The British driver held on out front for just two laps before fuel-consumption issues struck, as they had done for much of the field. It meant that poleman Castroneves was back in front with just three laps to run, but he hadn’t factored in Andretti Green racer Danica Patrick, who had started sixth and, thanks to a gallon-perfect strategy, worked her way to the front.
The #7 Dallara catches the ailing Penske machine pretty quickly and soon breezes past to take an historic victory. Eight years on, Patrick remains the only woman to win a race at that level.
IndyCar, Motegi, 2008 – 200 laps
1. Danica Patrick (USA) – Andretti Green Racing, 1h51m02.67s
2. Helio Castroneves (BR) – Team Penske, +5.85s
3. Scott Dixon (NZ) – Chip Ganassi Racing, +10.05s
4. Dan Wheldon (GB) – Chip Ganassi Racing, +13.11s
5. Tony Kanaan (BR) – Andretti Green Racing, +16.07s
6. Ed Carpenter (USA) – Vision Racing, +16.82s
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