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The 2002 Honda Indy 300 was the seventeenth round of the 2002 CART World Series season, held on 27 October 2002 on the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.

Australia 2002 Surfers Paradise
Race details
Race 17 of 19 in the 2002 CART season
Surfers Paradise Street Circuit.svg
Map of the track
Date27 October, 2002
Official nameHonda Indy 300
LocationSurfers Paradise Street Circuit
Queensland, Australia
CourseTemporary Street Circuit
2.795 mi / 4.498 km
Distance40 laps
111.800 mi / 179.920 km
WeatherRain
Pole position
DriverCristiano da Matta (Newman-Haas Racing)
Time1:30.204
Fastest lap
DriverCristiano da Matta (Newman-Haas Racing)
Time1:56.457 (on lap 7 of 40)
Podium
FirstMario Domínguez (Herdez Competition)
SecondPatrick Carpentier (Forsythe Racing)
ThirdPaul Tracy (Team Green)

The race was marred by extremely wet conditions. The initial start resulted in a multi-car crash injuring Fernandez and Takagi. CART officials allowed teams to repair their cars or pull out backups. Postponing the race was not an option due to international travel, limited TV window, and logistics of the street course circuit. The race restarted on lap 3 with slightly improved conditions, but went back under yellow at lap 10 where it would remain until the race was called at lap 40.

Michael Andretti's team believed the race would be called once the race passed official race status of the full lap past the halfway point (35 laps plus one) of the original distance (70 laps, but the race was shortened to 50 laps by officials after the start crash), but officials instead waited until lap 40 to force each car to make two pit stops. This gave Domínguez his first career win in the slowest race in CART history. For 2003, rules were changed to allow the race to be called prior to halfway with only half points being awarded. This rule was not implemented by IndyCar after the 2008 reunification.

Contents

Qualifying resultsEdit

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 55   Mario Domínguez Herdez Competition 40 2:00:06.524 18 20
2 32   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 40 +2.2 secs 15 16
3 26   Paul Tracy Team Green 40 +2.5 secs 5 14
4 12   Kenny Bräck Chip Ganassi Racing 40 +2.7 secs 4 12
5 10   Tony Kanaan Mo Nunn Racing 40 +4.8 secs 3 10
6 33   Alex Tagliani Forsythe Racing 40 +7.8 secs 14 8
7 27   Dario Franchitti Team Green 40 +9.9 secs 8 6
8 1   Cristiano da Matta Newman-Haas Racing 40 +12.3 secs 1 7
9 39   Michael Andretti Team Green 40 +13.5 secs 16 4
10 9   Michel Jourdain, Jr. Team Rahal 40 +13.6 secs 12 3
11 11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 40 +14.8 secs 13 2
12 8   Jimmy Vasser Team Rahal 40 +16.2 secs 11 1
13 52   Shinji Nakano Fernández Racing 40 +17.6 secs 7
14 4   Bruno Junqueira Chip Ganassi Racing 40 +18.1 secs 2 1
15 44   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 24 Mechanical 6
16 20   Oriol Servià Patrick Racing 11 Mechanical 9
17 51   Adrián Fernández Fernández Racing 0 Contact 10
18 5   Tora Takagi Walker Racing 0 Contact 17

Caution flagsEdit

Laps Cause
0-2 Yellow start
10-40 Wet track conditions

NotesEdit

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