IRL: St. Pete: Marco Andretti race report

Andretti Finishes Fourth at the Honda Grand Prix in NYSE Car ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 1, 2007) - Marco Andretti, driver of the ...

Andretti Finishes Fourth at the Honda Grand Prix in NYSE Car

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 1, 2007) - Marco Andretti, driver of the #26 NYSE car, tried to capitalize on an alternative fuel strategy and ultimately finished fourth at Sunday's running of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. With the finish, Andretti gained 11 spots in the IndyCar Series championship and now stands ninth, only 36 points from the lead.

Starting second, Andretti quickly settled into the NYSE car. On lap 39 of the 100-lap event, Andretti came in for a pit stop that would throw him out of sequence with the leaders in the hopes of finishing the race with only one additional stop. Despite flawless pit stops from his crew, several yellow flags came to the aid of the field. With less than 40 laps remaining, Andretti was able to make his way by Sam Hornish Jr. and finish in fourth place.

Helio Castroneves won his first race of the season followed by Scott Dixon. AGR drivers Tony Kanaan, Andretti and Dario Franchitti rounded out the top five, respectively.

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

"For that first stint, the car was pretty bad. Of course, I was trying really hard to catch Helio (Castroneves) and we got a flat spot on the tire. We lost a bit of ground in that first stint and we just hung in there the rest of the way. The NYSE car was pushing as tough as it could. It's follow-the-leader out there. It's just tough to pass. You have to be at least a half-a-second faster than the guy in front of you and there was no way I was going to be a half-second quicker than TK (Tony Kanaan)."

Kyle Moyer, General Manager, Andretti Green Racing:

"We had a decent car at times and set the two quickest laps of the race. >From the position we were in during the first stint when the car wasn't perfect, we got behind. At that point, the only way to win was to go off and do something ourselves and it was either going to work or we'd end up exactly where we were and that's what happened. If a couple of yellows go a different way, we may end up winning."

-credit: agr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Marco Andretti , Sam Hornish Jr.