INDIANAPOLIS -- Chapter 61 in the longest-running soap opera at Indianapolis Motor Speedway went into the books early yesterday when 22-year old Marco Andretti was slammed into the wall on the very first lap of the Indy 500.
It ended his chance to become only the second Andretti to win at Indy in a record 61 tries, including his grandfather, Mario Andretti, father Michael Andretti, cousin John Andretti and uncle Jeff Andretti.
Driving the No. 26 Andretti-Green Racing Dallara, Marco was squeezed into the wall by another youngster, 20-year-old Mario Moraes, driving for KV Racing Technology.
The two appeared headed for an off-track confrontation after Andretti accused Moraes of being "stupid" by making a risky move so early in the race.
"He is just clueless," Andretti said.
When Moraes heard that comment on a television monitor, he attempted to get at the youngest Andretti in the Gasoline Alley area of IMS, but was prevented from pursuing a physical confrontation by track security.
The Andretti family's record of just one win at Indy -- by Mario in 1967 -- will stand for another year.
The other Andretti in yesterday's race -- John -- finished 19th in the No. 43 Petty Motor Sports Dallara.