Marco Andretti: Leading the right laps will be the difference

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Few would argue that Marco Andretti was one of IndyCar’s most improved drivers in 2013.

Come 2014, all the Nazareth, Pa. driver needs to do to improve to that next, championship-contending caliber level is lead the right laps after leading way too many of the wrong ones this past year.

“If you look at what cost us wins last year, really we just need to do a lot of the same things we did last year and really capitalize on leading those laps by leading the right laps,” Andretti told IndyCar.com. “The disappointing stat for me is 1,000 laps led (Andretti has led 907) but only two victories. Really, we need to be there when it counts.”

And through most of the first half last year, Andretti was. But potential wins at Milwaukee and Pocono went begging either for mechanical gremlins or poor fuel mileage, incidentally, while leading and unable to run in a draft.

Meanwhile, Andretti’s consistency throughout the year carried him to a career-best fifth in points. He scored two podiums, third at both St. Petersburg and Brazil, and secured 15 top-10 finishes in 19 races.

Now, Andretti seeks to build on the pair of career victories he has earned in IndyCar. He begins his ninth season in the series this March, the same month he’ll turn 27.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.