IRL: Richmond: Marco Andretti preview

Marco Andretti on the SunTrust Indy Challenge: "Since I've never raced at Richmond it's fortunate that we have an Open Test just prior to race weekend. That should give me a good opportunity to learn the track. The NYSE team has had fast cars ...

Marco Andretti on the SunTrust Indy Challenge:
"Since I've never raced at Richmond it's fortunate that we have an Open Test just prior to race weekend. That should give me a good opportunity to learn the track. The NYSE team has had fast cars there and I'm confident they'll do it again."

Marco Andretti Facts

Marco Andretti recorded the fastest race lap of the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix.

Andretti placed second at the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 in what was the second-closest finish in the history of the event.

Andretti qualified ninth (outside of Row 3) for the 2006 Indianapolis 500.

In earning Rookie of the Year honors at Indianapolis, he joins both his father and grandfather in having earned the honor.

Andretti's best finish in 2006 has been his second-place effort at Indianapolis.

Andretti stands 12th in the IndyCar Series point standings, just seven points shy of ninth place.

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.

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.

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 SunTrust Indy Challenge:
"Richmond is a short, very tight radius track and you must guard against overworking the rear tires. The setup on the #26 NYSE car must have an emphasis on keeping the rear end good. We have a two-hour rookie session Thursday morning which will allow Marco to get familiar with the track and our initial setup before getting out with the rest of the field. We've had good cars at Richmond in the past and Marco's confidence is building with each race so I'm looking forward to a good, competitive race."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Skip Barber , Marco Andretti