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2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

The 2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was the second round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season and took place on April 6, 2008 at the 1.8-mile (2.9 km) temporary street and airport circuit on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.[1] The race was a time-limited race due to rain, with the race falling some seventeen laps short of full race distance. The race was won by Graham Rahal on his IndyCar Series debut, having missed the first round at Homestead-Miami Speedway, due to a lack of spare parts for his #06 Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing machine.

United States 2008 St. Petersburg
Race details
2nd round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season
St. Petersburg street & airport racing circuit.svg
Date April 6, 2008
Official name Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Location Streets of St. Petersburg
Course Temporary Street Circuit
1.800 mi / 2.897 km
Distance 83 laps
149.400 mi / 240.436 km
Weather 78 °F, Rain & clouds
Pole position
Driver Tony Kanaan (United States Andretti Green Racing)
Time 1:02.5322
Fastest lap
Driver Tony Kanaan (United States Andretti Green Racing)
Time 1:03.8874 (on lap 76 of 83)
Podium
First Graham Rahal (United States Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing)
Second Hélio Castroneves (United States Penske Racing)
Third Tony Kanaan (United States Andretti Green Racing)

At 19 years, 93 days old, Rahal became the youngest driver ever to win an Indy-style race, as well as the youngest winner in IndyCar Series history[2] breaking Marco Andretti's record of 19 years, 167 days from the 2006 IndyCar Series season.[2] He also became the fourth driver to win an IndyCar Series race in his first start, joining Buzz Calkins, Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Dixon.[2]

Contents

QualifyingEdit

  • All cars are split into two groups of thirteen, with the fastest six from each group going through to the "Top 12" session. In this session, the fastest six runners will progress to the "Firestone Fast Six". The fastest driver in this final session will claim pole, with the rest of the runners lining up in session order, regardless of qualifying times. (Fast Six from 1-6, Top 12 from 7-12 and Round 1 from 13-26) Drivers can use as many laps as they want in the timed sessions.

Round 1Edit

Group 1Edit

Pos No. Driver Team Time Speed (mph)
1 8   Will Power (R) KV Racing 1:02.6560 103.422
2 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 1:02.7752 103.225
3 06   Graham Rahal (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:02.9581 102.926
4 34   Franck Perera (R) Conquest Racing 1:03.1453 102.620
5 14   Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:03.1822 102.561
6 17   Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 1:03.1923 102.544
7 27   Hideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing 1:03.2757 102.409
8 36   Enrique Bernoldi (R) Conquest Racing 1:03.4568 102.117
9 7   Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 1:03.5766 101.924
10 20   Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 1:03.8007 101.566
11 19   Mario Moraes (R) Dale Coyne Racing 1:04.1590 100.999
12 23   Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:04.3880 100.640
13 25   Marty Roth Roth Racing 1:07.7041 95.711

Group 2Edit

Pos No. Driver Team Time Speed (mph)
1 02   Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:02.7341 103.293
2 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 1:02.8910 103.035
3 26   Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 1:03.0131 102.836
4 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 1:03.1560 102.603
5 5   Oriol Servià (R) KV Racing 1:03.1653 102.588
6 10   Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:03.2095 102.516
7 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:03.2365 102.472
8 33   E. J. Viso (R) HVM Racing 1:03.3067 102.359
9 15   Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:03.3591 102.274
10 4   Vitor Meira Panther Racing 1:03.4480 102.131
11 24   Jay Howard (R) Roth Racing 1:03.7447 101.656
12 2   A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 1:04.4996 100.466
13 18   Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 1:09.3851 93.392

Round 2 (Top 12)Edit

Pos No. Driver Team Time Speed (mph)
1 8   Will Power (R) KV Racing 1:02.1355 104.288
2 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 1:02.4960 103.687
3 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 1:02.5031 103.675
4 02   Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:02.5393 103.615
5 17   Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 1:02.6864 103.372
6 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 1:02.6869 103.371
7 5   Oriol Servià (R) KV Racing 1:02.7427 103.279
8 10   Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:02.7964 103.191
9 06   Graham Rahal (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:02.8122 103.165
10 34   Franck Perera (R) Conquest Racing 1:02.8749 103.062
11 14   Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:03.0136 102.835
12 26   Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 1:03.2443 102.460

