IPS: Andretti goes flag to flag in Somoma

Marco Andretti won the Sonoma 100 Menards Infiniti Pro Series race at Infineon Raceway leading from flag to flag for the second time this season. It was the third time the third generation driver has won a race from the pole position this season.

Marco Andretti won the Sonoma 100 Menards Infiniti Pro Series race at Infineon Raceway leading from flag to flag for the second time this season. It was the third time the third generation driver has won a race from the pole position this season. "The weekend was unbelievable. I never had such a weekend like this. Quickest every session out. That's definitely a first for me."

At the start Andretti made slight contact with Bobby Wilson, who started on the outside of the front row. Wilson reported to the pits with a flat tire and suspension damage. He rejoined the race completing 24 laps to finish 11th.

Regarding the first lap incident, Wilson, who was starting in his first Pro Series race commented, "I'm not real happy with what happened. That's racing. I just ran wide at the start and got in the marbles. I tried to stay in there and hold it, but couldn't do it."

At the completion of the first lap Andretti led Jeff Simmons by 2.1809 seconds.

Wade Cunningham started fourth and finished second for the seventh time in 11 races this season. "I was a little disappointed to come in second again," said Cunningham, "third time to be second to Marco on the road courses."

Cunningham dropped to fifth on the first lap before his blazing drive to the front. With eight laps in the books he got around Simmons on a restart and began to close the one second gap to Andretti. "It was a difficult day starting with our first corner when Bobby (Wilson) went off the track, I followed him through the gravel and lost a bunch of positions." Once I got second, "I just had to follow Marco. He was too strong coming out of the corners today."

Jeff Simmons finished third, his fifth consecutive top five. "My car took a long time to come in," Simmons said. Simmons closed the gap to Andretti and Cunningham late in the race and the trio raced nose to tail for the last five laps. "There were some places where I was a little quicker and there were other places where Wade just had enough to keep far away where I couldn't really take any risks to try to pass."

Nick Bussell started eighth and finished fourth. Bussell quickly found himself in fifth position where he spent most of the race hounding Chris Festa. Pressuring Festa paid off on with nine laps remaining. Festa overshot turn nine, the bus stop chicane, allowing Bussell to finish fourth.

"The car was good but it could have been balanced better for the track conditions today," said Bussell. "Still we finished where we should've. Track position killed us since we started at the back."

Festa finished fifth followed by his Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate Travis Gregg. Marty Roth was the last car running on the lead lap, finishing seventh.

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