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An off-speed victory
Andretti appeared to knock Kanaan, his Andretti Green Racing teammate, out of the race with an aggressive move just past the midway point, but all he got was another close call for a family that is now 1-for-57 at the Brickyard. The 21-year-old settled for third, while cousin John Andretti was 16th.
The Andretti Curse at Indy is alive and well. They can drive, for sure. They just can’t win.
Dixon led 115 of the 200 laps, and Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dan Wheldon was out front for 30 more, backing up the speed they had shown in practice and qualifications.
“I was worried going into the race just because we had such a smooth month,” Dixon said. “It was one of those things where you’re sort of waiting for something to go wrong.”
Maybe he was thinking back to a year ago. A sudden storm ended the race under yellow, and all Dixon could do was coast across the line behind winner Dario Franchitti.
No such worries this time.
“You’re clear now,” Dixon’s spotter screamed over the radio as he cleared the last group of lapped cars with two turns to go. “Bring it home! Bring it home!”
Eleven started the race, including nine from the defunct Champ Car series. Only six finished.
There were seven of them, resulting in eight cautions, but no drivers were injured seriously.
YOUNGEST, OLDEST (down)
Graham Rahal, 19, was the first driver out. Marty Roth, 49, was the second.
RETURN OF GOMER (up)
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