This is a e-book I hoped I might by no means must learn, not to mention write a evaluate. Racer is the autobiography of John Andretti, the “other” Andretti and the one particular person to race Indy automobiles, NASCAR inventory automobiles, on the prime degree of sports activities automotive racing within the U.S. and at Le Mans, and in Top Fuel drag racing. And he received in any respect ranges of the game, and seemingly in each facet of life.
He put himself by way of faculty (enterprise diploma) with cash earned racing on weekends, was profitable utilizing that diploma, and alongside the best way raised plenty of cash for Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.
And then, on January 28, 2017, his life modified. He was recognized with superior colon most cancers, and within the time he had left he not solely fought the illness however campaigned for everybody within the racing neighborhood and much past to have a colonoscopy, and to take action sooner than could be advisable as a result of the illness may very well be handled if found early sufficient.
Sorry, I needed to cease writing for a number of moments to wipe tears and to regain my composure. Because John Andretti was greater than one other athlete to jot down about again after I was overlaying sports activities and particularly auto racing. He and his spouse, Nancy, had turn into pals. His death earlier this yr took him from us means too quickly.
But earlier than he left, John Andretti frolicked with creator Jade Gurss to share that life and its classes with us in e-book type.
To be truthful, I hadn’t responded when Octane Press provided a evaluate copy of the e-book. I actually didn’t wish to learn it. But writer Lee Klancher and publicist Jo Snyder are also pals and so they despatched me a duplicate anyway.
I opened the e-book reluctantly, and instantly alternated between tears and laughter. But there was much more laughter than tears. It was as if John was sitting there in my front room, telling his tales and sharing life and classes.
This positively is John’s story, and my compliments and due to Gurss for letting John inform his story slightly than inserting his personal voice into the e-book.
John’s tales will take you to race tracks and race retailers and also you’ll be spellbound if that’s your curiosity. But if it’s not, you’ll nonetheless wish to examine one thing much more necessary — household. As you would possibly anticipate, John talks of his father and his uncle, the brothers Andretti, twins Aldo and Mario, and of his personal cousin, Michael, and of their racing careers. But he additionally tells about different households, particularly the Pettys of inventory automotive racing fame and his time racing for Richard and with Kyle.
And although well-known, like all households, the Andrettis and Pettys expertise disaster and sorrow. But they don’t dwell on it, and neither does John.
“If you ask me how I’m doing… I’m doing good,” was John’s response to the ache and the chemo and all of if. He was speaking about coping with all of it, however all through his life, he was doing good in one other means, sharing and caring.
As he nears the tip of the e-book, and his life, John wonders how he’ll be remembered, or if he’ll be forgotten. He hopes he’ll be remembered, and for greater than his driving. And now, even in loss of life, he’s nonetheless giving: A portion of each e-book offered goes to Riley hospital.
Not for John’s sake, however to your personal and your loved ones’s and your mates, schedule that colonoscopy.
By John Andretti as advised to Jade Gurss
Octane Press, 2020
Hardcover, 240 pages