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'All is fine' with Marco Andretti after close call on 16th Street

The IndyCar veteran tweeted he "avoided a huge head on crash" Thursday.
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Marco Andretti sits on the pit wall during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS — Just days before making his 18th career start in the Indianapolis 500, Marco Andretti said he's fine after a near collision on the road.

The veteran IndyCar driver tweeted Thursday night that he "avoided a huge head on crash" on 16th Street when another driver "turned right across us."

"I reacted and took the path of least resistance. Everyone is okay," he wrote. 

No other details about the incident were immediately available, but the 36-year-old Andretti said in the tweet he was already getting texts asking how he was doing.

"All is fine," he tweeted. 

Andretti will start on the outside of Row 8 for Sunday's race. He has eight top-10 finishes in his career at the Indy 500, including four podium finishes. He narrowly missed winning the race in his rookie year, when Sam Hornish Jr. passed him on the front stretch, beating Andretti to the finish line by .0635 seconds, the third-closest finish in race history. 

The near crash happened hours before Carb Day activities start on the track, drivers' last chance to get their car ready for Sunday. Gates open at 8 a.m., and cars take the track at 11 a.m. for a two-hour practice, followed by the pit stop challenge and Carb Day Concert, headlined this year by Bryan Adams.

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