2008 Gainsco Auto Insurance Indy 300

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United States   2008 Homestead-Miami Speedway
Race details
Race 1 of 17 in the 2008 IndyCar Series season
Homestead-Miami Speedway track map--Speedway.svg
Date March 29, 2008
Official name GAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300
Location Homestead-Miami Speedway
Course Permanent racing facility
1.485 mi / 2.390 km
Distance 200 laps, 297.000 mi / 477.975 km
Weather 78°F, Fair skies
Pole position
Driver New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 1:40.2341 (4 laps)
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Ryan Briscoe United States Penske Racing
Time 25.0624 (on lap 3 of 200)
Podium
First New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing
Second United States Marco Andretti United States Andretti Green Racing
Third United Kingdom Dan Wheldon United States Chip Ganassi Racing

The 2008 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300 was the opening round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season and took place on March 29, 2008 at the 1.485-mile (2.390 km) Homestead-Miami Speedway. For the first time in series history, the reigning champion was not on the grid to defend his title, as Dario Franchitti had moved to the #40 NASCAR Sprint Cup car for Chip Ganassi Racing. 2003 champion Scott Dixon kicked off the season with the victory, on his way to the series championship.

Qualifying[edit]

  • All cars run four laps and the car which completes the laps in the quickest time, wins the pole.
Pos No. Driver Team Time Speed (mph)
1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:40.2341 213.341
2 20 United States Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 1:40.2482 213.311
3 2 United States A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 1:40.7676 212.211
4 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 1:40.8066 212.129
5 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 1:40.8166 212.108
6 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 1:40.9452 211.838
7 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 1:41.0675 211.581
8 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 1:41.0683 211.580
9 27 Japan Hideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing 1:41.1024 211.508
10 25 Canada Marty Roth Roth Racing 1:41.1264 211.458
11 17 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 1:41.4689 210.744
12 4 Brazil Vitor Meira Panther Racing 1:41.6762 210.315
13 15 United States Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:42.0784 209.486
14 14 United Kingdom Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:42.1598 209.319
15 34 France Franck Perera (R) Conquest Racing 1:42.2034 209.230
16 5 Spain Oriol Servià (R) KV Racing 1:42.3056 209.021
17 02 United Kingdom Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:42.4349 208.757
18 23 Venezuela Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:42.6559 208.308
19 36 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi (R) Conquest Racing 1:42.7433 208.130
20 33 Venezuela E. J. Viso (R) HVM Racing 1:42.7577 208.101
21 8 Australia Will Power (R) KV Racing 1:42.7935 208.029
22 18 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 1:43.0882 207.434
23 19 Brazil Mario Moraes (R) Dale Coyne Racing 1:43.2707 207.067
24 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing no time
25 24 United Kingdom Jay Howard (R) Roth Racing no time
  • Before the race, the cars of Ed Carpenter and A. J. Foyt IV failed technical inspection and were dropped to 24th and 25th on the grid respectively. All drivers behind them moved up two places from their original grid positions.

Race[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points
1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 1:44:03.5914 1 67 50
2 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 200 +0.5828 4 85 43
3 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +1.4728 22 9 35
4 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 200 +8.0340 5 4 32
5 20 United States Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 199 +1 Lap 24 0 30
6 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 199 +1 Lap 2 0 28
7 17 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 199 +1 Lap 9 0 26
8 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 198 +2 Laps 6 35 24
9 2 United States A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 198 +2 Laps 25 0 22
10 4 Brazil Vitor Meira Panther Racing 197 +3 Laps 10 0 20
11 15 United States Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 196 +4 Laps 11 0 19
12 5 Spain Oriol Servià (R) KV Racing 195 +5 Laps 14 0 18
13 14 United Kingdom Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Enterprises 194 +6 Laps 12 0 17
14 34 France Franck Perera (R) Conquest Racing 194 +6 Laps 13 0 16
15 02 United Kingdom Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 193 +7 Laps 15 0 15
16 19 Brazil Mario Moraes (R) Dale Coyne Racing 187 +13 laps 21 0 14
17 33 Venezuela E. J. Viso (R) HVM Racing 183 Accident 18 0 13
18 36 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi (R) Conquest Racing 149 Handling 17 0 12
19 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 126 Collision 3 0 12
20 23 Venezuela Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 122 Collision 16 0 12
21 25 Canada Marty Roth Roth Racing 53 Handling 8 0 12
22 24 United Kingdom Jay Howard (R) Roth Racing 50 Handling 23 0 12
23 18 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 40 Handling 20 0 12
24 27 Japan Hideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing 32 Mechanical 7 0 12
25 8 Australia Will Power (R) KV Racing 24 Mechanical 19 0 10
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "2008 Gainsco Auto Insurance Indy 300". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Gainsco Auto Insurance Indy 300". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
Preceded by
none
IRL IndyCar Series
2008
Succeeded by
2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg