Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 Race Report

4/27/2008 8:59:00 PM

Circuit: Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile oval) Kansas City, KS
2007 Winner: Dan Wheldon (Target/Chip Ganassi Racing) 188.169 mph average
Weather: Partly cloudy, cool, 56 degrees F

Race Results:

Fn. St. Driver Team Chassis Laps Average Speed/Notes
1 2. Dan Wheldon Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 200 161.774 mph average, led 49 laps
2 11. Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Honda Dallara 200 -2.1778 seconds
3 1. Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 200 -4.3922 seconds, led 145 laps
4 8. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Honda Dallara 200 -9.2889 seconds, led 1 laps
5 14. Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing Honda Dallara 200 -9.2986 seconds
6 13. Hideki Mutoh-R Andretti Green Racing Honda Dallara 200 -9.3647 seconds
7 9. Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Honda Dallara 200 -9.9823 seconds
8 5. A.J. Foyt IV Vision Racing Honda Dallara 200 -14.4757 seconds
9 22. Justin Wilson-R Newman Haas Lanigan Honda Dallara 199 Running, led 5 laps
10 6. Ed Carpenter Vision Racing Honda Dallara 199 Running
11 23. Oriol Servia KV Racing Technologies Honda Dallara 198 Running
12 20. Graham Rahal-R Newman Haas Lanigan Honda Dallara 198 Running
13 15. Jay Howard-R Roth Racing Honda Dallara 197 Running
14 17. Ernesto Viso-R HVM Racing Honda Dallara 197 Running
15 26. Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 196 Running
16 24. Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold Honda Dallara 195 Running
17 27. Mario Moraes-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 193 Running
18. 12. Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing Honda Dallara 169 Did not finish - transmission
19. 3. Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing Honda Dallara 156 Did not finish - suspension
20. 21. Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Honda Dallara 150 Did not finish - contact
21. 19. Jaime Camara-R Conquest Racing Honda Dallara 150 Running
22. 10. Vitor Meira Panther Racing Honda Dallara 101 Did not finish - contact
23. 4. Tomas Scheckter Luczo Dragon Racing Honda Dallara 96 Did not finish - contact
24. 16. Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 76 Did not finish - handling
25. 25. Enrique Bernoldi-R Conquest Racing Honda Dallara 54 Did not finish - handling
26. 7. Marty Roth Roth Racing Honda Dallara 41 Did not finish - handling
27. 18. Will Power-R KV Racing Technologies Honda Dallara 22 Did not finish - contact
R - designates IndyCar Series Rookie

Wheldon Repeats as Kansas Victor

Almost a year to the day since he last visited Victory Circle, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dan Wheldon took advantage of teammate Scott Dixon's misfortune to win Sunday's Road Runner Turbo Indy 300, his second consecutive victory at Kansas Speedway and his first IndyCar Series win since last year's race here.

Dixon started from the pole and dominated the first three-quarters of today's 200-lap contest. But the Homestead-Miami Speedway race winner was caught in pit lane when the caution flag waved on Lap 153 for a crash involving former Indy 500 champion Buddy Rice. As a result, Dixon resumed in seventh place, at the tail end of the lead lap, when the green flag waved again on Lap 172.

Still the fastest car in the field, Dixon, the 2004 series champion passed the strong-running Andretti Green Racing entries of Marco Andretti and Hideki Mutoh, as well as the Team Penske cars of Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe, but could advance no higher in the final laps and finished third.

Wheldon, who also had a very fast machine and ran in the top three all day, assumed a lead he would not relinquish when Dixon pitted, holding off Tony Kanaan by just over two seconds at the checkers.

It was another successful race weekend for the Honda HI8R Indy V-8 engine, with a 2008 season-high 27 drivers running a total of 11,002 miles - also a new race-weekend record for the year - without failure throughout the weekend.

Following the lead trio came an exciting four-way battle to the finish as Andretti, Castroneves, Mutoh and Briscoe all swapped positions in the final five laps. At the line, it was Castroneves holding on to fourth by less than half a car length, with Mutoh right on his teammate's gearbox and Briscoe equally close behind. Newman Haas Lanigan Racing's Justin Wilson led the former Champ Car field in ninth, just behind A.J. Foyt IV.

A late pit stop for a splash of fuel - the result of Ernesto Viso unintentionally blocking his pit stall earliere - dropped Ed Carpenter to an unrepresentative 10th place finish. Also unlucky today were potential top-10 finisher Buddy Rice, who crashed due to suspension failure on Lap 153; and series returnee Tomas Scheckter, who challenged the leaders in the early laps until contact with Viso ended his race on Lap 96.

The 2008 IndyCar Series now heads to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the "Month of May" and the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500.

IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship Standings (after 5 of 18 races):
1. Helio Castroneves - 144 points 6. Will Power - 97 points (1 win)
2. Scott Dixon -138 (1 win) 7. Marco Andretti - 95
3. Dan Wheldon - 135 (1 win) 8. Oriol Servia - 93
4.Tony Kanaan - 129 9. Ed Carpenter - 80
5. Danica Patrick - 110 (1 win) 10. Graham Rahal - 88 (1 win)

Dan Wheldon (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started 2nd, finished 1st, his first victory of 2008, 14th career IndyCar Series win: "It was a fantastic weekend for everybody on the team. Scott [Dixon] was a bit unfortunate; he probably deserved a bit better than third place. Both of our cars were excellent today, it's just a shame Scott was in the pits when the yellow [Lap 153 caution] fell. It was a strong weekend for us, the car performed very well. It's difficult out there with the equality of the Honda engines, but we were getting good fuel mileage and that's what helped us win today."

Tony Kanaan (#11 Andretti Green Racing Honda) Started 11th, finished 2nd, has finished eighth or higher at every race this season: "After the day we had yesterday, when I think we put 10 laps on the car all day, this was a pretty good result. We got a little lucky at the end with Scott [Dixon's] misfortune on the yellow flag. I think we had a top-three car, but probably not a better car then either of the two Ganassi cars. So we'll be happy with this."

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started 1st, finished 3rd, led 145 of 200 laps: "I have to congratulate Dan [Wheldon] and the whole #10 side of the team; they had a great race today, a smart race. On our side, that's two weeks in a row now that we've lost the race by ourselves, and that's something we have to address. Still, it was a good result, coming from as far back late in the race as we did, and good points for the championship."