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102-year-old woman takes IndyCar two-seater ride with Mario Andretti

May 13, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

Six years ago, 96-year-old Muncie, Indiana resident Edith Pittenger received an IndyCar two-seater ride with two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk.

Now 102 years old, Mrs. Pittenger is a centenarian. But that’s clearly not slowing her down.

Today, she took another two-seater ride at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this time with 1969 Indy champion Mario Andretti at the wheel. The ride came courtesy of Scott Jasek, co-owner of the Indy Racing Experience, which runs the two-seater program.

“My family knew it was something I wanted to do back then, and it was so much fun I wanted to do it again,” Pittenger told “And it was just as much fun this time.”

“It just shows that you can be too young to ride but you’re never too old,” Andretti said.

Per the series, nearly 40 members of her family were in attendance to see her return to the Brickyard today; those family members gave her the Luyendyk ride in 2008 as a Christmas gift. Mrs. Pittenger saw her first Indy 500 in 1948.


Edith Pittenger sits behind Mario Andretti as the two make their way around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Photo: Leigh Spurgur/INDYCAR

  1. techmeister1 - May 13, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    God bless that woman!

  2. Jeff - May 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    We should all be so lucky to make it to 102 and be driven around the the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by a true racing legend.

  3. techmeister1 - May 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    She looks in pretty good shape for 102. I’ll never see 90 let alone 100+. As long as their quality of life is good, I’m happy for these folks. Mario was probably hoping the poor woman didn’t have a heart attack while he drove around the track.

  4. worknman24hours - May 16, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    This is so cool you look cool up in the dictionary and there is a picture of Edith and Mario standing there with great big grins on their faces.


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