SONOMA, Calif – Marco Andretti showed a lot of speed in the closing races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. He earned three straight top 10 starting spots including his second best start of the year this weekend in Sonoma in fourth. The third generation driver back that strong starting spot up with a top five finish to close out the year in his No. 98 Honda.
Andretti, finished fifth for just his second top five finish of the season in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Sonoma. It was his 42nd of his career and 101st top 10 of his career as well. It was also his fifth top eight finish in his last six Sonoma tries.
He was aggressive all weekend and showed that he may have something for everyone in 2019.
If not for being in an opening lap crash at Portland, Andretti had a car capable of a top five finish. His end of the year run took him from outside of the top 10 in the season standings all the way up to a tie with Graham Rahal for eighth. That’s his best final points finish since a fifth place standing in 2013.
He was ninth in 2014 and again in 2015 before finishing 16th and 12th in each of the last two years. This was also his fourth time of finishing eighth in the final standings as well.
Andretti Autosport as a whole had three drivers in the top seven of the final finishing order on Sunday and three in the top eight of the final standings.