IRL: Motegi: Marco Andretti preview

Marco Andretti on the Indy Japan 300: "I really enjoy the trip to Japan and am looking forward to going again. The entire week is well organized and we are treated so well there. Motegi is a very tricky track, with two distinct ends, but I ...

Marco Andretti on the Indy Japan 300:

"I really enjoy the trip to Japan and am looking forward to going again. The entire week is well organized and we are treated so well there. Motegi is a very tricky track, with two distinct ends, but I feel like we learned a lot last year in the NYSE car. We're still working on finding some speed but we've made some great strides and I expect us to run up front at Motegi."

Marco Andretti Facts

* This will be Andretti's second start at Motegi. In 2006, he gained five spots from his starting position to finish 12th.

* He finished fourth at the most-recent IndyCar Series event, the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

* Andretti became the youngest driver (19 years, five months, 14 days) to win a major open-wheel race when he took the checkered flag at Infineon Raceway on August 27, 2006.

* He finished seventh in the 2006 IndyCar Series driver championship and collected the IndyCar Series Bombardier Rookie of the Year award.

* Andretti finished second at the 2006 Indianapolis 500 in what was the second-closest finish in the history of the event. He joined both his father and grandfather in earning the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honor.

-credit: agr

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