FORT WORTH, Texas (May 25, 2011) – Marco Andretti’s start to the 2011 IndyCar Series season has been described as a “roller coaster.” Having tallied just one top-10 finish in the first four races of the season, coupled with three finishes of 14th or worse, Andretti is focused on an upcoming schedule that features the series’ two marquee events, the Indianapolis 500 and historic Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway.
Despite having to secure his spot in the Indy 500 during the final seconds of Bump Day, Andretti has reason to remain optimistic about his turnaround. With Sunday’s Indy 500 and the Firestone Twin 275s on June 11 on the horizon, he feels the learning curve the team has encountered in Indianapolis will help the team when they head to Texas Motor Speedway.
“Speed wise unfortunately will be the same,” Andretti said. “The race is different than qualifying because the tow will be able to keep me there so then it comes down to car balance. That’s why I’m really looking forward to the race in Indy as well. Even though we didn’t have the speed it’s a lot different when 33 cars are out there. I love this place. I’ve always had fun here.”
Andretti has reason to remain optimistic about a turnaround to his season considering his success at Texas Motor Speedway. In his previous two races at “The Great American Speedway!” he has turned in a pair of top-five finishes, including a TMS-best third-place finish during last year’s Firestone 550k.
In 2008 he looked poised to capture as he led 25 laps, only to lose his chance of victory during a crash with Ryan Hunter-Reay with seven laps remaining.
For Andretti, the fast, high-banked Texas Motor Speedway fits his style of racing and one of the races he looks to breakthrough for his second career win.
“It’s a unique place. It’s super quick,” Andretti said of Texas Motor Speedway. “It’s like a bowl where we are really fast. I’ve had good cars here with decent results. I always say sweep the highline at this place. I always set the car up to run high here. It’s been working for me. I enjoy it, it is fun. Going three and four wide, I’d like to think it’s good for the fans too.”
Tickets for the historic Firestone Twin 275s, the IndyCar Series’ first event featuring twin races, are still available. For tickets call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.