Andretti Comes From Last To Finish 10th

Photo Credit: Ashley McCubbin

Perhaps luck is beginning to change for Marco Andretti following a strong run on Sunday at Honda Indy Toronto.         

The driver of the No. 27 Dr. Pepper Honda has not had such a great season thus far with He only has two top-10 finishes and and a best qualifying result of 11th at Phoenix International Raceway.  Notably, oval tracks seem to be where he has his best qualifying results having qualified in the top-15 for the four ovals they have raced at thus far this season. In contrast, road and street courses are his downfall with qualifying as he has started in the last position for  three of the eight road/street course races raced thus far this season. There may be a slight upside to the street courses, though, as the Dual 2 at Detroit is where he got his first top-10 of the 2016 season finishing ninth in the race.     

The second top-10 of the year came this past weekend in Toronto as despite a poor qualification result for the Honda Indy Toronto, Andretti was able to bring his car to the front.  With a good pit strategy and good pit stops, the Pennsylvania native was able to finish the race in the 10th position. 

The Italian-American driver is looking forward to the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, hoping to carry the momentum into the race.

“Glad we could get a top-10 finish for Dr Pepper,” Andretti quoted.   “Considering where we started, we made up some ground, but we’ve really got to get better as a whole. It’s definitely been a frustrating weekend when it comes to pace. We have to improve mechanical grip to make it easier on the driver. Time to focus forward on Mid-Ohio and see what we can get done there.”