MARCO ANDRETTI DOMINATES TO TAKE LIBERTY CHALLENGE WIN AT INDY SPEEDWAY, Ind. (June 18, 2005) Vonage driver Marco Andretti started from the pole, secured the top spot in the second corner and led every lap on his way to a dominating win in the...
MARCO ANDRETTI DOMINATES TO TAKE LIBERTY CHALLENGE WIN AT INDY
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (June 18, 2005) Vonage driver Marco Andretti started from the pole, secured the top spot in the second corner and led every lap on his way to a dominating win in the inaugural Liberty Challenge on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Andretti, who is the 18-year old son of Michael Andretti and the grandson of Mario Andretti, stretched his lead to five seconds just five laps into the race over eventual runner-up Wade Cunningham and never looked back. Andretti's final margin of victory in the #26 Vonage Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone was 12.7050 seconds.
Today's victory was Andretti's second career Pro Series win. He also won from the pole at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 3.
Despite having only three series starts in 2005, Andretti moved into the 10th spot in the series standings with today's win.
Andretti's next Pro Series start comes at The Milwaukee Mile on July 24.
Marco Andretti, #26 Vonage Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone:
"This was the best race car that I've had in my career so far. We really nailed it this weekend. There is nothing better than a great race car because it is so comfortable.
"The only thing I was worried about was getting through turn one, lap one, and we did. I knew we had a good race car for the long distance, so I just wanted to get through the first couple corners."
Michael Andretti, Chief Executive Officer, Andretti Green Racing:
"This is huge. I'm really proud of the job he did all weekend long. He put in a heck of a lap in qualifying that just blew me away. Then, to go out and run a heads-up race right from the green flag taking his time in turn one, playing it really smart, letting the other guys make mistakes and he took advantage. He did not put a wheel wrong the whole weekend and that is very hard to do to keep your focus and concentration for that long. He did a great job."