Firestone Indy 200

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Firestone Indy 200
IndyCar Series
Venue Nashville Superspeedway
Corporate sponsor Firestone
First race 2001
Last race 2008
Distance 266.6 miles (429.051 km)
Laps 200
Previous names Harrah's Indy 200 (2001)
Firestone Indy 200 (2002-2008)
Most wins (driver) Scott Dixon (3)
Most wins (team) Chip Ganassi Racing (3)

The Firestone Indy 200 was an Indy Racing League IndyCar Series race held at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee.

In 2001, it marked the first American open wheel event in the Nashville area. In later years it was held as a Saturday night race. The 2007 event was postponed until Sunday after a series of rain showers at the track. It marked the track's first postponement and was only the second time in series history an event had to be postponed due to weather.

Following the 2008 event, Indy Racing League officials decided to end their association with Nashville Superspeedway. The event was removed from the 2009 schedule, and it is not expected to return, as the track's owners discontinued most operations in 2011.

Past winners[edit]

As is a Nashville-area racing tradition, the winner wins a hand-made and painted Gibson Les Paul guitar (trophies in short-track racing are traditionally guitars).

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
2001 July 21 United States Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 200 266.6 (429.051) 1:44:44 144.809 Report
2002 July 20 United States Alex Barron Blair Racing Dallara Chevrolet 200 266.6 (429.051) 2:01:53 127.997 Report
2003 July 19 Brazil Gil de Ferran Team Penske Dallara Toyota 200 266.6 (429.051) 1:53:18 137.679 Report
2004 July 17 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 200 266.6 (429.051) 1:55:35 134.975 Report
2005 July 16 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 200 266.6 (429.051) 1:57:13 133.089 Report
2006 July 15 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 200 266.6 (429.051) 1:36:46 161.205 Report
2007 July 15* New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 200 266.6 (429.051) 1:35:06 164.03 Report
2008 July 12 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 171* 227.943 (366.838) 1:30:05 148.072 Report
  • 2007: Race postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon due to rain.
  • 2008: Race shortened due to rain.
Indy Lights winners
2002 July 20 United States Cory Witherill
2003 July 18 United Kingdom Mark Taylor
2004 July 17 Brazil Thiago Medeiros
2005 July 16 Brazil Jaime Camara
2006 July 15 United Kingdom Jay Howard
2007 July 14 United States Robbie Pecorari
2008 July 12 Brazil Ana Beatriz


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