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IRL - Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix

 

Location: Watkins Glen International
3.4 Mile Road Course
60 Laps/204 Miles
Pole Award: Hélio Castroneves 1:29.1919, 136.021 mph (218.905 km/h)
July 8, 2007
Time of race: 1:43:51.5094
Average speed of winner: 116.813
Margin of victory: 6.2591
Lead changes: 5 among 5 leaders
Cautions: 3 for 7 laps
Lap leaders: Castroneves 1-19, Dixon 20-24, Meira 25-32, Wheldon 33, Andretti 34-42, Dixon 43-60

 

 

Finish Start Driver Car # Sponsor/Name Chassis Engine Laps Status Points
1 2 Scott Dixon 9 Target Dallara Honda 60 1:43:51.5094 116.813 53
2 5 Sam Hornish, Jr. 6 Team Penske Dallara Honda 60 1:43:57.7685 40
3 3 Dario Franchitti 27 Canadian Club Dallara Honda 60 Finished 35
4 4 Tony Kanaan 11 7-Eleven Dallara Honda 60 Finished 32
5 6 Marco Andretti 26 NYSE Group Dallara Honda 60 Finished 30
6 7 Buddy Rice 15 Roll Coater Dallara Honda 60 Finished 28
7 10 Dan Wheldon 10 Target Dallara Honda 60 Finished 26
8 11 Kosuke Matsuura 55 Panasonic Dallara Honda 60 Finished 24
9 9 Darren Manning 14 ABC Supply Dallara Honda 60 Finished 22
10 12 Jeff Simmons 17 Ethanol Dallara Honda 60 Finished 20
11 15 Danica Patrick 7 Motorola Dallara Honda 60 Finished 19
12 17 Ed Carpenter 20 Hitachi Power Tools Dallara Honda 60 Finished 18
13 13 Tomas Scheckter 2 Joost Dallara Honda 60 Finished 17
14 14 Scott Sharp 8 Patron Dallara Honda 60 Finished 16
15 16 A. J. Foyt IV 22 Vision Racing Dallara Honda 60 Finished 15
16 18 Sarah Fisher 5 Aamco Dallara Honda 58 Flagged 14
17 8 Vitor Meira 4 Delphi Dallara Honda 58 Flagged 13
18 1 Helio Castroneves 3 Team Penske Dallara Honda 19 Wrecked 12

Race Summary: Castroneves led the first 19 laps, and on lap 20, under growing pressure from Scott Dixon, crashed in turn 11, bringing out the first yellow of the race. The green came out on lap 23, with Dixon leading. Lap 25 saw the second caution of the race, a spin by A. J. Foyt IV at Turn 8. As Dixon pitted, Vitor Meira grabbed the lead, which he would hold until lap 33. Meira's pit strategy was midjudged, and ran out of fuel, causing the 3rd full course caution. Dan Wheldon would lead lap 33, before pitting, allowing Marco Andretti to take the lead on lap 34. Andretti led until his final pitstop on lap 44, which would give Dixon the lead until the finish. Sam Hornish, Jr. ended up 2nd, with the Andretti Green trio of Dario Franchitti, Andretti and Tony Kanaan rounding out the top 5. Dixon also cut into Franchitti's massive points lead, reducing it from 65 to 47, after Dixon accumulated the maximum 53 points for the win, and most laps led (23) compared to the 35 that Franchitti earned for 3rd position. After the race, there was a bizarre incident in the pit lane. On the track, Hornish, Jr. and Kanaan clashed on the track (sidepod to wheel), which caused damage to each racecar. Then, Kanaan faked a turn on the reigning champion, while coming into the pitlane on the slow-down lap. This made Hornish, Jr. come towards Kanaan to discuss events on the track. Sam Hornish, Sr., the father of the Penske driver, then pushed Kanaan, making his frustration known. He was then tackled to the ground by someone standing nearby. Marco Andretti stepped in and stopped his father Michael from getting involved, and Jaime Camara, the IPS driver for AGR, was also involved in breaking up the melée. In total, some 15 to 20 people were involved in the incident. (Wikipedia)