IndyCar Legend Mario Andretti Mourns the Loss of His Wife: “God Gave Me an Angel”

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IndyCar legend Mario Andretti is mourning the loss of his dear wife Dee Ann, who passed away on July 2. Various reports say that Andretti’s wife suffered a massive heart attack a few weeks back and never regained consciousness.

“God gave me an angel in my wife Dee Ann,” Andretti tweeted out to his followers on July 7. “After 57 years with me, God had a greater need for an angel in heaven & called her home on July 2. While it feels like the wheels have come off the family, your condolences will truly help us get them back on. Thank you all so very much.”

The two married in 1961, and had three children. And through it all, Dee Ann kept things going at home while her husband was out on the tracks across the country, including Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“Everyone at Hulman & Company sends our condolences to the Andretti family on the passing of Dee Ann Andretti,” Hulman & Company president and CEO Mark Miles said in a statement. “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.”