1.16.13 (Via RACER) – After making his first test run of 2013 at Sebring on Monday, Marco Andretti expressed optimism that he has turned the corner from what he termed a "stressful and frustrating season."
“The toughest thing to do right now is to look back and look at what we could have done so I'm looking forward to what we can get done,” Andretti told IndyCar.com, acknowledging that he has changed his approach for the year ahead.
Andretti had three top-10 finishes last season, but his best results on road and street circuits were 11th (Barber and Belle Isle).
“My overall style, I've changed it,” he said, “and it's given me a new perspective for the street courses. Now I'm actually reporting the same things as Ryan [Hunter-Reay], where normally I'd be talking about the car being loose. I'm getting the same feedback from the car now that I've changed my style to be doing more of what he's doing.”
Andretti reckoned that his aggressive style on road/street courses has cost time on laps with the red Firestone tires. He hasn't made it into the Firestone Fast Six qualifying shootout on those tracks since Barber Motorsports Park in 2010.
“I've adapted slower than most to the tire that has less grip since '06 and '07 because I'm a very aggressive driver and it's kind of worked against me,” said Andretti. “I always knew I was overdriving the car, but I didn't know exactly how, so I've been really studying that. It's easier said than done to change; you can't just say, ‘Get it together!' You have to look at what you're doing, and as the street courses progressed, I got worse and worse because I was driving harder and harder.
“It makes sense because the first practice I'm always up there, and then as we get closer to qualifying and in qualifying I'm coming in soaking wet and I'm 21st. No kidding you're overdriving! But how are you overdriving?
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