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2008 Indy Lights

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2008 Indy Lights season
Firestone Indy Lights
Season
Races16
Start dateMarch 29
End dateSeptember 7
Awards
Drivers' championBrazil Raphael Matos
Teams' championUnited States Andretti Green-AFS Racing
← 2007
2009 →
Brazilian driver Raphael Matos won the series championship.
Brazilian driver Raphael Matos won the series championship.

The 2008 Indy Racing League Firestone Indy Lights Series season, formerly the Indy Pro Series, began on March 29, 2008 and consisted of 16 races. Due to the discontinuation of the United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the series lost its Liberty Challenge double header typically held that weekend. The Liberty double header were replaced by the addition of a second race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and a return to the Kansas Speedway, where the series has not raced since 2004. All races were shown time-delayed on ESPN2. Live stream video was available on the IndyCar Lights Series website. It was announced on March 22, 2008 that Firestone signed on to be the title sponsor of the Indy Pro Series, and thus the series was retitled the Firestone Indy Lights, in reference to the old Indy Lights development series which ran under CART from 1986 to 2001.

Drivers and teams

All teams compete in Firestone-shod Dallaras.

Team No Drivers Rounds
United States Team Moore Racing 2 United States Jeff Simmons 2–13
United States Jonathan Klein 14–16
22 Chile Pablo Donoso 5–12, 14–15
United States Jonathan Klein 13
United Kingdom Dillon Battistini 16
United States Brian Stewart Racing 3 Peru Juan Manuel Polar 1–4
New Zealand Marc Williams 5–6
Chile Pablo Donoso 13, 16
33 New Zealand Wade Cunningham 1, 4–6
New Zealand Mitch Cunningham 2–3, 8–9, 11–12, 14–15
United States Guthrie Racing 4 United States Sean Guthrie All
9 United States Tom Wieringa 1
23 United States Logan Gomez All
44 United States Robbie Pecorari 13–16
54 United States Micky Gilbert 5–7, 10, 13, 16
United States Matt Lee 8–9
United States Robbie Pecorari 11–12
Peru Juan Manuel Polar 14–15
55 United States Robbie Pecorari 4
United States Tom Wieringa 5, 16
France Franck Perera 7–15
United States RLR Andersen Racing 5 United States Andrew Prendeville 1–12
United States Daniel Herrington 13–16
25 United States J. R. Hildebrand All
United States Michael Crawford Motorsports 6 United States Jake Slotten 1, 4–5
United States Robbie Pecorari 2–3
United States Daniel Herrington 8–9, 11–12
United States C. R. Crews 13
United States Tom Dyer 14–16
8 United Kingdom Nathan Freke 1–3
United States Mark Olson 4–9, 11–12, 14–15
United States P. J. Abbott 13
United States Sam Schmidt Motorsports 7 United States Richard Antinucci All
11 Australia James Davison All
20 Brazil Ana Beatriz All
34 United States Jon Brownson 1, 4–6
United States Travis Gregg 7, 13
77 New Zealand Jonny Reid 14–15
United States Panther Racing 15 United Kingdom Dillon Battistini 1–15
United States Bobby Wilson 16
16 United States Brent Sherman All
United States Team E 17 United States Bobby Wilson 1–13
United States American Spirit Racing 18 Switzerland Cyndie Allemann All
United States Playa Del Racing 21 United States Al Unser III 1–5
United States Alliance Motorsports 24 United States Chris Festa 1–6, 10
New Zealand Marc Williams 7
New Zealand Wade Cunningham 11–12
New Zealand Christina Orr 13–16
United States Andretti Green-AFS Racing 26 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Jr. All
27 Brazil Raphael Matos All
United States SWE Racing 43 Chile Pablo Donoso 1–4
United States Robbie Pecorari 5, 7, 10
United States Mike Potekhen 13–16
92 United States Mike Potekhen 5
United States Mile High Motorsports 54 United States Micky Gilbert 1–4
United States Integra Motorsports w/ CGRT 9 New Zealand Marc Williams 2–3
New Zealand Jonny Reid 5–12
New Zealand Wade Cunningham 16

