John Andretti, a longtime NASCAR and IndyCar driver, has passed away at age 56 after a long battle with colon cancer.
The Andretti Autosport team confirmed the news of Andretti’s passing Thursday on social media.
“Through Race4Riley, John spent decades dedicating his time and fundraising attention to Riley Hospital for Children. When first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2017, John vowed to fight back and use his voice to help spread the word of prevention and early detection. He fought hard and stole back days the disease vowed to take away. He helped countless others undergo proper screening, and in doing so, saved lives,” the Facebook post read.
He won races in Indy cars, stock cars, sports cars and nearly won a national drag race, according to IndyCar.
Andretti was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, raised in Indianapolis and raised his family in the Charlotte area. He is the son of Aldo Andretti and nephew of Mario Andretti. His brother, Adam, and son, Jarrett, also raced.
He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2017 and spent years encouraging people to have regular colonoscopies.
“We will forever carry with us John’s genuine spirit of helping others first and himself second. Our prayers today are with Nancy, Jarett, Olivia and Amelia, with our entire family, and with fans worldwide,” the Andretti Autosport Facebook post read.