Briscoe Wins Kentucky Speedway Derby
Nobody was apologizing for the quality of the racing after Saturday night’s IndyCar Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Not with the closeness and on-track intensity that went on in the Meijer 300.
Ryan Briscoe won the race but few knew that until the tapes of finish were replayed and showed that his victory was by a mere couple of feet over Ed Carpenter.
The official margin of victory was .01 seconds.
The two ran wheel to wheel over the final couple dozen laps and right behind them running wheel to wheel were Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves, who finished third and fourth.
“Unbelievable,” Briscoe, who moved to the series lead with his victory said. “That was a fun race.”
Carpenter, going for his first-ever victory and Vision Racing’s first-ever victory, also had a good time.
“I could just ask to be one place better,” he said.
The race marked quite a change from the last time the series took to an oval. That race, at Richmond International Raceway, ended with drivers apologizing to fans for the boring nature of the event.
In the time since, Indy Racing League officials went to work on modifications to the cars which they hoped would produce better racing. Their hopes came to fruition big time at Kentucky.
“They clearly made for good racing tonight,” Briscoe said of the changes, which included modifications to the body work of the Dallara cars and also a push-to-pass button which gave limited bursts of horsepower. “It was pretty intense.”
Briscoe, driving for Team Penske, headed out of Kentucky with an eight-point lead over Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon.
Graham Rahal finished fifth for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.
Results Saturday of the Meijer Indy 300 IndyCar Series event at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (3) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
2. (14) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
3. (9) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
4. (4) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
5. (10) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
6. (2) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
7. (1) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
8. (5) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
9. (20) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
10. (6) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
11. (7) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
12. (22) Sarah Fisher, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
13. (11) Hideki Mutoh, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
14. (17) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 197, Running
15. (18) E.J. Viso, Dallara-Honda, 197, Running
16. (13) Raphael Matos, Dallara-Honda, 196, Running
17. (19) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 192, Running
18. (16) Mario Moraes, Dallara-Honda, 188, Running
19. (12) Robert Doornbos, Dallara-Honda, 185, Running
20. (15) Milka Duno, Dallara-Honda, 165, Running
21. (8) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 120, Mechanical
22. (23) Tomas Scheckter, Dallara-Honda, 59, Mechanical
23. (21) Jaques Lazier, Dallara-Honda, 43, Mechanical
Winner’s average speed: 200.893 mph
Time of race: 1:28:24.3246
Margin of victory: 0.0162 of a second
Cautions: 1 caution flags for 6 laps
Lead changes: 20 among 7 drivers