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102-year-old takes ride at Indianapolis Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A 102-year-old woman says she's disappointed racing great Mario Andretti couldn't go faster than 180 mph during their laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Edith Pittenger of Muncie said she had a great time riding with Andretti in a two-seat race car Tuesday.

"He said 180 is the maximum," she told The Star Press. "I wanted to do 200, but he wouldn't do that."

Dozens of family members joined Pittenger at the speedway for what was her second trip around the track - in 2008, she rode with driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. She marked her 100th birthday two years ago by going parasailing.

Pittenger ended her latest speedway laps with a drink of milk - just like the tradition of Indy 500 winners in victory lane.

Garett Cates said he was amazed by his grandmother's sense of adventure.

"I know people in their 70s and 80s who, I mean they're bedridden, and they can't get around or hardly do anything, but I mean my goodness she's 102 and she's going 180 miles an hour at least in a race car," he said.

Pittenger told WRTV she remembered first driving a car in the 1920s when she was 12 years old.

"I would just jump in the car and the kids would ride on the running board and we'd go around the reformatory that's down at Pendleton where I was born," Pittenger said.

Pittenger said she wasn't nervous with Andretti behind the wheel.

"He didn't slow down around those corners, that's what surprised me," she said.

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qmcsm004 May 15 2014 at 6:14 AM

you go girl...get some.

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hokanut May 14 2014 at 9:41 PM

Ata girl.

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envoyltd May 14 2014 at 9:13 PM

That is so funny and what a brave 102 year old lady. I admire her sense of adventure in life I hope I get to be like that at that age. Sadly someone will be cleaning my diaper out on that day when I am 102 years old.

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HELLO WHIZZZBANG May 14 2014 at 9:04 PM

If anyone can handle a race car at 180 MPH it's Mario. The granny wasn't driving so how could she be trying to kill him?

I would love to be in her seat with Mario driving and i only live five minutes from his house.

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lpengrg HELLO WHIZZZBANG May 14 2014 at 9:38 PM

All it costs is a few bucks and you can ride in the two seater, too.

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bluecrabs43 May 14 2014 at 8:23 PM

Edith, Go Drag Racing for your 103 rd BD. You will be able to run 200 plus

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carocarpenter May 14 2014 at 8:08 PM

go granny...

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doxyland May 14 2014 at 7:38 PM

When I grow up, I want to be Edith Pittenger!

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avanticrzy May 14 2014 at 7:20 PM


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rexeccoach May 14 2014 at 7:10 PM

Great way to celebrate a hundred and two.

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lakearcher rexeccoach May 14 2014 at 8:18 PM

One hundred two. One hundred and two is 100.2.

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rjackson2a lakearcher May 14 2014 at 8:24 PM

No it isn't. Think it thru.

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Brian Gordon lakearcher May 14 2014 at 9:03 PM

Yes it is. We Americans don’t know the language any more.

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