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2008 Gainsco Auto Insurance Indy 300

The 2008 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300 was the opening round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season and took place on March 29, 2008 at the 1.485-mile (2.390 km) Homestead-Miami Speedway. For the first time in series history, the reigning champion was not on the grid to defend his title, as Dario Franchitti had moved to the No. 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car for Chip Ganassi Racing. 2003 champion Scott Dixon kicked off the season with the victory, on his way to the series championship.

United States 2008 Homestead-Miami Speedway
Race details
Race 1 of 17 in the 2008 IndyCar Series season
Homestead-Miami Speedway track map--Speedway.svg
DateMarch 29, 2008
Official nameGAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300
LocationHomestead-Miami Speedway
CoursePermanent racing facility
1.485 mi / 2.390 km
Distance200 laps
297.000 mi / 477.975 km
Weather78°F, Fair skies
Pole position
DriverScott Dixon (United States Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time1:40.2341 (4 laps)
Fastest lap
DriverRyan Briscoe (United States Penske Racing)
Time25.0624 (on lap 3 of 200)
Podium
FirstScott Dixon (United States Chip Ganassi Racing)
SecondMarco Andretti (United States Andretti Green Racing)
ThirdDan Wheldon (United States Chip Ganassi Racing)

QualifyingEdit

  • All cars run four laps and the car which completes the laps in the quickest time, wins the pole.
Pos No. Driver Team Time Speed (mph)
1 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:40.2341 213.341
2 20   Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 1:40.2482 213.311
3 2   A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 1:40.7676 212.211
4 7   Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 1:40.8066 212.129
5 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 1:40.8166 212.108
6 26   Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 1:40.9452 211.838
7 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 1:41.0675 211.581
8 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 1:41.0683 211.580
9 27   Hideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing 1:41.1024 211.508
10 25   Marty Roth Roth Racing 1:41.1264 211.458
11 17   Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 1:41.4689 210.744
12 4   Vitor Meira Panther Racing 1:41.6762 210.315
13 15   Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:42.0784 209.486
14 14   Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:42.1598 209.319
15 34   Franck Perera (R) Conquest Racing 1:42.2034 209.230
16 5   Oriol Servià (R) KV Racing 1:42.3056 209.021
17 02   Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:42.4349 208.757
18 23   Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:42.6559 208.308
19 36   Enrique Bernoldi (R) Conquest Racing 1:42.7433 208.130
20 33   E. J. Viso (R) HVM Racing 1:42.7577 208.101
21 8   Will Power (R) KV Racing 1:42.7935 208.029
22 18   Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 1:43.0882 207.434
23 19   Mario Moraes (R) Dale Coyne Racing 1:43.2707 207.067
24 10   Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing no time
25 24   Jay Howard (R) Roth Racing no time
  • Before the race, the cars of Ed Carpenter and A. J. Foyt IV failed technical inspection and were dropped to 24th and 25th on the grid respectively. All drivers behind them moved up two places from their original grid positions.

RaceEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points
1 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 1:44:03.5914 1 67 50
2 26   Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 200 +0.5828 4 85 43
3 10   Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing 200 +1.4728 22 9 35
4 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 200 +8.0340 5 4 32
5 20   Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 199 +1 Lap 24 0 30
6 7   Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 199 +1 Lap 2 0 28
7 17   Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 199 +1 Lap 9 0 26
8 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 198 +2 Laps 6 35 24
9 2   A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 198 +2 Laps 25 0 22
10 4   Vitor Meira Panther Racing 197 +3 Laps 10 0 20
11 15   Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 196 +4 Laps 11 0 19
12 5   Oriol Servià (R) KV Racing 195 +5 Laps 14 0 18
13 14   Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Enterprises 194 +6 Laps 12 0 17
14 34   Franck Perera (R) Conquest Racing 194 +6 Laps 13 0 16
15 02   Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 193 +7 Laps 15 0 15
16 19   Mario Moraes (R) Dale Coyne Racing 187 +13 laps 21 0 14
17 33   E. J. Viso (R) HVM Racing 183 Accident 18 0 13
18 36   Enrique Bernoldi (R) Conquest Racing 149 Handling 17 0 12
19 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 126 Collision 3 0 12
20 23   Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 122 Collision 16 0 12
21 25   Marty Roth Roth Racing 53 Handling 8 0 12
22 24   Jay Howard (R) Roth Racing 50 Handling 23 0 12
23 18   Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 40 Handling 20 0 12
24 27   Hideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing 32 Mechanical 7 0 12
25 8   Will Power (R) KV Racing 24 Mechanical 19 0 10
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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2008 Gainsco Auto Insurance Indy 300". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Gainsco Auto Insurance Indy 300". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
Preceded by
none
IRL IndyCar Series
2008
Succeeded by
2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg