Sorry, Billy, I don't know who is your dad, would you tell a little bit more, please. I remember having read (but where ?) that Mario had often asked Scats for a ride but was always denied, then was offered one as he had begun racing USAC in the fall of the 1963 season ... Pic (from the Salem Speedway facebook page) : Mario Andretti recorded a convincing win in 1964 at the Joe James/ Pat O’Connor Memorial for his first career USAC victory. Andretti (83), is shown reeling in Dee Jones (25) during the 1964 James/ O’Connor race. Andretti went on to return to victory lane at Salem Speedway in 1966 with a 2nd James/ O’Connor Memorial win.