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Leadership Series: Mario Andretti’s Fast Lane To America, Part Four of Four

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This is Part Four of Four in the Series on “Mario Andretti’s Fast Lane to America”.  Please click these links to read parts One, Two, and Three.


Thank you for joining me on this Leadership Series: How To Become a Leader; Practical Steps to Following Your Passion.

We\’ve seen world-renowned car racer Mario Andretti follow his passion since he was a teenager, and become an award-winning driver! He\’s stayed grounded, family-oriented and still involved with his passion of cars.



What do you do next?




You can give back.

Successful people find a way to help others, because they know they have been helped.

No one does it alone.

And that\’s what he does!

On philanthropy, Mario states:


“You try to channel it in areas where you know it’s going to make a difference,” he said. “You try to do those things as the opportunity comes along. These are all the things that at the end of the day, it makes you feel good that I made a little bit of a difference, and that’s meaningful.”6

-Mario Andretti


Mario gives back through Meals on Wheels, to help the elderly and housebound attain food security. In honor of Mario, we are also giving back — we\’ve chosen Nepal Orphans Home Inc. project for fresh food and Rural Communities Empowerment Center\’s project to bring technology and resources to communities in great need. In that way we honor his passion and his philanthropy.

Thank you joining us on our Leadership Series: How To Become a Leader; Practical Steps to Following Your Passion.

We are so glad you joined us in learning about Mario Andretti\’s successful life. If it a world class race driver can make it by starting out in a refugee camp, you can too. Follow your passion, gain experience and then give back.

I thank you for being the great leader you are, and look forward to you sharing your journey! We will all look forward to hearing!

You\’re Leading,



Mario Andretti is an extremely successful race car driver and the only race car driver to have ever won the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, and the Formula One World Championship. Mario, and his fraternal twin brother Aldo, were born in the former territory known as Istria. At the end of World War II, the territory was annexed by Yugoslovia and the Andretti family left in 1948 during what’s known as the Istrian exodus. They ended up in a refugee camp in Lucca, Italy, where his father would work hard labor jobs before they received the visa to join his uncle in Pennsylvania. Mario and his brother Aldo rebuilt a 1948 Hudson Commodore and began racing it. Aldo won the coin toss to do the first race and he won. Aldo went on to fracture his skull in a serious crash, but he would return later on. In 1969, Aldo suffered severe damage after crashing into a fence during an IMCA race and he quit racing.

In 1961, he married Dee Ann Andretti and they had three children together. Their two sons, Jeff and Michael, would also become race car drivers. Following Mario\’s retirement, he has spent his time in a multitude of ways—including volunteering with Meals on Wheels deliveries in Pennsylvania. With his late wife Dee Ann, he was also involved with a number of local children’s charities.

Citation: ⁶ Ryan, Natem “Mario Andretti saluted for his charity work: ‘I love positive’”, NBC Sports, April 14, 2015,
Fig. ¹⁰: Photo by Jim Culp retrieved from Flickr,
Fig. ¹¹: Photo by William on Unsplash