It’s been all Andretti Autosport so far for the 2013 Izod IndyCar Series campaign.
James Hinchcliffe earned his first career Izod IndyCar Series victory on March 24th in the season opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Andretti Autosport followed that up with earning the pole at Barber Motorsports Park and taking the checkered with Ryan Hunter-Reay in race two.
Despite not having a driver leading the points after winning both races, the organization does have three drivers in the top five and all four in the top 10.
Hunter-Reay is 13 points behind leader Helio Castroneves in third, Marco Andretti is off to his best start and sits 18 points out in fourth, Hinchcliffe is 23 behind in fifth and E.J. Viso is 10th and 35 points out. All four look to be factors in the season championship.
All of this comes on the heels of Hunter-Reay winning last year’s season championship in dramatic fashion. He looked down and out but had a furious run at the end of the season to catch Will Power and take the title in the season finale at Fontana. It was the fourth title for Andretti Autosport.
Factor in Andretti’s other business Andretti Sports Marketing and Michael Andretti is the King of the series right now.
Andretti saved both the Milwaukee and Baltimore races by stepping in with his marketing group and hitting home runs in both. Milwaukee and Baltimore went flawless and provided great races. He hired a great team around him as both events were phenomenal, great staffed and accomodating. Mix in the great crowds and Andretti won in every aspect last season.
This year is year two of running the show at Milwaukee and Baltimore for that group and although it will be hard to do I suspect they will be even better. They have more time to promote as I’d expect ticket sales to increase at both events.
I wrote last year how Andretti was king of Milwaukee after a great event weekend. That’s grown to King of the series.
After such a great season last year with the championship and flawless running of two race weekends they’ve backed it up with 2-for-2 in races this season heading to a track at Long Beach where they’ve won two of the last three races.
It’s good to be a member of Andretti’s team or family right now. He’s positioned himself with winners and is showing he’s the smartest guy in the paddock right now.
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