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The 2008 Bombardier Learjet 550 was the seventh round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season and took place on June 7, 2008 at the 1.455-mile (2.342 km) Texas Motor Speedway, in Fort Worth, Texas. In the first half, three single-car incidents involving Mario Domínguez, Justin Wilson, and Oriol Servià slowed the race. The lead changed hands between Hélio Castroneves, Bruno Junqueira, and Scott Dixon for the first 100 laps. Two sequences of green flag pit stops occurred under a long stretch of green flag conditions. A caution for debris came out on lap 165, sending the leaders to the pits once more. Vitor Meira stayed out to take over the lead.

United States 2008 Texas
Race details
7th round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season
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DateJune 7, 2008
Official nameBombardier Learjet 550
LocationTexas Motor Speedway
CoursePermanent racing facility
1.455 mi / 2.342 km
Distance228 laps
331.740 mi / 533.884 km
Pole position
DriverScott Dixon (United States Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time1:37.5063 (4 laps)
Fastest lap
DriverDan Wheldon (United States Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time24.2418 (on lap 19 of 228)
Podium
FirstScott Dixon (United States Chip Ganassi Racing)
SecondHélio Castroneves (United States Penske Racing)
ThirdRyan Briscoe (United States Penske Racing)

With 21 laps to go, Meira was forced to pit for fuel, giving up the lead to Marco Andretti. Moments later, Enrique Bernoldi crashed in turn four. Andretti led the field back to green on lap 219. With six laps to go, Dixon slipped by Andretti to take the lead. On the next lap, down the backstretch, third place Ryan Hunter-Reay dove below Andretti heading into turn three. Hunter-Reay pinched his left wheels onto the apron, lost control, and touched wheels with Andretti. Both cars spun and crashed hard into the wall. The race finished under caution with Dixon the winner, and Castroneves slipping by the accident to finish second.

ResultEdit

Finish Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps
Led
Points
1 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 228 2:04:36.3153 1 58 50
2 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 228 +0.0479 2 85 43
3 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 228 +0.6173 3 12 35
4 10   Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing 228 +3.3000 11 0 32
5 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 228 +4.3124 13 0 30
6 27   Hideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing 228 +5.0571 4 0 28
7 4   Vitor Meira Panther Racing 227 +1 Lap 9 38 26
8 15   Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 227 +1 Lap 25 0 24
9 20   Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 227 +1 Lap 12 0 22
10 7   Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 227 +1 Lap 5 0 20
11 06   Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 227 +1 Lap 18 0 19
12 2   A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 226 +2 Laps 15 0 18
13 8   Will Power (R) KV Racing 226 +2 Laps 8 0 17
14 33   E. J. Viso (R) HVM Racing 226 +2 Laps 28 0 16
15 18   Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 226 +2 Laps 26 10 15
16 24   John Andretti Roth Racing 226 +2 Laps 7 0 14
17 23   Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 226 +2 Laps 27 0 13
18 19   Mario Moraes (R) Dale Coyne Racing 223 +5 Laps 22 0 12
19 26   Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 222 Contact 14 25 12
20 17   Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 222 Contact 10 0 12
21 96   Mario Domínguez (R) Pacific Coast Motorsports 222 +6 Laps 24 0 12
22 25   Marty Roth Roth Racing 221 +7 Laps 19 0 12
23 36   Enrique Bernoldi Conquest Racing 210 Contact 20 0 12
24 34   Jaime Camara (R) Conquest Racing 210 +18 Laps 21 0 12
25 12   Tomas Scheckter Luczo Dragon Racing 56 Contact 6 0 10
26 5   Oriol Servià (R) KV Racing 47 Contact 16 0 10
27 02   Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 39 Contact 23 0 10
28 14   Darren Manning A. J. Foyt Enterprises 19 Mechanical 17 0 10
Race average speed: 159.740 mph (257.077 km/h)
Lead changes: 21 between 6 drivers
Cautions: 8 for 52 laps

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