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Pocono, back on the IndyCar slate for the first time since 1989, is a hometown track for the Andrettis, who hail from nearby Nazareth. But Mario’s been commuting this week from his house near Lake Wallenpaupack, about an hour north of the track.

He’s also keeping busy. Andretti voices a character in the upcoming movie “Turbo,” the animated story of a snail with amazing speed who takes on the Indianapolis 500.

While he no longer attends each race, he feels IndyCar can rival or top any series in the world when it comes to quality competition. Even if TV ratings and attendance can use a boost, the on-track product is as strong as ever.

“Look at the quality of racing, just in the last two years,” he said. “It’s there. It’s something you can’t predict. When it happens, you just try to enjoy it. It’s riveting.”

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