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Now, another close call.

I mean, seriously, how does this keep happening to one family?

The odds, it would seem, are totally irrelevant. In those closing laps Sunday, Andretti Autosport _ Michael’s team _ had three guys contending for the victory: Marco, Munoz and Hunter-Reay. Even if his son didn’t win it, Michael thought one of his other cars would surely bring it home.

Silly man.

“Unfortunately,” Michael Andretti said, “the racing gods took control of it and didn’t allow that to happen. It would have been quite interesting, to be honest with you.”

Through the pain, Marco tried to be magnanimous in defeat. He noted that Kanaan, his former teammate and a dozen years his senior, was a deserving winner after finishing second in 2004, third two other times, and coming into this year’s race having led 221 laps without winning _ more than anyone except Michael Andretti and Rex Mays.

“He’s been knocking on the door a little bit longer than me,” Marco said. “Good for him.”

One curse lifted.

Another lives on.

For the Andretti family, it’s the same ol’ story.

Wait `til next year.


Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at) or