Round 3 (Firestone Fast Six)Edit

Pos No. Driver Team Time Speed (mph)
1 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 1:02.5322 103.627
2 8   Will Power (R) KV Racing 1:02.6096 103.499
3 02   Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:02.6426 103.444
4 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 1:02.6462 103.438
5 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 1:02.7071 103.338
6 17   Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 1:03.0077 102.845

GridEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Time Speed (mph)
1 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 1:02.5322 103.627
2 8   Will Power (R) KV Racing 1:02.6096 103.499
3 02   Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:02.6426 103.444
4 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 1:02.6462 103.438
5 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 1:02.7071 103.338
6 17   Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 1:03.0077 102.845
7 5   Oriol Servià (R) KV Racing 1:02.7427 103.279
8 10   Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:02.7964 103.191
9 06   Graham Rahal (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:02.8122 103.165
10 34   Franck Perera (R) Conquest Racing 1:02.8749 103.062
11 14   Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1:03.0136 102.835
12 26   Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 1:03.2443 102.460
13 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 1:03.2365 102.472
14 27   Hideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing 1:03.2757 102.409
15 33   E. J. Viso (R) HVM Racing 1:03.3067 102.359
16 15   Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:03.3591 102.274
17 4   Vitor Meira Panther Racing 1:03.4480 102.131
18 36   Enrique Bernoldi (R) Conquest Racing 1:03.4568 102.117
19 7   Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 1:03.5766 101.924
20 24   Jay Howard (R) Roth Racing 1:03.7447 101.656
21 20   Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 1:03.8007 101.566
22 19   Mario Moraes (R) Dale Coyne Racing 1:04.1590 100.999
23 23   Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:04.3880 100.640
24 2   A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 1:04.4996 100.466
25 25   Marty Roth Roth Racing 1:07.7041 95.711
26 18   Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 1:09.3851 93.392
  • Before the race, Marty Roth had a problem with his car and did not start. Bruno Junqueira therefore moved up to 25th on the grid.

RaceEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points
1 06   Graham Rahal (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 83 2:00:43.5562 9 19 53
2 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 83 +3.5192 4 0 40
3 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 83 +5.5134 1 15 35
4 33   E. J. Viso (R) HVM Racing 83 +8.8575 15 12 32
5 36   Enrique Bernoldi (R) Conquest Racing 83 +9.6360 18 3 30
6 27   Hideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing 83 +10.0071 14 0 28
7 5   Oriol Servià (R) KV Racing 83 +11.2871 7 0 26
8 8   Will Power (R) KV Racing 83 +12.8493 2 0 24
9 02   Justin Wilson (R) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 83 +14.3598 3 18 22
10 7   Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 83 +16.7298 19 0 20
11 2   A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 83 +20.8319 24 0 19
12 10   Dan Wheldon Target Chip Ganassi 83 +24.7800 8 0 18
13 14   Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Enterprises 83 +45.8601 11 0 17
14 24   Jay Howard (R) Roth Racing 82 +1 Lap 20 0 16
15 15   Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 82 +1 Lap 16 0 15
16 19   Mario Moraes (R) Dale Coyne Racing 82 +1 Lap 22 0 14
17 17   Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing 81 +2 Laps 6 4 13
18 20   Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 80 Accident 21 0 12
19 4   Vitor Meira Panther Racing 75 Collision 17 1 12
20 34   Franck Perera (R) Conquest Racing 75 Collision 10 0 12
21 23   Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 75 Collision 23 0 12
22 9   Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi 74 Mechanical 13 0 12
23 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 56 Accident 5 11 12
24 18   Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne Racing 44 Mechanical 25 0 12
25 26   Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 41 Mechanical 12 0 10
DNS 25   Marty Roth Roth Racing 0 26 0 5

NotesEdit

  • The race began under caution, due to the rain that was lying on the street circuit. The race would finally go green on lap 10.
  • Due to a two-hour time limit, the race was curtailed after 83 of the original 100 laps.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "St. Petersburg results". Indycar.com. 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  2. ^ a b c "Rahal's victory sets open-wheel record". IndyStar.com. 2008-04-06. Archived from the original on March 19, 2012. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
Preceded by
2008 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300
IRL IndyCar Series
round 2

2008
Succeeded by
2008 Indy Japan 300 (IRL teams; 3A)
2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (transition teams; 3B)