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John Andretti takes final lap at IMS before being laid to rest

John Andretti takes final lap at IMS before being laid to rest

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Friends and family said a final goodbye to race car driver John Andretti Thursday.

A funeral mass was held Thursday afternoon at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral downtown, followed by a private burial.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway shared images from the track of John Andretti’s hearse driving a lap.

Andretti died from colon cancer last week.

In lieu of flowers, the family says donations can be made to the Riley Children’s Foundation and Window World Cares, which benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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While battling cancer, Andretti started the hashtag #CheckIt4Andretti to encourage people to get colonoscopies to prevent and detect colon cancer.

Andretti raced 12 times at the Indy 500 through 2011, and in 1994 he raced there and in a NASCAR event that night. He was the first driver to pull off the feat.

He also ran in 15 Daytona 500 races through 2010.

(Provided Photo/Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

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