Members of the IndyCar community and the racing community as a whole are in mourning this week as Dee Ann Andretti passed away Tuesday at the age of 76 from a heart attack.
The wife of racing legend Mario Andretti, Dee Ann was the matriarch of one of the most prominent family in motorsports, with two of her sons, Michael and Jeff, and her grandson Marco all making careers as IndyCar drivers
Per Associated Press:
Grandson Marco Andretti announced her death on social media, posting: “RIP Grammy Andretti. You will be missed.” The IndyCar Series later confirmed her death.
Mario Andretti and Dee Ann Hoch met while she was teaching English to the Italy-born Andretti in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. They were married a few months later, in November 1961.
Dee Ann Andretti mostly stayed in the background and raised their three children while her husband became one of the world’s most successful race car drivers.
According to IndyCar, Mark Miles, president and CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, issued the following statement.
“Everyone at Hulman & Company sends our condolences to the Andretti family on the passing of Dee Ann Andretti. She was the matriarch of one of the most prominent families in motorsports history. It was with Dee Ann’s love and support that her husband, children and grandchildren have thrived in racing for more than five decades, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and around the globe. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mario, their children Michael, Jeff and Barbie, and the rest of the Andretti family.”
Dee Ann Andretti is survived by her husband, sons Michael and Jeff, daughter Barbie Dee and seven grandchildren.