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IRL - PEAK Antifreeze Indy 300 Presented by Mr. Clean

 

Location: Chicagoland Speedway
1.5 Mile Paved Oval
200 Laps/300 Miles
September 9, 2007
Pole Award: Dario Franchitti - 25.4931 seconds, 214.646 mph
Time of race: 1:44:53.7950
Average speed of winner: 173.886
Margin of victory: 1.8439 sec
Lead changes: 14 among 5 leaders
Cautions: 3 for 27 laps
Lap leaders: Franchitti pole, Hornish 1-38, Castroneves 39-85, Dixon 86-88, Franchitti 89-92, Castroneves 93-101, Hornish 102-129, Dixon 130-135, Franchitti 136-140, Dixon 141-159, Hornish 160-183, Dixon 184-190, Wheldon 191-193, Dixon 194-199, Franchitti 200

IRL Results at Chicagoland Speedway
IRL Race Results 2007
IRL Information
IRL Drver Champions

 

Finish
Start
Driver
Car #
Sponsor/Name
Chassis
Engine
Laps
Status
Points
1
1
Dario Franchitti
27
Canadian Club
Dallara
Honda
200
1:44:53.7950
50
2
6
Scott Dixon
9
Target
Dallara
Honda
200
Flagged
40
3
2
Sam Hornish, Jr.
6
Team Penske
Dallara
Honda
199
Flagged
38
4
3
Helio Castroneves
3
Team Penske
Dallara
Honda
199
Flagged
32
5
11
Scott Sharp
8
Patron
Dallara
Honda
199
Flagged
30
6
4
Tony Kanaan
11
7-Eleven
Dallara
Honda
199
Flagged
28
7
12
Ryan Hunter-Reay
17
Ethanol
Dallara
Honda
198
Flagged
26
8
13
Hideki Mutoh
60
Formula Dream
Dallara
Honda
198
Flagged
24
9
19
Buddy Rice
15
HRH Las Vegas
Dallara
Honda
198
Flagged
22
10
18
A. J. Foyt IV
22
Vision Racing
Dallara
Honda
198
Flagged
20
11
7
Danica Patrick
7
Motorola
Dallara
Honda
198
Flagged
19
12
17
Sarah Fisher
5
Aamco
Dallara
Honda
196
Flagged
18
13
5
Dan Wheldon
10
Target
Dallara
Honda
193
Out of fuel
17
14
21
Marty Roth
25
Dussault/Roth Racing
Dallara
Honda
190
Flagged
16
15
22
Milka Duno
23
CITGO
Dallara
Honda
184
Flagged
15
16
14
Ed Carpenter
20
Hitachi Power Tools
Dallara
Honda
164
Flagged
14
17
16
Kosuke Matsuura
55
Panasonic
Dallara
Honda
156
Mechanical
13
18
15
Vitor Meira
4
Delphi
Dallara
Honda
133
Wrecked
12
19
20
P. J. Chesson
76
Dussault/Roth Racing
Dallara
Honda
94
Flagged
12
20
9
Tomas Scheckter
2
Joost
Dallara
Honda
73
Handling
12
21
8
Darren Manning
14
ABC Supply
Dallara
Honda
62
Handling
12
22
10
Marco Andretti
26
NYSE Group
Dallara
Honda
34
Wrecked
12

 

Race Summary: The final race of the season saw Dario Franchitti enter with a three-point lead over Scott Dixon in the championship chase. Tony Kanaan held third, the only other driver mathematically eligible for the title. Penske teammates Sam Hornish, Jr. and Helio Castroneves dominated most of the race, leading a combined 146 laps. Tony Kanaan saw his championship hopes go away early in the race when a flat tire forced an unscheduled pit stop. He would eventually finish 6th in the race. Single-car crashes by Marco Andretti and later Vitor Meira were the only significant on track incidents of the day. Meira's crash on lap 136 caused damage to the SAFER barrier, and a long 15-lap caution ensued as track workers repaired the barrier. It set up a dramatic fuel strategy, as both Franchitti and Dixon decided to pit to top off their tanks, and thus gamble on stretching their fuel to the end of the race. With the laps winding down, most of the leaders ducked into the pits for a quick fuel stops. That left Dixon leading, Franchitti second, and Danica Patrick third. Patrick headed for the pits on lap 195, but spun at the entrance, bringing out the caution. Both Dixon and Franchitti attempted to conserve fuel under the yellow, and prepared for a two-lap sprint to decide the race winner, and ultimately the season championship. The green came out with two laps to go, and the two battled side-by-side. On the final lap, entering turn three, Dixon ran out of fuel. Franchitti slipped by to take the lead, win the race, and clinch the 2007 IndyCar Series Championship title. With Franchitti reportedly heading to NASCAR, along with possibly Sam Hornish Jr., it marked what could be the final IndyCar Series race for the 2006 and 2007 Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series champions, respectively. (Wikipedia)