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BREAKING: Racing Legend Mario Andretti Involved In Major Car Crash

Dean James at Right Wing Tribune

BREAKING! Racing legend Mario Andretti crashed a race car at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, but amazingly the 79-year-old was not injured.

The 1969 Indy 500 champion was taking someone for a high-speed ride in a two-seat Indycar he drives for promotional events, Fox News reports.

According to NBC Sports, Andretti spun the car in turn 2 of the high-banked oval, drifted across the track and made contact with the inside wall.

“The passenger loved the ride. He hopes we have a video of it. It’s actually the son of my business partner, M.J. Castello. I know the kid well.”

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The speed the car was traveling at the time of the incident was not reported, but Andretti recently told Fox News Autos that he drives it faster than 200 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“It’s serious business,” Andretti told NBC Sports. “That’s why you sign a release of liability. Look at the millions of miles we have run and have never hurt anybody. The protection in the car is amazing and everybody is fine.”

Andretti, the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), the Daytona 500 (1967) and the Formula One World Championship (1978), was able to maintain control of the car and keep it from hitting the outside wall. The car drifted across the track and made light contact with the infield retaining wall.

“I wanted to make a change on the car, and I should have taken the time and I didn’t,” Andretti said later. “I thought I would ride it out and it caught me out coming out of Turn 2.

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