IMS Will Mark 50th Anniversary of Mario’s 500 Win

Indianapolis, IN — An exhibit in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s museum is among the numerous activities IMS has planned to observe Mario Andretti’s 1969 Indianapolis 500 victory. A commemorative logo — featuring Andretti’s likeness, the Borg-Warner Trophy and his signature — was unveiled by Andretti last week in Indianapolis, and will adorn the cover of the 2019 official race program.
Photo ©D. Randy Riggs
The 50th anniversary celebration begins May 1 with the specially-curated exhibit about Andretti and his career. It will feature historic Andretti cars, many making their first appearance at the museum, along with video and audio recordings of Mario and the Andretti family, and personal memorabilia. Andretti will also be featured on the IMS Bronze Badges.
Andretti won the 53rd Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1969, driving the STP Oil Treatment Hawk III-Ford fielded by team owner Andy Granatelli. His career also includes a Formula One World Championship, four IndyCar championships, a Daytona 500 win and victories in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. Watch his Automotive Hall of Fame induction ceremony speech.
“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 May 26, and the IndyCar Grand Prix will be May 11.