IRL: Watkins Glen: Marco Andretti preview

Marco Andretti on the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix: "I'm really excited to be going to Watkins Glen as the NYSE team is coming off a very good test last month. It's a very challenging course, but Eddie (Jones, race engineer) and I hit it off...

Marco Andretti on the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix:

"I'm really excited to be going to Watkins Glen as the NYSE team is coming off a very good test last month. It's a very challenging course, but Eddie (Jones, race engineer) and I hit it off well and I believe we've found what I need for a comfortable, competitive road course car. "

Marco Andretti Facts

Marco 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 ninth in the IndyCar Series point standings.

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.

Andretti finished fifth in the Star Mazda points championship.

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 Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix:
"Coming off the month of May with what amounts to a very extended test session as well as a spectacular race at Indy really did a lot for Marco's confidence. He now knows that he's capable of not just running with the best, but winning. We had good test at Watkins Glen with Marco and we feel confident about having a setup that Marco likes on that fast-flowing road course."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Skip Barber , Marco Andretti