Race schedule

Round Date Race Name Location Winner
1 March 29 Miami 100 Homestead-Miami Speedway United Kingdom Dillon Battistini
2 April 5 St. Pete 100 Race 1 Streets of St. Petersburg Brazil Raphael Matos
3 April 6 St. Pete 100 Race 2 Streets of St. Petersburg United States Richard Antinucci
4 April 27 Hard Rock 100 Kansas Speedway United States J.R. Hildebrand
5 May 23 Firestone Freedom 100 Indianapolis Motor Speedway United Kingdom Dillon Battistini
6 June 1 Milwaukee 100 The Milwaukee Mile United States Bobby Wilson
7 June 21 Jeld-Wen 100 Iowa Speedway United Kingdom Dillon Battistini
8 July 5 Corning Duels Race 1 Watkins Glen International Brazil Raphael Matos
9 July 5 Corning Duels Race 2 Watkins Glen International United States Richard Antinucci
10 July 12 Sun Belt Rentals 100 Nashville Superspeedway Brazil Ana Beatriz
11 July 19 Mid-Ohio 100 Race 1 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Brazil Raphael Matos
12 July 19 Mid-Ohio 100 Race 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Australia James Davison
13 August 9 Kentucky 100 Kentucky Speedway United Kingdom Dillon Battistini
14 August 23 Carneros 100 Infineon Raceway France Franck Perera
15 August 24 Valley of the Moon 100 Infineon Raceway Chile Pablo Donoso
16 September 7 SunRichGourmet.com 100 Chicagoland Speedway Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Jr.

Race summaries

Miami 100

  • Saturday March 29, 2008
  • Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida
  • Race weather: 82 °F, fair skies
  • Pole position winner: #27 Raphael Matos 57.2075 sec (2 laps) 186.899 mph (300.785 km/h)
  • Race Summary: As opposed to the previous year's race which was repeatedly slowed by major incidents, the 2008 season opener ran free of any major incidents. Polesitter Raphael Matos was passed in the opening laps by a hard-charging Richard Antinucci who started fifth. Antinucci dominated the middle portion of the race, but when he started to reach lapped traffic, rookie Dillon Battistini was able to catch him and the two battled for the remainder of the race. Following a caution flag with less than 10 laps to go, Battistini was able to find his way around Antinucci to take his first series win in his first race, which was also his first race on an oval track. The 23 cars running at the finish is a series record.[1]
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 2 15 United Kingdom Dillon Battistini Panther Racing 67 0:38:07.8215 4 50
2 5 7 United States Richard Antinucci Sam Schmidt Motorsports 67 +1.6848 45 42
3 13 16 United States Brent Sherman Panther Racing 67 +4.0942 0 35
4 11 26 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Jr. AGR-AFS Racing 67 +4.1484 0 32
5 15 24 United States Chris Festa Alliance Motorsports 67 +4.1992 0 30
Race average speed: 156.560 mph (251.959 km/h)
Lead changes: 4 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 7 laps

St. Pete 100 Race 1

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 27 Brazil Raphael Matos AGR-AFS Racing 40 0:49:25.5158 40 51
2 2 7 United States Richard Antinucci Sam Schmidt Motorsports 40 +3.1577 0 40
3 3 20 Brazil Ana Beatriz Sam Schmidt Motorsports 40 +10.8371 0 35
4 5 2 United States Jeff Simmons Team Moore Racing 40 +15.2206 0 32
5 6 25 United States J. R. Hildebrand RLR-Andersen Racing 40 +15.6018 0 30
Race average speed: 87.405 mph (140.665 km/h)
Lead changes: none
Cautions: 3 for 6 laps

