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IRL - Firestone Indy 400

 

Location: Michigan International Speedway
2 Mile Paved Oval
200 Laps/400 Miles
August 5, 2007
Pole Award: Dario Franchitti 32.981 sec 218.308 mph (351.333 km/h)
Time of race: 2:49:38.0509
Average speed of winner: 141.481
Margin of victory: 0.0595
Lead changes: 23 among 9 leaders
Cautions: 6 for 63 laps
Lap leaders: Franchitti 1-30, Hornish 31, Franchitti 32-47, Kanaan 48, Dixon 49-62, Franchitti 63-84, Scheckter 85, Wheldon 86-91, Franchitti 92-115, Scheckter 116, Franchitti 117-122, Wheldon 123-125, Franchitti 126, Wheldon 127-128, Franchitti 129, Wheldon 130-134, Franchitti 135, Wheldon 136-143, Patrick 144-145, Kanaan 146, Andretti 147-158, Patrick 159-161, Sharp 162-172, Kanaan 173-200

Finish Start Driver Car # Sponsor/Name Chassis Engine Laps Status Points
1 8 Tony Kanaan 11 7-Eleven Dallara Honda 200 2:49:38.0509 141.481 50
2 13 Marco Andretti 26 NYSE Group Dallara Honda 200 2:49:38.1104 40
3 4 Scott Sharp 8 Patron Dallara Honda 200 Finished 35
4 14 Kosuke Matsuura 55 Panasonic Dallara Honda 200 Finished 32
5 17 Buddy Rice 15 Roll Coater Dallara Honda 200 Finished 30
6 12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 17 Ethanol Dallara Honda 200 Finished 28
7 9 Danica Patrick 7 Motorola Dallara Honda 199 Flagged 26
8 15 A. J. Foyt IV 22 Vision Racing Dallara Honda 167 Handling 24
9 2 Sam Hornish, Jr. 6 Team Penske Dallara Honda 148 Handling 22
10 7 Scott Dixon 9 Target Dallara Honda 145 Handling 20
11 6 Tomas Scheckter 2 Joost Dallara Honda 144 Wrecked 19
12 5 Dan Wheldon 10 Target Dallara Honda 143 Wrecked 18
13 1 Dario Franchitti 27 Canadian Club Dallara Honda 143 Wrecked 20
14 10 Ed Carpenter 20 Hitachi Power Tools Dallara Honda 143 Wrecked 16
15 18 Darren Manning 14 ABC Supply Dallara Honda 113 Wrecked 15
16 16 Sarah Fisher 5 Aamco Dallara Honda 83 Wrecked 14
17 3 Helio Castroneves 3 Team Penske Dallara Honda 58 Wrecked 13
18 11 Vitor Meira 4 Delphi Dallara Honda 58 Wrecked 12
19 19 Milka Duno 23 CITGO Dallara Honda 43 Mechanical 12
20 20 Jon Herb 19 AERCON/Dad's Root Beer Dallara Honda 26 Wrecked 12

Race Summary: The race start was delayed 4 and a half hours due to persistent rainy conditions. As a result, the US telecast was moved to ESPN Classic. Once the race began, it became a war of attrition marked by two significant incidents. The first came when Helio Castroneves and Vitor Meira hooked wheels just past the start-finish line, slamming both cars hard into the outside wall. Castroneves was visibly upset with Meira after the incident and walked all the way to the infield care center, later complaining of knee pain and being diagnosed with only a bruised knee. On Lap 139, polesitter Dario Franchitti and leader Dan Wheldon hooked wheels on the back-stretch, sending Franchitti sideways and later sailing upside down, landing on the cars of Scott Dixon and A. J. Foyt IV. Franchitti's car was the same one he had driven to victory in the Indy 500. [33] The incident collected seven cars and all drivers, including Franchitti, were uninjured. A lengthy caution followed with just seven cars remaining running and on the lead-lap. Andretti Green Racing was set to capture a 1-2-3 finish until Danica Patrick suffered a puctured right-rear tire with 13 laps to go, forcing her to pit, leaving AGR driver Tony Kanaan to hold off teammate Marco Andretti for his third win of the season. The carnage resulted in career-best finishes for Kosuke Matsuura (4th), Ryan Hunter-Reay (6th), and Foyt (8th) despite his car not running at the finish. There will be no race at Michigan on the 2008 calendar, so this may be the last major open wheel race held at the speedway in the foreseeable future. (Wikipedia)