SONOMA, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005 -- Marco Andretti claimed his third career Menards Infiniti Pro Series victory, winning the Sonoma 100. Andretti, the son of Andretti Green Racing co-owner Michael Andretti and grandson of racing legend...
SONOMA, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005 -- Marco Andretti claimed his third career Menards Infiniti Pro Series victory, winning the Sonoma 100.
Andretti, the son of Andretti Green Racing co-owner Michael Andretti and grandson of racing legend Mario Andretti, has won each of the series' three non-oval races. Rookie Wade Cunningham retained the series points lead with his seventh second-place finish of the season. Jeff Simmons was third.
SONOMA 100 POST-RACE QUOTES:
MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Vonage Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, Sonoma 100 winner): "I was battling brake problems three laps into the race because we taped the brake pads. I had to use the Firestones a little more because I was trying to stay off the brakes as much as possible. They would lock in every slow corner. I was looking forward to the faster corners because that's where I gained. In the slower corners, I was getting eaten alive because I was just locking up and saving myself from crashing."
WADE CUNNINGHAM (No. 33 Motorsport New Zealand Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, finished second): "I was a little disappointed to come in second again. Third time to be second to Marco on the road courses. It was a difficult day starting with our first corner when Bobby went off the track, I followed him through the gravel. Lost a bunch of positions, but fought my way back up to second, got second on the restart. From there, I just had to follow Marco. He was too strong out of the slow corners today. I just had to make sure not to make any mistakes in the last couple of laps with the lap traffic."
NICK BUSSELL (No. 9 Vision Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, finished fourth): "The car was good, but it could have been balanced better for the track conditions today. Still, we finished where we should've. Track position killed us since we were starting at the back. At the end, we were running as fast as the guys up front."
CHRIS FESTA (No. 19 SpacePak/CareCentric/SSM Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, finished fifth): "I thought I had a top-three car, but from the start, I had a problem with my transmission, especially with downshifting. I'm just disappointed with the day."
BOBBY WILSON (No. 3 Multimatic/Brian Stewart Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, finished 11th): (About Lap 1 incident): "I'm not real happy about what happened. That's racing. I just ran wide on the start and got in the marbles. I tried to stay in there and hold it, but couldn't do it."
JEFF SIMMONS (No. 24 Team ISI Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, finished third): "It was a good run. I was waiting for the car to come in. After it did, we were able to close the gap on those guys. In hindsight, even when Marco had that big lead, I think my car was going to come in and I was going to be able to catch Marco even if we didn't have that yellow. A little disappointed, but it was a pretty strong run."