John Andretti, who last November completed chemotherapy for colon cancer, has acknowledged that his cancer has returned and spread to other areas of his body.
Andretti, 55, revealed the news via Twitter, saying, “Following my six-month scans last week, we received the news that the cancer has returned and spread to other areas. We are in the process of evaluating our options of treatment. Although this is a difficult time for us, your continued prayers and support are very important to us.”
The former IndyCar, NASCAR and sports car race racer went public last May with the news that he was fighting Stage 4 colon cancer and created the #CheckIt4Andretti Twitter hashtag to encouraged others to get checked.
The nephew of Indy 500 and F1 world champion Mario Andretti, John Andretti was a two-time winner in NASCAR’s top tier, scoring his first Cup Series win in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona in 1997, which he followed up with a victory at Martinsville in 1999. He also earned a CART IndyCar win at Surfers Paradise in 1991, and finished fifth at the Indy 500 that same year.