Racer John Andretti dies after long battle with cancer
TheindychannelINDIANAPOLIS — Race car driver John Andretti has died.
Andretti, who lived in Brownsburg and was 56, battled colon cancer for the last three years.
His death was confirmed Thursday by Andretti Autosport.
Andretti competed in many levels of racing, including 393 NASCAR races over 17 years.
He was in the Brickyard 400 11 times and the Indianapolis 500 12 times between 1988 and 2011.
His best finish in the 500 was 5th in the 1991 race.
John Andretti was a member of a storied racing family. He was the nephew of 1969 Indy winner Mario Andretti. Michael and Jeff Andretti were cousins. His father, Aldo Andretti, is the twin brother of Mario.
Penske Entertainment Corporation president and CEO Mark Miles issued a statement honoring Andretti on behalf of IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“John Andretti’s skills behind the wheel of any kind of race car were admired by his millions of fans around the world, and he always returned that loyalty and kindness to become one of the most popular drivers of his generation,” Miles said. “But John’s true mission was helping others, whether through his countless hours of charity work, especially with Riley Children’s Hospital here in Indianapolis, or by the colon screening campaign he started in April 2017 after he was diagnosed with cancer.
“John’s positive attitude and selflessness throughout his brave fight inspired all of us and will be a legacy that will continue forever. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Nancy, their three children and the entire Andretti family.”