John is a wonderful storyteller, and the book is comprised of a series of John’s stories as told to bestselling author Jade Gurss (Beast, In the Red, Driver #8). The book opens with John’s memories of growing up as a member of auto racing’s famous family. His father, Aldo, is the twin brother of Mario Andretti. The book offers an intimate look at the interplay between these two men, and how their intensity and integrity shaped John’s life.
John was one of the world’s most versatile race car drivers, and Racer includes John’s remembrances of scoring wins in the NASCAR Cup series, IndyCar, IMSA sports car racing, and in sprint cars and midgets on dirt ovals across the country. He also tells about his experience winning the 24 Hours of Daytona, competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and even his colorful venture racing an NHRA Top Fuel dragster.
The powerful narrative includes John’s substantial charity work, and the story of how he contracted colon cancer at age 53 and turned his affliction into a public awareness campaign.
Racer is an intimate look at racing at the highest levels as well as life lessons from one of the world’s most celebrated motorsports family.
Ten percent of the publisher’s proceeds from your purchase of Racer will be donated to Riley Children’s Foundation, the fundraising arm of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and the founding organization that opened Riley Hospital in 1924. Today, Riley Hospital is recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation and is the only comprehensive children’s hospital in the state of Indiana. The charitable Race for Riley was initiated by John Andretti and Dave Wilson in 1997 and since then has raised more than $4.8 million for the Riley Children’s Foundation.