DETROIT – Marco Andretti has put his famous family atop open-wheel racing standings for the first time in more than a decade.
The 26-year-old son and grandson of famed drivers enters this weekend's Detroit Grand Prix with three top-five finishes in five races. Andretti is just ahead of Takuma Sato and Helio Castroneves with 168 points.
It's the first time the family has had a points leader since Michael Andretti, his father, led all CART drivers following a race in Vancouver back in September, 2000.
The grandson of Mario Andretti is off to the best start in his seven-plus season IndyCar career. He is coming off his worst year, a 16th-place finish in his seventh IndyCar season.