The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mario Andretti’s Indianapolis 500 victory with a commemorative logo and other activities throughout the month of May. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum will also host a curated exhibit dedicated to Andretti and his career.
The exhibit will feature historic Andretti cars and videos of Mario and the Andretti family. Personal memorabilia that highlights Andretti’s accomplishments will also be displayed.
Andretti won the 53rd Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1969, driving the No. 2 STP Oil Treatment Hawk III-Ford fielded by famed team owner Andy Granatelli. The victory was one the highlights of Andretti’s driving career, which also included a Formula One World Championship, four IndyCar championships, a Daytona 500 victory and victories in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring.
"Winning the Indy 500 changed my life," Andretti said. "It opened so many doors, creating immense opportunities. It was career-changing. If only Andy Granatelli could be here today to see that we’re still celebrating 50 years later. Because what happened in 1969 was just as important to him."
The 103rd Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 at IMS. The Month of May at IMS will open with the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 11.