Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Marco gets Honda Christmas present

Nineteen year old IRL phenom Marco andretti will test a Honda F1 chassis for his very first time at Jerez, Spain later this week. Apparently it doesn’t hurt having your father own Andretti-Green Racing which was the de-facto Honda factory IRL team prior to Honda becoming the league’s sole engine supplier in 2006.

Also helping to open doors is Grandpa Mario. The senior andretti was the Formula 1 World champion in 1978. Marco is under contract to AGR through 2009 and will race next year in the IRL along with focusing on winning the Indy 500 and the IRL championship. Honda sees the testing debut as a great marketing ploy, hopefully stirring up F1 interest in the U.S. as well as evaluating the youngster’s potential for a future F1 drive…