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Andretti Brings NYSE Car Home in 12th Place at Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 MOTEGI, Japan (April 22, 2006) - Marco Andretti piloted the ...

Andretti Brings NYSE Car Home in 12th Place at Bridgestone Indy Japan 300

MOTEGI, Japan (April 22, 2006) - Marco Andretti piloted the #26 NYSE car to a 12th-place finish Saturday afternoon at the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 Saturday afternoon.

Andretti, making just his second IndyCar Series oval track start, began the event from 17th place and methodically moved forward in the standings over the first 50 laps of the race. He settled into a steady pace in 13th position and moved as high as ninth during one pit cycle before eventually seeing the checkered flag in 12th place.

Helio Castroneves earned his second-consecutive victory of the season with Dan Wheldon second, Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan third, Sam Hornish Jr. fourth and Buddy Rice fifth.

Andretti and the entire IndyCar Series will now look towards the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28. The event will be televised live by ABC Sports, beginning at 1 p.m. (EDT). It can also be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers by tuning into Extreme XM, channel 145.

Marco Andretti, #26 NYSE Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"It was a really long race for me. We were running in the back most of the time and I was struggling to hang on to the NYSE car, to be honest, for the majority of the race. It was a handful, but I just wanted to finish the thing. There were a couple of instances where I was close to losing it, but I hung on and played it smart."

Kyle Moyer, General Manager, Andretti Green Racing:
"The first positive from today is that we finished the race. I wish we could have finished on the lead lap, but we've got 199 laps of things to talk about. We made some mistakes and have some things to build on, but this is where it starts. We've never been able to do that and now we can. The biggest key is that we finished and now we've got a whole month to work on the NYSE car for Indy."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Marco Andretti , Sam Hornish Jr.