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IRL - Detroit Indy Grand Prix Presented by Firestone

 

Location: The Raceway on Belle Isle Park
2.096 Mile Street Course
89 Laps/186.544 Miles
September 2, 2007
Pole Award: Helio Castroneves 1:12.0688, 103.401 mph (166.408 km/h)
Time of race: 2:11:50.5097
Average speed of winner: 83.841
Margin of victory: caution
Lead changes: 5 among 5 leaders
Cautions: 6 for 19 laps
Lap leaders: Castroneves 1-26, Franchitti 27-49, Rice 50-56, Patrick 57-65, Franchitti 66-69, Kanaan 70-89

 

Finish
Start
Driver
Car #
Sponsor/Name
Chassis
Engine
Laps
Status
Points
1
4
Tony Kanaan
11
7-Eleven
Dallara
Honda
89
2:11:50.5097
50
2
11
Danica Patrick
7
Motorola
Dallara
Honda
89
Finished
40
3
16
Dan Wheldon
10
Target
Dallara
Honda
89
Finished
35
4
8
Darren Manning
14
ABC Supply
Dallara
Honda
89
Finished
32
5
14
Kosuke Matsuura
55
Panasonic
Dallara
Honda
88
Flagged
30
6
2
Dario Franchitti
27
Canadian Club
Dallara
Honda
88
Flagged
31
7
15
Buddy Rice
15
HRH Las Vegas
Dallara
Honda
87
Wrecked
26
8
3
Scott Dixon
9
Target
Dallara
Honda
87
Wrecked
24
9
13
A. J. Foyt IV
22
Vision Racing
Dallara
Honda
87
Mechanical
22
10
12
Ed Carpenter
20
Hitachi Power Tools
Dallara
Honda
87
Flagged
20
11
17
Scott Sharp
8
Patron
Dallara
Honda
82
Flagged
19
12
7
Sam Hornish, Jr.
6
Team Penske
Dallara
Honda
75
Flagged
18
13
9
Tomas Scheckter
2
Joost
Dallara
Honda
67
Wrecked
17
14
1
Helio Castroneves
3
Team Penske
Dallara
Honda
67
Wrecked
16
15
10
Vitor Meira
4
Delphi
Dallara
Honda
31
Wrecked
15
16
18
Sarah Fisher
5
Aamco
Dallara
Honda
29
Wrecked
14
17
6
Marco Andretti
26
NYSE Group
Dallara
Honda
27
Mechanical
13
18
5
Ryan Hunter-Reay
17
Ethanol
Dallara
Honda
24
Mechanical
12

Race Summary: After a six-year absence, open wheel racing returned to the Belle Isle circuit. Minor track modifications intended to increase passing opportunities, however, saw lead changes only during pit stops, and several crashes. On the 31st lap, Sam Hornish, Jr. tangled with lap car Sarah Fisher, which took both cars out, along with Vitor Meira. Darren Manning hit the back of Danica Patrick's car, causing her to spin, but both continued. Later in the race, Helio Castroneves crashed out with Tomas Scheckter as the two were battling for position. Danica Patrick then climbed to the lead for nine laps by pitting out of sequence. After the final series of pit stops, a four-car battle at the front ensued, and held significant season championship implications. With time running out, Tony Kanaan was leading, and second place Buddy Rice ran out of fuel. Third place Scott Dixon, the championship points leader going into the race, took evasive action to get by Rice, which crashed out both cars. The pileup collected points contender Dario Franchitti as well. Danica Patrick slipped by the crash and took a career-best second place, while Kanaan went on to win. Franchitti managed to continue and limped to a sixth place finish. Tempers flared as AGR co-owner Michael Andretti was quick to accuse Dixon of intentionally taking out Franchitti by letting off the brakes and rolling into the path of Franchitti. The incident tightened the championship chase, and moved Franchitti into the points lead by only three points with one race remaining. (Wikipedia)