FORT WORTH, Texas -- When your name is Andretti, you know what it means to be a race car driver.
But young Marco Andretti once thought that was all it meant.
"When I first showed up on the scene, I thought my job was to show up and drive a race car," he said. "There is so much more that has to do with our job."
There is keeping up with your engineers and mechanics. Understanding your crew chief. Selling yourself to sponsors.
And in Marco's case, working with Dad. Which is not as easy as it sounds when Dad is Michael Andretti, who not only is an accomplished driver himself but also the owner of the team, Andretti Autosport, and himself the son of a racing legend, Mario Andretti.
"We're both very emotional people to begin with," Marco said with a smile during a stop at Texas Motor Speedway two weeks ago. In a few days, he'll be back to drive for his father's team in the Firestone Twin 275s on Saturday night.
"We're both very passionate," Marco said.
Which is another way of saying, hey, we argue.
But not that much anymore. Marco, 24, is beginning to mature. He's starting to recognize everything that goes into being a racer as he drives in his sixth Izod IndyCar Series season.
"I know I've got to rev my guys up," he said. "I look at everybody and credit everybody on the team and not just show up last-minute and jump in the car and say, 'Why isn't this thing fast?' I think I'm part of it, too. I think I need to be behind the scenes working on it."
He hasn't won in the series since his rookie year, 2006, when he was 19 and his career held high hopes -- he even finished second in the Indy 500 that year.
Not that he struggles. He's finished in the top 10 in just about half his IndyCar Series races (42 of 87), and he's got 23 top-fives. Two of those top-fives came at TMS, including a third place in last year's Firestone 550k. Three years ago, he was leading at TMS until he crashed with seven laps left.
But he races with the weight of his name, and his family knows that.
"He knows he should have more to show for it at this stage of his career," grandfather Mario told "The" "New York Times" at Indy last week. "Sooner or later, the right thing will come around for him. I'm fully confident that his turn is coming."
Marco senses that his approach has won more respect from his father. At Indy, they worked well under pressure as Marco tried to qualify -- and eventually did -- on his last chance.
"His emotions were as roller-coaster as mine," Marco said. "Our radio was pretty graphic at some points. We knew it was going to be very detrimental to the team if we didn't get in."
A few years ago, who knows how father and son would have reacted under pressure? Marco shrugs. He remembers his first year in the IndyCar Series and everything he was trying to learn.
"I think in '06, he and I would have butted heads so hard that he couldn't have been on my radio," Marco said. "Even though it could have benefited me. We weren't ready yet, just because I would come back at him, and we'd be fighting. We still get emotional and stuff like that, but now we both see the bigger picture and say, 'Let's just get the job done.'?"
They must get the job done. They're Andrettis.
"It's what we both love to do," Marco said. "Nothing would mean more to me than if I could bring this team home some results."