IRL: Indy 500: Marco Andretti Pole Day report

Andretti to Start Ninth in NYSE Car at Indianapolis SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 20, 2006) - Marco Andretti recorded a four-lap average speed of 224.918 miles per hour (2:40.0856 seconds) in the ...

Andretti to Start Ninth in NYSE Car at Indianapolis

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 20, 2006) - Marco Andretti recorded a four-lap average speed of 224.918 miles per hour (2:40.0856 seconds) in the #26 NYSE Dallara/Honda/Firestone during qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday and will start from the ninth position for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500.

The fourth event of the 2006 IndyCar Series season is set to go green at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, May 28, with ABC Sports providing live broadcast coverage of the 200-lap event beginning at 12 p.m. (EDT). The race may also be heard on XM Satellite Radio on channel 145, the exclusive home of the IndyCar Series.

Marco Andretti, #26 NYSE Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"Qualifying was just what I thought it was going to be, there were no real surprises. Don't get me wrong, those were definitely the longest four laps of my career. It was nerve- wracking, but the NYSE guys did a great job and gave me a great car. In a way, I sort of knew what the #26 NYSE car was going to do but it doesn't matter. You still have to make it work. I'm a little disappointed with my times; they could have been a little better but they could have been a lot worse. It just feels great to be done with it.

"I definitely felt a lot of pressure but I got some great advice from Tony (Kanaan). He just told me to put the helmet on, flip the visor down and go. There are a lot of people that try to tell you to act a certain way out there, but others tell you to just be yourself and drive the car and that's what I try to do."

-AGR-

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