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


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 IndyCar.com. “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

F1 2017 driver review: Max Verstappen

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Max Verstappen

Team: Red Bull Racing
Car No.: 33
Races: 20
Wins: 2
Podiums (excluding wins): 2
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 1
Points: 168
Laps Led: 133
Championship Position: 6th

Max Verstappen rise as a once-in-a-generation talent continued through the 2017 Formula 1 season, even if reliability issues meant we were made to wait for his best form to arrive.

Verstappen stole the show in a wet-dry Chinese Grand Prix by charging from 16th to seventh in the opening lap before ultimately finishing third for Red Bull, yet he would not grace the podium again until the Malaysian Grand Prix at the start of October.

A combination of power unit problems and on-track clashes saw Verstappen retire from seven of the 12 races in the intermittent period, with incidents in Spain and Austria being avoidable.

Perhaps most embarrassing of all was his stoppage due to a power unit failure in front of a grandstand swathed in orange at the Belgian Grand Prix, a race tens of thousands of Dutch fans had attended to cheer Verstappen on.

But when Verstappen got things right, it was – as he frequently quoted – simply, simply lovely. There was plenty left in the tank, as proven by his sheer domination of the races in Malaysia and Mexico as he took the second and third wins of his career.

Perhaps even more impressive was Verstappen’s victory over Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo in the qualifying head-to-head battle this year, an area the Australian has traditionally been strong in. Verstappen outqualifed his teammate 13-7 – it wasn’t even close…

All in all, Verstappen once again proved that on his day, he is one of the finest talents to grace F1 in recent years. With the right car underneath him next year, a title fight is certainly possible and will be the target – but there is always room for improvement.

And that is the scary part: Verstappen is only going to get better and better.

Season High: Dominating in Malaysia after an early pass on Lewis Hamilton.

Season Low: Crashing out on Lap 1 in Austria.