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Andretti's only Indy 500 win came in 1969

Updated: May 9, 2001, 9:17 PM ET
By Nick Acocella | Special to ESPN.com

Signature Race May 30, 1969 - In his fifth attempt, Mario Andretti finally won the Indy 500. And he did it in a backup car!

Ten days earlier, Andretti had wrecked his Lotus-Ford in a practice run. Andretti, chief mechanic Clint Brawner and the rest of owner Andy Granatelli's team worked around the clock to prepare the backup vehicle, a Hawk-Ford.

In today's race, Andretti, starting from the No. 2 position, sailed past pole sitter A.J. Foyt on the first turn to take the lead, a spot ...

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