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After Toronto
Driver Standings

Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman (R) 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8

Rookie of the Year
1 Carlos Munoz 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
24 26 Andretti Autosport 88
25 21 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
26 22 Dreyer and Reinbold 57
27 33 KV Racing Technology 34
28 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 29
29 68 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 28
30 6 KV Racing Technology 22
31 63 Dale Coyne Racing 21
32 41 A.J. Foyt Racing 18
33 91 Lazier Partners Racing 11

Finishing Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 Buddy Lazier 32.0


Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Helio Castroneves 2
T4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T4 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Simon Pagenaud 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
The maturing of Marco Andretti

by Brian Carroccio
Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Marco Andretti
I had the pleasure of attending today's media luncheon for The Grand Prix of Baltimore Presented by SRT. The luncheon was held at Kona Grill on Pratt Street, the main straightaway, and hosted by Dave Curley and Harry Hammel of Sandy Hillman Communications, the public relations firm of The Grand Prix. The guest of honor was driver of the #25 RC Cola Chevrolet Marco Andretti.

Andretti, who currently sits fourth in the 2013 Izod IndyCar Series championship standings, drove down for a noon lunch from his home in Nazareth, PA. He noted that the trip normally takes three hours, but he managed to make it in two and a half. He also noted that he was somewhat under the weather as he had been travelling for the better part of a week. Of course, Andretti tested in Sonoma ahead of next weekend's GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, where he won in 2006, and will also test again at the track next Wednesday.

In the meantime, he plans to kick the cold and get some rest.

Today, however, young Andretti took a few hours of his time to meet with members of the media, most of whom were local Baltimore media. In a rather relaxed setting, Andretti spoke on a variety of topics, and I found some of his answers quite interesting. Enjoy.

His Improved Form in 2013:

Of course, much has been made about Andretti working with a driving coach this past offseason. And while he briefly mentioned that, he said that much of the improvement came from "spending time in the office."

He spoke of watching in-car cameras of certain drivers (notably Ryan Hunter-Reay), studying hands, braking points and overall comparing his data with that of others. He mentioned that grandfather Mario told him, "there was no magic," and that he would be wise to study what other successful drivers were doing. The conclusion as Andretti has said on numerous occasions was he was "overdriving," the car, or too often "asking for something that wasn't there."

Also, Andretti noted that he has made a conscious effort to improve his mental approach. He says he tries to not dwell on what could have been, rather ask "what can we do," to improve. 

Of course, Andretti did say that while he was happy with the improvement, he still wasn't satisfied, and won't be until he is regularly winning races and championships.

That said, Andretti has had some disappointing finishes in 2013, but if you go back and look at the season, he has yet to have even one really bad weekend. 

On the inevitable comparisons with his father and grandfather:

Marco said there is "always pressure." However, the pressure that comes with carrying the Andretti name "is no greater than the pressure I put on myself."

On the Baltimore circuit:

Interestingly, we racing people often think of chicanes as somewhat Mickey Mouse. However, Andretti said the chicane that was in place the first two years to slow the cars before going over the Light Rail tracks was incredibly tricky and "hard to get right lap after lap."

Of course, the chicane this year has been changed somewhat. Still, I found the answer interesting, and now that I think about it should have followed up.

As for the rest of the circuit, Andretti said it had a good variety of corners, passing opportunities, and was "very physical."

On living at father Michael's old house:

Michael Andretti, has of course, relocated to Indianapolis while Marco lives at his father's house in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. While I didn't get the exact details of the property layout apparently grandfather Mario lives rather close by. Marco noted that he often sees his grandfather walking his dog near his house, and joked that he should call 911 if he comes on his property

For some reason, I found that quite humorous.

Also, Andretti pointed out that Michael's house had a golf course, but that he didn't play much, because he lacked the patience for golf. I should have offered to swap houses with him.

The 2006 Indy 500:

Young Andretti did mention to a local reporter how close he came to winning the 2006 Indy 500. I, somewhat cautiously, mentioned to him that it looked like Sam Hornish, Jr. had nitrous oxide in his engine, Marco smirked and said, "yeah, something like that."

Other racing series:

Marco noted that he had and would in the future look to drive sports cars on off weekends for IndyCar. But he said "his heart," was in IndyCar. And when the subject of NASCAR was inevitably brought up, Andretti seemed to have no real interest. In fact, he replied noting that his pole record at Pocono was 41 mph faster than Jimmie Johnson's NASCAR speed. He also referenced other instances for the local media of how Indy cars were faster than stock cars.

This was an example of Marco selling IndyCar, something that occurred a few times during the lunch.

An Observation:

Considering that the media in attendance was more local (to my knowledge I was the only "IndyCar" media in attendance), there were questions that were of a somewhat elementary level in terms of racing. This, of course, happens regularly at IndyCar events, as the local media are covering the event from a local perspective, whereas someone from a racing outlet is covering the event from a racing perspective.

Let me just say, that Marco was very patient, and very good at explaining nuances of the sport to a non-IndyCar audience. While I've seen other IndyCar drivers do the same, Marco usually does not get the credit for being "media savvy," like some others. He should in this instance.

Marco Andretti media savvy?

Ok, let's not go that far. Andretti is by nature somewhat shy, and reserved. And  if one were to compare Marco to his father or grandfather, Marco probably tends to be more reserved like Michael. Further, no one will ever mistake Marco for say, his Andretti Autosport teammate James Hinchcliffe. When listening to the outgoing Canadian one almost gets the sense, whether this is the case or not, Hinchcliffe actually enjoys talking to the media. And while this is an observation not a criticism, you don't get that sense with Marco.

Still, what I did see in Andretti today was not necessarily a personality change but greater self-awareness, if you will. While he isn't necessarily a natural with the public, I saw a deliberate effort on his part to make a good public impression and engage others even if they weren't terribly knowledgeable about racing.

Overall Impressions:

This was the first time I've witnessed Andretti outside the setting of a race weekend. So, in fairness, I can't say harkens back to an interview from three years ago, and say this has changed or that has stayed the same.

However, from my observations, I came away with a sense that Andretti has made significant strides in the past year. He talked at length about the measures he took to improve his driving, and also seemed cognizant of making a good public impression. I also did not hear any excuse about we should have won this race, or deserved to win that race. In other words, the attitude of Andretti had not a hint of entitlement. Rather, his attitude seemed to be we've improved this year, yet still have a ways to go.

Overall, I was impressed with Andretti's outlook and insight. He seemed self-assured of the steps he had taken, and confident of the prospects that lie ahead.

In closing, I would like to thank Harry Hammel and Dave Curley for hosting today's luncheon. I would also like to thank Marco for sharing his insights, which I hope everyone enjoyed.

Brian Carroccio

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