2008 Indy Japan 300

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Japan   2008 Motegi
Race details
3rd (A) round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season
Twin Ring Motegi map.svg
Date April 20, 2008
Official name Indy Japan 300
Location Twin Ring Motegi
Course Permanent racing facility
1.520 mi / 2.446 km
Distance 200 laps, 304.000 mi / 489.241 km
Weather 54°F, Mostly cloudy
Pole position
Driver Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Penske Racing
Time set by driver points[1]
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Penske Racing
Time 27.6476 (on lap 12 of 200)
Podium
First United States Danica Patrick United States Andretti Green Racing
Second Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Penske Racing
Third New Zealand Scott Dixon United States Chip Ganassi Racing
The race, with Marco Andretti spinning out.

The 2008 Indy Japan 300 was the third round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season, for drivers who competed in the series in 2007 and teams that had entered for 2008 who were not former Champ Car teams that were in transition. This was because the 2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach occurred on the same weekend and there was no way of changing dates to avoid the clash when the reunification took place. Originally scheduled for the afternoon of April 19, 2008 at the 1.52-mile (2.45 km) Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Tochigi, the race was delayed by 22 hours until the morning of April 20, due to water seeping up onto the track from previous heavy rains.[2] The race was historic in that Danica Patrick became the first female to win a race in the history of top-level American open-wheel racing.[3]

Qualifying[edit]

Due to rain in the Tochigi region, qualifying was cancelled and the field was set by driver points.[1] Thus, the grid was:

Pos No. Driver Team
1 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing
2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing
3 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing
4 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing
5 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing
6 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing
7 20 United States Ed Carpenter Vision Racing
8 2 United States A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing
9 27 Japan Hideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing
10 17 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing
11 15 United States Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
12 14 United Kingdom Darren Manning A. J. Foyt Enterprises
13 4 Brazil Vitor Meira Panther Racing
14 24 United Kingdom Jay Howard (R) Roth Racing
15 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing
16 23 United States Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
17 25 Canada Marty Roth Roth Racing
18 77 United States Roger Yasukawa CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports

Race[edit]

Finish Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps
Led
Points
1 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 200 1:51:02.6739 6 3 50
2 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 200 +5.8594 1 94 40
3 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi 200 +10.0559 2 101 38
4 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Target Chip Ganassi 200 +13.1116 5 2 32
5 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 200 +16.0731 3 0 30
6 20 United States Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 200 +16.2872 7 0 28
7 17 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay (R) Rahal Letterman Racing 200 +17.5193 10 0 26
8 14 United Kingdom Darren Manning A. J. Foyt Enterprises 199 +1 Lap 12 0 24
9 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 199 +1 Lap 15 0 22
10 23 United States Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 199 +1 Lap 16 0 20
11 27 Japan Hideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing 199 +1 Lap 9 0 19
12 15 United States Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 198 +2 Laps 11 0 18
13 24 United Kingdom Jay Howard Roth Racing 192 +8 Laps 14 0 17
14 77 United States Roger Yasukawa CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports 134 Brakes 18 0 16
15 2 United States A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 103 Accident 8 0 15
16 4 Brazil Vitor Meira Panther Racing 92 Accident 13 0 14
17 25 Canada Marty Roth Roth Racing 44 Accident 17 0 13
18 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 0 Collision 4 0 12
Race average speed: 164.258 mph (264.348 km/h)
Lead changes: 5 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 4 for 29 laps

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rain hands Castroneves Motegi pole". autosport.com. 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  2. ^ "Motegi race rescheduled for Sunday". autosport.com. 2008-04-19. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Motegi results". Indycar.com. 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
Preceded by
2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
IRL IndyCar Series
round 3A
2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (transition teams; 3B)

2008
Succeeded by

2008 RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300 (round 4)

NOTE: A "Transition Team" is a former Champ Car team joining the IRL after reunification earlier in 2008. The contract for the Long Beach race could not be changed in time so Long Beach and Motegi took place at the same weekend.