Kansas: Andretti Autosport preview

JOHN ANDRETTI, ...

JOHN ANDRETTI, #43 TEAM WINDOW WORLD CAR

* Set to make his 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series debut this weekend at Kansas in his first start for Andretti Autosport.

"This is a really special opportunity for me - getting to drive for my cousin, getting to race on the same team with Marco, getting to work with a race team that just won a couple weeks ago and an organization that has won a lot of races. This is such a great opportunity to come here and participate in a positive way - not only from the race-team side, but also with Window World and all their great support. "I feel a little bit like I'm 16 years old. I'm going to get out there, roll up my sleeves and maybe even reach deeper to get more and make the most of what is a short-term opportunity, but a great one, nonetheless."

MARCO ANDRETTI, #26 TEAM VENOM ENERGY DRINK CAR

* Currently 12th in the series standings, just six points from ninth.

"Kansas is a good circuit to get us back on ovals and ready for Indy. We were able to finish sixth there last year and had a decent season overall on ovals so I'm optimistic we can build on that for a strong finish this weekend. We just need the Venom car to have the speed necessary turn the season around and start our climb in points. I'd really like to head into May comfortably inside the top 10."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, #37 TEAM IZOD CAR

* Heads to Kansas ranked third in the series standings after scoring a dominating win at Long Beach on April 18.

"I'm definitely looking forward to having some fun turning left. That's what I love about the IZOD IndyCar Series is that you're always changing up disciplines of racing. You go from a permanent road course to a temporary street circuit to a mile-and-a-half super speedway. That's what makes this series what it is. It's the only racing series in the world that does that. It's really cool. I'm looking forward to it. I think it'll be my best opportunity in oval equipment that I've ever had."

TONY KANAAN, #11 TEAM 7-ELEVEN CAR

* A former winner at Kansas, Kanaan is coming off a season-best fifth-place finish at Long Beach.

"I'm ready to go. It's time to do some oval racing and I'm looking forward to it. As a team, we have shown a good improvement in our road- and street-course program and hopefully that will carry over to the ovals, starting this weekend at Kansas for Team 7-Eleven."

DANICA PATRICK, #7 TEAM GoDaddy.com CAR

* A former Kansas pole winner, Patrick finished fifth there last season.

"I'm ready to race on an oval, for sure. Kansas is a place that I feel very comfortable, and I think it's coming at a very good time for me and the GoDaddy team. The series has been so competitive this year and I know that won't be any different this weekend. But, I do think that Kansas will provide me with a good opportunity to get back up front."

-source: aa

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