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Italian-born American racing driver Mario Andretti driving a John Player Lotus 79 in the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, 16th July 1978. Andretti was forced to retire with engine trouble after 28 laps. (Photo by Don Morley/Getty Images)

Watch as Mike Tirico hitches a ride from the airport to Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Mario Andretti in an IndyCar two-seater.


Ride with Mike Tirico and Mario Andretti in a 2-seater from the airport to IMS! Dave Calabro is in the police escort too!

“Mario is amazing,” Tirico said. “He wanted to go faster the whole time. Don’t be mistaken, he just wants a seat and a good engine and he just wants to open it up. He’s the best.”

Tirico gave Andretti a stellar review after his ride:

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