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In case you thought his nearly winning the Indy 500 was a fluke, on Sunday Marco Andretti became the youngest driver in U.S. history to win a major-league open wheel race when he captured the Infineon Indy Grand Prix in Sonoma, California. The 19 year-old son of Michael Andretti, and grandson of former world champion Mario Andretti, also locked up the IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year title in the process.

Marco beat Andretti Green Racing teammate Dario Franchitti to the line by only 0.6 seconds, after gaining the lead on a brilliant out-of-sequence pit stop call by crew chief Kyle Moyer. The two AGR cars were 10 seconds clear of third place Vitor Meira (Panther Racing).

On the championship front, the IndyCar Series heads into its last race at Chicagoland Speedway with Helio Castroneves holding just a one-point lead over Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr.

[Source: Honda]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Please note the most of the Pro-IRL comments are totally BS by a cpl of Gomers
      • 8 Years Ago
      Duh, gee thanx Jerry. you dumbass
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess we all know this is how DP will win her 1st race next year.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Rumor has it that Kevin Kalkoven is selling out Champcar to Tony George next year. It's really too bad for all those Champcar fans who were so supportive. I guess they'll have to watch Indy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ARCA has more fans than the IRL. Maybe when he wins a race with real drivers and real car, then we can talk. In 5 years, no one will remember the IRL anyway.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The IRL is considered 'big league' racing?"

      Big League to those who give a damn about it, which is about 1% of auto racing fans in this country?

      He's got access to two highly experienced coaches 24/7. How is this a big deal? Of course he's going to excel. Duh.

      • 8 Years Ago
      How do you know that the toothbrush was invented by an IRL fan?

      If a Champ Car fan invented it, it would be called a teethbrush.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Marco! Are you kidding me! What a sham the IRL is! Having a team mate spin to bring out a caution to conserve fuel to win the race! pathetic really

      The Flapper
      If I had his money I would do things my way
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cart has more fans that the IRL,the average attendace for a champ car weekend is at least 50,000.The only venue that draws for the IRL is Indianapolis,,any real open wheel fan knows that the IRL chasis are Junk.The new Champ car chasis next year would kill the IRL shit box.Hell even a super modified would...And as for the Kid good for him.I hope he has more personality that his Father Michael.Mario I used to love waching him as a kid,Unser,Foyt,Fittipaldi they were all great.
      • 8 Years Ago
      IRL big leagues?! AHAHAHAHA!!!! Stuart you know nothing!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I liek bananas and marco i think. my mom says i am special. just like my irl freinds. i also like danika and marco. i liek fast cars. do you want to be my freind?

      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't worry about Mindytruth. I talked to paper at Montreal and he claims Mindytruth is a 17 year old kid out of Virginia. That now explains his writing. It's pretty sad really.
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