Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Mario Andretti talks on Hot Wheels event
By Lynn Hoppes
John Andretti and Mario Andretti will be coaching children in this weekend's Hot Wheels event.
With the help of racing legends Mario Andretti and John Andretti, Hot Wheels returns to the Indianapolis 500 track on Saturday as four toy-size cars will race in a one-mile, four-lane oval -- the longest toy track in the world.
The Andrettis will coach four children who will control the cars head-to-head at 5 p.m. ET. The winner will take part in the traditional Indy 500 honors of drinking milk and kissing the bricks.
"This will be a great event as it gives a younger audience an understanding of the tradition of racing at this track," said Mario Andretti, who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1969. "I was so glad to be involved because I want to show these children the essence of what all this tradition is about."
Two years ago, Hot Wheels, with driver Tanner Foust, set a world-record jump by a four-wheel vehicle a day before the Indianapolis 500, and last year Foust and Hollywood stuntman Greg Tracy set a world record by driving two Hot Wheels cars through a Double Loop Dare track at X Games LA.
Andretti is glad the event is back in Indy, though.
"This is the ultimate excitement of racing. Nothing compares to the Indianapolis 500," Andretti said. "There are so many elements to love: drivers, sophistication of the cars, the speed. It's the fastest racing cars on the planet."