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John Andretti reveals he has completed chemo treatments

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John Andretti, who revealed earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer and helped initiate the #CheckIt4Andretti twitter hashtag to promote awareness of the disease, announced via twitter earlier this week that he completed his chemo treatments.

The former NASCAR and IndyCar racer first spoke about the disease in May after being diagnosed in January, noting how difficult it was to endure chemotherapy.

“I wake up in the middle of the night and I sit and listen to this pump going and know this pump is poison,” Andretti said in a press conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that month. “I hear that pump right now. I hate that thing.”

He then revealed in August that a subsequent round of chemotherapy was needed. “Same cocktail with an added twist. Only 3 months to go,” he said at the time.

However, earlier this week, Andretti delivered the refreshing news that his chemotherapy treatments are complete.

The Andretti Autosport team offered their congratulations and well wishes, while also maintaining the #CheckIt4Andretti campaign.

Other people in the racing world also took to twitter to offer their congratulations, including former Andretti Autosport driver Mike Conway and broadcaster and founder of the Team USA Scholarship Jeremy Shaw.

The news also comes during a week of personal importance for Andretti, who celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary on November 7.

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Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.