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Mario Andretti. Autodromo aspirations. Teenage dreams of a young Italian boy who saw his hero, Alberto Ascari, race at Monza in 1954 became very big success in America.

Mario was ‘Rookie of the Year’ at Indy in 1965, and three years later made his Grand Prix debut in style, from pole position at Watkins Glen in his Lotus. His first drive in a Formula 1 Ferrari resulted in victory in the 1971 South African Grand Prix. In 1977 he scored two home wins, “spiritual” at Monza and “adopted” at Long Beach. The following season relentless pursuit of a lifetime goal was achieved at Monza, making Andretti only the second American to become World Champion.

There were victories also in the Indy and Daytona 500s, Pike’s Peak and Sebring 12 Hours. Mario Andretti. A man for all seasons.

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Penske. Driven to success. Born in Shaker Heights, OH, Penske made it to the pinnacle of motor racing both as a driver and constructor.

Penske raced at Watkins Glen in the US Grand Prix in 1961 & ’62. His debut as a constructor came at Mosport in the 1974 Canadian Grand Prix with Mark Donohue driving. Three years earlier Donohue had made his F1 debut in style by finishing third at the same track in a Penske-entered McLaren.

Tragedy struck his F1 operation in 1975 when Donohue was fatally injured in Austria. The following season at the same circuit John Watson gave Penske his only victory in Grand Prix racing.

In 1965, Penske was managing a Chevrolet dealership Philadelphia today the Penske Automotive Group own and operate over 300 franchises worldwide.

Racing or selling cars “Captain” is always in total control.

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F1weekly podcast # 474

F1weekly podcast number 474 a look back at 191

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Watkins Glen. New York State of mind. Track in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York welcomed Formula 1 for the first time in 1961. Scottish driver Innes Ireland gave Colin Chapman’s Team Lotus their first Grand Prix win. British drivers won at Watkins Glen for the first eight years.

Austrian Jochen Rindt scored his first Grand Prix victory at the Glen in 1969, followed by Emerson Fittipaldi’s maiden win in 1970. Francois Cevert scored his only win here in 1971.

Cevert lost his life in a vicious accident during qualifying for the 1973 US Grand Prix. Tragedy struck again the following year when Austrian Helmut Koinigg was killed in the race in only his second F1 start. In 1980, the last Grand Prix at Watkins Glen was won by Alan Jones.

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