SunTrust Indy Challenge
The SunTrust Indy Challenge was an IndyCar Series race held at Richmond International Raceway near Richmond, Virginia from 2001-2009. From 2001-2007, the race was scheduled for 250 laps (187.5 miles), from 2008-2009, the race distance was extended to 300 laps.
|Venue||Richmond International Raceway|
|Corporate sponsor||SunTrust Banks|
|Distance||225 miles (362 km)|
|Previous names||SunTrust Indy Challenge Presented by XM Satellite Radio (2006-2007)|
|Most wins (driver)||Sam Hornish, Jr. (2)|
Scott Dixon (2)
|Most wins (team)||Andretti Green Racing (3)|
The event debuted as a Saturday night race in 2001. The event became one of the more popular races on the schedule, and was arguably the most successful IndyCar race held in traditional "NASCAR Country". The race hearkened back to the classic short track "bull ring" style of racing known for during the AAA and USAC eras of Indy car racing.
ISC traditionally paired the race with other open-wheeled racing. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour once accompanied the race, but in later years USAC open-wheel short track racing had been on the undercard.
AAA held two National Championship sprint car races at the track when it was still a half-mile dirt track under the name Strawberry Hill Speedway. Later, NASCAR sanctioned two Championship Car events at nearby Martinsville Speedway in 1952 and 1953.
On July 30, 2009, RIR track President Doug Fritz announced that the SunTrust Indy Challenge would not be on the 2010 IndyCar Series schedule. The costs to put on the event and possible loss of sponsorship was cited as the reason for the IRL and RIR to not come to an agreement on the event.
|Season||Date||Driver||Team||Chassis||Engine||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|AAA Championship Car history|
|1946||October 12||Ted Horn||Ted Horn Engineering||Offy||20||10 (16.093)||0:07:27||80.537|
|November 10||Tommy Hinnershitz||Ted Horn Engineering||25||12.5 (20.116)|
|IRL IndyCar Series history|
|2001||June 30||Buddy Lazier||Hemelgarn Racing||Dallara||Oldsmobile||250||187.5 (301.752)||1:55:27||97.435||Report|
|2002||June 29||Sam Hornish, Jr.||Panther Racing||Dallara||Chevrolet||250||187.5 (301.752)||1:53:30||99.124||Report|
|2003||June 28||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||G-Force||Toyota||206*||154.5 (248.643)||1:26:48||106.798||Report|
|2004||June 26||Dan Wheldon||Andretti Green Racing||Dallara||Honda||250||187.5 (301.752)||1:38:11||114.589||Report|
|2005||June 25||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske||Dallara||Toyota||250||187.5 (301.752)||1:38:33||114.153||Report|
|2006||June 24||Sam Hornish, Jr.||Team Penske||Dallara||Honda||250||187.5 (301.752)||1:26:49||129.572||Report|
|2007||June 30||Dario Franchitti||Andretti Green Racing||Dallara||Honda||250||187.5 (301.752)||1:24:20||133.408||Report|
|2008||June 28||Tony Kanaan||Andretti Green Racing||Dallara||Honda||300||225 (362.102)||2:04:06||108.79||Report|
|2009||June 27||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||Dallara||Honda||300||225 (362.102)||1:48:02||124.952||Report|
- 2003: Race shortened due to rain.