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The 2006 Indianapolis 500 was dominated by defending champion Dan Wheldon who was now driving for Chip Ganassi racing. But tire issues late in the race set up what looked to be a father-son showdown between Michael Andretti and rookie Marco Andretti. With just a few laps to go, Michael was leading under caution, Marco was second and Penske driver Sam Hornish was third. When they went green Marco took the lead, and Hornish got around Michael. On lap 199 Hornish made an ill-advised pass attempt going into turn three and lost a lot of momentum. It appeared that Marco would win the 500 in his first attempt. But on the last lap Marco took a shallow line through turn three - this in turn let Hornish close in rapidly as they went through turn four. As they approached the start finish line Hornish made his move and passed Marco just a couple hundred yards before the finish line to take the win. It was the first time that a pass for the lead had occured on the last lap of the 500.

2006 would also be the last year that veteran track announcer Tom Carnegie would call the race - having done so for every race from 1946 through 2006!

 

 

 

 

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Driver: Sam Hornish

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Decals to make the car driven by Sam Hornish in his 2006 Indianapolis 500 victory. All scales of this decal come with dayglo red printed markings as indicated above! Tobacco markings not included. Available as full set (as pictured), or dayglo markings only (outlined area).

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