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JOHN ANDRETTI, LONGTIME NASCAR AND INDY DRIVER, PASSES AWAY

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John Andretti, a longtime NASCAR and IndyCar driver, has passed away at age 56 after a long battle with colon cancer.

Andretti won a CART race in Australia in 1991 driving for Jim Hall’s VDS Racing team. Two years later, he beat reigning NHRA Top Fuel champion Joe Amato en route to the semifinals of the Southern Nationals.

Andretti had 393 starts in NASCAR’s top division from 1993-2010, winning twice with NASCAR Hall of Famers as his team owners.

In July 1997, he won the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway for Cale Yarborough Motorsports, then won again two years later in car owner Richard Petty’s No. 43 at Martinsville Speedway.

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