5.1.13 (via USAToday.com) - Marco Andretti is fourth in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship standings, fresh from a seventh-place finish at Long Beach, and aiming for his first win on a temporary street circuit this weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
If that happens, what's next for the youngest Andretti? If you said victory at the Indianapolis 500 and a shot at the season championship, you're on the right path. His list of goals starts with Sunday's Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300.
"It would be a notch on the belt," said Andretti, the 26-year-old son of Michael Andretti and grandson of Mario Andretti. "It would help me sleep better at night. I've always looked at myself as a fighter, someone who keeps coming back again and again."
He's just 12 points out of the lead after three top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish in the season opener at St. Petersburg, Fla. In his eighth season with just two wins to his name, Andretti says he's ready to live up to his potential.
Andretti Autosport won the championship last season with Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Andretti has shown speed and consistency in the first three road and street races this season after finishing 15th in the final standings last year, 190 points behind his teammate.