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The Faces of Andretti Autosport – Rita Smith

Name: Rita Smith

Position on the team: Paralegal

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Family: I have two daughters and four grandchildren

Twitter handle: @Martinilady55

How did you get your start in racing? With my first speeding ticket way back in the 70’s! The officer actually asked me if I   thought I was Mario Andretti.

How long have you been working in racing? Working? I call this “FUN”.  Actually about three and a half years ago, I answered a blind ad for a contract paralegal position because it was one of my areas of expertise and also one that I love.  It seems like it has been a lot longer due to fact that the people here have made me feel like I’m a member of the Andretti Autosport family from the first day I walked inside the building. 

What is your favorite racing memories while working here? Winning the 2012 Championship is on the top on my list.

Who is one of your favorite racing figures? Duh!! Mario Andretti.

How is being a paralegal in racing different from outside of racing? I’d have to say it’s probably all the cars in the garage area, the racing memorabilia and photographs in the office and the occasional driver that stops in and chats with me.  It’s definitely not your typical paralegal office environment.    

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