Andretti name carries weight

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

Marco Andretti is used to being the son of Michael Andretti and grandson of Mario Andretti. But being Michael's son made going through Canadian customs an enjoyable experience.

"I come to the border and they know me," he said of the fact his father had done so well racing in Canada during his career, winning the Vancouver Molson Indy in 1991, 1992 and 1996, the Toronto Molson Indy a staggering seven times and the Montreal Molson Indy once.

"It's pretty cool. He won a lot of races here. I went up to Toronto a bunch of times with him," said Marco.

WELCOME BACK, PAUL

Danica Patrick is delighted to see Paul Tracy here.

"I'm excited and honoured to be out there with him this week," said Patrick of the Canadian driver who won 31 races in ChampCar but was left without a ride after the merger.

She confirmed what Tracy said the day before, that he watched her in a go-kart race when she was eight- or nine-years-old and was wearing a helmet that looked like his own.

"I liked the P.T. helmet. I said 'Let's do something like that.' It came back almost exactly like his helmet."

Patrick also said she didn't take Tracy's comments personally when he said this track is going to be tough on a woman driver. After one look at the track, she agreed with him.

"With the high-speed corners it's going to be more physical, for sure. But this is something I've faced my whole career. I'm ready for it."


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