Q: Marco, those three top-10 finishes to start the season has to give you confidence heading to Brazil.
MARCO ANDRETTI: Yeah, absolutely. This is what used to be the weakest part of the schedule for me, and I find myself just a few points out of the points lead.
Super thrilled about my progress in the off-season. Working on these weak points I think definitely has helped, but it's definitely good to see results translate through.
Q: Sao Paulo is a pretty unique street course. There are some pretty long straightaways, including the longest straightaway we'll see all year, including the Marginal. What is the greatest challenge of racing at Sao Paulo?
MARCO ANDRETTI: Staying clean. Because of the stack-ups in Turn 1, if you're able to be ahead of most of that, that will help. From there, it's just going to be about doing everything right. Obviously, it's easier said than done, but it's going to take just that in order to be victorious there.
Q: They've made some modifications to the course in Turns 1 and 2, kind of widened it up a little bit, changed some curbing. Do you think that will help the racing that we'll see?
MARCO ANDRETTI: Yeah, maybe. I think it was a decent passing zone, but you're exactly right, we didn't have enough room to get it done. We had to really be all the way through by the time you got to Turn 1 in order to make a clean pass. There's no way two cars are fitting through there.
Now I think it will make the passing a bit better.
Q: Is the month of May, turning the calendar, getting you thinking about the Indianapolis 500, or with this race in Brazil coming up, is getting the best finish you can the focus right now?
MARCO ANDRETTI: Well, obviously, yeah, we've got to take one race at a time. The ideal situation is to be in the points lead going into the month of May, then just carry that momentum.
But Indy has always been an ultimate goal of mine. I think it's always been a realistic goal. So we just need to capitalize on it. Unfortunately, I already have a similar record to Dad, which is the most laps led for a non-winner. That part of it's frustrating.
Q. Marco, you mentioned earlier this is one of the best starts to a season you've had. With that said, what do you feel you were missing or need to improve on to drive home wins and more consistent podium finishes?
MARCO ANDRETTI: I think if I keep driving the way we've been, I think the podiums and the wins will come. Like I said, I'm pleased with my performance so far. But obviously it's still early.
I've worked on my street courses in the off-season in a big way. Really I need to give my teammates credit, especially Ryan [Hunter-Reay]. He adapted to the street courses a lot better than I did. I was really over-driving the car. In the off-season I really studied how I was over-driving the car. It ended up working against me, causing more problems for myself, leaving me on the outside looking in.
This year, qualifying, there's a couple hundredths of a second out of the top six, but it's a lot better than looking in on the top 12, which is where we were last year.
I think we've improved. But to get wins we just need to keep driving the way we are.
Q. Outside of that, you mentioned the over-driving of the car, anything else outside of the obvious, engineer and crew chief changes, that you did as a driver to improve yourself or something you found, so to speak, hit on?
MARCO ANDRETTI: Well, yeah, I always knew I was a decent driver, I just needed to put it all together basically. I'm yet to do that. Until I start clicking off poles and wins on street courses, then I'll sleep a lot better than I am at night.
However, I am sleeping better than I was last year. I think just that alone, you know, those notches on the belt help, you know what I mean? You can't explain it. It all just starts coming together.
Obviously it's still way early in the season, but I feel a lot better on my outlook for the season. This is the first time I can actually say that I can see myself winning this championship.
Q. Heading into Indianapolis, whether it's the DW12 chassis, tires or whatnot, is there a concern from any standpoint – manufacturer, engines, anything like that – that you're trying to key in on?
MARCO ANDRETTI: Well, the concern is that it's 500 miles and a lot happens in that 500 miles. But attrition-wise, we're blessed nowadays – compared to my grandfather's era, especially –with reliability. From that standpoint there's not a lot of stress.
Everybody has that confidence – and that's where it becomes my problem, because there's probably going to be 20 cars on the lead lap or more. You just need to lead the right lap, as I said before.
Obviously I'll be looking to be as dominant as we can, but I'll just be focusing on the racecar.