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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Ryan Hunter-Reay has become the first American to win the Indianapolis 500 since 2006, making a dramatic pass of Helio Castroneves on the final lap to win Sunday's race in the second-closest finish in history.
Hunter-Reay was passed for the lead with three laps remaining a year ago and went on to finish third. But after swapping the lead with Castroneves following a restart with six laps to go, it was the Andretti Autosport driver who made the final and decisive pass.
Castroneves finished second in his bid for his fourth Indy 500 victory. Marco Andretti was third and Carlos Munoz was fourth.
Kurt Busch was sixth in his first race of the day. He was expected to immediately fly to North Carolina for Sunday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
The Andretti name was in the lead once again in the closing laps of the Indy 500.
Once again, it was somebody else who headed to Victory Lane.
Marco Andretti's bid to end his family's infamous curse at Indianapolis Motor Speedway came up short on Sunday when he was passed by Ryan Hunter-Reay with 17 laps remaining, and couldn't get back within striking distance of his teammate during the closing laps.
Andretti finished third behind Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves, who waged a dramatic duel after a red flag came out for a wreck with 10 laps left in the second-closest finish in history.
Andretti led 20 laps, moving him into fifth place in career laps led by drivers who have not won. His father, Michael Andretti, tops the dubious list.
1. Ryan Hunter-Reay 2. Helio Castroneves 3. Marco Andretti 4. Carlos Munoz 5. Juan Pablo Montoya 6. Kurt Busch 7. Sebastien Bourdais 8. Will Power 9. Sage Karam 10. JR Hildebrand 11. Oriol Servia 12. Simon Pagenaud 13. Alex Tagliani 14. Jacques Villenueve 15. Sebastian Saavedra 16. James Davison 17. Carlos Huertas 18. Ryan Briscoe 19. Takuma Sato 20. Jack Hawksworth 21. Mikhail Aleshin 22. Justin Wilson 23. Martin Plowman 24. Pippa Mann 25. Townsend Bell 26. Tony Kanaan 27. Ed Carpenter 28. James Hinchcliffe 29. Scott Dixon 30. Josef Newgarden 31. Charlie Kimball 32. Buddy Lazier 33. Graham Rahal
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