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The 2009 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma was the fourteenth round of the 17-race 2009 IndyCar Series season, and was held on August 23, 2009 at the 2.303-mile (3.706 km) Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. Will Power and Nelson Philippe both missed the race, after they were hospitalized after a practice accident on Saturday. Philippe spun at the blind turn 3A, and stalled the car on-track. E. J. Viso hit the Frenchman's car, before Power t-boned it a few seconds later. Power suffered fractures to two lumbar vertebrae, Philippe fractured his left foot and Viso escaped uninjured.[1]

United States 2009 Sonoma
Race details
14th round of the 2009 IndyCar Series season
Infineon (Sears Point) with emphasis on Long track.svg
DateAugust 23, 2009
Official nameIndy Grand Prix of Sonoma
LocationInfineon Raceway, Sonoma, California
CoursePermanent racing facility
2.303 mi / 3.706 km
Distance75 laps
172.725 mi / 277.950 km
Weather69 °F, fair
Pole position
DriverDario Franchitti (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time1:16.7987
Fastest lap
DriverHélio Castroneves (Penske Racing)
Time1:18.8427 (on lap 35 of 75)
Podium
FirstDario Franchitti (Chip Ganassi Racing)
SecondRyan Briscoe (Penske Racing)
ThirdMike Conway (Dreyer & Reinbold)

Contents

GridEdit

RaceEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points
1 10   Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing 75 1:49:23.0073 1 75 53
2 6   Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 75 + 0.2488 2 0 40
3 24   Mike Conway (R) Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 75 + 0.8293 9 0 35
4 5   Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 75 + 3.6171 14 0 32
5 27   Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green Racing 75 + 5.4536 5 0 30
6 06   Oriol Servià Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 75 + 6.3801 17 0 28
7 18   Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing 75 + 6.6997 22 0 26
8 11   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing 75 + 7.1808 7 0 24
9 2   Raphael Matos (R) Luczo-Dragon Racing 75 + 8.5936 18 0 22
10 33   Robert Doornbos (R) HVM Racing 75 + 10.8175 15 0 20
11 20   Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 75 + 11.3688 20 0 19
12 4   Dan Wheldon Panther Racing 75 + 12.4000 12 0 18
13 9   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 75 + 13.8968 10 0 17
14 26   Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing 75 + 14.8971* 4 0 16
15 98   Richard Antinucci Team 3G 75 + 19.0650 19 0 15
16 7   Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing 74 + 1 Lap 11 0 14
17 23   Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 71 + 4 Laps 21 0 13
18 3   Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing 66 Contact 3 0 12
19 14   Ryan Hunter-Reay A. J. Foyt Enterprises 65 Mechanical 16 0 12
20 25   Franck Montagny (R) Andretti Green Racing 57 Handling 8 0 12
21 02   Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 30 Mechanical 6 0 12
22 13   E. J. Viso HVM Racing 0 Contact 13 0 12
23 12   Will Power Penske Racing DNS - 23 - 6
24 34   Nelson Philippe (R) Conquest Racing DNS - 24 - 6
OFFICIAL IRL REPORT
  • * Marco Andretti was originally scored in eleventh, but was demoted behind Scott Dixon after the pair collided on the final lap.

Standings after the raceEdit