2007 Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix

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The 2007 Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix was a race in the 2007 IRL IndyCar Series, held at Watkins Glen International. It was held over the weekend of July 6–8, 2007, as the tenth round of the seventeen-race calendar.

Race Summary[edit]

Scott Dixon started on pole and after leading 23 laps, held off Sam Hornish Jr. to win the race. However a post-race brawl occurred. Tony Kanaan was angry with Sam Hornish Jr. for a previous wreck and said he wanted to talk with Hornish after the race. On pit road Kanaan and Hornish walked up to have a civil talk about their incident when Sam Hornish Sr. tried to defend his son by wrestling Tony Kanaan. A brawl broke out and Sam Hornish Sr. had to be physically restrained by IndyCar officials and security. Michael Andretti tried to get into the brawl but Marco Andretti held his father back while Kanaan's BFF Dan Wheldon helped Kanaan out of the brawl.

"I got a run on Tony into Turn 6, but he didn't give me room and ran me up on the curbs," Hornish explained. "I had nowhere to go. Then he runs into me coming into the pits and starts calling me every name under the sun. He likes to talk about what a great teammate he is when someone on his team wins, but he can't handle it when he doesn't. It's an unfortunate deal. For a guy that likes to claim he's such a great sport, he's always doing stuff like that. If he wants to get out and talk to me about it afterwards, he can do that. But you don't do it in the car. Someone could have gotten hurt in the pits."

"He hits me and almost takes me out of the race, and he gets mad," Kanaan said in his post-race interview. "He drives like a champion all the time, but mistakes happen and people should let us talk about it and not get in the middle. I think he made a mistake today, and I don't know if he was going to apologize because I couldn't hear what he was saying -- we both had our helmets on. I don't think he drove like a champion today, and he didn't act like one. And his dad was even worse. That's why dads should be in the grandstands, not in the pits."

For punching Kanaan and interfering with the intended civil discussion, Sam Hornish Sr., was fined $25,000 and banned from the garages for one race. Kanaan and Hornish Jr. were both fined $25,000 and put on indefinite probation.

Classification[edit]

Fin.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps
Led
Points
1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi 60 1:43:51.5094 2 23 50+3
2 6 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. Team Penske 60 +6.2591 5 0 40
3 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Andretti Green 60 +9.7492 3 0 35
4 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green 60 +14.4830 4 0 32
5 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green 60 +15.4749 6 9 30
6 15 United States Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 60 +26.9171 7 0 28
7 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Target Chip Ganassi 60 +35.3515 10 1 26
8 55 Japan Kosuke Matsuura Panther Racing 60 +40.7037 11 0 24
9 14 United Kingdom Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Racing 60 +47.6893 9 0 22
10 17 United States Jeff Simmons Rahal Letterman 60 +54.8895 12 0 20
11 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green 60 +57.0833 15 0 19
12 20 United States Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 60 +1:06.9352 17 0 18
13 2 South Africa Tomas Scheckter Vision Racing 60 +1:07.7275 13 0 17
14 8 United States Scott Sharp Rahal Letterman 60 +1:10.3164 14 0 16
15 22 United States A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 60 +1:25.2853 16 0 15
16 5 United States Sarah Fisher Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 58 +2 Laps 18 0 14
17 4 Brazil Vitor Meira Panther Racing 58 +2 Laps 8 8 13
18 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 19 Accident 1 19 12
Lead changes: 6 between 5 drivers

References[edit]

Preceded by
2007 SunTrust Indy Challenge
IRL IndyCar Series
round 10

2007
Succeeded by
2007 Firestone Indy 200