It’s not the tight corners or lightning fast straight-aways of Edmonton’s Honda Indy track that gets Marco Andretti’s blood boiling. It’s the roar of the crowd.
That’s exactly what the man with the legendary lineage looks forward to hearing when the checkered flag drops on July 25.
“I’m a fan of the Canadian races because of the fans,” Andretti said, from his family cabin yesterday morning. “I think that the Canadian fans are awesome and as drivers, it just makes us want to work even harder to perform for them. When we know we’re getting the appreciation back, it’s a good feeling.”
Andretti said he and the rest of the drivers have their work cut out for them once the rubber hits the road.
“It’s one of the most physically demanding courses that we go to, probably the most,” he said.
“It’s a really high speed road/street course and it’s very bumpy and challenging.”
Andretti finished 10th in last year’s race and hopes to improve on that result this year.
“We’ve strung together a few podiums including Indianapolis and we’ve led a lot of laps this year,” he said. “We just haven’t led the right laps, so that’s the goal from here on out.”