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Mario Andretti
CHAMPION 1984 | Drove for NHR from 1983-1994 | 185 starts

Mario Andretti’s illustrious career earned him the distinction of “Driver of the Quarter Century” and later “Driver of the Century.” He began with Newman/Haas Racing during its rookie season in 1983 and drove for the team a total of 12 consecutive seasons until he retired from full-time racing at the conclusion of the 1994 season. Andretti scored the first CART championship for the team in only its second season in 1984. The 1984 Championship was his fourth overall (1965, 1966, 1969, 1984) in the series. En route to his sole Champ Car championship after CART was established (1979), Andretti led the series in victories with six and established a new single-season record with nine poles in 16 races. During his Championship season, he led more laps than any other driver with 572 of 2286 total. Andretti’s season was so dominating that he won from the pole in five of his six victories, which came in the first 11 events. During his 12 seasons with Newman/Haas Racing, Mario Andretti scored 18 victories and 26 pole positions as well as set numerous track records during qualifying and in races. He was a permanent fixture around the team after his retirement partly due to the fact that his son, Michael Andretti drove for the team from 1989 to 1992 and 1995 to 2000.

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