Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Scott Dixon and Al Unser Sr. were brought together for “An Evening of Legends” on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 and race cars formerly driven by each honoree are now on display in the Petersen Museum’s lobby.
Los Angeles, Calif. (April 13, 2016) – Legendary IndyCar drivers Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Scott Dixon and Al Unser Sr. were honored on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 during a reception at the Petersen Automotive Museum. AJ Foyt was also honored but couldn’t attend. He joined the group by video. The five racers are famously known as IndyCar’s greatest drivers of all time.
The evening, which was sponsored by Belkin, IndyCar, and Chip Ganassi Racing, consisted of a dinner reception and panel discussion in which all racers discussed their journeys and victories.
“To have all of these incredible talents in one place at the same time was an unbelievable privilege,” said Petersen Chief Marketing Officer Adam Langsbard. “This was the kind of event that most automotive museums can only dream of putting together. It was also unique in that it gave attendees incredible access to the minds of some of the greatest racing drivers in history. This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and we’re so glad that we were able to partner with Belkin, IndyCar and Chip Ganassi Racing to make it happen.”
Mario Andretti is a household name to anyone with even a cursory interest in racing. His incredible 52 career wins over four decades, including four national championships is an achievement that will continue to define the sport. Andretti also holds the record for laps led with 7,595 and is the oldest driver to have won a race. He was 53. He also has become the patriarch of a racing dynasty which includes his son Michael Andretti and his grandson Marco Andretti.
Michael Andretti has proven to chip off of the family block. With 42 career wins he is the 3rd most winningest Indy driver in history. He also managed an incredible 32 pole positions during his career with CART. He is also one of the team principles behind Andretti Autosport.
Scott Dixon, like Mario Andretti before him, has also managed an incredible four Indy championships in 14 years. During that time he’s also racked up 38 wins with one win in 2008 at the Indy 500. He has won numerous awards including the Jim Clark Trophy, the Bruce McLaren Trophy, the New Zealand Order of Merit and the New Zealand Sportsman of the Year award.
Much like the Andrettis, the Unsers have created for themselves an incredible dynasty of successful racing drivers. Perhaps the greatest of these is Al Unser Sr., with three consecutive Indy 500 wins and four 500 wins in total. During his long career he racked up three national championships and countless wins. He is also the only man to have had a sibling and a child as fellow Indy 500 winners.
From now until Tuesday, April 19th, 2016, cars formerly driven by each of the honorees will be on display in the museum lobby.
For more information on the Petersen Automotive Museum and future events, please visit www.Petersen.org.
ABOUT THE PETERSEN
The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California, 90036. Admission prices are $15 for general admission adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, $7 for children ages 3 to 12. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under three are admitted free. Museum hours are 10am to 6pm. For general information, call 323/930-CARS or visit www.Petersen.org.