St. Pete 100 Race 2

  • Sunday April 6, 2008
  • Streets of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Race weather: 79 °F, overcast
  • Pole position winner: #2 Jeff Simmons (4th place in race 1)
  • Race Summary: Jeff Simmons led the first half of the race from the pole, which was slowed many times by caution flags. On a restart on lap 25, the fastest car on the track Raphael Matos tried to pass Simmons, but the two banged wheels and Ana Beatriz passed both of them and took the lead. Simmons would eventually retire from the race due to the damage incurred and Matos had to pit to replace a flattened tire. Beatriz would lead until a restart on lap 30 when she and her teammate came together in the middle of turn 1. Beatriz spun and attempted to rejoin the race right in front of the car of Pablo Donoso. The two made heavy contact and were out of the race. Antinucci continued on to the victory. He was later penalized 10 points for making avoidable contact with Beatriz.[2]
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 3 7 United States Richard Antinucci Sam Schmidt Motorsports 40 0:56:59.4231 8 40
2 5 25 United States J. R. Hildebrand RLR-Andersen Racing 40 +1.5415 0 40
3 23 23 United States Logan Gomez Guthrie Racing 40 +2.4302 0 35
4 21 15 United Kingdom Dillon Battistini Panther Racing 40 +5.8187 0 32
5 15 4 United States Sean Guthrie Guthrie Racing 40 +8.8457 0 30
Race average speed: 75.802 mph (121.991 km/h)
Lead changes: 2 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 16 laps

Kansas Lottery 100

Antinucci was passed shortly after the start by a gaggle of cars including Dillon Battistini, Arie Luyendyk Jr., Raphael Matos, and J. R. Hildebrand. Hildebrand took the lead from Battistini on lap 20. On lap 56 Raphael Matos who was running in 6th made contact with Jeff Simmons and shot into the wall, knocking him out of the race and dropping him from second to fourth in points. Hildebrand was able to hold off a hard-charging Robbie Pecorari who started 23rd because he competed for a part-time team to capture his first Indy Lights victory in just his second race on an oval. Hildebrand also took the points lead by two points over Antinucci.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 4 25 United States J. R. Hildebrand RLR-Andersen Racing 67 0:49:51.2368 47 52
2 23 55 United States Robbie Pecorari Guthrie Racing 67 +0.0553 0 40
3 6 26 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Jr. AGR-AFS Racing 67 +0.2102 1 35
4 3 15 United Kingdom Dillon Battistini Panther Racing 67 +0.3456 5 32
5 17 33 New Zealand Wade Cunningham Brian Stewart Racing 67 +0.6222 0 30
Race average speed: 122.566 mph (197.251 km/h)
Lead changes: 8 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 30 laps

Firestone Freedom 100

  • Friday May 23, 2008
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana
  • Race weather:
  • Pole position winner: #15 Dillon Battistini 188.397 mph (303.196 km/h)
  • Race Summary: Dillon Battistini led at the start and was consistently hounded by the cars of James Davison and Wade Cunningham throughout the race. The most spectacular moment of the race came when Davison and J. R. Hildebrand's cars came together on the backstretch, forcing nearby cars to go four-wide and Jeff Simmons to drop two tires into the grass to avoid the slowing pair of cars that sustained slight damage. During the final ten laps of the race, Richard Antinucci was able to catch a draft behind Battistini, but reported that when he pulled out of the draft to pass, he was unable to maintain enough speed to complete the maneuver and Battistini was able to cruise to his second win of the season.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 15 United Kingdom Dillon Battistini Panther Racing 40 0:39:46.9495 38 53
2 6 7 United States Richard Antinucci Sam Schmidt Motorsports 40 +0.2458 0 40
3 3 33 New Zealand Wade Cunningham Brian Stewart Racing 40 +0.5033 1 35
4 13 43 United States Robbie Pecorari SWE Racing 40 +0.7977 0 32
5 4 20 Brazil Ana Beatriz Sam Schmidt Motorsports 40 +1.2230 0 30
Race average speed: 150.820 mph (242.721 km/h)
Lead changes: 4 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 9 laps

Milwaukee 100

  • Sunday June 1, 2008
  • Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin
  • Race weather: 65 °F (18 °C), sunny
  • Pole position winner: #22 Pablo Donoso 145.699 mph (234.480 km/h)
  • Race Summary: Pablo Donoso captured the first pole of his Indy Lights career. The race was slowed three times early on by incidents resulting in light contact with the wall by Ana Beatriz and Marc Williams and heavy contact by Mark Olson. After the third caution ended on lap 29 the race went green for the final 71 laps. Bobby Wilson, who took the lead from Donoso on lap 13 drove away from the field and, although challenged late by Jeff Simmons, held on for his third series victory. The win was the first for his team (Team E) and Wilson's first of the season and first on an oval.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 2 17 United States Bobby Wilson Team E 100 0:54:14.9446 88 52
2 3 2 United States Jeff Simmons Team Moore Racing 100 +0.0893 0 40
3 7 27 Brazil Raphael Matos AGR-AFS Racing 100 +16.3217 0 35
4 6 5 United States Andrew Prendeville RLR-Andersen Racing 100 +17.3626 0 32
5 14 25 United States J. R. Hildebrand RLR-Andersen Racing 100 +17.7737 0 30
Race average speed: 112.260 mph (180.665 km/h)
Lead changes: 1 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 17 laps

