Marco Andretti seeks a win, chance to enter top three in points in Texas


He hasn’t won a race since 2011, but hot off a double top-five weekend in Detroit, Marco Andretti is primed to end his drought this weekend in the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Andretti starred very early in last year’s race, with some great passes in the opening three laps from 17th on the grid, before an engine issue took him out of the race.

With Andretti Autosport sponsor Snapple based not far from the Fort Worth-based track in Dallas, this would be an ideal place for Andretti to snap his winless streak.

“Texas Motor Speedway always produces a great race. I’ve always liked the night race there. We need to keep a streak going of top-five finishes to build on points.

“We are pushing as hard as ever to get a win – especially in Snapple’s backyard of Dallas. It’ll be great to give them a win at home. If we can keep gaining on it and get a win, we can move up into the top three in the championship.”

Andretti moved up to seventh in the points, now just 28 behind third-placed Scott Dixon, after his finishes of second and fifth in Detroit. He is the second highest-placed Honda driver, only behind now fifth-placed Graham Rahal.

Andretti’s best finish at Texas is third in 2010. In 2013, he started second and finished fifth.