Marco seems more confident than ever, with good reason. All month long, he's been one of the fastest cars on the track. Pole day was actually a bit of a disappointment, as he settled for the fourth-best time and a starting spot on the inside of the second row. He had the third-fastest time Friday in the final practice and the two guys ahead of him, Ganassi Racing stars Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon, figured Andretti was actually holding something back.
"I think it's ours to lose," Andretti gushed.
Mario is impressed with his 25-year-old grandson's increasing skill behind the wheel. Marco has always been able to go fast, and bravado has never been a problem, but he's had trouble harnessing the enormous potential he showed during his first race at Indy.
"For the first time, I think he's really been tuning in with the car, just the slightest changes," Mario said. "That was one of my specialties. When you can reach the sweet spot by making just small, small changes to get it as close as you can, then you've got something. He's been doing that. I just hope it carries over to Sunday."
Rahal, who races for Ganassi's satellite team, also figures to be one of the top contenders. He'll start 12th from the outside of the fourth row.
While it pains him to say it, Rahal acknowledges that win by either him or — gulp — an Andretti would be a major boost to America's most famous race.
"It would be a great thing for an American to win, but it would be an even better thing if it's a recognizable name," Rahal said. "It's probably no secret that I really don't want Marco to win, but at the end of the day it would be good to get one of our names back up there in the sport. That would mean a lot."
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