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Mario Andretti

Graham Bensinger sits down with motorsports legend, Mario Andretti, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  Andretti, who spent most of his childhood in an Italian refugee camp at the end of World War II, immigrated to America as a teenager, where the family settled in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.  He and his twin brother, Aldo, hid racing from their father who was adamantly against the sport. They were caught when Aldo was nearly killed in a racing crash. Despite their father’s fears, the two continued to race after that accident. Mario Andretti’s career quickly gained momentum, and, by the late 1960s, he was famous all over the world.  The versatile Andretti is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 and the Formula One World Championship. Mario is still getting on the track today and takes Graham 180 miles per hour around the track in a 2-seater IndyCar.

Mario Andretti: Life as a World War II refugee

Mario Andretti recalls his childhood spent in an Italian refugee camp, his family's sacrifices and the life-changing decision to immigrate to America.

Mario Andretti: Secretly racing, wrecking, smoking

Mario Andretti explains how he and his brother hid racing from their dad and the life-threatening crash that got them caught.

Mario Andretti on passion and hatred within racing

Mario Andretti discusses simultaneously racing and winning within both IndyCar and Formula 1 racing circuits and the family sacrifice required to double dip in two racing subsets.

Mario Andretti: Winning races; losing family time

Mario Andretti reflects on the burden his prolific racing career bestowed on his wife and gives her credit for taking it all in stride and allowing him to race with a clear mind.

Mario Andretti: Racing is in my family's blood

Mario Andretti expresses his pride when three generations of Andrettis raced together, including the 1992 Indy 500 and a clean sweep at the 1986 Pocono 500.

Mario Andretti: Racing immediately after best friend's death

Mario Andretti gives an emotional account of having to race at the Motor Trend 500 immediately after watching his close friend, Billy Foster, die in a qualifying race.

Mario Andretti: I dodged a lot of bullets on the track

Mario Andretti looks back on his 36 years of racing, deciding to retire at 54 and his thankfulness for only missing two races throughout his career due to injury.

Mario Andretti: Pulled over going 183 mph in Lamborghini

Mario Andretti shares a story of when he and his friend - who happened to be a Nevada Highway Patrol sergeant - took a Lamborghini out to try and hit 200 mph on the highway, but got pulled over by another highway patrol trooper who clocked them going 183 mph.

180 mph ride-along with Mario Andretti

Mario Andretti takes Graham around the Auto Club Speedway for a racing experience at 180 mph in an IndyCar.

Mario Andretti: I lured Paul Newman into racing

Mario Andretti recalls his introduction to Paul Newman and his role introducing Newman to racing. Plus, once the two became close friends and how they would pay off bets using any currency except U.S. dollars.

Mario Andretti: Some of us in this room won't survive

Mario Andretti opens up about the higher rate of racing fatalities during his prime years and how he walked away from a dangerous Indy crash in which his car flipped at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.