SPEEDWAY, Ind. — The United States Auto Club announced motorsports great Mario Andretti as the honorary grand marshal for the USAC.25 quarter-midget event at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.
The USAC.25 series race at ISM Raceway April 5-7 is in conjunction with USAC’s Silver Crown Champ Car Series and the Verizon IndyCar Series. It’s the second of eight races that make up the USAC.25 series national schedule.
The 2018 USAC.25 season kicked off at Daytona Int’l Speedway in February, where more than 340 kids from all across the country came to compete.
Andretti’s last of his 52 IndyCar Series victories occurred at ISM Raceway 25 years ago. At the age of 53, this win in 1993 made him the oldest IndyCar race winner.
Considered by many as arguably the greatest race car driver in the history of the sport, Andretti’s racing resume spans an incredible five decades. He took the checkered flag 111 times during his career. Andretti’s list of accomplished feats include being the only driver to ever win the Indy 500, Daytona 500 and the Formula 1 World Championship.
His early career wins came while behind the wheel of midget and sprint cars. Andretti joined USAC in 1964 and finished that year third in the sprint car point standings. Two years later, he earned his first IndyCar win and his first of four IndyCar championships. He would go on to collect a total of 52 IndyCar victories and a series-record 67 pole positions. Throughout his illustrious and versatile career, Andretti earned Driver of the Year titles in three different decades (60s, 70s, 80s), Driver of the Quarter Century (90s) and Associated Press Driver of the Century (2000).
“I’m happy to have the opportunity to visit with these young USAC.25 Series racers,” said the 1974 USAC National Dirt Track Champion. “This is where it all starts in motorsports, kids with dreams and goals beginning what could be their potential career. I was able to pursue what I set as my goals at a very young age, just like these kids are doing. I applaud them for their focus, will and determination.”