Lexington, OH – The noise coming that Marco Andretti didn’t belong in the Verizon IndyCar Series anymore was growing louder and louder. Most didn’t think he deserved a ride with one of the big three teams. Let alone that team having his “Andretti” name on it.
Then came an asinine report from an “insider” again I use that term very, very loosely, that Andretti was going to go to IMSA for 2018.
Since that proven false report, Andretti has been on a roll.
He finished in the top five in the last race on the streets of Toronto two weeks ago, and then he backed that up with being extremely quick on the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend.
Andretti, was third and seventh respectively in the two 45-minute practice sessions from the 13-turn facility on Friday, and 11th in the lone session on Saturday morning. Combine that with some good luck finally coming his way in the last race, the momentum appears to be turning his way.
Now, Andretti is hoping he can join his dad as well as his grandpa as Honda Indy 200 (3 p.m. ET/CNBC/INDYCAR Radio Network) winners.
Mario Andretti won here in 1984. Michael Andretti visited the Mid-Ohio victory lane in back-to-back years in 1990 and 1991. Now, Marco is looking to end his winless drought on Sunday afternoon.
Andretti knows that qualifying on Saturday will really help aid in that much coveted victory.
The third generation driver has made 10 starts here and has six top 10’s in those races. All those top 10’s have occurred in the last eight years too.
But, the driver isn’t pressing. He just wants to rattle off top 10’s and get himself solidly into the top 10 of the points standings by time we get to Sonoma. Currently, he’s just 29 points out of the top 10 in the standings and has another good track coming up in his hometown race at Pocono in August.
If he can get another top 10 on Sunday and then have a solid result on a track at Pocono where his organization should shine like they did at Indy, then Andretti could be crescendoing into the final month of the season in September.