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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 12 to 18.
Mario's family moved to the United States from Italy at the end of World War II. Mario's twin brother Aldo started racing with Mario but was injured and dropped out of racing. Mr. Andretti, father, forbade his sons to race. When he found out they were racing, he allowed them to live in his house; however, he did not speak to them for six months. When Mario was unable to complete high school, he took correspondence courses. He fell in love with his teacher and they were married several years later. Even though Mario kept gaining attention for his racing successes, money was difficult to come by. Sometimes more than 350,000 spectators came to see the races. In well-known races, winners earn double the prize money. Winners make millions of dollars speaking to groups and by becoming a spokesperson for companies. In time, Andretti won the Indy 500, Daytona 500, and the Formula One World Championship. He is known as one of the greatest drivers in auto racing. Following in his footsteps are two of his sons, Michael and Jeff, his nephew John, and his grandson, Marco. Mario Andretti is enshrined in three halls of fame: the Indianapolis 500, the Sprint Car, and the Motor Sports. Mario has retired from racing and stays busy. He owns various businesses dealing with cars. He speaks to corporate audiences and was awarded an honorary title by the Italian government. Mario Andretti set high standards that are hard to meet. There are twenty-five interesting books in this series. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro