Andretti fires successful opening salvo in Argentina

On this day in 1978, Mario Andretti kicked off his championship winning year with Lotus by winning the season-opening Argentine Grand Prix.

The American was still driving the team's 78 car in Buenos Aires, with Colin Chapman's mighty 79 ground-effect design only appearing a few months later at the sixth round in Belgium, where the American would clinch his second win of the six he would achieve that year.