Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate Mario Andretti

Formula 1 & Indycar champion, Mario Andretti will have his career celebrated at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, it has been confirmed.

Earlier in the year, Goodwood confirmed that this year’s Festival of Speed will celebrate the careers of drivers who have had success in multiple motorsport disciplines.

Jacky Ickx was the first ‘maestro’ to have his attendance confirmed at this year’s event, and this has now been followed by the announcement that Andretti will also be present.

Andretti, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, won the 1978 F1 world championship with Lotus and took victory in the 1969 Indy 500, whilst also winning the Indycar championship on four occasions.

He was also successful in stockcars and sportscars, wining NASCAR’s 1967 Daytona 500 in addition to a class victory in the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Speaking about the announcement, Andretti said: “The invitation for Goodwood this year is very welcome.

“Charles [the Duke of Richmond] has asked me many times over the years, but it’s always clashed with my commitment to the Toronto IndyCar race where I drive the two-seater.

“This year I am not going to go to Toronto because of the theme you [Goodwood] are having and it will mean a great deal to me to be there. I’m really looking forward to it.”