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The Firestone Indy 200 was an Indy Racing League IndyCar Series race held at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Firestone Indy 200
VenueNashville Superspeedway
Corporate sponsorFirestone
First race2001
Last race2008
Distance266.6 miles (429.051 km)
Laps200
Previous namesHarrah's Indy 200 (2001)
Firestone Indy 200 (2002-2008)
Most wins (driver)Scott Dixon (3)
Most wins (team)Chip Ganassi Racing (3)

In 2001, it marked the first American open wheel event in the Nashville area. In later years it was held as a Saturday night race. The 2007 event was postponed until Sunday after a series of rain showers at the track. It marked the track's first postponement and was only the second time in series history an event had to be postponed due to weather.

Following the 2008 event, Indy Racing League officials decided to end their association with Nashville Superspeedway. The event was removed from the 2009 schedule, and it is not expected to return, as the track's owners discontinued most operations in 2011.

Past winnersEdit

As is a Nashville-area racing tradition, the winner wins a hand-made and painted Gibson Les Paul guitar (trophies in short-track racing are traditionally guitars).

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
2001 July 21   Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 200 266.6 (429.051) 1:44:44 144.809 Report
2002 July 20   Alex Barron Blair Racing Dallara Chevrolet 200 266.6 (429.051) 2:01:53 127.997 Report
2003 July 19   Gil de Ferran Team Penske Dallara Toyota 200 266.6 (429.051) 1:53:18 137.679 Report
2004 July 17   Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 200 266.6 (429.051) 1:55:35 134.975 Report
2005 July 16   Dario Franchitti Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 200 266.6 (429.051) 1:57:13 133.089 Report
2006 July 15   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 200 266.6 (429.051) 1:36:46 161.205 Report
2007 July 15*   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 200 266.6 (429.051) 1:35:06 164.03 Report
2008 July 12   Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 171* 227.943 (366.838) 1:30:05 148.072 Report
  • 2007: Race postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon due to rain.
  • 2008: Race shortened due to rain.
Indy Lights winners
2002 July 20   Cory Witherill
2003 July 18   Mark Taylor
2004 July 17   Thiago Medeiros
2005 July 16   Jaime Camara
2006 July 15   Jay Howard
2007 July 14   Robbie Pecorari
2008 July 12   Ana Beatriz


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