It's no secret that Marco Andretti has not been happy about the way his IndyCar career has gone. He told this newspaper just that last year at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
In seven seasons ahead of 2013, Andretti's highest finish in series points has been seventh twice. Last year he was 16 th. And, he has won just two races.
Andretti is off to a nice start this season, with a 3rd-place finish at St. Petersburg and seventh at Barber, good enough to put him in fourth place in series points with 61.
"I think I'm pleased," said Andretti, who races for his father, Michael, and Andretti Autosport. "I've been really working on consistency in the off-seasonn and we have that. But I need to be consistently better. Obviously, having teammates wins races, it bodes well for us and what we can do in the future. But I definitely feel it's my turn and we need to win."
Andretti said one of the things he concentrated on during the off-season was improving his performance on street and road courses. St. Pete is a street course, Barber is a road course and Long Beach is a street course.
Oh, yeah. I mean, on the streets you just have to look at the results," he said of previous years. "I was over-driving it, but I didn't know how I was over-driving it. It has noting to do with focus or anything like that. It's just been working on what I've been lacking, you know?"
Andretti, 26, said he could not divulge and what he found out in that regard. But he did have an interesting response when asked if he believes this could be his breakout year.
"It has to be, yeah, it has to be," he said between practices at his transporter in the IndyCar paddock.
And why is that?
"Well, I think that speaks for itself, doesn't it?" he said.
Andretti then walked away.