The Kentucky Indy 300 Race Recap


The IZOD IndyCar Series kicked off the 200th racing event since their start on January 27th, 1996 in Walt Disney World Speedway in which the winner would be driver Buzz Calkins. Kentucky Speedway would be the host of the 200th event, the Kentucky Indy 300. The race was yet again another great, action packed event for the IZOD IndyCar Series. Five different teams finished in the top 10 once again proving how close the competitiveness of the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and teams really is.


Helio Castroneves would gain his second win for the 2010 season bringing Penske’s record for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series to 8 wins in 15 races held so far. “Unfortunately we had an issue with our pit stop, but we started to make ground and head to the front. I tried to stay steady. You have to remember it is 200 laps. We were loose in the beginning, but at the end it was meant to be. I remember in 2008 here I ran out of fuel and finished in second. When the team told me to save fuel I was just trying to keep it up and stay in the draft. It was similar to what happened in 2008 and this time it paid off for Team Penske. I am very excited for this win and to be a part of the IZOD IndyCar Series.”

It was a great day for the Panther Racing team as well this weekend. Driver Ed Carpenter would go on to earn the PEAK Performance Pole Award and claim a podium second place finish along side teammate Dan Wheldon who finished 3rd. Good luck to you Ed and I wish you the best of luck in securing a full time seat for the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.


CARPENTER: “For Dan and I to finish second and third is a little disappointing because we were so strong all weekend. Dan had a dominant car today and it’s tough being in our position when you have a guy win on fuel mileage. I think we are very proud having two Panther cars on the podium. We made a pretty big wing change after we were loose and that slowed us down in the pits. We dropped back a few positions and then worked our way through the field.”

WHELDON: “The whole Panther racing team has done a phenomenal job to be able to bring the two cars to these last two races. Having Ed (Carpenter) on board is a fantastic addition and we have a great relationship. The race went very well and the #4 boys did a fantastic job in the pits. The ending was unfortunate. I would like to have Ed race with us in Motegi as well. I am bummed that the race didn’t turn out different, but it will motivate us for the last two races. The quality of the Honda was fantastic out there. “


After struggling through qualifying, Andretti Autosport drivers showed up on race day with a strong performances from 3 out of 4 drivers earning top 10 finishes. IZOD IndyCar Series driver Ryan Hunter-Reay fell out of the race early after experiencing what was thought to be a damaged wheel bearing thus ending his streak of eight consecutive top-five finishes. “We had a great day going. We went from 27th to the top five and were just biding our time. I liked the clean air there, working with my teammates. We tucked in line, were just waiting to fight it out at the end and had a problem in the right rear that ended our night. It’s unfortunate. The IZOD guys did a great job all weekend. After we had the incident on Friday, for them to put a car out there that could run back up to the front says a lot about the team and the guys working on the car.”

Tony Kanaan, who started in the 26th spot on the starting grid, fought his way through the field to earn a well deserved 4th place finish. Later after the race tony would apologize to his faithful Twitter followers for not passing the 11 cars on the first lap as he had promised, 10 cars would not be enough for that man. “I promised my fans on Twitter I would pass 11 cars on the first lap. It was only 10. I apologize to all of my followers that I couldn’t do it.”

Marco Andretti also found his way to the front of the pack and earns himself a 6th place finish but was still disappointed in the result after running with the front runners most of the evening. “The Meijer car wasn’t as strong in traffic as we needed it to be. I wasn’t able to work my magic on the high line and we fell on the wrong side of strategy. It’s still nice to be able to finish inside the top 10, but after running in the top three for most of the night, I was hoping for more out of the finish.”

Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick had an overall good night in the GoDaddy no.7 machine. After being one of the fastest cars on the track she fell to a 9th place finish after coming in for a splash and go in the final laps of the race. “That was a lot of work for a ninth-place finish. I had a good car all night and was running with the lead pack the entire time. Right before the final pit stop I was in the top six so I thought it would end up playing out that way. My GoDaddy guys did a great job tonight and I really appreciate all their hard work.”

With only two caution flags being waved throughout the night, the race went on under green for the majority of the night. The first of which was brought out by KV Racing Technology driver Takuma Sato nearly collecting Ryan Hunter-Reay as Ryan tried to avoiding running into Sato as he hit the outside SAFER-Barrier wall. Ryan spun but was able to keep the car under control only loosing a few positions. The second caution flag was brought out by Vitor Meira, driving for AJ Foyt Racing. Meira was trying to push it into turn 4 when he collected the No. 78 car of Simona DeSilvestro and Penske driver No. 6 Ryan Briscoe.

KV Racing Technology suffered from another loss for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar season with Takuma Sato driving into the wall on the first lap of the race, and with his teammate E.J. Viso. Viso who passed six cars at the start of the race, was forced to pit on lap 46 with a part failure in the car’s right rear suspension. Viso was credited with a 26th finishing position. It’s been an overall successful season for the KV Racing team as they have learned a lot this year but luck has not been on their side as they have had some disappointing finishes. KV Racing Technology has shown they have they capability to run with the leaders, the team is very strong and their time to shine is surely right around the corner.


E.J. VISO: “At the beginning, the car didn’t feel just right. But I kept passing cars in the early portion of the race. The crew noticed that we had high pressures in the tires and the car didn’t seem to be pulling as usual. So I pulled into the pits. The team noticed we had a part failure in the right rear of the car. That is very unusual. But it was out of our control. It is a tough way to finish the night. I thought we would have a good race car.”

TAKUMA SATO: “The race started well and my car felt good. But then suddenly the back end came around in Turn 3. The car started to slide so quickly and I couldn’t do anything at that point. It is obviously very disappointing as we were trying to carry good momentum into Motegi (the next race on Sept. 19).”

A couple other FUN FACTS could be:

Target/Chip Ganassi driver Dario Franchitti finished the race in the 5th position. This makes his seventh consecutive top-five finishes. Franchitti extends his lead in the AJ Foyt Oval Championship over teammate Scott Dixon (228 to 201) and now only falls 17 points behind Will Power for the IZOD IndyCar Series Championship. Dixon finished the race behind Franchitti with a respectable p7 with Power following right behind finishing 8th.

Bertrand Baguette, a driver we haven’t heard of much this season, finished 10th. This is a career best IZOD IndyCar Series finish for this rookie driver. His previous best finish was 11th at Mid-Ohio earlier this year.

Well the next IZOD IndyCar Series race is the Indy Japan 300 on Sept. 19 at Twin Ring Motegi. The race will be telecast live in High Definition at 11:00p.m. (ET) with qualifications included in the broadcast by VERSUS on Sept. 19. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145 and Sirius channel 212. The race also will be carried on The 2010 Firestone Indy Lights season concludes with the Miami 100 on Oct. 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.



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