Two Crash on Lap 1 of Indy 500

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2009 2:02 PM CDT
Two Crash on Lap 1 of Indy 500
Mario Moraes, top, of Brazil, hits the wall on the first lap as Danica Patrick passes during the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.   (AP Photo/Greg Huey)

Today's Indianapolis 500 had barely started when Mario Moraes drifted to the outside and made contact with Marco Andretti, sending both cars into the wall going into the second turn. "The kid doesn't get it, and he never will," Andretti said, blaming Moraes for the crash. "He's just clueless out there."

Neither driver was hurt, and Andretti went back out on the track on lap 61. Ryan Hunter-Reay was the next driver out, hitting the wall in turn four on his 20th lap. "It was completely my fault," Hunter-Reay said. Graham Rahal, son of former Indy winner Bobby Rahal, crashed on the 56th lap. He started fourth and was running fifth when his car went high coming out of the fourth turn and hit the wall. (More auto racing stories.)

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