2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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United States   2008 St. Petersburg
Race details
2nd round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season
St. Petersburg street & airport racing circuit.svg
Date April 6, 2008
Official name Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Location Streets of St. Petersburg
Course Temporary Street Circuit
1.800 mi / 2.897 km
Distance 83 laps, 149.400 mi / 240.436 km
Weather 78 °F, Rain & clouds
Pole position
Driver Brazil Tony Kanaan United States Andretti Green Racing
Time 1:02.5322
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Tony Kanaan United States Andretti Green Racing
Time 1:03.8874 (on lap 76 of 83)
Podium
First United States Graham Rahal United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
Second Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Penske Racing
Third Brazil Tony Kanaan United States Andretti Green Racing

The 2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was the second round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season and took place on April 6, 2008 at the 1.8-mile (2.9 km) temporary street and airport circuit on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.[1] The race was a time-limited race due to rain, with the race falling some seventeen laps short of full race distance. The race was won by Graham Rahal on his IndyCar Series debut, having missed the first round at Homestead-Miami Speedway, due to a lack of spare parts for his #06 Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing machine.

At 19 years, 93 days old, Rahal became the youngest driver ever to win an Indy-style race, as well as the youngest winner in IndyCar Series history[2] breaking Marco Andretti's record of 19 years, 167 days from the 2006 IndyCar Series season.[2] He also became the fourth driver to win an IndyCar Series race in his first start, joining Buzz Calkins, Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Dixon.[2]

Qualifying[edit]

  • All cars are split into two groups of thirteen, with the fastest six from each group going through to the "Top 12" session. In this session, the fastest six runners will progress to the "Firestone Fast Six". The fastest driver in this final session will claim pole, with the rest of the runners lining up in session order, regardless of qualifying times. (Fast Six from 1-6, Top 12 from 7-12 and Round 1 from 13-26) Drivers can use as many laps as they want in the timed sessions.

Round 1[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Time Speed (mph)
1 8 Australia Will Power (R) KV Racing 1:02.6560 103.422
2 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 1:02.7752 103.225
3 06 United States Graham Rahal (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:02.9581 102.926
4 34 France Franck Perera (R) Conquest Racing 1:03.1453 102.620
5 14 United Kingdom Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:03.1822 102.561
6 17 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 1:03.1923 102.544
7 27 Japan Hideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing 1:03.2757 102.409
8 36 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi (R) Conquest Racing 1:03.4568 102.117
9 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 1:03.5766 101.924
10 20 United States Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 1:03.8007 101.566
11 19 Brazil Mario Moraes (R) Dale Coyne Racing 1:04.1590 100.999
12 23 United States Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:04.3880 100.640
13 25 Canada Marty Roth Roth Racing 1:07.7041 95.711

Group 2[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Time Speed (mph)
1 02 United Kingdom Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:02.7341 103.293
2 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 1:02.8910 103.035
3 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 1:03.0131 102.836
4 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 1:03.1560 102.603
5 5 Spain Oriol Servià (R) KV Racing 1:03.1653 102.588
6 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:03.2095 102.516
7 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:03.2365 102.472
8 33 Venezuela E. J. Viso (R) HVM Racing 1:03.3067 102.359
9 15 United States Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:03.3591 102.274
10 4 Brazil Vitor Meira Panther Racing 1:03.4480 102.131
11 24 United Kingdom Jay Howard (R) Roth Racing 1:03.7447 101.656
12 2 United States A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 1:04.4996 100.466
13 18 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 1:09.3851 93.392

Round 2 (Top 12)[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Time Speed (mph)
1 8 Australia Will Power (R) KV Racing 1:02.1355 104.288
2 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 1:02.4960 103.687
3 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 1:02.5031 103.675
4 02 United Kingdom Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:02.5393 103.615
5 17 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 1:02.6864 103.372
6 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 1:02.6869 103.371
7 5 Spain Oriol Servià (R) KV Racing 1:02.7427 103.279
8 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:02.7964 103.191
9 06 United States Graham Rahal (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:02.8122 103.165
10 34 France Franck Perera (R) Conquest Racing 1:02.8749 103.062
11 14 United Kingdom Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:03.0136 102.835
12 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 1:03.2443 102.460

