When racing fans think of the name Andretti, they usually associate it winning races in the open-wheel division.

Save for John Andretti, who won two NASCAR Cup races in his stock car career, this famous racing family's primarily competed in the IndyCar series, where Mario and his son Michael have won several races.

For third-generation racer Marco Andretti, the road to Victory Lane hasn't been quite as frequent or as smooth, but it isn't for lack of effort.

After winning at Infineon Raceway during his rookie season in 2006, Andretti was expected to reel off multiple victories in the years after, only to find it wasn't so easy to capture that second win.

Following four seasons of frustration, the 2011 campaign seemed to offer a glimpse of promise-- to the tune of a return trip to the winner's circle at Iowa Speedway last Saturday night.

Running amongst the lead pack during the Iowa Corn Indy 250, Andretti and his No. 26 Venom Honda/Dallara kept up with the usual suspects like Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and KV Racing's Tony Kanaan.

Much like his winless streak, Andretti's path to the lead wasn't so easy, as he started all the way back in the 17th position.

However, his Andretti Autosport crew kept him in the race, reeling off stellar pit stops which allowed the 24-year-old Nazareth, PA native to chase down Kanaan in the late moments.

Before his charge to the front, pole sitter Takuma Sato led the first seven laps of the race, running amongst the top-10 lead pack before crashing out with just 65 laps left in the race.

That accident set up the Andretti and Kanaan shootout in the final 52 laps, which was a riveting duel between the former teammates.

Kanaan was seeking his first win of the season, making a strong bid for a popular win as he passed Andretti on lap 212.

Seemingly in control, the 36-year-old Brazilian held the lead, but wasn't able to shake off Andretti's No. 26 car, keeping up with him in a draft around the 0.849-mile D-shaped track.

With just 19 laps remaining, Andretti applied the spurs to his machine, blowing by Kanaan and taking home his second career IZOD IndyCar Series win.

"We've been in position to win a lot of races," Andretti said per AP Sports Writer Luke Meredith's article. "We've come up short. It's more, I think, relieved is the word.

"The drought, so to speak, I think, just made me appreciate what we have done in IndyCar racing."

As for Kanaan, he congratulated the race winner, saying, "I told him at the podium. I said, 'I hope it won't take another five years for you to win another one.'"

Almost as notable as Andretti's victory was Will Power's hard crash in turn 2 on lap 91, which left him with a minor concussion.

The crash allowed points leader Dario Franchitti, who placed fifth, to break his tie with Power in the standings. Franchitti now leads Power by 20 points, a somewhat comfortable margin as the IZOD IndyCar circuit prepares for the July 10 running of the Honda Indy Torona street course race.

Here's a look at the top-10 finishers from the Iowa Corn Indy 250, with all drivers running Honda/Dallara/Firestone cars:

  1. Marco Andretti
  2. Tony Kanaan
  3. Scott Dixon
  4. J.R. Hildebrand
  5. Dario Franchitti
  6. Ryan Briscoe
  7. Helio Castroneves
  8. Ryan Hunter-Reay
  9. James Hinchcliffe
  10. Danica Patrick

Heading into the July 10th race at the Exhibition Place, here's a look at the top-10 points standings:

  1. Dario Franchitti
  2. Will Power
  3. Scott Dixon
  4. Oriol Servia
  5. Tony Kanaan
  6. Ryan Briscoe
  7. Graham Rahal
  8. Marco Andretti
  9. J.R. Hildebrand
  10. Danica Patrick

Versus will carry the race coverage live July 10th at 2 PM EST with Bob Jenkins and Jon Beekhuis calling the action in the booth, while Lindy Thackston, Robbie Floyd, Kevin Lee, and Robin Miller will report from pit road.