4.4.13 (via USAToday.com) – Marco Andretti spent much of IndyCar's offseason trying to figure out what was keeping him from the winner's circle
Marco Andretti thinks people have the wrong idea about his comfort level with the status quo.
The scion of one of the great racing families insists his desire to win isn't at all diminished by the apparent job security of working for his father, Michael Andretti, at Andretti Autosport.
In fact, Andretti spent the offseason examining what was holding him back in IndyCar and worked with a coach overseas.
"Just one win every couple of years is not enough for me, obviously," Andretti said Thursday. "I'm very competitive. I just want people to know I'm not going home satisfied. I'm not going home happy. And I shouldn't. That's often a misperception of me is exactly that. I'm not happy until we are in victory circle on a regular basis. We've been knocking on the door. We've been leading the wrong laps, though."
Andretti certainly knocked on the door with a third-place finish in the season opener at St. Petersburg, his first top-five finish on a street course since Toronto in 2011. Perhaps he can check off one key goal of the offseason work: Improving in street races.
Andretti enters Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Alabama with renewed confidence after a performance that "almost felt like a win."