A reader asks, It seems as though Marco Andretti to this point is the real deal. With Mario's ties to Ferrari and Frank Williams along with Michael's ties to Honda, it appears he could have a great chance to become the next American in F1. It would create a new excitement in F1 and would be great for the USA. With his talent and name there is no doubt he will be hot property in a couple years and I could imagine sponsors, engine manufacturers and team owners will be lining up for his services. Matt Jones, Phoenix, AZ
Dear Matt, Yes Marco appears to be talented, at least up to this stage in his career. He won't be the next American in F1. That will probably be Scott Speed or Ryan Hunter-Reay. It appears Marco Andretti is IRL bound. If so, any chance of him excelling in F1 will be gone. He can't develop as a driver going around tracks in circles at 100% throttle and there is zero chance his skill level will keep pace with other drivers who stay on the road course path, especially the young Europeans. Yes the IRL is doing a few road courses in 2005, but that simply is not enough. If he really wants to try F1 and do well at it, his career path must be Star Mazda (2005)–>PanAmerican–>GP2 or Champ Car–>F1 (at the age of 21 or 22). Mark C.