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Subject: Dee Ann Andretti, wife of racer Mario Andretti

She was 76
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Date Posted: Thursday, July 05, 08:00:44am

Dee Ann Andretti, the wife of world-famous racing driver Mario Andretti and matriarch of one of the most prominent families in motorsports, has died.

She was 76.

Andretti died Tuesday, a few weeks after suffering a heart attack. Grandson Marco Andretti announced her death on social media, posting: "RIP Grammy Andretti. You will be missed." The IndyCar Series later confirmed her death.

"Everyone at Hulman & Co. 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."

Mario Andretti and Dee Ann Hoch met while she was teaching English to the Italian-born Andretti in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. They were married a few months later, in November 1961.

Dee Ann Andretti was largely in the background, raising their children while her husband traveled the world collecting race trophies.

She is survived by her husband, sons Michael and Jeff, daughter Barbie Dee and seven grandchildren.


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