This Sunday, Marco Andretti will break all of the curses of his family at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and finally overcome his own demons at the track and win the 101st Indianapolis 500. This will be Marco’s 12th attempt to win the 500 and has had a good month of May with good practice speeds. Marco will be starting 8th Sunday and will be a front runner all day for Andretti Autosport.
Five members of the Andretti family have taken part in the 500. Combined, they’ve had over 70 chances to win ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’ And as stated before, only once have they triumphed. The reason why they don’t have innumerable Borg-Warners by now is baffling.
Some people blame it on bad luck, some attribute it to Andy Granatelli’s now infamous kiss, others believe it’s the toll they must pay for the success they’ve enjoyed elsewhere. A few call it fate, others just consider it a curse.
Marco has had 5 top 5 finishes including the 2006 photo finish with Sam Hornish Jr. Marco stated after that race that “This place doesn’t owe me anything.”
Marco had a top 5 finish last year until he had to make a late pit stop on lap 196. Marco has led 141 laps in his 12 starts and had 7- top 10 finishes in those 12 starts.
This year hasn’t been the greatest year for Andretti (18th in points), but winning a race of this magnitude would jumpstart his season and solidify his career.
Andretti Autosport has tasted success in the Indianapolis 500 in recent years, with Alexander Rossi (2016) and Ryan Hunter – Reay (2014) winning, but now team owner Michael Andretti needs to have the perfect race strategy to help his son Marco reach victory lane. Marco has ran smart races in the past and with the Honda cars being at the front of the pack this year, Marco is my dark horse to win the Indianapolis 500 and hope that he does break the curse and have his likeliness placed on the Borg Warner Trophy like his grandfather Mario Andretti. Best of Luck Marco and I will be rooting for you sir to drink the milk!Follow Us Here: