June 28, 2009

IRL: SunTrust Indy Challenge Results, with avg. finish

It was a good day for Chip Ganassi. His racers ran away from the field and finished first and second at Richmond International Raceway. The victory was Scott Dixon's 19th career win in IRL competition, which ties him with Sam Hornish Jr. for the most in the series. With Ganassi and Roger Penske dominating the Indy Racing League for the moment, it's a fair bet that he will sit alone at the top before long.

Dario Franchitti led most of the race, but was beaten in the pits on the final stop. In dirty air on a 0.750-mile track, he was never able to get around Dixon and recorded his worst IRL short track finish in his last four attempts—he won the three previous.

Danica Patrick continues to be one of the hottest drivers in the series. With a fifth-place finish at Richmond, she recorded her seventh consecutive top-10, of which five were also top-fives. She's been great on the ovals, but the series now turns its attention to a string of road and street courses. There is some hope; the last time the IRL was on a twisty track was at Long Beach and Patrick kicked off her streak with a fourth there after starting deep in the field in 22nd.

Results, with average finish

FinishStartDriverLapsStatusAvg Fin
12Scott Dixon300Running6.86
21Dario Franchitti300Running4.00
35Graham Rahal300Running10.50
48Hideki Mutoh300Running8.50
510Danica Patrick300Running8.40
617Tony Kanaan299Running8.29
716Marco Andretti299Running8.00
86Raphael Matos299Running8.00
912Robert Doornbos299Running9.00
1013Dan Wheldon299Running5.71
119Tomas Scheckter299Running9.71
127E J Viso299Running11.00
1314Ed Carpenter299Running11.67
1415Justin Wilson298Running10.50
1518Ryan Hunter-Reay298Running15.50
1619Mario Moraes297Running16.50
173Helio Castroneves245Accident7.88
1811Mike Conway135Accident18.00
194Ryan Briscoe26Accident18.33
2020Jaques Lazier0Accident18.33

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