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The 2008 Indy Japan 300 was the third round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season, for drivers who competed in the series in 2007 and teams that had entered for 2008 who were not former Champ Car teams that were in transition. This was because the 2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach occurred on the same weekend and there was no way of changing dates to avoid the clash when the reunification took place. Originally scheduled for the afternoon of April 19, 2008 at the 1.52-mile (2.45 km) Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Tochigi, the race was delayed by 22 hours until the morning of April 20, due to water seeping up onto the track from previous heavy rains.[2] The race was historic in that Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a race in the history of top-level American open-wheel racing.[3]

Japan 2008 Motegi
Race details
3rd (A) round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season
Twin Ring Motegi map.svg
DateApril 20, 2008
Official nameIndy Japan 300
LocationTwin Ring Motegi
CoursePermanent racing facility
1.520 mi / 2.446 km
Distance200 laps
304.000 mi / 489.241 km
Weather54 °F (12 °C), Mostly cloudy
Pole position
DriverHélio Castroneves (United States Penske Racing)
Timeset by driver points[1]
Fastest lap
DriverHélio Castroneves (United States Penske Racing)
Time27.6476 (on lap 12 of 200)
Podium
FirstDanica Patrick (United States Andretti Green Racing)
SecondHélio Castroneves (United States Penske Racing)
ThirdScott Dixon (United States Chip Ganassi Racing)
The race, with Marco Andretti spinning out.

QualifyingEdit

RaceEdit

Finish Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps
Led
Points
1 7   Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 200 1:51:02.6739 6 3 50
2 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 200 +5.8594 1 94 40
3 9   Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi 200 +10.0559 2 101 38
4 10   Dan Wheldon Target Chip Ganassi 200 +13.1116 5 2 32
5 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 200 +16.0731 3 0 30
6 20   Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 200 +16.2872 7 0 28
7 17   Ryan Hunter-Reay (R) Rahal Letterman Racing 200 +17.5193 10 0 26
8 14   Darren Manning A. J. Foyt Enterprises 199 +1 Lap 12 0 24
9 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 199 +1 Lap 15 0 22
10 23   Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 199 +1 Lap 16 0 20
11 27   Hideki Mutoh (R) Andretti Green Racing 199 +1 Lap 9 0 19
12 15   Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 198 +2 Laps 11 0 18
13 24   Jay Howard Roth Racing 192 +8 Laps 14 0 17
14 77   Roger Yasukawa CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports 134 Brakes 18 0 16
15 2   A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 103 Accident 8 0 15
16 4   Vítor Meira Panther Racing 92 Accident 13 0 14
17 25   Marty Roth Roth Racing 44 Accident 17 0 13
18 26   Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 0 Collision 4 0 12
Race average speed: 164.258 mph (264.348 km/h)
Lead changes: 5 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 4 for 29 laps

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Rain hands Castroneves Motegi pole". autosport.com. 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
  2. ^ "Motegi race rescheduled for Sunday". autosport.com. 2008-04-19. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
  3. ^ "Motegi results" (PDF). Indycar.com. 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2009-02-13.[permanent dead link]
Preceded by
2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
IRL IndyCar Series
round 3A
2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (transition teams; 3B)

2008
Succeeded by

2008 RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300 (round 4)