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After Toronto
Driver Standings

Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman (R) 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8

Rookie of the Year
1 Carlos Munoz 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
24 26 Andretti Autosport 88
25 21 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
26 22 Dreyer and Reinbold 57
27 33 KV Racing Technology 34
28 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 29
29 68 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 28
30 6 KV Racing Technology 22
31 63 Dale Coyne Racing 21
32 41 A.J. Foyt Racing 18
33 91 Lazier Partners Racing 11

Finishing Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 Buddy Lazier 32.0


Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Helio Castroneves 2
T4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T4 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Simon Pagenaud 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
Detroit: Justin Wilson runs away from Castroneves

by Tim Wohlford
Sunday, August 31, 2008

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Justin Wilson romps home in Detroit

Helio Castroneves drove hard, raced smart, and even blocked to protect his lead, but nothing could prevent Justin Wilson from winning the 2008 Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle.  Helio finished second, followed by Tony Kanaan and Oriol Servia.  Points leader Scott Dixon finished fifth, but failed to clinch the points championship.

Wilson passed Helio Castroneves with about 15 laps to go and pulled away to win the Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone by 4.4 seconds.  Castroneves was blocking the obviously faster Wilson and IRL officials made him give way to Wilson. From there Wilson just waltzed away from the slower Castroneves.

Wilson noted that the win was the biggest of his career to date, and also dedicated it to the ailing Paul Newman in the post-race interview. 

Tony Kanaan was a distant third.

Justin Wilson celebrates his first IndyCar win
Mark Scheuern/AR1.com
Today’s victory was Wilson’s 5th Champ or IndyCar win and 1st in the IndyCar Series.  His Champ Car wins include: 2005 – Toronto, Mexico City; 2006 – Edmonton; 2007 – Assen (Netherlands) and his IndyCar Series wins include: 2008 – TODAY.  It was his 15th IndyCar Series start.

"It was a tough race and a lot going on for relatively little overtaking on track," said Wilson.

"We just had to keep working on the fuel mileage and the final yellow saved us. Then we could race for the win. The Firestones were working great. We just got more and more grip as we went on, and that's a great feeling for a driver - to feel the car saving you and holding you in on all these bends. It was a lot of fun. If there was a downside to the tires, it's that they had so much grip that I couldn't do donuts at the end. The car just went forward instead of spinning."

As soon as the race got started, Bruno Junqueira brought out the first caution of the day when he bumped Milka out of the way.  Both soldiered on.  Milka finished 23rd, and Bruno recovered from a "back of the field" penalty for avoidable contact to finish 7th.  In the ensuing pit stops, Tomas Scheckter dropped out after breaking halfshafts.  His crew was blunt -- "Driver problem," noting that Tomas did the same thing during the Indy 500.  Eventually Scheckter went back to racing, but finished 21st.

The green flag fell, and per prognostication, Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves took off to settle the first part of the race between themselves.  Seeing that he wasn't competitive with the two leaders, Dan Wheldon took fuel early on lap 10.  Unfortunately, when you run with backmarkers you crash with them, and Wheldon tangled with Jaime Camara on lap 18, bringing out another caution.  Camara finished 25th, the last of the cars that started the race. 

In the ensuing pit stops, Helio didn't pit, while Dixon did.  Entering the race, the only hope that Helio had of winning the points championship was to win the race, lead the most laps, and hope that Dixon had bad luck.  When the race restarted, Dixon was in 18th, Helio was in the lead. 

On lap 31 the leaders all pitted, then got lucky as the caution flag came out on lap 33 for an incident involving Danica Patrick and Vitor Meira.  Vitor came to stop in turn 8, Danica in turn 11, and EJ Viso hitting the wall in a seemingly unrelated incident in turn 12.  Vitor and Danica returned to the race, but EJ's day was done, finishing 24th.  Vitor finished 17th, one place behind Danica. 

When the race resumed, Helio was leading Justin Wilson, and Wilson quickly showed that his car was every bit as quick as Helio's.  While Helio would clinch the 3 bonus points for leading the most laps, it was clear that Wilson would not be denied.  Wilson pitted on lap 56, falling some 15 seconds behind Helio, but a caution -- caused when Wheldon missed a corner on Turn 7, and Morales missed turn 8 on lap 66-- bunched the field back up.  Wheldon finished 20th, and Morales finished 15th. 

