IRL: Indy 500: Marco Andretti preview

NYSE Driver Marco Andretti Marco Andretti on the Indianapolis 500: "Being the fastest rookie qualifier for the Indy 500 is a nice honor, but to be honest, I don't want to settle for just being the 'best in class' and I've set my sights higher...

NYSE Driver Marco Andretti

Marco Andretti on the Indianapolis 500:
"Being the fastest rookie qualifier for the Indy 500 is a nice honor, but to be honest, I don't want to settle for just being the 'best in class' and I've set my sights higher than that. The NYSE team is here to try and win this race. If the #26 NYSE car feels as good on race day as what it did in our last practice session then we're going to have a great race car."

Marco Andretti Facts

Andretti qualified ninth (outside of row three) for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500.

He is the fastest rookie qualifier, posting a four-lap average speed of 224.918 mph. Marco joins his father, Michael (fourth in 1984) and his grandfather, Mario (fourth in 1964) as fastest rookie qualifiers.

Andretti's best finish in 2006 has been a 12th-place effort at Motegi

Marco is following in the footsteps of his grandfather Mario, father Michael, uncle Jeff and his second- cousin John, each of whom have competed in Indy-style racing over the past four decades.

He becomes the fifth Andretti to have qualified for the Indianapolis 500.

Andretti registered three victories (St. Petersburg, Indianapolis road course and Infineon Raceway), five top-fives and three pole positions in six starts in the 2005 IRL Indy Pro Series.

Andretti finished fifth in the Star Mazda points championship.

In 2004 Andretti earned the Skip Barber National Championship, the Formula TR Championship, as well as the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Southern Series Championship.

Andretti won the 2003 Skip Barber Formula Dodge Eastern Series Championship.

Eddie Jones, Race Engineer, #26 NYSE Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Indianapolis 500:
"The NYSE team is entering race weekend at Indianapolis with a quiet confidence. Most of the laps that we've run this month have been simulated race work. Marco is very much a rookie at Indianapolis but we feel that we've prepared well thus far. We've done a lot of full tank runs and running in traffic and despite Marco's youth and his rookie-status, he's really risen to the occasion. He's showing all the attributes of a seasoned and capable driver and I think the NYSE team is going to really be in contention on Sunday."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Skip Barber , Marco Andretti