CHAMPCAR/CART: Consistency is key for Andretti

Skip Barber graduate Michael Andretti will head to Portland International Raceway for the 18th time as a CART FedEx Series driver looking for his first win of the season. Having previously won there three times, Andretti is hoping to ride the...

Skip Barber graduate Michael Andretti will head to Portland International Raceway for the 18th time as a CART FedEx Series driver looking for his first win of the season. Having previously won there three times, Andretti is hoping to ride the wave of momentum that has seen him finish third at the Indy 500, second at the Milwaukee Mile and fourth most recently at the Detroit Grand Prix. The two most recent performances have catapulted him from eighth in the overall race for the Vanderbuilt Cup to third behind fellow Skip Barber trained drivers Kenny Brack and Helio Castroneves.

In any event, Andretti and Team Motorola know that consistency will be the key when the points tally truly matters.

"Consistency and finishing with points has been the goal all along," said Kim Green, general manager of Team Motorola . "In order to win championships you need to finish races and collect points and do so every weekend. I think Team Motorola has hit their stride now and will continue to be a podium threat on race weekend."

"I'm looking forward to returning to Portland," said Andretti. "It's our first true road course of the year and Portland is a good variation after being on a street course and an oval in the last two races. That's what is so great about CART -- One weekend you are on an oval, the next on a natural road course. What great variety."

Andretti has had a successful career at Portland with three victories (1990, '91 and '92) and two second place finishes (1986 and '87). The 1.97-mile road course has also been the scene of many great Andretti moments including the 1986 one-two podium finish with his father, Mario, on Father's Day.

"People bring that day up a lot and comment that it must be a great memory," Andretti said. "It's a great memory of Portland and for my dad and me, but it would have been better had I finished first and my dad second."

The next stop for the CART FedEx Series is The Freightliner/G.I Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco, which takes place this coming Sunday, June 23.

-George Tamayo

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Michael Andretti , Kenny Brack , Skip Barber , Kim Green