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Column: The Andretti Curse lives on at Brickyard

Monday - 5/27/2013, 1:36am  ET

Marco Andretti drives through the first turn during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)

PAUL NEWBERRY
AP National Writer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Marco Andretti poked across the finish line, his family curse firmly intact at the Brickyard.

Somehow, you just knew the Indianapolis 500 would end this way.

While it was hard to complain about Tony Kanaan ending his own Indy heartache with a hugely popular win on Sunday, you had to feel for the third-generation racer in the No. 25 car.

Andretti wanted a chance to be there at the end, and that's just what he got when the green flag waved with three laps to go on a fall-like day filled with more back-and-forth racing than we've ever seen around this place.

The 26-year-old was running fourth and daringly swerved to the inside coming down the front straightaway, looking for a way to surge all the way to the front. It was a bold move. Too bold. The opening closed up quickly and Andretti wisely backed off, while Kanaan drove around Ryan Hunter-Reay for the lead. Rookie Carlos Munoz went on past, too, to take the second spot.

No problem. There were still about seven miles to go, still plenty of time for Andretti to make another move for the front.

Only this is Indy, where the "Andretti Curse" reigns supreme.

Marco never got another chance to challenge for the front. Back in the field, defending race winner Dario Franchitti slammed into the wall -- effectively ending the race. Kanaan spent the final 2
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