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IRL - SunTrust Indy Challenge

 

Location: Richmond International Raceway
.75 Mile Paved Oval
250 Laps/187.5 Miles
Pole Award: Dario Franchitti (rained out, field set by owner points)
June 30, 2007
Time of race: 1:24:19.6684
Average speed of winner: 133.408
Margin of victory: 0.4194
Lead changes: 2 among 2 leaders
Cautions: 4 for 33 laps
Lap leaders: Franchitti 1-63, Kanaan 64-71, Franchitti 72-250

 

 

Finish Start Driver Car # Sponsor/Name Chassis Engine Laps Status Points
1 1 Dario Franchitti 27 Canadian Club Dallara Honda 250 1:24:19.6684 133.406 53
2 3 Scott Dixon 9 Target Dallara Honda 250 1:24:20.0878 40
3 4 Dan Wheldon 10 Target Dallara Honda 250 Finished 35
4 2 Tony Kanaan 11 7-Eleven Dallara Honda 250 Finished 32
5 12 Buddy Rice 15 Roll Coater Dallara Honda 250 Finished 30
6 8 Danica Patrick 7 Motorola Dallara Honda 250 Finished 28
7 10 Tomas Scheckter 2 Joost Dallara Honda 250 Finished 26
8 7 Scott Sharp 8 Patron Dallara Honda 250 Finished 24
9 9 Vitor Meira 4 Delphi Dallara Honda 250 Finished 22
10 15 Ed Carpenter 20 Hitachi Power Tools Dallara Honda 250 Finished 20
11 6 Helio Castroneves 3 Team Penske Dallara Honda 149 Flagged 19
12 14 Marco Andretti 26 NYSE Group Dallara Honda 249 Flagged 18
13 17 A. J. Foyt IV 22 Vision Racing Dallara Honda 249 Flagged 17
14 13 Darren Manning 14 ABC Supply Dallara Honda 249 Flagged 16
15 5 Sam Hornish, Jr. 6 Team Penske Dallara Honda 248 Flagged 15
16 16 Sarah Fisher 5 Aamco Dallara Honda 247 Flagged 14
17 18 Kosuke Matsuura 55 Panasonic Dallara Honda 236 Wrecked 13
18 11 Jeff Simmons 17 Ethanol Dallara Honda 153 Wrecked 12
19 19 Milka Duno 23 CITGO Dallara Honda 79 Too slow 12

Race Summary: Qualifying was rained out and the field was set by entrant points. As a result, points leader Dario Franchitti started the race from the pole. Franchitti dominated the race, leading all but 9 laps on his way to his third win of the season, and eighth consecutive top-5 finish. He opened up a 65-point lead in the championship ahead of Scott Dixon. The race was under yellow as soon as it went green when Sam Hornish, Jr. spun his Penske car on the inside of Turn 4. When the green flag flew on lap 4, Franchitti opened up a lead, before another caution period on lap 61 for debris. Lap 64 saw the leaders make pit stops, and it was Tony Kanaan who made the pit exit first. He led until lap 72, when Franchitti took advantage of a sluggish restart from his AGR team-mate to retake the lead. He led the next 88 laps until a single car crash involving Jeff Simmons. Hélio Castroneves led for a solitary lap, before serving a drive-through penalty for illegal blending under the pace car. The pace car then picked up what driver Johnny Rutherford believed was a puncture while leading the field, and had to switch to one of the others. Ultimately an excess amount of rubber debris had built up on the car's tires. Franchitti led the rest of the way, despite another caution for contact between Hornish and Kosuke Matsuura. Franchitti held on to win by 0.4194 seconds from the Ganassi pair of Dixon and Dan Wheldon, with Kanaan coming home 4th. Buddy Rice continued on his recent success, rounding out the top five despite starting on the outside of the sixth row. (Wikipedia)