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IRL - Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's


Location: Kentucky Speedway
1.5 Mile Paved Oval
200 Laps/300 Miles
Pole Award: Tony Kanaan 24.4307 sec 218.086 mph (350.975 km/h)
August 11, 2007
Time of race: 1:38:21.7078
Average speed of winner: 180.558
Margin of victory: 1.7457 sec
Lead changes: 10 among 4 leaders
Cautions: 3 for 23 laps
Lap leaders: Kanaan 1-38, Franchitti 39-90, Kanaan 91, Foyt IV 92-93, Kanaan 94-128, Dixon 129-132, Kanaan 133-178, Foyt IV 179-180, Kanaan 181, Foyt IV 182-190, Kanaan 191-200



Finish Start Driver Car # Sponsor/Name Chassis Engine Laps Status Points
1 1 Tony Kanaan 11 7-Eleven Dallara Honda 200 1:38:21.7078 53
2 4 Scott Dixon 9 Target Dallara Honda 200 1:38:23.4535 40
3 10 A. J. Foyt IV 22 Vision Racing Dallara Honda 200 Finished 35
4 15 Marco Andretti 26 NYSE Group Dallara Honda 200 Finished 32
5 6 Tomas Scheckter 2 Joost Dallara Honda 200 Finished 30
6 3 Scott Sharp 8 Patron Dallara Honda 200 Finished 28
7 9 Ed Carpenter 20 Hitachi Power Tools Dallara Honda 200 Finished 26
8 2 Dario Franchitti 27 Canadian Club Dallara Honda 200 Finished 24
9 13 Helio Castroneves 3 Team Penske Dallara Honda 199 Flagged 22
10 12 Vitor Meira 4 Delphi Dallara Honda 199 Flagged 20
11 17 Kosuke Matsuura 55 Panasonic Dallara Honda 199 Flagged 19
12 16 Buddy Rice 15 Roll Coater Dallara Honda 199 Flagged 18
13 18 Darren Manning 14 ABC Supply Dallara Honda 198 Flagged 17
14 14 Sarah Fisher 5 Aamco Dallara Honda 197 Flagged 16
15 8 Ryan Hunter-Reay 17 Ethanol Dallara Honda 183 Electrical 15
16 11 Danica Patrick 7 Motorola Dallara Honda 180 Wrecked 14
17 5 Dan Wheldon 10 Target Dallara Honda 37 Wrecked 13
18 7 Sam Hornish, Jr. 6 Team Penske Dallara Honda 35 Wrecked 12

Race Summary: Starting from the pole for the first time since Kansas in April, the AGR car of Tony Kanaan led the opening 38 laps, right up to the first round of pitstops, under caution, after a crash on lap 36 involving Team Penske's Sam Hornish, Jr. & Ganassi's Dan Wheldon. Dario Franchitti would leapfrog his AGR team-mate on the pitstops, taking the lead on lap 39 for the restart on lap 44. Franchitti would lead until the second round of pitstops, under green flag conditions. Franchitti was the first to pit, on lap 91. This allowed Kanaan and Scott Dixon into the lead and second positions respectively. Both drivers would pit the following lap for their second pitstops. A. J. Foyt IV took the lead, and he would two laps, before pitting on lap 94. On the pitstops, Kanaan and Dixon had passed Franchitti, allowing them to be first and second, when everyone had made their pitstops. The race continued under green, until lap 126, when a caution was flown for debris in turn 3. Yellow-flag pitstops would occur, and a fast pitstop from the #9 crew allowed them, to lead for the restart on lap 132. Kanaan would pass Dixon the very next lap, and would hold the lead until the final round of pitstops. As Kanaan, Dixon and most of the other frontrunners pitted on lap 179, Foyt returned to the lead. As Foyt pitted on lap 181, the final yellow was flown, after an incident which began on pitlane. The AGR cars of Franchitti and Danica Patrick collided on pit entry, causing damage to Franchitti's right front wing endplate. He would need the nosecone replaced, but would not lose a lap. Meanwhile, Patrick was exiting pit road, and got on the power too early, causing her to spin. She would be bump-started by the Delphi safety crew. Next time by, still under caution, a tyre blew on the #7 car in turn 2, making her spin again, and narrowly avoided the safety crew. Foyt would lead the field to the restart on lap 190, but Kanaan was not to be denied, taking the lead for good on lap 191. Leading 131 of the 200 laps, the Brazilian won his 4th race of this season, and moved back into the championship running. Dixon finished 2nd, to further close on Franchitti's championship lead. The Scotsman, suffered his second backflip in a row, after hitting the #55 car of Kosuke Matsuura. He put all the blame on himself, saying that he thought the race was not over. He was the last of the cars on the lead lap, finishing in 8th, giving up 16 of his 24-point championship lead. Foyt finished a career-high 3rd, just holding off the final AGR car of Marco Andretti and his Vision Racing team-mate Tomas Scheckter. (Wikipedia)