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“If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough”
As a race car driver, you have to maintain a balance at the edge of what your car is capable of doing. You must remain fully focused when approaching corners at 240 MPH.
It's pushing and respecting the limit simultaneously, knowing that it's not only the victory that’s on the line; it’s also your life. While the technology and safety guidelines have improved drastically over the years, racing still remains a limit-pushing, adrenaline-fueled sport.
In this episode, Ed Bernardon interviews Mario Andretti, one of the greatest race car drivers in history. He is the only driver to have won the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500, and a Formula One championship. Mario was knighted in his native Italy, and GQ Magazine named him one of the 25 Coolest Athletes of all time. Today, he’ll share with us what it takes to be a successful race car driver. He’ll also help us understand the contributions that racing has made to the automotive industry.
Some Questions I Ask:
- Do you think the addition of technology has made the driver’s skills less important? (01:07)
- Did racing in different categories make you a better driver? (06:09)
- What do you think have been the greatest contributions that racing has made to the automotive industry? (18:01)
- How do you feel sitting in the car waiting for the green flag to drop? (25:27)
- How important do you think it is for racing to embrace sustainability? (35:27)
What You’ll Learn in this Episode:
- The importance of getting the best out of the available car (04:11)
- What inspired Mario to become a race car driver (09:20)
- The difference between IndyCar and Formula One (12:13)
- Why being inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame was very important to Mario (15:34)
- Mario's experience racing against his son (31:12)
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