Forty years ago this week, Verizon IndyCar Series legend Mario Andretti took victory in the United States Grand Prix West. Driving the Lotus-Ford, Andretti beat pole sitter Niki Lauda to the victory.

Forty years on, the Verizon IndyCar Series head to California for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Long Beach celebrates its 42nd anniversary on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. Speaking to the Press Telegram about his famous win forty years ago this week, Andretti commented by saying:

Well, obviously it was a huge win for me. To win on a home track is extra special. And later in 1977 I won the Italian Grand Prix, so to win in my native Italy and in my permanent home in the United States, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

This weekend, Mario’s grandson Marco will compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in the No.27 United Fiber&Data Honda.

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