The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 8, 2013

Motorsports: Andretti fueled by passion


Indianapolis legacy

History will show that Mario Andretti was one of the very best to ever circle the vaunted 2.5-mile oval despite winning the race just once in 1969.

"I tried to look at Indy like any other track," he said. "If you try to go out there and build yourself up with a lot of anticipation, you are just putting undo pressure on yourself. I am going to prepare (to go to Indy) the same way I was going to prepare to go Trenton or anywhere else: it's another race -- but it's an important race.

"I did not let that place intimidate me in any way. I think that's a mistake that some of the younger drivers make."

Marco Andretti finished second in his first 500 in 2006 when Sam Hornish Jr. beat him by .0635-seconds.

It was another entry in the long-list of disappointments the family has endured at the track.

"It's the old saying 'You never give up,'" Andretti said about trying to win the world's biggest race. "It is certainly worth the effort to stay on top of it and do it again."

Andretti, who won the Rookie of the Year at Indy in 1965, noted that he doesn't feel defeated at Indianapolis.

"I've been defeated maybe by some luck, so has Michael," he said. "I've dominated that race more than any of the four-time winners. If you look at the amount of laps that Michael led, the amount of laps I led, we're 1-2 on the all-time laps led list.

"There are certain things that you cannot control. I can hold my head high and I've had good, positive times there. Marco loves Indy and he knows how to lead. Sooner or later, this luck has to break. We'll never give up, I can tell you that."

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