Jeld-Wen 100

  • Saturday June 21, 2008
  • Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa
  • Race weather: 80 °F (27 °C), Mostly Cloudy
  • Pole position winner: #26 Arie Luyendyk Jr. 160.397 mph (258.134 km/h)
  • Race Summary: The cars of Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Dillon Battistini dominated the race, with Luyendyk leading the first 101 laps from the pole and building an approximate 0.5 second lead on Battistini who built a several second lead on the rest of the field. On lap 102 Luyendyk came up on the nearly lap-down cars of Robbie Pecorari and James Davison running side-by-side and had to lift off the throttle to avoid, running over them. This allowed Battistini to squeeze by the slowed car of Luyendyk. Shortly thereafter on lap 106 Jonny Reid spun coming out of turn four and made moderate contact with the outside wall in what was the largest incident of the day. After cleanup, the green flag waved with one lap to go but Battistini was able to hold off Luyendyk, capturing his third win of the season and denying Luyendyk his first series win in 53 starts. Battistini also captured the points lead over prior leader Richard Antinucci who struggled to a 9th place finish.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 2 15 United Kingdom Dillon Battistini Panther Racing 115 0:47:05.6124 14 50
2 1 26 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Jr. AGR-AFS Racing 115 +0.4948 101 43
3 6 20 Brazil Ana Beatriz Sam Schmidt Motorsports 115 +2.7089 0 35
4 5 16 United States Brent Sherman Panther Racing 115 +2.8920 0 32
5 10 22 Chile Pablo Donoso Team Moore Racing 115 +2.9664 0 30
Race average speed: 130.986 mph (210.802 km/h)
Lead changes: 1 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 4 for 18 laps

Corning Duels Race 1

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 2 27 Brazil Raphael Matos AGR-AFS Racing 28 1:01:18.6862 26 53
2 4 7 United States Richard Antinucci Sam Schmidt Motorsports 28 +2.1290 0 40
3 3 2 United States Jeff Simmons Team Moore Racing 28 +9.3592 0 35
4 6 20 Brazil Ana Beatriz Sam Schmidt Motorsports 28 +15.4980 0 32
5 8 22 Chile Pablo Donoso Team Moore Racing 28 +16.6814 0 30
Race average speed: 92.342 mph (148.610 km/h)
Lead changes: 1 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 8 laps

Corning Duels Race 2

  • Saturday July 5, 2008
  • Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York
  • Race weather: 76°, Sunny
  • Pole position winner: #23 Logan Gomez (6th place in race 1)
  • Race summary: The number six was drawn meaning that the top 6 positions from the first race would be inverted for race two and Logan Gomez would start from the pole. Ana Beatriz who started third took the lead from Gomez on lap 1 as Jonny Reid crashed, bringing out an early caution. After the restart Richard Antinucci climbed through the field to pass his teammate Beatriz for the lead on lap 10. Raphael Matos eventually found his way around Beatriz and began closing on Antinucci in the lead. Cyndie Allemann made heavy contact bringing out a full course caution and eliminating Antinucci's lead. However, Antinucci had a tremendous restart and was able to build his lead back to over 1 second and capture his second win of the season and regain the points lead.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 5 7 United States Richard Antinucci Sam Schmidt Motorsports 29 0:59:43.9195 20 53
2 6 27 Brazil Raphael Matos AGR-AFS Racing 29 +0.7209 0 40
3 3 20 Brazil Ana Beatriz Sam Schmidt Motorsports 29 +8.9378 9 35
4 1 23 United States Logan Gomez Guthrie Racing 29 +11.4922 0 32
5 2 22 Chile Pablo Donoso Team Moore Racing 29 +12.0037 0 30
Race average speed: 98.168 mph (157.986 km/h)
Lead changes: 1 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 8 laps

