Few would argue that Marco Andretti was one of IndyCar’s most improved drivers in 2013.
Come 2014, all the Nazareth, Pa. driver needs to do to improve to that next, championship-contending caliber level is lead the right laps after leading way too many of the wrong ones this past year.
“If you look at what cost us wins last year, really we just need to do a lot of the same things we did last year and really capitalize on leading those laps by leading the right laps,” Andretti told IndyCar.com. “The disappointing stat for me is 1,000 laps led (Andretti has led 907) but only two victories. Really, we need to be there when it counts.”
And through most of the first half last year, Andretti was. But potential wins at Milwaukee and Pocono went begging either for mechanical gremlins or poor fuel mileage, incidentally, while leading and unable to run in a draft.
Meanwhile, Andretti’s consistency throughout the year carried him to a career-best fifth in points. He scored two podiums, third at both St. Petersburg and Brazil, and secured 15 top-10 finishes in 19 races.
Now, Andretti seeks to build on the pair of career victories he has earned in IndyCar. He begins his ninth season in the series this March, the same month he’ll turn 27.
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
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