Aldo Andretti

Aldo Andretti, twin brother of racing legend Mario Andretti, dies at age 80

Former motor racing driver Aldo Andretti, the twin brother of race legend Mario Andretti, died last Wednesday in Indianapolis at the age of 80.

Mario confirmed the news on Twitter last week. Aldo’s cause of death was due to coronavirus complications, according to Racer.

Aldo and Mario were born in Italy on Feb. 28, 1940, and both had a love for racing at an early age. While Aldo’s racing career was cut short after a violent crash in 1969, he was Mario’s biggest supporter and played a prominent role with Andretti Autosport. Mario went on to win the Daytona 500 in 1967 and Indy 500 in 1969.

Aldo’s son and fellow racer John Andretti died from colon cancer on Jan. 30, 2020. He was married and had five children, including John.

As of Monday, more than 350,000 people have died in the United States from COVID-19, according to the CDC.

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