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Bridgestone Indy Japan 300

 

Location: Twin Ring Motegi
1.5 Mile Paved Oval
200 Laps/300 Miles
April 22, 2006
Time of race: 1:59:01.3704
Average speed of winner: 153.248
Margin of victory: 6.3851
Lead changes: 10 among 6 leaders
Cautions: 3 for 32 laps
Lap leaders: Castroneves 1-24, Wheldon 25-29, Castroneves 30-93, Kanaan 94, Dixon 95-96, Scheckter 97-99, Meira 100, Castroneves 101-146, Dixon 147-149, Meira 150, Castroneves 151-200

 

IRL Results at Twin Ring Motegi
IRL Race Results 2006
IRL Information
IRL Drver Champions

 

Finish
Start
Driver
Car #
Sponsor/Name
Chassis
Engine
Laps
Status
Points
1
1
Helio Castroneves
3
Marlboro
Dallara
Honda
200
1:59:01.3704 153.248
53
2
3
Dan Wheldon
10
Target
Dallara
Honda
200
Finished
40
3
5
Tony Kanaan
11
7-Eleven
Dallara
Honda
200
Finished
35
4
4
Sam Hornish, Jr.
6
Marlboro
Dallara
Honda
200
Finished
32
5
18
Buddy Rice
15
Argent Mortgage
Panoz
Honda
200
Finished
30
6
7
Bryan Herta
7
XM Satellite Radio
Dallara
Honda
200
Finished
28
7
6
Kosuke Matsuura
55
Panasonic ARTA
Dallara
Honda
200
Finished
26
8
14
Danica Patrick
16
Argent Mortgage
Panoz
Honda
200
Finished
24
9
2
Scott Dixon
9
Target
Dallara
Honda
199
Flagged
22
10
11
Vitor Meira
4
Network Live
Dallara
Honda
199
Flagged
20
11
10
Dario Franchitti
27
Klein Tools/Jim Beam
Dallara
Honda
199
Flagged
19
12
17
Marco Andretti
26
NYSE Group
Dallara
Honda
199
Flagged
18
13
12
Tomas Scheckter
2
Vision Racing
Dallara
Honda
196
Flagged
17
14
15
Buddy Lazier
5
Escort Radar Detectors
Dallara
Honda
195
Flagged
16
15
9
Felipe Giaffone
14
ABC Supply Co.
Dallara
Honda
155
Wrecked
15
16
8
Scott Sharp
8
Delphi
Dallara
Honda
42
Wrecked
14
17
16
P. J. Chesson
91
Carmelo Hemelgarn Racing
Dallara
Honda
40
Wrecked
13
18
20
Jeff Simmons
17
Team Ethanol
Panoz
Honda
40
Wrecked
12
19
13
Tom Enge
51
Circle K
Dallara
Honda
25
Wrecked
12
20
19
Ed Carpenter
20
Vision Racing
Dallara
Honda
25
Wrecked
12

 

The Twin Ring Motegi, Japan race was run on April 22 Qualifying was rained out and the field was set by entrant points. As a result, Hélio Castroneves sat on pole, and for the second race running, Castroneves won the race. This race also saw the return of Ed Carpenter after the accident at Homestead. Rahal Letterman Racing also returned the #17 car to competition after sitting out a second race, as Indy Pro Series driver Jeff Simmons moved up to the seat. While Simmons has two IndyCar Series races to his experience (one the 2004 Indianapolis 500), he is eligible for the Bombardier series Rookie of the Year contest for 2006.