I just gave 102-year-old Edith a ride in the 2-seater around Indianapolis Motor Speedway. pic.twitter.com/bNyrDS4FRy
Tuesday morning, Mario Andretti gave 102-year-old Edith Pittenger a ride around the 105-year-old Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a two-seat Indy car ride.
According to IndyCar.com, Pittenger attended her first Indianapolis 500 with her son in 1948 … when Mario Andretti was eight years old. 21 years later, and she watched him lead 116 laps en route to winning the 1969 Indy 500.
Edith held onto her passion for IndyCar, and her family treated her to a ride in the back of an IndyCar as a Christmas present … but that wasn’t this year.
“She did this when she was younger … 96,” her son, Jay Pittenger, told IndyCar.com.
“My family knew it was something I wanted to do back then,” added Edith in the interview, “and it was so much fun I wanted to do it again.”
IndyCar.com reports that Edith thoroughly enjoyed her run at the speedway, lifting her arms up in the air as they crossed the yard of bricks at the start-finish line.
“It just shows that you can be too young to ride,” Andretti told IndyCar.com, “but you’re never too old.”
The Verizon IndyCar Series will be testing at the speedway for the rest of this week and the next, in preparation for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25.
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