“This is heartbreaking news. John was a talented, versatile and winning driver. But he also was a tremendous help to us in promoting our first oval race at World Wide Technology Speedway in 2013 after the purchase of the facility. He also worked closely with our team on charity programs for children in our area. We will miss him, and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”
Andretti passed away at age 56 following a lengthy battle with cancer. The nephew of Mario Andretti and cousin of team owner Michael Andretti, John also competed in NHRA drag racing, the IMSA GTP Series and Rolex Sports Car racing. Among his victories were the 1991 IndyCar race in Australia and the 1997 NASCAR Cup Series Pepsi 400 at Daytona.
About World Wide Technology Raceway
World Wide Technology Raceway is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 380 acres, WWTR is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. WWTR’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, recently-expanded 2.0-mile road course, a state-of-the-art karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue. WWTR acquired Gateway National Golf Links, adjacent to the speedway property, in 2019. WWTR was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from the St. Louis Attractions Association. In 2018, owner and CEO Curtis Francois received the Innovator Award from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission in recognition of his work for restoring World Wide Technology Raceway (known then as Gateway Motorsports Park) to prominence.