2008 Iowa Corn Indy 250

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United States 2008 Iowa
Race details
8th round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season
Date June 22, 2008
Official name Iowa Corn Indy 250
Location Iowa Speedway
Course Permanent racing facility
0.894 mi / 1.439 km
Distance 250 laps
223.500 mi / 359.688 km
Weather 80°F, Sunny
Pole position
Driver Scott Dixon (United States Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time set by driver points[1]
Fastest lap
Driver Ryan Briscoe (United States Penske Racing)
Time 17.4908 (on lap 233 of 250)
Podium
First Dan Wheldon (United States Chip Ganassi Racing)
Second Hideki Mutoh (United States Andretti Green Racing)
Third Marco Andretti (United States Andretti Green Racing)

The 2008 Iowa Corn Indy 250 was the eighth round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season. The race was held on June 22, 2008 at the 0.894-mile (1.439 km) Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. At the green flag, Hélio Castroneves took the lead in turn 1 from polesitter Scott Dixon. Tony Kanaan quickly moved up to second position. Over the next 10-15 laps, Castroneves and Kanaan battled back-and-forth for the lead, side-by-side on many laps. Kanaan finally muscled the lead away on lap 16, and gained a lead of roughly one second. On lap 39, Ed Carpenter brushed the outside wall in turn 2. The leaders pit, and Kanaan exited the pits as the leader. On lap 51, the green came back out, and a lap later, Castroneves got by Kanaan for the lead. Jaime Camara brought out the yellow on lap 106 when his car lost power and stopped on the course. After another sequence of pit stops, Kanaan led Dan Wheldon and Marco Andretti. On the restart, Wheldon lost control and slid up the track, falling to 8th place.

On lap 157 Mario Moraes spun into the pit apron, bringing out a caution, and the leaders pitted. John Andretti's pitcrew had trouble engaging the fuel hose, and he dropped back the end of the running order. Prior to this he had been running in 7th place, one of the highest positions ever for a Roth Racing car. Castroneves regained the lead on lap 170, and held it until another yellow came out on lap 188 for a spin by Enrique Bernoldi. Most of the leaders pitted, but Wheldon, Hideki Mutoh, and Danica Patrick stayed out to lead the field. On the restart Moraes spun for the second time of the day, and prolonged the yellow until lap 202. On lap 212, Kanaan (running third) suddenly lost control and crashed in turn 1.

On the lap 227 restart, Marco Andretti and Dixon passed Patrick to take third and fourth place respectively. Over the final 15 laps, Mutoh and Marco Andretti battled for second, with Mutoh holding off Andretti's challenge. Wheldon went on to win, and Chip Ganassi Racing donated their race winnings from both cars to Iowa flood relief. After getting by Patrick late in the race, A. J. Foyt IV finished in the top 5, while John Andretti just missed the top 10, working his way back to 11th.

Result[edit]

Finish Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps
Led
Points
1 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing 250 1:38:35.8923 3 61 50
2 27 Japan Hideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing 250 +0.1430 7 0 40
3 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 250 +0.9028 8 26 35
4 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 250 +1.2726 1 0 32
5 2 United States A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 250 +1.3564 18 0 30
6 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 250 +1.9115 6 0 28
7 6 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 250 +3.9780 5 0 26
8 17 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay (R) Rahal Letterman Racing 250 +4.4488 14 0 24
9 8 Australia Will Power (R) KV Racing 250 +5.6158 11 0 22
10 06 United States Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 250 +7.7886 16 0 20
11 24 United States John Andretti Roth Racing 250 +8.4639 23 0 19
12 02 United Kingdom Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 250 +8.7225 20 0 18
13 33 Venezuela E. J. Viso (R) HVM Racing 250 +12.5775 13 0 17
14 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 248 +2 Laps 2 92 19
15 4 Brazil Vitor Meira Panther Racing 248 +2 Laps 12 0 15
16 5 Spain Oriol Servià (R) KV Racing 247 +3 Laps 10 0 14
17 36 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Conquest Racing 242 + 8 Laps 17 0 13
18 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 211 Contact 4 71 12
19 19 Brazil Mario Moraes (R) Dale Coyne Racing 192 Contact 24 0 12
20 34 Brazil Jaime Camara (R) Conquest Racing 133 Handling 21 0 12
21 14 United Kingdom Darren Manning A. J. Foyt Enterprises 94 Handling 19 0 12
22 15 United States Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 78 Handling 15 0 12
23 20 United States Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 38 Contact 9 0 12
24 23 Venezuela Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 26 Handling 22 0 12
25 18 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 0 DNS 25 0 5
26 25 Canada Marty Roth Roth Racing 0 DNS 26 0 5
Race average speed: 136.007 mph (218.882 km/h)
Lead changes: 9 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 57 laps

References[edit]

  1. ^ Olson, Jeff (2008-06-21). "Iowa rain hands pole to Dixon". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Archived from the original on 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 


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