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2008 Indy Japan 300
Japan 2008 Motegi
Race details
3rd (A) round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season
Twin Ring Motegi oval map.svg
DateApril 20, 2008
Official nameIndy Japan 300
LocationTwin Ring Motegi
CoursePermanent racing facility
1.520 mi / 2.446 km
Distance200 laps
304.000 mi / 489.241 km
Weather54 °F (12 °C), Mostly cloudy
Pole position
DriverHélio Castroneves (United States Penske Racing)
Timeset by driver points[1]
Fastest lap
DriverHélio Castroneves (United States Penske Racing)
Time27.6476 (on lap 12 of 200)
Podium
FirstDanica Patrick (United States Andretti Green Racing)
SecondHélio Castroneves (United States Penske Racing)
ThirdScott 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] Danica Patrick won the race, becoming the first female winner in the history of top-level American open-wheel racing.[3]

Qualifying

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

Race

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 Vítor 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

  1. ^ a b "Rain hands Castroneves Motegi pole". autosport.com. 2008-04-18. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Motegi race rescheduled for Sunday". autosport.com. 2008-04-19. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Motegi results" (PDF). Indycar.com. 2008-04-20. Retrieved .[permanent dead link]

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