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Pace -- racing for money the Indy 500 race around the world to stagnant Indy 500 starts -- -- -- the world to thank our troops for serving overseas a trio of passed IndyCar champs and other drivers went on a ten day tour of US military bases in the Middle East and Europe as well as an aircraft carrier.
Four time Indy -- title winner and 1978 Formula One world champion Mario Andretti was part of the tour.
And marks the Indy cars hundredth year he joins us live -- -- -- good morning.
You just told us at in -- -- a great story flying from Indianapolis over there.
Because -- combinations not exactly first class where justly.
Well actually most of the time -- slept in my race car.
Respect -- along with us and that.
And -- figure well business class was for the rest of them should I was in first class.
Yeah that was it shouldn't have -- -- you're smiling you're here.
-- actually you feel comfortable sleeping in the -- he spent so much time in -- car what I love about that story not only did you visit troops.
But even the chance to ride -- you in this car that must have been a thrill of a lifetime for.
I think it was because that -- was very popular.
Thing to have a long and they expected that obviously to have the presentation.
And the chats that we had that but then -- the -- discussion like -- really open them up and down and their reaction from.
The lucky ones there was like a lottery system you know -- -- -- but that.
But everyone you know even the ones sitting get a chance to ride is obviously they got -- -- to feel what that the others were express yourself.
And Larry I know you want to have four locations -- but Turkey.
You went over to they're pretty are British -- over there one of the things have moved you.
Most is your visit to Texas.
And -- have foreseen Houston -- -- a couple years ago you know whoever he's doing you visited a hospital in it's just heart wrenching you know and and actually when we were in Germany we landed Iran signed -- -- went to landstuhl.
The hospital there we visited.
You know -- injured there.
And and one of the events that we had in Arlington in England.
In England we visited three basis and one of the bases that.
I was able to.
To have some amputees.
From the Afghanistan war right with me and that.
And you know and those guys that they were just really need to really Vietnam.
It's far and it.
So that -- they never said why me no never you know that's one thing you know I was impressed me insists -- You expect the -- you know in I mean why why did that.
Go through this or why you know.
And it's the opposite -- and you know the majority you know they -- will say I do it over again that's you know.
And that's the parents saw an incredibly inspiring indeed.
Mario Andretti who drove really fast in this morning from Pennsylvania -- thank you very much children's lives my prayers are also -- of the hundredth anniversary of running the Indy 500.
Come up to me to have you back for that.
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