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LONG POND, PA. (AP) - What a homecoming for the Andrettis.
IndyCar is using three-wide starts at Pocono, making it an all-Andretti front row on a track not far from where one of racing’s greatest families has lived for decades.
Andretti didn’t just win the pole, he smashed the track record. His two-lap average speed of 221.273 mph was fast enough for the pole Saturday and knocked Emerson Fittipaldi’s speed of 211.715 in 1989 out of the top spot.
Pocono is considered a hometown track for the Andrettis, who hail from nearby Nazareth.
Now, the local kid is going to lead the field to green for the 400-mile race.
It might be time for a big family celebration at Lake Wallenpaupack.
“We have been making statement after statement, so it’s a good feeling,” Marco said.
Andretti was not yet 3 years old when three Andrettis _ Michael, Mario and John _ all competed in the last Pocono race. Andretti said he was excited to have the chance to drive in front of friends, family, maybe even most of the town will be packed into the grandstands.
“I’ve taken a huge liking to this place, as soon as I rolled off here in the initial test,” Andretti said. “I really think the IndyCars are built for this track. This became my favorite track. I love Indianapolis. But the way this place races, it’s so challenging.”
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