After finishing second to Scott Dixon in the Firestone Fast Six, Andretti 3.0 will still start in the front row for the first time in his IndyCar career. Marco has shown he can drive well on road courses, as he was moving up at Watkins Glen before Old Man Cheever took him out. Now, the IRL media sits cocked and loaded awaiting a possible maiden victory for the 19-year-old rookie.
"I'm definitely happy to have put the NYSE car on the front row and I guess there's still the chance that I can have the lead going into the first turn."That quote shows the biggest challenge to Andretti will be his patience. As a rookie Andretti 3.0 has done an excellent job avoiding accidents with other drivers, but the temptation to grab the lead in the first turn could be disastrous. One of the hazards of road courses - exhibited regularly by Champ Car - is the possibility of having the front runners crash each other out of the race while gunning for an early lead. Oddly enough, this is probably Boulder Sam's best shot at winning today.
Marco, if The Kiwi has the faster start then let him go. There will be plenty of time to pass him, and the alternative would be a big mess for both you and any poor drivers caught up in your eagerness. You've been great all season, so no matter how much you might think you have position in the first turn, don't start being stupid today.