Sunbelt Rentals 100

  • Saturday July 12, 2008
  • Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon, Tennessee
  • Race weather: 88 °F (31 °C), Mostly Cloudy
  • Pole position winner: #11 James Davison 51.8844 sec 180.401 mph (290.327 km/h) 2 lap average
  • Race summary: The race was delayed approximately 90 minutes by rain. At the start, Raphael Matos spun, but his car was not damaged and he was able to continue the race from the back of the field. On lap 32 Ana Beatriz passed teammate polesitter James Davison to take the lead. On lap 45 Jonny Reid and Davison made contact with Reid's car nearly getting airborne, however both drivers were uninjured. On the restart Beatriz was able to pull away from second place Bobby Wilson to capture her first Indy Lights series win, the first by a female driver.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 2 20 Brazil Ana Beatriz Sam Schmidt Motorsports 77 0:40:38.5208 45 53
2 8 17 United States Bobby Wilson Team E 77 +1.2392 0 40
3 5 26 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Jr. AGR-AFS Racing 77 +3.5627 0 35
4 10 25 United States J. R. Hildebrand RLR-Andersen Racing 77 +10.2598 0 32
5 4 27 Brazil Raphael Matos AGR-AFS Racing 77 +11.9599 0 30
Race average speed: 147.778 mph (237.826 km/h)
Lead changes: 1 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 11 laps

Mid-Ohio 100 Race 1

  • Saturday July 19, 2008
  • Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio
  • Race weather:
  • Pole position winner: #27 Raphael Matos 1:13.1434 sec, 111.135 mph (178.854 km/h)
  • Race summary: Raphael Matos drove away from the field as he assumed the points lead and Dillon Battistini's bad luck continued. Matos led every lap of the race that was not slowed by any caution flags. The most significant incident occurred during the first lap when Wade Cunningham and Daniel Herrington made contact but were able to continue after dropping back, although Herrington's car required serious repair. Cunningham would recover to finish 12th while Herrington finished 21st after repairs. Another incident involved Battistini spinning off after light contact with Logan Gomez. He would finish 18th. Matos continued to stretch his lead over Perera late into the race and was essentially unchallenged for his third win of the year while Perera scored his first series podium finish.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 27 Brazil Raphael Matos AGR-AFS Racing 40 0:51:00.9047 40 53
2 2 55 France Franck Perera Guthrie Racing 40 +4.2603 0 40
3 4 7 United States Richard Antinucci Sam Schmidt Motorsports 40 +11.0992 0 35
4 3 9 New Zealand Jonny Reid Integra Motorsports w/ CGRT 40 +30.3922 0 32
5 9 25 United States J. R. Hildebrand RLR-Andersen Racing 40 +32.2972 0 30
Race average speed: 106.227 mph (170.956 km/h)
Lead changes: none
Cautions: none

Mid-Ohio 100 Race 2

  • Sunday July 20, 2008
  • Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio
  • Race weather: Rain
  • Pole position winner: #9 Jonny Reid (4th place in Race 1)
  • Race summary: The race was delayed because of heavy downpours causing standing water on the track. As a result of the delay, the race's time limit was shortened to 40 minutes from the usual 60. Virtually every driver in the field spun at least once and 10 of the 20 laps run were run under caution. Polesitter Jonny Reid led the first 16 laps until he was passed by Mitch Cunningham as the track finally started to dry. However, two laps later, Cunningham spun, handing the lead back to Reid. On the final lap of the race, Richard Antinucci, Robbie Pecorari, and Logan Gomez tangled, bringing out yet another full course caution and the race was to end under yellow with Reid all but assured his first series victory. However, Reid pulled into the pits, following the pace car as he thought the race was over, handing the win to James Davison, which was his first in the series. Points leader Raphael Matos had crashed early in the race and finished 18th. Reid was credited with 9th place.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 7 11 Australia James Davison Sam Schmidt Motorsports 20 0:41:52.5298 1 50
2 12 24 New Zealand Wade Cunningham Alliance Motorsports 20 +1.7928 0 40
3 10 22 Chile Pablo Donoso Team Moore Racing 20 +1.9196 0 35
4 17 18 Switzerland Cyndie Allemann American Spirit Racing 20 +2.4603 0 32
5 9 20 Brazil Ana Beatriz Sam Schmidt Motorsports 20 +3.3957 0 30
Race average speed: 64.706 mph (104.134 km/h)
Lead changes: 3 among 3 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 10 laps

