYMPIC GAMES CLOSING CEREMONY WASHINGTON (February 17, 2006) -- Mario Andretti's legendary status as a world-wide racing icon knows no political ...

FOUR-TIME CHAMP CAR CHAMPION MARIO ANDRETTI TO SERVE AS PART OF PRESIDENTIAL DELEGATION AT OLYMPIC GAMES CLOSING CEREMONY

WASHINGTON (February 17, 2006) -- Mario Andretti's legendary status as a world-wide racing icon knows no political boundaries.

The four-time Champ Car champion, Formula 1 World Champion, Daytona 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner is just as revered in his native Italy as he is in the United States, and will this week find himself representing fans in both countries after being named as part of the official U.S. Presidential Delegation to attend the Closing Ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

The Hall of Fame driver will be joined by the former Mayor of New York City Rudolph Giuliani, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, Ronald Spogli and Dr. A. Kenneth Ciongoli, Chairman and CEO of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF).

"It's a great honor and I was proud to be named as part of the delegation," Andretti said. "I have never been to a Winter Olympics and while I do get back to Italy often, I am excited about this opportunity."

The delegation will depart next Friday from Andrews Air Force Base and will attend a number of the Olympic events, including short-track speedskating as well as the gold-medal game in men's ice hockey.

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