IRL: Texas: Marco Andretti preview

Marco Andretti on the Bombardier Learjet 500: "I'm excited to race at Texas Motor Speedway. I know it's a fast track and it will be my first experience with 'pack' racing. Every week I seem to encounter something new and this weekend will be no...

Marco Andretti on the Bombardier Learjet 500:

"I'm excited to race at Texas Motor Speedway. I know it's a fast track and it will be my first experience with 'pack' racing. Every week I seem to encounter something new and this weekend will be no different. The NYSE team has done a great job preparing cars for me and I have no doubt that the NYSE car will be competitive again this week."

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.

Marco now stands 13th in the IndyCar Series point standings, just five points shy of seventh 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 Bombardier Learjet 500:

"Setting up a car for Texas is always a challenge. The track's high-banked turns allow the driver to remain full-throttle the entire lap and results in 'pack' racing. The challenge is in trimming as much aerodynamic drag from the car as possible, yet keeping the car drivable when it is in the middle of a pack of cars."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Skip Barber , Marco Andretti