Mario, Michael and Marco Andretti at Phoenix Art Museum April 6, 2018


To celebrate the illustrious career of Mario Andretti, ISM Raceway and INDYCAR held a celebratory reception and dinner at the Phoenix Art Museum in downtown Phoenix Thursday night.

This weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix is the 25th anniversary of Mario Andretti’s last career win, which came at ISM Raceway in 1993. Thursday’s dinner and program kicked off a weekend of festivities featuring Andretti and other Indy car legends.

The evening began with media appearances by Andretti, who was accompanied by two cars from his career: his 1965 rookie car and his 1988 car. Both of these race cars will be part of the Vintage Desert Classic presented by Classic Racing Times this weekend. Also in attendance for a cocktail reception on the patio was Andretti’s family—including son Michael and grandson Marco—and his fellow drivers from the 1993 race—including Arie Luyendyk, Lyn St. James and Bobby Rahal.

Dinner was followed by a program hosted by NBC Sports analyst Townsend Bell, and Andretti reminisced on his incredible racing career. He received well wishes from other former drivers and celebrities, including actor Freddie Highmore, of whom Andretti is a big fan. 

The celebration of Mario continues at the track the rest of the weekend. Andretti is serving as grand marshal for the USAC .25 Midgets event on Friday afternoon, and he will be making a special appearance prior to the Phoenix Grand Prix Saturday night. The Class of 1993 will have a panel discussion and autograph sessions for fans at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix Verizon IndyCar Series race at ISM Raceway are available and can be purchased online at, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in-person at the ISM Raceway ticket office.
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