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SONOMA, CA - JUNE 19: John Andretti, driver of the #34 Taco Bell Chevrolet, sits in his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway on June 19, 2009 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for NASCAR)

John Andretti, nephew of Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti has died at age 56. Fox News reports that he died after a three year battle with colon cancer.

Andretti Autosports, which is owned by Andretti’s cousin, Michael, announced his death Thursday

John Andretti was the first driver to attempt the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s 600-mile race in North Carolina on the same day.