INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Motor Speedway will honor racing icon Mario Andretti in celebration of the 45th anniversary of his Indianapolis 500 victory during Legends Day Honoring Mario Andretti on May 24.
Andretti, the 1965 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, will participate in a question-and-answer session with fans May 24 on the IMS Pagoda Plaza Stage and will also sign autographs for fans.
“I am so honored to be part of Legends Day this year, at a place I truly love,” said Andretti, who drove the to victory from the second-place starting position in the 53rd Indianapolis 500. “I just can’t explain how it feels to be treated so well by the people in Indianapolis even long after retiring from the sport. They certainly love tradition. I’m proud to have had a part in the Speedway tradition for as long as I have and feel spoiled that the fans treat me and the other drivers like kings. I just can’t thank them enough. I’m looking forward to May and to being part of Legends Day.”
Andretti is renowned as one the most versatile racers of all time and was named Driver of the Century by the Associated Press in 2000. He won everything from the Pikes Peak Hill Climb to the Daytona 500 to the Formula One championship.
Andretti won the pole at Indianapolis in 1966, 1967 and 1987, and finished as the runner-up in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing in 1981 and 1985. He scored top-10 finishes 11 times in 29 “500” starts, and led 556 laps, which is still third among all-time lap leaders.
Other featured events on Legends Day include the annual public drivers’ meeting on pit road adjacent to the tower terrace grandstand, autograph sessions with the Indianapolis 500 starting field of 33 drivers and former Indy 500 drivers, and a huge Indianapolis 500 memorabilia show.