2008 Detroit Indy Grand Prix

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United States   2008 Detroit Indy Grand Prix
Race details
16th round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season
Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle route.svg
Date August 31, 2008
Official name Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone
Location Detroit, Michigan
Course Temporary street circuit
2.07 mi / 3.33 km
Distance 87 laps, 180.09 mi / 289.82 km
Scheduled Distance 90 laps, 186.30 mi / 299.82 km
Pole position
Driver New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 1:12.2861
Podium
First United Kingdom Justin Wilson Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
Second Brazil Helio Castroneves Team Penske
Third Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing

The 2008 Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone was an IndyCar Series race that was held on August 31, 2008 on the Raceway on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. It was the sixteenth race of the 2008 IndyCar Series season. Originally scheduled to run over 90 laps, it was shortened to 87 laps. The race was won by Justin Wilson for the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team. Helio Castroneves finished second, and Tony Kanaan clinched third.[1] Wilson dedicated his win to actor Paul Newman, the ailing joint-owner of his team;[2] Newman died less than a month later.[3]

Scott Dixon claimed pole position for the race, and led through the first lap. Dixon and Castroneves, who had qualified second, pulled away from the pack, until the seventeenth lap, when a full-track caution was issued after an incident between Dan Wheldon and Jamie Camara. Dixon pitted under the yellow, but did so alone, granting the lead to Castroneves.[4] The Brazilian led the race until lap 72, other than a single lap during which Oriol Servià was leading during pit stops.[1] Late in the race, Wilson was challenging for the lead, and Castroneves was judged to have blocked the other driver, resulting in a penalty which allowed Wilson to take the lead. Despite a late push by Castroneves to pass Wilson, the rookie British driver maintained his position to claim victory.[5]

There were four cautions, totalling 11 laps during the race. It was Wilson's first career IndyCar win. Of the 25 drivers that started, 18 completed the race, three retired after contact, one retired with handling problems and three retired due to mechanical issues.[1]

Classification[edit]

Race results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points1
1 02 Wilson, JustinJustin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 87 2:00:10.7618 4 15 50
2 3 Castroneves, HélioHélio Castroneves Team Penske 87 +4.4058 2 53 43
3 11 Kanaan, TonyTony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 87 +17.6815 8 0 35
4 5 Servià, OriolOriol Servià KV Racing Technology 87 +26.5468 3 1 32
5 9 Dixon, ScottScott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 87 +27.7185 1 18 30
6 17 Hunter-Reay, RyanRyan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 87 +28.2688 7 0 28
7 18 Junqueira, BrunoBruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 87 +28.6815 24 0 26
8 8 Power, WillWill Power (R) KV Racing Technology 87 +28.6815 12 0 24
9 6 Briscoe, RyanRyan Briscoe Team Penske 87 +35.5244 5 0 22
10 2 Foyt IV, A.J.A.J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 87 +38.1040 17 0 20
11 27 Mutoh, HidekiHideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing 87 +38.3811 16 0 19
12 14 Manning, DarrenDarren Manning A.J. Foyt Racing 87 +44.6662 15 0 18
13 06 Rahal, GrahamGraham Rahal (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 87 +47.8028 6 0 17
14 20 Carpenter, EdEd Carpenter Vision Racing 87 +1:01.2771 20 0 16
15 19 Moraes, MarioMario Moraes Dale Coyne Racing 86 +1 Lap 19 0 15
16 7 Patrick, DanicaDanica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 86 +1 Lap 10 0 14
17 4 Meira, VitorVitor Meira Panther Racing 83 +4 Laps 14 0 13
18 26 Andretti, MarcoMarco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 81 Mechanical 13 0 12
19 15 Rice, BuddyBuddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 76 Mechanical 18 0 12
20 10 Wheldon, DanDan Wheldon Target Chip Ganassi Racing 64 Contact 11 0 12
21 12 Scheckter, TomasTomas Scheckter Luczo Dragon Racing 56 +31 Laps 26 0 12
22 36 Tagliani, AlexAlex Tagliani Conquest Racing 54 Mechanical 21 0 12
23 23 Duno, MilkaMilka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 46 Mechanical 23 0 12
24 33 Viso, E.J.E.J. Viso HVM Racing 32 Contact 9 0 12
25 34 Camara, JaimeJaime Camara (R) Conquest Racing 16 Contact 22 0 10
26 25 Roth, MartyMarty Roth Roth Racing 0 DNS 25 0 5

Source: Racing-Reference[1]

Standings after the race[edit]

Drivers' Championship
Pos Driver Points
1 Dixon, ScottScott Dixon 606
2 Castroneves, HelioHelio Castroneves 576
3 Kanaan, TonyTony Kanaan 481
4 Wheldon, DanDan Wheldon 464
5 Briscoe, RyanRyan Briscoe 412
Source: Racing-Reference[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "2008 Detroit Indy Grand Prix Presented by Firestone". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ Householder, Mike (September 1, 2008). "Rookie Justin Wilson wins Detroit Indy Grand Prix". The New York Times. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Film star Paul Newman dead at 83". Reuters. September 27, 2008. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Abuelsamid, Sam (September 1, 2008). "Detroit Grand Prix 2008: The IndyCars take to the track". Autoblog. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ Horsley, Carlie (September 1, 2008). "IndyCar: Maiden win for Wilson". SkySports. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 


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