Racer John Andretti Wiki, Bio, Age, Career, Spouse, Education, Children, Siblings, Personal Life & Death

Biography

John Andretti was an American race car driver. He was the older brother of racer Adam Andretti, nephew of Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti. And first cousin to IndyCar champion Michael and Jeff Andretti. He was also the first cousin once-removed to IndyCar driver Marco Andretti. His father Aldo Andretti, Mario’s twin brother, retired from driving a race car after he nearly died in an accident. He won in CART, IMSA GTP, Rolex Sports Car Series, and NASCAR.

CART

Andretti had one win (Australia, 1991) and 61 top-ten finishes in 74 career races in CART. He joined the PPG Indy Car World Series (CART) in 1987, winning the Rookie of the Year award. In his debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1988, Andretti reached as high as seventh place before mechanical problems forced him to finish 21st. The Andretti family became the first family to have four relatives (Michael, Mario, Jeff, and John) compete in the same series (CART). All four family members competed in the Indianapolis 500 in 1990, 1991, and 1992.

NASCAR

Andretti made his Winston Cup debut in 1993. He drove the No. 72 Tex Racing Chevy for Tex Powell at North Wilkesboro Speedway, where he started 31st and finished twenty-fourth. After running three more races in 1993, he began the 1994 season driving the No. 14 Financial World-sponsored Chevy for Billy Hagan. On May 29, he became the first driver in history to race in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.

Similarly, he finished tenth at Indy and thirty-sixth in the Coca-Cola 600 after suffering mechanical failures. In the middle of the season he switched to the No. 43 STP-sponsored Pontiac for Petty Enterprises. His best finish was eleventh place, at Richmond International Raceway. He ended the season thirty-second in points and fifth in the Rookie of the Year battle.

IRL IndyCar Series

In 2007, Andretti returned to the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since 1994 when he pulled the double (competed in the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day). He drove the third entry from Panther Racing, with Camping World as the sponsor. On May 19, he qualified for the 91st Indianapolis 500 with an average speed for the four lap qualifying run of 221.756 mph (356.882 km/h). He started in 24th on the eighth row, but crashed on lap 95 and finished 30th.

Personal life

Andretti was active in the Central Indiana community. Each year during the Brickyard 400 week, he worked up with 93.1 WIBC, and Dave “The King” Wilson, and General Mills to hold the Race for Riley, benefiting James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children. Likewise, the event takes place at the Mark Dismore Karting Center in New Castle, Indiana. Andretti graduated from Moravian College with degree in business management.

Later, reflected he would have been an investment banker or stock broker if he had not started racing. Andretti enjoyed Joe Pesci and Nicolas Cage movies. Moreover, his favorite movie was the comedy Animal House, and his favorite band was the hard-rock group AC/DC. Since December 2004, Andretti spent seven days in the Middle East visiting service personnel in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

Overview

  • Full Name: John Andrew Andretti
  • Date of Birth: March 12, 1963
  • Birth Place: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Date of Death: January 30, 2020
  • Spouse: Nancy Andretti (m since 1987)
  • Education: Moravian College
  • Children: Jarett Andretti
  • Siblings: Adam Andretti, Carolyn
  • Cause of death: Colon cancer
  • Best finish: 11th (1998)
  • First race: 1993 Tyson/Holly Farms 400 (North Wilkesboro)
  • Last race: 2010 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
  • First win: 1997 Pepsi 400 (Daytona)
  • Last win: 1999 Goody’s Body Pain 500 (Martinsville)
  • Net Worth: $20 million
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