Marco Andretti has 2 chances to bounce back at Detroit GP

first_imgPalace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Andretti shrugs his shoulders when asked what it’s like to have his last name, and to hear the whispers and questions about his famous family.“I don’t know what it’s like otherwise,” he said. “The more unique part is driving for my dad. Sometimes it can be tricky. Most of the time, we make it work.” BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marco Andretti, left, and Fernando Alonso, of Spain, chat before the drivers meeting for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday, May 27, 2017 in Indianapolis. The 101st running of the race is Sunday. APDETROIT — Marco Andretti left the Indianapolis 500 frustrated, wishing he could quickly race again to redeem himself after a broken wing led to an eighth-place finish.This weekend, he will get two chances to bounce back at the Detroit Grand Prix.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s another big points weekend,” Andretti said Thursday (Friday Manila time), standing in shade under a tree on a sunny day on Belle Isle, where IndyCar will have races Saturday and Sunday. “Within a month, there is so many points up for grabs — almost half the season it feels like. Hopefully, we can capitalize here and get back in the top 10 in points. I’ve had engine-related issues four races so far. I’ve been taken out of the points race, unfortunately.”Andretti is No. 14 in IndyCar points, slipping in the standings with just two top-five finishes and two in the top 10 out of six starts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe third-generation driver knows all too well he has to choose his words carefully. He grew up in the sport in a family that casts a huge shadow because of his grandfather, Mario, and father, Michael. While there are many things out of his control on a track, he knows it isn’t wise to lash out at his team when something goes wrong with his car.“There’s no right thing for me to say,” the 30-year-old Andretti acknowledged. “I’m either complaining or just taking it on the chin and trying to work harder. So, I’ll just take it on the chin and work harder.” LA mayor ponders 2028 Games in exchange for youth funding Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Takuma Sato, meanwhile, gave Andretti Autosport its second straight win at the Indy 500 and the third in four years. Sato and four other drivers in Honda-power cars finished among the first seven and in front of Andretti. And days later, he is still puzzled he wasn’t as successful as others on his team or with a Honda engine at open-wheel racing’s signature event.“I don’t have an answer for that yet,” he said softly. “I wish we knew. I’m not sure what happened.”Since being the IndyCar and Indy 500 rookie of the year in 2006 with one victory, a lot of people aren’t sure what has happened to Andretti. He has won only one other IndyCar race, back in 2011, and failed to finish in the top five in any of his 16 starts last season.Tony Kanaan has seen up close, and from afar, how much pressure is on Andretti since he was a 14-year-old kid hanging out around the track.“He has to carry a big name on the back of his shoulders,” Kanaan said. “He’s one of the great drivers we have, but if you’re going to keep comparing him to his dad and his grandfather, those are tough shoes to fill. I think he has learned how to take that pressure off himself and to just be Marco.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img

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