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2007 Detroit Indy Grand Prix

  2007 Detroit Indy Grand Prix
Race details
16th round of the 2007 IndyCar Series season
Date September 2, 2007
Official name Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone
Location Detroit, Michigan
Course Temporary street circuit
2.09 mi / 3.37 km
Distance 89 laps, 186.50 mi / 300.14 km
Scheduled Distance 90 laps, 188.64 mi / 303.59 km
Weather 80°F, sunny
Pole position
Driver Hélio Castroneves Team Penske
Time 1:12.0688
Podium
First Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing
Second Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing
Third Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing

The 2007 Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone was an IndyCar Series race that was held on September 2, 2007 on the Raceway on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. It was the sixteenth race of the 2007 IndyCar Series season. Originally scheduled to run over 90 laps, it was shortened to 89 laps. The race was won by Tony Kanaan for the Andretti Green Racing team. Danica Patrick finished second, and Dan Wheldon clinched third.[1]

Hélio Castroneves claimed pole position for the race, and led the race for the first 26 laps. Dario Franchitti look over the lead when Castroneves pitted, and maintained it until lap 49 when he pitted and relinquished the position to Buddy Rice. Rice held the lead for seven laps, before it passed to Patrick, and then back to Franchitti. Kanaan took the lead on lap 70, staying on the track while most of the field pitted after a caution, and remained at the front for the rest of the race.[2] Behind him, Rice was running in second position, but on the penultimate lap of the race, he ran out of fuel and slowed suddenly, causing Scott Dixon to collide with him, and spin the pair into the barriers. Franchitti, who had been just behind the pair, was blocked by the two cars, but kept running and finished in sixth.[3]

There were six cautions, totalling 19 laps during the race, as a result of which the race was completed in 89 laps, hitting the time limit of 2 hours and 10 minutes, rather than the scheduled 90 laps.[1] It was Kanaan's fifth victory of the 2007 season.[4] Of the 18 drivers that started, 9 were listed as running at the end of the race; six retired after contact, and three retired with mechanical issues.[1]

Classification

Qualifying

Grid No. Driver Time
1 3 Hélio Castroneves 1:12.0688
2 27 Dario Franchitti 1:12.1430
3 9 Scott Dixon 1:12.5830
4 11 Tony Kanaan 1:12.8451
5 17 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:13.3434
6 26 Marco Andretti 1:13.3840
7 6 Sam Hornish, Jr. 1:13.6224
8 14 Darren Manning 1:14.1814
9 2 Tomas Scheckter 1:14.2015
10 4 Vitor Meira 1:14.2889
11 7 Danica Patrick 1:14.4061
12 20 Ed Carpenter 1:15.1738
13 22 A. J. Foyt IV 1:15.5708
14 55 Kosuke Matsuura 1:15.5998
15 15 Buddy Rice 1:15.7886
16 10 Dan Wheldon 1:15.8588
17 8 Scott Sharp 1:16.2611
18 55 Sarah Fisher 1:20.8682

Source: Crash.net[5]

Race results

Tony Kanaan won the race, his fifth victory of 2007.
On the penultimate lap, Buddy Rice (car pictured) ran out of fuel, and was hit by Scott Dixon.
Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points
1 11 Tony Kanaan Andretti Green 89 2:11:50.5097 4 20 50
2 7 Danica Patrick Andretti Green 89 +0.4865 11 9 40
3 10 Dan Wheldon Target Chip Ganassi 89 +1.2207 16 0 35
4 14 Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Racing 89 +1.9217 8 0 32
5 55 Kosuke Matsuura Panther Racing 88 +1 Lap 14 0 30
6 27 Dario Franchitti Andretti Green 88 +1 Lap 2 27 31
7 15 Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 87 Contact 15 7 26
8 9 Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi 87 Contact 3 0 24
9 22 A. J. Foyt IV Vision Racing 87 Mechanical 13 0 22
10 20 Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 86 +3 Laps 12 0 20
11 8 Scott Sharp Rahal Letterman 82 +7 Laps 17 0 19
12 6 Sam Hornish, Jr. Team Penske 75 +14 Laps 7 0 18
13 2 Tomas Scheckter Vision Racing 67 Contact 9 0 17
14 3 Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 67 Contact 1 26 16
15 4 Vitor Meira Panther Racing 31 Contact 10 0 15
16 5 Sarah Fisher Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 29 Contact 18 0 14
17 26 Marco Andretti Andretti Green 27 Mechanical 6 0 13
18 17 Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman 24 Mechanical 5 0 12

Source: Racing-Reference[1]

Standings after the race

Drivers' Championship
Pos Driver Points
1 Franchitti, DarioDario Franchitti 587
2 Dixon, ScottScott Dixon 584
3 Kanaan, TonyTony Kanaan 548
4 Wheldon, DanDan Wheldon 449
5 Hornish Jr., SamSam Hornish Jr. 427
Source: Racing-Reference[1]

References

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