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Mario Andretti Mario Andretti was born on Feb 28 1940 in Montona Italy Mario was the identical twin brother of Aldo Andretti Born only months before Italy joined Germany in World War II Mario had a rather rough childhood When the war ended Marios town came under communist rule From 1948 to 1955 his family lived in a refugee camp Marios family was very poor and had to work hard to get by Racing was a part of Marios life from the beginning In Italy race car drivers were well looked up to Ferrari Grand Prix driver Alberto Ascari was Marios idol As a child Mario went to many races Watching the races made Marios desire to become a race car driver grow During Marios childhood the Italian government developed a program for young talented Italian drivers to be recognized Mario and his brother got a sponsor for a car and started racing in Formula Junior racing in Italy Aldo and Mario switched off driving and crewing at the races They had a lot of success and had a lot of loyal fans Since the Andrettis were not even close to being wealthy Marios father thought about the future of the family He decided that America would hold a much better future and give them a lot more opportunities than Italy The Andrettis had relatives that lived in Nazareth Pennsylvania Under the immigration laws a foreign family must of had proof theyd have a place to live Their relatives served as their sponsors So in 1955 Mario and his family emigrated to the United States Not long after the Andrettis moved to the United States Mario got a job at a local gas station Mario had worked hard on race cars in Italy and learned a lot about being a mechanic This paid off in helping him with his job as a mechanic in the United States Mario along with brother Aldo began racing
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