IRL: Nashville: Marco Andretti preview

Marco Andretti on the Firestone Indy 200: "The NYSE team had the opportunity to test at Nashville a couple weeks ago and that should help us with the setup for the car. The track's concrete surface is bumpy in places so we'll have our work cut...

Marco Andretti on the Firestone Indy 200:

"The NYSE team had the opportunity to test at Nashville a couple weeks ago and that should help us with the setup for the car. The track's concrete surface is bumpy in places so we'll have our work cut out for us but the team has done a great job thus far and I'm confident that we will have another good race."

Marco Andretti Facts

The Firestone Indy 200 will represent Andretti's ninth career IndyCar Series start.

Andretti registered his third top-10 finish of the year with his ninth-place finish at Kansas.

He has two top-five finishes this season (second at Indianapolis, fourth at Richmond).

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

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

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

Andretti stands 10th in the IndyCar Series point standings, just seven points shy of eighth 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 Firestone Indy 200:

"Nashville is a little more difficult track than some of the others we race at due to its tighter radius corners and the bumpy concrete surface, and at 1.33 miles, it's not quite the length of a true superspeedway so the premium is on handling and good grip. We tested Marco recently at Nashville and came away feeling very confident with the car and its race setup."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Skip Barber , Marco Andretti