The IRL has used its blocking penalty before, but never before was it used in a race for the lead, nor in a case where the championship points lead was at stake.  It was, however, used on lap 72 of today's race.  The green flag waved on lap 69, it was obvious that Justin Wilson was going for the win, and in the words of Helio after the race, had nothing to lose.  Equally obvious was that Helio was racing for the championship.  And, there was no doubt that Helio did more than simply take his line with "one move" -- in other words, he blocked.  However, the IRL normally gives warnings on the first block, and Helio expected that he would simply be warned as he pulled away.  President of Competition Brian Barnhart, however, simply issued the command for Helio to give the position to Justin, which he did on lap 73.  After that point, Wilson pulled away, winning the race by over 3 seconds, setting fast lap of the race as he pulled away to the checkered flag.  Helio later commented, "Consistency is the only thing I ask for.  I've been in this series since 2002... we always have a warning... it was uncalled for."

- With the win, Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing has won 2 races, the same number as "big 3" team Andretti-Green Racing.

QUOTES:

JUSTIN WILSON (No. 02 McDonald’s Racing Team, first): “It was a long tough day, but we managed to stay clean, and we got great strategy and good pit stops. The McDonald’s team was doing a fantastic job. I was so desperate to get a victory this year, my first one in IndyCar (Series) and my first one with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing. This means a lot. It’s the most important win of my career.” (About competition with Castroneves): “Helio was racing hard. The first yellow, I was right behind him and that’s how it goes. It was just hard racing. The second time I got a good run out of (Turn 12) and started to overlap, and I had the inside for the next corner. Before we got halfway down the straight, he started to come across and I had to lift or we both were going to crash. I was a little upset at the time, but I was relieved w hen the officials put it right.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Team Penske, second): “We finished second for the eighth time, but the point is we’re still in the hunt for the championship, and Team Penske is going to try everything we can to win it.” (About penalty): “Consistency is the only thing I ask for. I’ve been in this series since 2002, and we never had a situation like this. We always have a warning, and then if you do it again, then you’re going to be penalized. All of the sudden, I didn’t get any warning. It was, ‘Move over, or you’re going to be black flagged.’ It was uncalled for. I know that (Brian Barnhart) is trying to put pressure on and make everyone disciplined, but two races to go for the championship, I don’t think it’s the right thing to do.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven, third): “I have a bad flu, but starting eighth and finishing third is not bad. We’re in a battle for third place in the championship, and Dan (Wheldon) didn’t finish. It was a good result for us, and for the championship it makes it exciting, not just for first and second, but third and fourth as well.”

ORIOL SERVIA (No. 5 KV Racing Technology, fourth): “I am happy with fourth, but when you are so close to a podium it just feels like it is not enough. The KV Racing Technology car was good, especially towards the end of the race. At the beginning, we were just not fast enough. The KVRT crew did a great job this weekend, and we are getting there, still fighting with the top three teams, and eventually we will get them.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing, fifth): “I don't think it was much of a race, to be honest. It was pretty pitiful. The car was clearly quicker than anybody's. We were saving a ton of fuel up front and sort of having a merry old day, and that changed pretty quickly. We left with a half tank after that caution. I think I was probably the only person or maybe a couple of others. It's just a hard situation when you're in that point when nobody else pits and you have a lot of slower guys that pitted early on and have a lot of fuel and you have to try to pass them. That was pretty much the race. From that point on, we were just trying to pull up there.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 17 Rahal Letterman Racing Team Ethanol, sixth): “We needed a drama-free race day and we got punted again, but we were able to rebound and salvage something good out of it. It was a good day in the points, and we had to have that today. It takes discipline to be racing and saving fuel, and sometimes it’s not the most enjoyable way to spend a day, but we really helped ourselves in the points by doing it.”

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (No. 18 Z-Line Designs, seventh): “I’m very pleased with our results today. We didn’t have the fastest car out there, but we did what we could with it. We worked our way up with lots of passes and took every chance we could on the track. I’m very happy with our results, especially after what happened yesterday. The team worked all night repairing the car, so it’s nice to be able to repay them with a good result.”

WILL POWER (No. 8 Aussie Vineyards-Team Australia, eighth): “I think the Aussie Vineyards–Team Australia crew did a great job. The car was really quick, but I was just unable to pass (Ryan) Hunter-Reay. I tried in Turn 7, got a run on him, then backed out at the last moment, which I shouldn’t have done and lost the front wing. The guys did a great job in the pits getting me back out. I think at best we could have finished fifth or sixth, so it cost me a couple of spots, but still it was a great day, and I was happy to have a good fun race. I enjoyed it a lot.

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Team Penske, ninth): “We had a little miscommunication on our first pit stop. We probably should've stayed out on the first yellow, but we came in instead. After that point, I spent the entire race running with slower traffic; in fact I don't think I got one clear lap during the whole race. We tried to recover and get creative with our pit strategy. I think Team Penske did a good job getting us back into the top 10. It would've been nice to be able to have run up front with the faster traffic, but at least we were able to bring it home in ninth. The best news from today is that we were able to clinch fifth place in the championship. I'm proud of my guys, and I think that's the mark of a successful season.

