Marco’s race ended as quickly as it started with a blown engine on Lap 4. This followed a barnstorming opening lap that saw the #25 Snapple Honda go from 17th to 8th.
In practice for the race he looked strong and had led part of the Friday morning practice session at Texas Motor Speedway. Yet he qualified in the 17th position for the Firestone 600 - an event and track made for drama for its entire 600-kilometer, 372.823-mile, 249-lap duration.
Lap By Lap
Marco started on row nine, towards the back of the pack at this pacey oval circuit – An old-school amphitheater race that starts in the evening and ending at night. Up ahead, Kimball and Sato, alongside Bourdais. Marco took the high line three wide into the first lap, taking eight cars or more, including all of his team mates. By lap two he was already P8 and still racing hard. “Coming like a freight train”, said NBC.
And then disaster.
On lap 4 he was suddenly slowing, and said on the radio “I think we’re blowing up.” As he tried to bring the #25 Snapple Honda back down pit road the car caught fire. He brought the car to a halt down in the apron and climbed out, clearly frustrated. Race over.
At the start, boy you were flying!
“Thanks man! It doesn’t matter though… I’m absolutely gutted for the whole Snapple crew. I wanted nothing more that to deliver a win on their own turf. This one’s frustrating and this one really hurts for the championship too.”
Drama early on for @MarcoAndretti… He slows on the backstretch and now his car is on fire! Caution is out.
— SPEED (@SPEED) June 8, 2014
— Scott Horner (@ScottEHorner) June 8, 2014
— Beccy Hunter-Reay (@BeccyGordon) June 8, 2014
— Shay Hazen (@SHAYZEN) June 8, 2014
— Pastor George Luther (@PastorG16) June 8, 2014
— Meesh Beer (@whatimthinking) June 8, 2014
Good job @MarcoAndretti. Nice interview…. So majorly gutted.
— Breanna Branch ™ (@treegirl1006) June 8, 2014
— alex cain (@alexcain33) June 8, 2014
— Circle K Racing (@circlek_racing) June 8, 2014
Race continues live on NBC Sports Network
” Our qualifying run was a pretty big disappointment, although I think we’re lucky to be (starting) 17th. I almost crashed on the out lap when I wasn’t even pushing and we overstepped…we just over-did it. Never count us out (on winning from 17th), but the way practice went, it seemed like it was going to be a track position race because it’s definitely harder to pass here than last year. We’ll have to see how the evening practice goes, so hopefully it’s shuffled up a bit and we can make some ground with the Snapple Honda.”Marco Andretti after qualifying at Texas
In The Media
At TMS the drivers have to keep cool.
Dallas Morning News “I don’t remember any point in my career when I said, ‘I’m going to take this guy out; I owe him one. “You don’t know if you go for the guy if you’re going to end up with the worse end of the stick. You don’t know how you’re going to come out of the other side. You may get the worse of it. You never want to have that mentality in an open-wheel car.” Read More >>
Practice and Quali Photos
Tweets of the Week
Feeling good about tomorrow. @TXMotorSpeedway
— Marco Andretti (@MarcoAndretti) June 7, 2014
So, mom me this while I was at work yesterday. SHE MET MARCO ANDRETTI AND I JUST DIED ON THE INSIDE. pic.twitter.com/n5VUtPp2Yh
— Macie Simpson (@SimpsonMacie) June 6, 2014
— Marcoteers © (@Marcoteers) June 7, 2014
— candice cassidy (@missjune2009) June 7, 2014
— Eric Jtrain (@jorn1337) June 7, 2014