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John Andretti Passes Away After Battle With Cancer

Above all, John Andretti's legacy on the track equals his legacy away from it.

Above all, John Andretti’s legacy on the track equals his legacy away from it.

John Andretti, 56, passed away on Thursday, following a battle with colon cancer. He competed in NASCAR, IndyCar and sports car racing throughout his career.

Andretti won the 1997 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona and 1999 STP 500 at Martinsville in NASCAR.  Also, Andretti started in 12 Indianapolis 500 races and won the 1989 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Namely, Andretti shared the Rolex 24 overall victory with sports car legends Derek Bell and Bob Wollek.

Equally important, Andretti became the first driver to attempt “The Double,” competing at Indianapolis and Charlotte on the same day in 1994.

In 2017, Andretti opened up about his battle against Stage 4 colon cancer.  Remarkably, Andretti remained stoic and upbeat, serving as an advocate for routine check-ups.

Undoubtedly, John Andretti's Daytona 400 win symbolizes his incredible grit and determination.

Undoubtedly, John Andretti’s Daytona 400 win symbolizes his incredible grit and determination.

Remembering John Andretti

NASCAR President Steve Phelps stated the following about Andretti.

“John Andretti embodied the spirit of a champion and inspired an entire fan base through his courageous battle with cancer. He was a fierce competitor throughout his life. And we are saddened by his passing. The entire NASCAR family extends its deepest condolences and prayers to John’s family.”

IMSA President John Doonan released a statement on his passing.

“We are devastated by the news that our dear friend, John Andretti, has passed away. John was an extremely talented IMSA racer, as his 1989 Rolex 24 victory and three other victories will attest. But he was one of the most versatile racers ever, winning races in IndyCar and NASCAR, and reaching the pinnacle of top fuel drag racing as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s family, friends and many colleagues, and he will be missed by many throughout our motorsports community.”

Ultimately, Andretti’s godson and first cousin once-removed Marco Andretti tweeted, “Rest In Peace JohnAndretti. The best godfather. Your passion for Motorsport was admirable. Always the good ones we lose too soon.”

Kobe Lambeth is a 2021 graduate of UNC Charlotte, who earned his undergraduate degree in Communication Studies (mass media concentration), with a double minor in Journalism and American Studies. In February 2007, he initially developed a strong passion for motorsports. His childhood dream is to work in the motorsports industry for a long time. In June 2017, his journey began as a freelance journalist and social media specialist for RockinghamNow, covering high school sports and leading a Twitter project. He was a part of expanded coverage of high school football within his local community. Through the use of Twitter, his team had a goal of significantly increasing the number of followers on multiple accounts. At The Podium Finish, he intends to provide professional motorsports coverage, focusing on series such as the NASCAR Cup Series, NTT IndyCar Series and more. He's also a Freelance Editor at NASCAR Digital Media and Multimedia Producer at GRID Network

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