On June 17, the New York Golf Kick Off Reception hosted the legendary race-car driver Mario Andretti who presented a National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) scholarship to Trevor Tesoriero at the Classic Car Club in New York, N.Y. Shiny luxury race cars and vintage classics dazzled guests as they enjoyed cocktails and views of the Jersey City s...

Mario Andretti says he remembers everything about that May afternoon 50 years ago when he won the Indianapolis 500 — including the belief that his victory could be followed by a few more in the world’s biggest auto race. More victories at Indianapolis, as race fans know, have not come for Andretti, now 79, or for his sons, his nephew or his grands...

Mario Andretti became the Mario Andretti of legend on May 30, 1969. That’s the day he won his first and only Indianapolis 500 in commanding fashion, defeating second-place Dan Gurney by nearly two laps. He never took the checkered flag at The Brickyard again, but had an epic driving career that stretched into the 1990s. It included a Formula 1 cham...

The New York Golf Kick Off Reception will host the legendary race car driver Mario Andretti who will attend and present a NIAF scholarship to benefit NIAF’s Scholarships program. Monday, June 17, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Classic Car Club at Hudson River Park’s Pier 76. 1 PIER 76, 408 12th Ave, New York, NY 10018 To benefit NIAF’s Scholarships pro...

A new generation of racing enthusiasts is about to meet Italian-American motor-racing icon Mario Andretti, albeit in animated mouse form. The legendary driver is guest-starring on Disney’s animated series “Mickey and the Roadster Racers” as Mario Mousedretti in “Mickey’s Spring Grand Prix,” and the episode looks adorable. Mousedretti teams up with...

The newest exhibit at World of Speed Motorsports Museum honors the most successful American race car driver of all time: Mario Andretti. "Mario Andretti is a household name because he won at every race he entered in," says David Pearson, the executive director of World of Speed. "He was a champion across all different disciplines of motorsports." I...

In the 50-something years I have been chronicling the pursuits of three generations of Andretti race car drivers, I think I had only four meaningful conversations with Dee Ann Andretti. That wasn’t because my readers and I wouldn’t have benefited from what she had to say. Dee Ann Andretti, who died Monday at the age of 75, was always friendly when...

Mario Andretti hasn’t raced full-time in IndyCar in 24 years, but if anyone ever asks the racing legend how he’s enjoying retirement, he’ll quickly correct them. “I’m not retired,” he told USA TODAY Sports on Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway while promoting Firestone. “I’m only retired from one phase.” Andretti is an active ambassador for moto...

The sport of motor racing is a dangerous one, and as a result, the number of folks who are still around to share stories about the golden era of motor racing is few and far between. Mario Andretti is one of them, and at 78 years of age, his memory is sharper and livelier than that of most of us younger folks. The Italian-American racing driver has...

Raffaello "Ralph" DePalma (born in Italy in 1883 in Troia, Puglia) arrived in Brooklyn together with his parents in 1891. The very young Pugliese American began to work as apprentice in a food shop, delivering by bicycle home deliveries. Then the first money arrived, together with dreams and a used bike powered by motor, and then the first races an...