48 Famous Mario Andretti Quotes For Motivation In Life

Mario Gabriele Andretti (born February 28, 1940) is an Italian-born American former racing driver, one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport. He is one of only two drivers to have won races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship, and NASCAR (the other being Dan Gurney). He also won races in midget cars and sprint cars. Mario Andretti quotes will inspire you to achieve success.

Best Mario Andretti Quotes

  1. “If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.” ― Mario Andretti
  2. “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal–a commitment to excellence–that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” ― Mario Andretti
  3. “Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal.” – Mario Andretti
  4. “I’ve always said, ‘I didn’t have a Plan B in life.’ I was in pursuit of my dream from the very beginning. It’s all about desire and passion. At all costs.” – Mario Andretti, Mario Andretti quotes about life
  5. “What I learned is that in business you must make decisions based on facts, not react with your heart.” – Mario Andretti
  6. “I count my blessings every day, quite honestly, because I take nothing for granted.” – Mario Andretti
  7. “I think it’s counterproductive in many ways to pretend to know things you don’t. You surround yourself with people who are the real experts.” – Mario Andretti
  8. “My last race was at Le Mans in 2000, my first race was in 1959, so I dodged a lot of bullets along the way, I can tell you that.” – Mario Andretti
  9. “I lived the true American dream because I was able to pursue what I set as my goals at a very young age.” – Mario Andretti

  10. “Not all teammates tell the truth.” – Mario Andretti
  11. “Do it no matter what. If you believe in it, it is something very honorable. If somebody around you or your family does not understand it, then that’s their problem. But if you do have a passion, an honest passion, just do it.” – Mario Andretti
  12. “Unfortunately, we don’t educate drivers enough to be respectful on the road.” – Mario Andretti
  13. “A racing car is an animal with a thousand adjustments.” – Mario Andretti
  14. “I love all motorsports at the top level.” – Mario Andretti
  15. “As far as I’m concerned, Parnelli Jones was the greatest driver of his era. He had aggressiveness and also a finesse that no one else possessed. And he won with everything he put his hands on, including off-road.” – Mario Andretti
  16. “Whenever you’re aggressive, you’re at the edge of mistakes.” – Mario Andretti
  17. “I don’t want to go out there and do something 3,000 other people can do.” – Mario Andretti
  18. “Quite honestly, I treat myself with cars I really want to drive, and I have some flexibility to do that.” – Mario Andretti
  19. “I wish we could be 100% shielded from danger, but nothing is in life.” – Mario Andretti

  20. “With tennis, you can go pick up a racket, take a lesson, and understand how much talent and skill it takes to be as good as the top pros. Same with golf: pick up a club. But not many can go out and get in a race car and experience a drive at over 200 miles an hour.” – Mario Andretti
  21. “I’ve driven just about every kind of car there is.” – Mario Andretti
  22. “I love technology – yes, I have fallen in love with older cars, but I’m all for new technology.” – Mario Andretti
  23. “You do the best you can with what’s thrown at you, then you try again.” – Mario Andretti
  24. “Staging Formula One is incredibly expensive.” – Mario Andretti
  25. “Whatever the changes, from one era to the next, Pocono has maintained its character and significance to me, and it always will. My family shares this sentiment.” – Mario Andretti
  26. “Foreign players are what makes golf so popular now.” – Mario Andretti
  27. “All of the courses that run through real streets are very demanding. There is no room for error, no shoulders to lean on. If you go off the road, you’re into somebody’s shop-window or front porch”. – Mario Andretti
  28. “I still have the competitive spirit, which is good.” – Mario Andretti
  29. “There’s something special about racing in real streets. The ‘artificial’ circuits have a certain sameness to them. But every race conducted on real streets has a character of its own – Barcelona, Monaco, and now Long Beach.” – Mario Andretti
  30. “Age doesn’t affect driving – how do you like that?” – Mario Andretti
  31. “You dream what you’re supposed to do.” – Mario Andretti

  32. “If a neighbor is killed in a car accident, do you sell your car and stop driving?” – Mario Andretti
  33. “I look at myself as the luckiest man alive.” – Mario Andretti
  34. “The most important thing at Daytona is, are you going to have friends willing to work with you during the race as far as drafting? You’ve got to have friends out there. You can’t do it alone. You form those relationships as the race moves along.” – Mario Andretti
  35. “I wanted to have a career that would last a hundred years if possible.” – Mario Andretti
  36. “The day of parochialism in sports is over. The world is too small for what people like to call ‘the good old days.’ Fans want the best, wherever they come from.” – Mario Andretti
  37. “Anybody who can drive and doesn’t come out of it a rich man is a fool.” – Mario Andretti
  38. “The man upstairs is pushing the buttons, and if your name happens to be on that button, well, thank you.” – Mario Andretti
  39. “I don’t have any feeling of accomplishment about anything unless there’s a lot of risk to it.” – Mario Andretti
  40. “It seemed like whenever I got a bona fide offer from Ferrari, I couldn’t do it. And vice versa – when I was ready, their seats were taken. We always had a relationship, but what’s important is that I pretty much started my F1 career with them and ended it there, too.” – Mario Andretti
  41. “A father-son relationship is strong, like no other teammates. You could be straightforward with one another.” – Mario Andretti
  42. “Motor racing is like one big family, ultimately, and when you come back to it, that’s really what it feels like.” – Mario Andretti

  43. “I see all these old people who don’t have anything to do but eat, drink and sleep. I will never say ‘retired’ because that’s such a finality that I don’t want to be part of my life. I’ll work until they throw me in a box.” – Mario Andretti
  44. “If you wait, all that happens is that you get older” ― Mario Andretti, Andretti
  45. “When you start thinking you may get hurt, it’s time to get out of racing.” – Mario Andretti
  46. “I don’t remember as a kid wanting to do or be anything else but drive something, be a race driver.” – Mario Andretti
  47. “When you start thinking you may get hurt, it’s time to get out of racing.” – Mario Andretti
  48. “You’re safer in the race car than you are in cars going to and from the track.” – Mario Andretti

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