INDIANAPOLIS – Its been a long 47 years since an Andretti last went to victory lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In fact, 1969, that’s the only time an Andretti sipped the milk in victory lane for the Indianapolis 500. The family, three generations of them, have long been a big threat to win the ‘500, but unfortunately, the “Andretti jinx” has cursed them.
But, now that we’re in the biggest race in the 100-year history of not just the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but the entire existence of auto racing in this world, could an Andretti break the curse and make it back to victory lane on May 29?
Marco Andretti would sure like to think so.
Unfortunately, Andretti isn’t off to a very good start to the 2016 season, as Marco hasn’t scored a top 10 in five races thus far. In fact, he hasn’t had a top 10 in eight races as it last came at Mid-Ohio last summer.
But, we’ve had just two ovals since then, and for a driver that excels on ovals, Indy is a shot at a fresh start for the third generation Andretti.
In 2015, Andretti had five top 10’s in six oval starts. He would have been a perfect six-for-six, but a crash near the end of the race at Pocono while Andretti was running up front ended that.
Now, he’s hoping he cash in on his oval success, most notably at Indy, and earn a career defining victory.
Marco, is off to a stellar Month, as the Pennsylvania native was first, ninth, ninth and fifth respectively during the opening week of practice for this year’s Indy 500.
Then this weekend, he qualified his No. 27 Snapple Honda 14th on the Middle of Row 5.
That’s not indicative on how good he actually has been as he didn’t have a good handling car in qualifying on Saturday as well as having engine issues.
On Sunday, he had gear box issues as he didn’t have fifth gear, hence not being in the Fast Nine.
He’s got a fast car, a good handling car and the most confidence he’s ever had here.
Andretti, has seven top 10’s in 11 career Indy 500 starts including a runner-up in his rookie year in 2006. He’s also had three third place efforts to his credit as well. In fact, he has three straight top six finishes here and five top sixes in his last seven starts.
He’s due for a win not just here but in general and what better way to do it than in the 100th Running at Indy. In fact, IndyCar, the Indy 500 and the sport of racing as a whole could really benefit with a name like Andretti winning the 100th Running.