IRL: Marco Andretti earns 2006 Rookie of the Year title

Andretti Clinches IndyCar Series Rookie Title at Infineon Raceway SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 27, 2006) - Marco Andretti, driver of the ...

Andretti Clinches IndyCar Series Rookie Title at Infineon Raceway

SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 27, 2006) - Marco Andretti, driver of the #26 NYSE Dallara/Honda/Firestone, not only captured his first career victory today at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway, but he also earned the 2006 IndyCar Series Bombardier Rookie of the Year title.

Andretti clinched the top-rookie honor by posting one victory, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes through the 13 events contested thus far on the 14-race 2006 schedule. The 19-year-old native of Nazareth, Pa., has recorded 313 points to runner-up Jeff Simmons' 193 points.

This also represents the fourth consecutive season in which Andretti Green Racing has garnered post-season honors, and is the second rookie of the year title for the team. The team captured the IndyCar Series driver's championship in 2004 (Tony Kanaan) and 2005 (Dan Wheldon), as well as fielding the 2003 rookie of the year (Wheldon).

Marco Andretti, #26 NYSE Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"It's an honor to be the top rookie in the IndyCar Series. My goals going into the season were to win a race, finish high in the point standings and be the top rookie. So far, the NYSE team has done a great job helping me achieve those goals."

Michael Andretti, Chief Executive Office, Andretti Green Racing:
"I'm so proud of the job that Marco has done all year. He's done a fantastic job all year long. He qualified well here and then drove just a perfect race to get the victory. First he earned rookie of the year at Indianapolis and now in this series and he totally deserves it."

-credit: agr

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Marco Andretti , Jeff Simmons