Kentucky 100

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 4 15 United Kingdom Dillon Battistini Panther Racing 67 0:48:02.5443 66 53
2 5 11 Australia James Davison Sam Schmidt Motorsports 67 +0.0814 0 40
3 3 26 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Jr. AGR-AFS Racing 67 +0.3057 0 35
4 10 7 United States Richard Antinucci Sam Schmidt Motorsports 67 +0.4001 0 32
5 6 16 United States Brent Sherman Panther Racing 67 +0.6670 0 30
Race average speed: 123.841 mph (199.303 km/h)
Lead changes: 1 among 2 drivers
Cautions: 4 for 27 laps

Carneros 100

  • Saturday August 23, 2008
  • Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, California
  • Race weather: Sunny
  • Pole position winner: #55 Franck Perera 1:23.2851 sec, 99.547 mph (160.205 km/h)
  • Race summary: Polesitter Franck Perera led every lap to capture his first Indy Lights victory and Guthrie Racing's first win of the season. Richard Antinucci had passed outside front row starter Raphael Matos, his closest pursuer in the championship, at the start of the race for the second position, but was penalized and put back behind Matos. Matos took the points lead by a single point on points earned from this race.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 55 France Franck Perera Guthrie Racing 30 0:47:40.8370 30 53
2 2 27 Brazil Raphael Matos AGR-AFS Racing 30 +3.7395 0 40
3 3 7 United States Richard Antinucci Sam Schmidt Motorsports 30 +7.4447 0 35
4 6 25 United States J. R. Hildebrand RLR-Andersen Racing 30 +15.3659 0 32
5 4 23 United States Logan Gomez Guthrie Racing 30 +15.9528 0 30
Race average speed: 86.940 mph (139.916 km/h)
Lead changes: 0 among 0 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 4 laps

Valley of the Moon 100

  • Sunday August 24, 2008
  • Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, California
  • Race weather: Sunny
  • Pole position winner: #22 Pablo Donoso (8th place in first race)
  • Race summary: Due to a random draw, the first eight finishing positions from the Carneros 100 were used to determine the starting lineup for the Valley of the Moon 100, putting Pablo Donoso on the pole and Richard Antinucci, Raphael Matos, and Franck Perera in 6th, 7th, and 8th respectively. On the first lap, Mitch Cunningham made contact with another car and ran off track with his car coming to rest upside down and Logan Gomez was able to find his way from fourth to second. After the restart, Donoso was able to pull away from Gomez and led every lap as the race was not again slowed by caution. On lap 27, Matos had a run on Antinucci coming into turn 10, however, Antinucci slammed the door and Matos was forced to dive off track to avoid contact. Coming into turn 11, as both were under pressure from Perera who had gained on them after the theatrics in the previous turn, Matos bumped Antinucci from behind, sending him wide while both drivers were passed by Perera. The incident is under review by race officials. Donoso's win is his as well as his team's first in the series and he becomes the record 9th different driver to win in a single season.
Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 22 Chile Pablo Donoso Team Moore Racing 30 0:46:30.5168 30 51
2 4 23 United States Logan Gomez Guthrie Racing 30 +2.0001 0 40
3 3 20 Brazil Ana Beatriz Sam Schmidt Motorsports 30 +8.3966 0 35
4 5 25 United States J. R. Hildebrand RLR-Andersen Racing 30 +9.3983 0 32
5 8 55 France Franck Perera Guthrie Racing 30 +10.5459 0 30
Race average speed: 89.132 mph (143.444 km/h)
Lead changes: 0 among 0 drivers
Cautions: 1 for 3 laps

SunRichGourmet.com 100

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 3 26 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Jr. AGR-AFS Racing 67 0:46:46.7364 1 50
2 2 20 Brazil Ana Beatriz Sam Schmidt Motorsports 67 +0.0817 0 40
3 1 27 Brazil Raphael Matos AGR-AFS Racing 67 +0.1700 66 38
4 12 15 United States Bobby Wilson Panther Racing 67 +0.2726 0 32
5 6 11 Australia James Davison Sam Schmidt Motorsports 67 +0.4281 0 30
Race average speed: 130.623
Lead changes:
Cautions:

