Retired race car driver John Andretti died January 30, 2020 at the age of 56 as a result of colon cancer.
Andretti was a member of the Andretti racing family and raced in several stock and open car series. He ran CART, IMSA GTP, NASCAR, and Rolex Sports Car.
Andretti’s family legacy runs through Aldo, the twin brother of Mario and cousin of Mario’s son Michael, Jeff, and Marco.
Andretti raised money for the Riley Children’s Hospital in Indiana and after being diagnosed with cancer, he became an advocate for early detection and prevention.
Andretti spent seven years as a NASCAR driver where he had 393 starts and two victories – the Daytona 500 and at Martinsville Speedway. He also had 43 combined starts in the Gander RV and Outdoors and Xfinity Series.
In Indy car, he ran the iconic Indianapolis 500 12 times and in 1994 he became the first driver to run the Memorial weekend double – the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600. Andretti is one of only four driver to do so – Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon, and Kurt Busch are the other three.
Andretti’s other accomplishments include being on the winning team of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in 1989 and a CART win in Australia at the Surfers Paradise in 1991.
After retiring from racing, Andretti worked as a commentator for several networks including ESPN, FOX, SPEED, TNT, and, NBC.
He was born John Andrew Andrett on March 12, 1963 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Survivors include wife Nancy and children Jarret, Olivia, and Amelia.
feature photo credit: By Spikerogan at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28541659
Indy car photo credit: By Carey Akin – originally posted to Flickr as DSC_5956, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4065955
NASCAR 43 car credit: By Spikerogan at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28541775