Mario Andretti | Rapid Fire | Future Car Podcast

By Ed Bernardon and Jamie Tyler

Welcome to yet another brand new series, Don’t worry, this is all still a part of the Future Car Podcast; we wanted to give you as much insight and information as we possibly can! This new series is called Rapid Fire, where we ask our guests from the past rapid questions on a specific topic associated to them. In this episode, we re-visit Mario Andretti’s episode. Let’s dive in and take a look at some of the key questions we asked Mario! 👇

What was the first car you fell in love with?

My 1957 Chevy, and I was the king of the block there, along with my brother Aldo. That was our first new car as a family actually!

If you could have had a career in anything else besides racing, what would you have picked?

That of a fighter pilot. My favorites are the F-15, F-16, F-111. That’s what I’ve had experience in.

If you had a five-hour car ride, what person, living or not, would you want to spend that ride with?

Enzo Ferrari, and I would ask him so many things.

If you could uninvent one thing that’s been involved in the history of humankind, what would it be?

I would like to try to uninvent ignorance if I could.

It’s always eye opening to dive into the brain of a motorsport legend like Mario Andretti. It’s a series we will continue to bring you through the rest of 2023; be sure to head back to see other rapid fire questions we’ve asked guests from the past!

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This is not the first type of episode we have launched in association with the Future Car Podcast. Last week saw the first episode of our ”Expert Opinion’ series; we re-visited the key topic of sustainability, and explored the thoughts of previous guests on the matter. Check out the podcast using the following link 👇

Mario Andretti, Racing Icon and Library of Congress Living Legend

Mario Andretti, Racing Icon and Library of Congress Living Legend

Mario Andretti was named a Library Of Congress Living Legend that has had a great impact on our society, culture, and technology. He was knighted in his native Italy, GQ Magazine named him one of the 25 Coolest Athletes of all time and he was in the first Pixar Cars movie voicing himself. In addition to all that, he is considered by many to be the greatest racecar driver in history as the only one to have won the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500, and the Formula One championship.

Ed Bernardon, Vice President Strategic Automotive Initiatives – Host

Ed Bernardon, Vice President Strategic Automotive Initiatives – Host

Ed is currently VP Strategic Automotive Initiatives at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Responsibilities include strategic planning and business development in areas of design of autonomous/connected vehicles, lightweight automotive structures and interiors. He is also responsible for Future Car thought leadership which includes hosting the Future Car Podcast and development of cross divisional projects. Previously he was a founding member of VISTAGY that developed light-weight structure and automotive interior design software acquired by Siemens in 2011, he previously directed the Automation and Design Technology Group at MIT Draper Laboratory.  Ed holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT, B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue, and MBA from Butler.

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