John Andretti is the late American race car driver who passed away at the age of 56 years. Further his death was confirmed by his cousin Marco Andretti who tweeted on 30 January 2020. He was also the brother of Adam Andretti and nephew of Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti. In addition, he is the father of three children where his son Jarett Andretti is an American racing driver.
Furthermore, he had won several individual races including CART, ROLEX, Sports Car Series, and NASCAR. Wanna know more about the personal and professional life of the late race car driver? Then stay tuned.
Caption: John Andretti, the late American car race driver.
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John Andretti: Bio, Family, Career
Andretti was born on 12 March 1963 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the United States of America. He was born as the son of father Aldo Andretti and no information on his mother. He has three siblings twin brother Mario Andretti and younger brother Adam Andretti and sister Carolyn Andretti.
Being from the famous Andretti racing prestigious family, he started with karts from a young age. Then he graduated in junior stock cars and USAC midgets. After that, he attended and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in business management. In 1984, he started racing his actual sports cars and joined the BMW North America team for a full IMSA GTP season in 1986.
Following that, he joined the PPG Indy Car World Series in 1987 and won the Rookie of the Year award. He then debuted his racing career at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1988 and finished to 21st place but he went seventh place before mechanical problems. In 1991 he won the only race of his CART career at the Gold Coast Grand Prix in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia. Further, he finished a career-best fifth in the 1991 Indianapolis 500.
In 1993, he debuted his Winston Cup where he drove the No. 72 Tex Racing Chevy for Tex Powell at North Wilkesboro Speedway and finished twenty-fourth. He returned to the Indianapolis 500 in 2007 for the first time since 1994. Additionally, he also announced that he would join forces with Richard Petty and Window World for two events on 31 March 2010.
— Ashley (Jacks) Lamb (@AJacks25) May 26, 2019
John Andretti: Personal Life, Wife, & Death
He was married to his supportive wife Nancy Andretti since 1987. But there is no information on his dating or first meeting in the media. The couple also parented their three children: Jarett, Olivia, and Amelia. As mentioned earlier, his son Jarett also walked in the footsteps of his father and made his career as a race driver.
Unfortunately, the veteran sportsperson died at the age of 56 after a long battle with colon cancer on 30 January 2020. First, he was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2017. After that, he underwent the surgery to remove 12 to 14 inches of the colon. However, he suffered a relapse of cancer in 2018 and again went through another round of chemotherapy for the rest of the year that ended in January 2019 which again relapsed again in late March 2019.
Caption: John Andretti with his family.
John Andretti: Net Worth & Social Media Profiles
Andretti has made a good income from his career as a race driver in his lifetime. He has a net worth estimated at around $20 million from his career at the time of demise.
On Twitter, we can find his unverified account @John_Andretti with 19.8k followers. But it seems that he does not possess any accounts on Instagram and Facebook, however, he has a fan page under his name.
— Watkins Glen International (@WGI) September 1, 2019
John Andretti: Body Measurements
The race driver had a slim body that stands to a height of 5 feet 7 inches and weighs around 78 kg at the time of demise. Other than this, there is no information on his body measurements. Further, he had blue eyes with black-grey hair color.