- Not to be confused with the person.
Mario Andretti is a veteran race car who is considered one of the most universally successful racers in history. He is a 1967 Ford Fairlane a blue and tan paint scheme, with a grey front bumper and grille. He has red rims, with black tire threads and the number "11" painted in white on his doors.
In Cars, Mario Andretti attends the tiebreaker race in California. He is greeting the security guards when Fred, a rusty car with his name printed on his licence plate, rolls up and greets Mario. Mario replies, "And good morning to you, uh, Fred." Fred then happily takes this as the fact that Mario Andretti knows his name, and excitedly informs Marco Axelbender of it.
In the comic Radiator Springs, Luigi says that Andretti was an Italian Formula One racer who came from Luigi's home town. He is shown on television when Luigi and his friends are watching it and later on the cover of a magazine stating his victory at the Beachside 500 on the Beachside Speedway.
Profiles and statistics
- "Mario Andretti is considered one of the most universally successful racers in history, and has done it all! Name a race circuit, series, or track and you can be assured that Mario has garnered victories on every one of them. Not many cars know this, but Mario is actually an old friend of Doc Hudson's. They were fierce competitors on the track, but good friends off the track. Mario is a former racecar that believes every day is a great day for racing."
Names in other languages
- German: Mika Häkkinen
- Spanish: Fernando Alonso
- He is based on, named after and voiced by Mario Andretti, a retired NASCAR and Formula One driver.
- In the Spanish version, he is voiced by Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso, who also made a cameo as himself in the Spanish version of Cars 2.
- In the German version, he was named Mika Häkkinen, after the Finnish professional racing driver, Mika Häkkinen, who was also his voice actor in that version of the movie.
- Racing #11 also includes Junior Moon, Chip Gearings and Chris Roamin'.
- Although despite his Car Finder bio saying he was friends with Doc and raced against him, Cars 3 retcons this info as Mario does not appear in the flashback of Doc racing or his crash.
- Even then, the context wouldn't make any sense since Mario's model is from the 60s and Doc is from the 50s.