Round 3 (Firestone Fast Six)[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Time Speed (mph)
1 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 1:02.5322 103.627
2 8 Australia Will Power (R) KV Racing 1:02.6096 103.499
3 02 United Kingdom Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:02.6426 103.444
4 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 1:02.6462 103.438
5 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 1:02.7071 103.338
6 17 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 1:03.0077 102.845

Grid[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Time Speed (mph)
1 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 1:02.5322 103.627
2 8 Australia Will Power (R) KV Racing 1:02.6096 103.499
3 02 United Kingdom Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:02.6426 103.444
4 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 1:02.6462 103.438
5 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 1:02.7071 103.338
6 17 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 1:03.0077 102.845
7 5 Spain Oriol Servià (R) KV Racing 1:02.7427 103.279
8 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:02.7964 103.191
9 06 United States Graham Rahal (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:02.8122 103.165
10 34 France Franck Perera (R) Conquest Racing 1:02.8749 103.062
11 14 United Kingdom Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:03.0136 102.835
12 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 1:03.2443 102.460
13 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:03.2365 102.472
14 27 Japan Hideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing 1:03.2757 102.409
15 33 Venezuela E. J. Viso (R) HVM Racing 1:03.3067 102.359
16 15 United States Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:03.3591 102.274
17 4 Brazil Vitor Meira Panther Racing 1:03.4480 102.131
18 36 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi (R) Conquest Racing 1:03.4568 102.117
19 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 1:03.5766 101.924
20 24 United Kingdom Jay Howard (R) Roth Racing 1:03.7447 101.656
21 20 United States Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 1:03.8007 101.566
22 19 Brazil Mario Moraes (R) Dale Coyne Racing 1:04.1590 100.999
23 23 United States Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:04.3880 100.640
24 2 United States A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 1:04.4996 100.466
25 25 Canada Marty Roth Roth Racing 1:07.7041 95.711
26 18 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 1:09.3851 93.392
  • Before the race, Marty Roth had a problem with his car and did not start. Bruno Junqueira therefore moved up to 25th on the grid.

Race[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points
1 06 United States Graham Rahal (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 83 2:00:43.5562 9 19 53
2 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 83 +3.5192 4 0 40
3 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 83 +5.5134 1 15 35
4 33 Venezuela E. J. Viso (R) HVM Racing 83 +8.8575 15 12 32
5 36 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi (R) Conquest Racing 83 +9.6360 18 3 30
6 27 Japan Hideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing 83 +10.0071 14 0 28
7 5 Spain Oriol Servià (R) KV Racing 83 +11.2871 7 0 26
8 8 Australia Will Power (R) KV Racing 83 +12.8493 2 0 24
9 02 United Kingdom Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 83 +14.3598 3 18 22
10 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 83 +16.7298 19 0 20
11 2 United States A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 83 +20.8319 24 0 19
12 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Target Chip Ganassi 83 +24.7800 8 0 18
13 14 United Kingdom Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Enterprises 83 +45.8601 11 0 17
14 24 United Kingdom Jay Howard (R) Roth Racing 82 +1 Lap 20 0 16
15 15 United States Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 82 +1 Lap 16 0 15
16 19 Brazil Mario Moraes (R) Dale Coyne Racing 82 +1 Lap 22 0 14
17 17 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 81 +2 Laps 6 4 13
18 20 United States Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 80 Accident 21 0 12
19 4 Brazil Vitor Meira Panther Racing 75 Collision 17 1 12
20 34 France Franck Perera (R) Conquest Racing 75 Collision 10 0 12
21 23 United States Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 75 Collision 23 0 12
22 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi 74 Mechanical 13 0 12
23 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 56 Accident 5 11 12
24 18 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 44 Mechanical 25 0 12
25 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 41 Mechanical 12 0 10
DNS 25 Canada Marty Roth Roth Racing 0 26 0 5

Notes[edit]

  • The race began under caution, due to the rain that was lying on the street circuit. The race would finally go green on lap 10.
  • Due to a two-hour time limit, the race was curtailed after 83 of the original 100 laps.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St. Petersburg results". Indycar.com. 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  2. ^ a b c "Rahal's victory sets open-wheel record". IndyStar.com. 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2008-04-08. [dead link]
Preceded by
2008 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300
IRL IndyCar Series
round 2

2008
Succeeded by
2008 Indy Japan 300 (IRL teams; 3A)
2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (transition teams; 3B)