RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300

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Road Runner Turbo Indy 300
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IndyCar Series
Venue Kansas Speedway
Corporate sponsor Road Runner
First race 2001
Last race 2010
Distance 300 miles (483 km)
Laps 200
Previous names Ameristar Casino Indy 200 (2001-2002)
Kansas Indy 300 (2003)
Argent Mortgage Indy 300 (2004-2005)
Kansas Lottery Indy 300 (2006-2007)
Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 (2008-2010)
Most wins (driver) Dan Wheldon (2)
Scott Dixon (2)
Most wins (team) Chip Ganassi Racing (4)

The RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300 was an IndyCar Series race held at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. The IRL Indycar Series debuted the race in 2001.

The first Indy/Championship races in the Kansas City area city took place in 1922-1924, at now-demolished Kansas City Speedway in Kansas City, Missouri. AAA held four races at the 1.25-mile (2.01 km) board track over three years. The final race was shortened from 250 miles (400 km) to 150 miles (240 km) due to damage to the track, and the series did not return.

In 2007, the race was run on April 29, 2007. The move was made at the request of spectators and participants, in hopes of cooler weather for race day. The first six years saw the race held on very hot and humid July days, making it hard for the fans and drivers. With its new date, it will mark the last IRL race before the Indianapolis 500.

The 2007 event marked the one of the very few times three women have competed at the same time in a major North American race. Danica Patrick, Sarah Fisher and Milka Duno finished 7th, 12th, and 14th respectively.

The 2010 event saw it be the undercard race to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 on Sunday, instead of the other way, as the other nine race were. This decision was made in order to have the Truck race not run against the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway under NASCAR's television restrictions prohibiting two national series from running at the same time.

Past winners[edit]

AAA Championship car history[edit]

Season Date Distance Winning Driver Car
1922 September 17 300 (483 km) United States Tommy Milton Miller
1923 July 4 250 (400 km) United States Eddie Hearne Miller
1923 October 21 250 (400 km) United States Harlan Fengler Miller
1924 July 4 150 (240 km) United States Jimmy Murphy Miller

Indycar Series[edit]

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
2001 July 8 United States Eddie Cheever, Jr. Team Cheever Dallara Infiniti 200 300 (482.803) 2:02:29 148.914 Report
2002 July 7 Brazil Airton Daré A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Chevrolet 200 300 (482.803) 1:42:10 178.527 Report
2003 July 6 United States Bryan Herta Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 200 300 (482.803) 1:48:51 167.57 Report
2004 July 4 United States Buddy Rice Rahal Letterman Racing Panoz G-Force Honda 200 300 (482.803) 1:42:57 177.183 Report
2005 July 3 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 200 300 (482.803) 1:41:03 180.504 Report
2006 July 2 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. Team Penske Dallara Honda 200 300 (482.803) 1:49:00 167.331 Report
2007 April 29 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 200 300 (482.803) 1:36:56 188.169 Report
2008 April 27 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 200 300 (482.803) 1:52:45 161.774 Report
2009 April 26 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 200 300 (482.803) 1:43:21 176.488 Report
2010 May 1 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 200 300 (482.803) 1:50:43 164.741 Report

Indy Pro Series/Indy Lights winners[edit]

Season Date Winning Driver
CART Indy Lights Series
2001 July 8 Denmark Kristian Kolby
IRL Indy Pro/Indy Lights Series
2002 July 7 United States A.J. Foyt IV
2003 July 6 United Kingdom Mark Taylor
2004 July 3 Brazil Thiago Medeiros
2005–2007: Not held
2008 April 27 United States J.R. Hildebrand
2009 April 26 Colombia Sebastian Saavedra

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