Honda and the Andretti family have a lot to celebrate at the moment. Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay won the 2014 Indianapolis 500 in his Honda-powered car, and Marco Andretti, Mario's grandson, also managed to take the third step on the podium. Apparently, the victory is making them feel magnanimous because Honda and Mario Andretti are giving the chance to ride with him in a two-seat, open wheel car.

To promote the contest, they created the Honda Speed Patrol to ticket anyone going too slow. It's an interesting idea, and the chance to ride with Andretti would be the opportunity of a lifetime. Perhaps the biggest shock of the video, though, might be when you realize how short Mario is when you see him milling about in public. Scroll down to watch one of America's most respected racers cite people in Chicago for being too slow.


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      BYALTF
      • 1 Year Ago
      Having lived in Indy and spent some time at the track, all Indy drivers are short, very short. I don't think I saw one modern driver that look like more than 120 lbs. They all look petite even when compared women who shop in the petite section.
      WKA
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can we ACTUALLY get speed patrol officers to herd the sheeple and get them moving? We could really use it here in Los Angeles.
      Agilis
      • 1 Year Ago
      This video was a let down.
      Dennis P. Quinn
      • 1 Year Ago
      And the beat goes on.
      vivaldi59
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love Mario Andretti, I just hope he is done flipping test cars as he did a few years ago. He scare the bejesus out of everyone.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vivaldi59
        You mean the crash at Indy in 03? Wasn't his fault. From Wiki: Andretti-Green Racing driver, Tony Kanaan, suffered a radial fracture of his arm on April 15 in a crash at Motegi. On April 23, former Indy 500 winner Mario Andretti took over Kanaan's car for a test session.[11] Mario retired in 1994, and this was the first time in nine years he had driven a major open wheel car. If Kanaan was not cleared to drive in enough time, tentative plans were being prepared for Mario to qualify the car for him.[11] He would then turn the car over to Kanaan on race day. No firm plans had yet been made though for Mario to actually drive in the race.[12] During Mario's test session, it was noted by many observers that despite his lack of experience in modern Indy cars (which had changed substantially since his retirement in 1994) and his advanced age (63), he quickly reached competitive speed. During the morning session, he turned a lap of 212.509 mph,[11] and looked "as if he had never been away." Later in the day, he upped his speed to over 223 mph.[11] The success of the test created a stir, and speculation grew during the afternoon that Mario may even attempt to qualify for the race. With only two minutes left in the session, Kenny Bräck crashed in turn one, and the yellow light came on. Mario entered turn one at full speed, and struck debris on the track from Bräck's car. The object, identified by most as the rear wing, pitched the nose of Mario's car upward, and the car became airborne. The car then went into a rapid double-reverse somersault flip at speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour.[13] Television footage from the WTHR helicopter-cam showed that the car clipped the top of the debris fence, and was nearly high enough to go over it. The car fell back to the racing surface, slowed by its mid-air tumble, and slid to a stop upright. Andretti walked away from the crash with very minor injuries.[14] Mario initially shrugged off the accident, and still contemplated returning to qualify the car in May. A day later, however, he reconsidered.[15]"
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          Really not sure what you're getting at here.
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        r_dezi
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vivaldi59
        The people in the video seemed clueless of Mario Andretti for being of a different generation.
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      The irony here is that Honda hasn't built anything that can be considered 'fast' for public consumption since the last US-market S2000 was built. Funny vid though.
        Aaron N
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        Did you really just say Acuras aren't Hondas? Are you completely and utterly mentally retarded? Just wondering.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Aaron N
          Not sold here as Hondas, so no, not for the purposes of this discussion. They're built by Honda, sure, but I can't walk into a Honda dealer and ask for a TL or TLX now, can I? Also >me being mentally retarded That's rich coming from the guy who doesn't understand why a limited slip diff is necessary in a hot hatch like the Focus ST AND who, by his own admission, has never driven anything with more than 200 bhp. Anyway, your entire argument boils down to 'stop not liking what I like'. And sadly, that doesn't fly. I'm not you and I will never be you. I will like what I like and dislike what I dislike as I jolly well please. And again, I would really like to know where it is written that a car enthusiast must like Honda.
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        Aaron N
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        The Accord V6 Coupe with the 6MT ALL SH-AWD Type-S Acuras are plenty fast Oh but we should just go by your ignorant Honda hate every time you post it, right?
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Aaron N
          My dad SOLD cars, and hasn't for a while. The NSX was back in the 90s, when he was CEO of a marketing consulting firm. Don't pretend to know my family history, because you don't (and Facebook isn't a reliable source either, as pops never uses it).
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Aaron N
          >thinks an Accord V6 with a stick is fast Not a performance car. >SH-AWD Acuras Not Hondas.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Aaron N
          Also >irrational Honda hate I would really like to see where it is written that all car enthusiasts must like Honda, I really would. My family had some of their stuff back in the day (dad had an NSX and an DC2 GS-R hatch, and mom rocked a 2nd gen Legend for a while), but that was all long ago, and I do not feel any loyalty to them, and their current product lineup, Honda and Acura alike, does not interest me one bit. I do not understand why that is a hard concept for you to understand.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Aaron N
          More like he hasn't updated it because he never uses it, but whatever helps you sleep at night.
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          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          Fine, the S2000 could be considered slow. I would think y'all would prefer I NOT say that.
        Aaron N
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        THEY'RE STILL HYUNDAIS, YOU IDIOT! Good god, you do as you always do by twisting the argument to make you look like the one is right when someone posts something that makes you look stupid.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Aaron N
          Not sure who you're talking to. I never mentioned Hyundai. Still, I don't consider them Hondas. They aren't sold as Honda anywhere else in the world, the platform is unique (though still FF). Anyway, as I said before, your arguments boil down to 'stop not liking what I like'. That's not happening, sir. I'm not you, I'm me, and I have my own set of likes and dislikes. If you can construct an argument as why I should like Honda products WITHOUT resorting to reliability, resale value, or anything of that nature (as well as avoiding the 'hurr its a Honda therefore its gold' argument that aaronm_mt subscribes to), I will consider it. Until then, I invite you to kindly 'deal with it'. Oh, and if you could find me some documentation where its written that every car enthusiast on this lump or rock must like Honda products, I'd appreciate that too.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 1 Year Ago
      Was this a paid ad placement?
        Aaron N
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        Do you pay for AutoBlog? Oh you don't? Oh ok, so this is what brings you the news on this website.
      Goaterguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sadly not many recognize Andretti. Funny video though, the faces are priceless.
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      anto needo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great racing drivers( outside of NASCAR) are not known to be tall people. There are exceptions like Mark Webber for eg but they are few and faw between.
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        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        >LOL at carguy1701 thinking his hand me down year 2000 rebadged Infiniti is a fast performance car better than anything from Honda. I don't recall ever saying that. What I DID say was that Honda hasn't sold a 'fast' car here since the last US-market S2000 was built, which is correct (the Accord coupe 6MT gets beaten in the 0-60 sprint by any late model Toyota Camry with the 3.5L V6, BTW). As for faster cars, I've driven the outgoing Lexus IS-F (mid 4 second 0-60) and the 2nd gen CTS-V (3.9 second 0-60 if memory serves). But hey, keep flailing your arms.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          Actually, he wasn't driving in the race. Think he was there as a test-driver/stand-in for one of the teams.
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