Mario Andretti

Mario Andretti

Biography

Author Profession: US Driver
Born: February 28, 1940
Age: 76 years old
Birth Sign: Pisces

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Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.

You're safer in the race car than you are in cars going to and from the track.

Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal.

It seemed like whenever I got a bona fide offer from Ferrari, I couldn't do it. And vice versa - when I was ready, their seats were taken. We always had a relationship, but what's important is that I pretty much started my F1 career with them and ended it there, too.

Motor racing is like one big family, ultimately, and when you come back to it, that's really what it feels like.

A racing car is an animal with a thousand adjustments.

Do it no matter what. If you believe in it, it is something very honorable. If somebody around you or your family does not understand it, then that's their problem. But if you do have a passion, an honest passion, just do it.

I count my blessings every day, quite honestly, because I take nothing for granted.

Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.

The day of parochialism in sports is over. The world is too small for what people like to call 'the good old days.' Fans want the best, wherever they come from.

If a neighbor is killed in a car accident, do you sell your car and stop driving?

If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.

You should never get away from where the real foundation of Formula One has been, which is Europe. Of course, there is nothing wrong with the expansion to countries like Asia, China, Malaysia.

Everything comes to those who wait... except a cat.

I don't want to go out there and do something 3,000 other people can do.

Anybody who can drive and doesn't come out of it a rich man is a fool.

I look at myself as the luckiest man alive.

As far as I'm concerned, Parnelli Jones was the greatest driver of his era. He had aggressiveness and also a finesse that no one else possessed. And he won with everything he put his hands on, including off-road.

With tennis, you can go pick up a racket, take a lesson, and understand how much talent and skill it takes to be as good as the top pros. Same with golf: pick up a club. But not many can go out and get in a race car and experience a drive at over 200 miles an hour.

When a car's ahead of you, as long as you can see it, you get a tow, just like the draft in NASCAR. Even if it's a long ways down the track, it punches a hole in the air that has to help. When you're running alone, you can feel the difference, and it shows on the clock, too.

The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways. Gene Hackman

When I look around the world, I don't see too many damsels in distress. If they're a damsel in distress, they're manipulating some guy to help them. Sigourney Weaver

I have always loved cashmere and knitwear is the first thing I'm drawn to when shopping - even if I don't need any. Claudia Schiffer

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