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Marco Andretti is in tune with his race car, and the results sing

5.22.13 (via – Marco Andretti has been in a race car all his life.

But only now has he learned to listen to it.

He understands now if he has a car that can win a race, it’ll tell him. And if he doesn’t, he doesn’t need to act like he does. Knowing the difference has him off to the best start of his career in the IndyCar Series.

“I’m driving more with the championship in mind, with the big picture in my mind, instead of like, ‘I’ve got to win that race,’” he said. “If you don’t have a car to win that race, you’re not going to. So finish where the car can finish.”

That’s a big change in approach for the 26-year-old son of Michael Andretti and grandson of Mario Andretti.

“Finesse was not a part of Marco Andretti’s style in the past,” he said with a smile Monday at Campisi’s original location in Dallas, where he made pizzas to promote the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway next month. “So I think that’s really helped me so far this year.”

There’s no doubt about that. Andretti is off to the best start of his career with finishes of third, seventh, seventh and third in the four IndyCar Series races so far. It has him second in the points standings as the drivers prepare for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.


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