Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Mario Andretti Sees Future of Racing At Kart Courses

ROSWELL, Ga. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Driving a go-kart or playing a car racing video game are recreational activities, but they also can steer auto racing aficionados in the direction of a Dale Earnhardt or a Al Unser Jr.

Former race car champion Mario Andretti says a good kart racer or car racing video game player would “definitely” be successful behind the wheel of a NASCAR or formula one racing car.

Although the 65-year-old admits “nothing is like the real thing,” he says aspiring professional drivers can “hone their skills” on kart courses and Play Station consoles.

In fact, Andretti says many professional drivers fine tune their driving skills before races by playing racing video games.

In his words, “The video games they have now are so sophisticated. They are as close to the real thing as you’re going to get.”

The next Richard Petty may be seen sharpening their skills at Andretti’s new indoor karting facility – Andretti Indoor Karting and Games, which opens tomorrow (Mar. 16) in Roswell, Georgia.

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