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he 25th Anniversary of RACER
magazine happens to coincide with our
annual Heroes Issue. So who to celebrate
on our cover for such a milestone? The
discussion was a short and conclusive
one: Mario Andretti.
Revered within racing, Andretti
transcended our sport and crossed over
into the “real” world in a way that few
others have. People who’ve never watched
a lap of racing in their lives have heard of
Mario Andretti. Even the name’s fast.
Achievements that are career-defining
for most drivers – a face on the Indy
500’s Borg-Warner Trophy, victory in the
Daytona 500, winning the Formula 1
World Championship – are mere chapters
in Andretti’s long and illustrious story.
For our cover feature, we focused on
the latter. Was that just an excuse to
commission Doug Garrison to paint Mario’s
glorious Lotus 79 in its iconic black and
gold JPS livery? It’s an anniversary, so
we’re allowed to indulge ourselves...
Milestones like this lend themselves
naturally to celebrations of the past, and
we’ve covered a wide spectrum of racing
greats in these pages. But we’re focusing
on some of the less visited aspects of
their storied careers: Mark Donohue’s
somewhat underappreciated 1972
Indy 500 win. World Rally Championship
legend Colin McRae’s dalliance with Ford.
The formative seasons of the Michael
Schumacher/Ferrari dynasty in F1.
Yet we’re also about looking forward,
and it’s worth remembering that we’re
witnessing similar feats playing out in real
time. Tomorrow’s heroes – the polarizing
genius that is Lewis Hamilton in F1;
Jimmie Johnson rewriting NASCAR
history; Scott Dixon’s quiet, but relentless
ascent of IndyCar’s all-time win list – are
here for us to appreciate right now.
Might any of these guys be the
cover star for RACER magazine’s 50th
Anniversary issue in 2042? We’ll circle
back in 25 years and find out.
“Mario Andretti transcended
our sport and crossed over
into the ‘real’ world in a
way that few others have”
Mario Andretti was out of a Formula 1 drive and Colin
Chapman’s Lotus team was in the doldrums. Joining forces,
they ushered in one of Formula 1’s most ground-breaking eras,
with the gorgeous Lotus 79 (ABOVE) central to the story.
follows F1 around
the world for RACER
Vandoorne is on
his radar this issue.