6 X 9 @ 200dpi Aldo And John Indianapolis 1990 David Nearpass Photo
Aldo Andretti (left) and his son, John, on the pit lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway prior to the 1990 running of the Indianapolis 500. (David Nearpass photo)

GLORY DAYS: Father & Son

John Andretti enjoyed one of the most diverse racing careers of any driver, ranging from midgets to stock cars, Indy cars and Top Fuel dragsters.

His father, Aldo, Mario Andretti’s twin, was the biggest supporter of John’s career and was present for many of his races.

The accompanying photo was snapped at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1990 when John wheeled a Porsche Motorsports entry in the Indianapolis 500.

The second-generation driver qualified 10th, but was credited with a 21st-pace finish after completing 136 laps.

Andretti made 12 starts in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing with a best finish of fifth in 1991, while driving for Jim Hall.

He is one of a few drivers to win an Indy car race and a NASCAR Cup Series event during his career.

John Andretti died of colon cancer in January, 2020, and Aldo Andretti passed in December of the same year.


This story appeared in the Oct. 11 edition of the SPEED SPORT Insider.

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