IndyCar and IMSA reacted Thursday to the death of John Andretti, who made a mark in both circuits as one of his generation’s most versatile drivers.
Andretti was a winner in NASCAR Cup and the CART Indy car series became the first driver to drive the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 doubleheader on the same day.
“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,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release, on behalf of IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“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.”