Marco Andretti hasn’t won a Verizon IndyCar Series race since the 2011 race at the Iowa Speedway. But, that winless drought could be coming to an end in Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). Andretti, enters with some momentum and heads to one of his better tracks. Out of his last 11 Toronto starts, the third generation driver has finished inside the top 10 in eight of them, including a fourth place run last year.
Plus, the Exhibition Place circuit was his dads playground. No one has as many wins on the 1.786-mile road course than his father Michael Andretti who made seven trips to victory lane on the Canadian track during his storied career. From 1989 to 1995, Andretti won five of his seven races in that seven year span.
Now, it’s the younger Andretti’s turn.
Andretti, has been at his best on street courses in 2018. He finished ninth in St. Pete, sixth in Long Beach and fourth and ninth respectively in Belle Isle. He had fast race cars in all four of those races. Plus, at Belle Isle, he ended his near five year pole winning drought by starting first for race No. 1. If he can qualify good on Saturday, Andretti’s No. 98 Honda will be among the ones to beat in Sunday’s race.
“I’m hoping that going into Toronto, we can build on Detroit,” Andretti said. “That was a strong weekend for us. Pace is what we need, and I think we have that on the streets. It’s a fun track and the fans are passionate, so we’ll be looking forward to a good weekend.”
Andretti, was third and fifth respectively in practice.