A.J. FOYT IV (No. 2 Lilly Diabetes/Vision Racing, 10th): “We had a good strategy, a good car and a good result. Everything worked pretty well for us today. We really needed a day like this where everything went our way for a change. We haven't had too many of those this year. It's great for the team, but it's great for this Lilly Diabetes crew. They've worked hard, and we needed a bit of a boost, and we got that with a good result today. It's nice to have finished twice now in the top 10. The difference this year is we had an even better car. The result also helps lift everyone up to get ready to head for Chicago where we're hoping for a really good result.”

BRIAN BARNHART (President Operations and Competition, Indy Racing League): “We talk about blocking every week in the drivers’ meeting and tell them what they can and can’t do and what the code of conduct is on the racetrack. (Helio Castroneves) clearly moved his car to impede the progress of a following car (Justin Wilson) and moved his car in response to the actions and the line taken by a following car. That’s what I tell them in the drivers’ meeting every week. We made the same decision early in the race with the (Darren) Manning and (Bruno) Junqueira cars, and unfortunately you have to call it like you see it. I think Helio and everyone associated knows that it’s not what’s expected and not what’s accepted of how we race out there. We want to race clean and fair and we need to call them like we see them.” (Did the championship figure into the call?): “You can’t officiate based on points or who’s involved or what position they hold. You have to do it out of fairness and competition.”

Results

Pos

Driver Start Pos Diff Gap Best Time Status
1 Justin Wilson (02) 4 --.---- --.---- 1:13.0537 Running
2 Helio Castroneves (3) 2 4.4058 4.4058 1:13.1921 Running
3 Tony Kanaan (11) 8 17.6815 13.2757 1:13.7857 Running
4 Oriol Servia (5) 3 26.5468 8.8653 1:14.1893 Running
5 Scott Dixon (9) 1 27.7185 1.1717 1:13.2314 Running
6 Ryan Hunter-Reay (17) 7 28.2688 0.5503 1:14.2246 Running
7 Bruno Junqueira (18) 24 28.6815 0.4127 1:14.2574 Running
8 Will Power (8) 12 28.8776 0.1961 1:13.5696 Running
9 Ryan Briscoe (6) 5 35.5244 6.6468 1:14.1243 Running
10 AJ Foyt IV (2) 17 38.1040 2.5796 1:14.7538 Running
11 Hideki Mutoh (27) 16 38.3811 0.2771 1:14.8657 Running
12 Darren Manning (14) 15 44.6662 6.2851 1:14.7515 Running
13 Graham Rahal (06) 6 47.8028 3.1366 1:14.3951 Running
14 Ed Carpenter (20) 20 1 lap 1 lap 1:15.1026 Running
15 Mario Moraes (19) 19 51.2089 51.2089 1:14.5605 Running
16 Danica Patrick (7) 10 1:05.4165 14.2076 1:14.3873 Running
17 Vitor Meira (4) 14 5 laps 4 laps 1:15.2577 Running
18 Marco Andretti (26) 13 6 laps 1 lap 1:15.2560 Mechanical
19 Buddy Rice (15) 18 11 laps 5 laps 1:15.2130 Mechanical
20 Dan Wheldon (10) 11 23 laps 12 laps 1:14.8593 Running
21 Tomas Scheckter (12) 26 32 laps 9 laps 1:14.0834 Running
22 Alex Tagliani (36) 21 33 laps 1 lap 1:13.8305 Mechanical
23 Milka Duno (23) 23 41 laps 8 laps 1:20.5197 Handling
24 EJ Viso (33) 9 55 laps 14 laps 1:14.8026 Contact
25 Jaime Camara (34) 22 71 laps 16 laps 1:16.5257 Contact
26 Marty Roth (25) 25 87 laps 16 laps -0.0001 DNS

Race Statistics

      Winner's average speed: 89.911 mph
      Time of race: 2:00:10.7618
      Margin of victory: 4.4058 seconds
      Cautions: 4 caution flags for 11 laps
      Lead changes: 4 among 4 drivers
      Lap leaders: Dixon 1-18, Castroneves 19-58, Servia 59,
Castroneves 60-72, Wilson 73-87.
      Point standings: Dixon 606, Castroneves 576, Kanaan 481,
Wheldon 464, Briscoe 412, Patrick 359, Servia 345, Andretti
339, Hunter-Reay 338, Mutoh 334.

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