In 2006, it was Michael’s son, Marco Andretti, who suffered a similar fate but on a much bigger stage. The 2006 Indianapolis 500 was the 90th edition of the most famous auto race in the world and turned out to be one of the most thrilling. The 19-year-old Andretti is son of former series champion Michael and grandson of the legendary Mario Andretti, one of the greatest race car drivers who ever lived. True to his pedigree, Marco was Rookie of the Year that season but botched the series’ biggest race. Sam Hornish was right on Andretti’s tail going into turn four of lap 199 and tried to pass the rookie, but Andretti blocked him, and Hornish had to slow down, losing his momentum. Hornish put his foot down and drove a blazing lap to get right behind Andretti in the final turn. He dropped to the inside and swung past Andretti to win by 0.0635 seconds, the second-closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history. Another Andretti Comes Up Short


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