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‘His heart was huge': John Andretti remembered in North Carolina

Toyota/Save Mart 350 Qualifying

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)

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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- During a memorial service Monday night, John Andretti was remembered for being “all in” on all aspects of his life, whether racing (and winning) in several series or raising awareness for colon cancer screening.

“He wanted to win every race,” NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton said of Andretti during a eulogy for his close friend at Saint Mark Catholic Church north of Charlotte, North Carolina. “He was all in. He was a clean race car driver but aggressive. If you spun him out, you were going to get spun out the next week. That’s how it was with John, and by the way, that’s how it should be.”

Another speaker, Jamie McBride of sponsor Window World, recalled Andretti’s passion for charitable outreach as someone who “got it done ... His heart was huge.”

Click here to read the full report on Motorsports Talk about the service for Andretti.

Andretti died last Thursday at 56 after a three-year battle with colon cancer. Another memorial service will be held Thursday in Indianapolis.