Mario Andretti & Andy Granatelli: A Friendship through the Decades
Mario Andretti and Andy Granatelli are two names not forgotten in professional racing. And while their time racing together may have been a small blip in their long careers, their friendship lasted a lifetime. A kid from New Jersey, Andretti, and another from Texas, Granatelli, who would come to tackle numerous racing types, over multiple terrain, build their teams, and businesses, made a friendship that would last decades.
Andy and Mario forged a professional partnership on their way to the Indy 500, finally making it into the winner’s circle together just a few years later.
Their mutual admiration and respect for one another could be seen from early on.
Andy, as owner and promoter, and Mario, as driver and also promoter, spent countless hours on the circuit, sharing their story with the public.
But it was the hours on the track, making adjustments, and hitting the track again that created a strong base for their friendship.
Both knew the thrill and the business of racing, steering and being part of a team, building a network on and off the track which helped to shape them as men, their names in history, and their friendship.
As their careers evolved and each took on new endeavors over the years, they still reached out for one another as colleagues and as friends.
Andy once wrote, “People think I like Mario because he’s Italian. It’s not true. I like Mario because I’m Italian.”
Over the years, the two businessmen, motorsports enthusiasts, and award-winning celebrities would laugh, play, make memories, and evidently share giant desserts together.
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