Driver standings

Pos Driver HMS
United States
STP
United States
KAN
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
IOW
United States
WGL
United States
NAS
United States
MDO
United States
KTY
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
Pts
1 Brazil Raphael Matos 8 1 12 19 10 3 7 1 2 5 1 18 6 2 6 3 510
2 United States Richard Antinucci 2 2 1 13 2 16 9 2 1 12 3 14 4 3 2 21 478
3 Brazil Ana Beatriz 7 3 16 14 5 19 3 4 3 1 14 5 16 6 3 2 449
4 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Jr. 4 6 22 3 14 8 2 7 7 3 8 11 3 17 16 1 428
5 United States J. R. Hildebrand 10 5 2 1 24 5 8 19 9 4 5 6 18 4 4 22 409
6 United Kingdom Dillon Battistini 1 21 4 4 1 14 1 17 20 19 18 19 1 18 15 23 385
7 United States Logan Gomez 12 23 3 15 7 9 14 6 4 6 20 16 12 5 2 8 361
8 Chile Pablo Donoso 21 14 17 12 19 7 5 5 5 10 10 3 22 8 1 13 358
9 Australia James Davison 22 13 14 11 17 6 15 DNS 11 16 7 1 2 14 13 5 333
10 United States Sean Guthrie 11 15 5 6 12 10 20 13 10 8 13 7 7 13 9 17 322
11 United States Brent Sherman 3 17 13 8 16 11 4 14 14 11 16 10 5 19 21 19 300
12 United States Bobby Wilson 17 22 21 9 6 1 16 20 19 2 11 22 9 4 288
13 United States Jeff Simmons 4 19 7 8 2 6 3 6 15 6 21 23 285
14 Switzerland Cyndie Allemann 16 8 10 22 26 18 18 9 18 13 17 4 13 22 11 14 250
15 United States Andrew Prendeville 6 7 20 23 9 4 12 11 13 9 9 8 247
16 United States Robbie Pecorari 10 23 2 4 17 14 22 13 10 10 14 7 235
17 France Franck Perera 11 18 17 7 2 20 14 1 5 220
18 New Zealand Jonny Reid 20 15 19 10 21 17 4 9 9 19 11 186
19 New Zealand Wade Cunningham 9 5 3 12 12 2 24 169
20 United States Daniel Herrington 8 15 21 15 11 7 8 10 152
21 United States Micky Gilbert 15 16 11 20 21 17 13 20 15 12 140
22 United States Chris Festa 5 11 15 16 18 13 18 119
23 New Zealand Mitch Cunningham 19 18 12 12 15 12 11 23 118
24 United States Mark Olson 18 25 20 22 15 16 19 17 23 20 105
25 United States Al Unser III 13 12 6 10 11 102
26 Peru Juan Manuel Polar 14 9 7 DNS 15 12 100
27 United States Jonathan Klein 8 16 10 6 86
28 New Zealand Marc Williams 18 9 15 21 10 78
29 United States Mike Potekhen 13 17 12 22 9 78
30 New Zealand Christina Orr 21 20 18 16 45
31 United Kingdom Nathan Freke 20 20 8 44
32 United States Matt Lee 16 8 38
33 United States Tom Dyer 21 17 20 32
34 United States Tom Wieringa 18 22 18 32
35 United States Jake Slotten 19 17 23 31
36 United States Jon Brownson 23 21 27 DNS 23
37 United States Brandon Wagner 15 15
38 United States Travis Gregg 21 24 15
39 United States P. J. Abbott 19 11
40 United States C. R. Crews 20 10
Pos Driver HMS
United States
STP
United States
KAN
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
IOW
United States
WGL
United States
NAS
United States
MDO
United States
KTY
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th–10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(1 point)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(2 points)
1 Qualifying cancelled
no bonus point awarded
Rookie of the Year
Rookie
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
Points 50 40 35 32 30 28 26 24 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
  • Ties in points broken by number of wins, or best finishes.

See also

References

  1. ^ Lewandowski, Dave. Great Start[permanent dead link], IndyCar.com, March 29, 2008
  2. ^ 2008 race results::Streets of St. Petersburg[permanent dead link], IndyCar.com, April 6, 2008

External links

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