IndyCar: 2008 Homestead Miami Indy 300 video

Scott Dixon started the 2008 season with a win from pole position after Tony Kanaan hit trouble when a lapped Ernesto Viso spun in front of him and damaged his suspension. Kanaan tried to hold on to the lead under caution in case the race finished behind the Safety Car but was forced to make way to the field once the green flag was waved 4 laps before the end. Marco Andretti followed Dixon home with Dan Wheldon recovered from a low starting position to finish third.

Round 1 of the 2008 IndyCar season

Circuit: Homestead-Miami Speedway

IndyCar: 2008 IndyCar Grand Prix at St. Petersburg video

Rookie Graham Rahal became the youngest driver ever to win an IndyCar Series race leading a combative Helio Castroneves to the flag. Tony Kanaan completed the podium in a race started under caution after heavy rains in the morning soaked the track. Rahal got into the lead after overtaking Ryan Hunter-Reay following one of the many caution periods which resulted in the checkered flag being waved after reaching the two-hour limit, on lap 83 of the original 100 laps.

Round 2 of the 2008 IndyCar season

Circuit: St Petersburg

IndyCar: 2008 IndyCar 300 at Japan video

History was made when Danica Patrick crossed the line to win the IndyCar 300 at Motegi, becoming the first woman to win a race in the history of America’s top level open-wheel race series. Patrick benefited from a good strategy, saving fuel to avoid pitting in the last stages of the race, overtaking Helio Castroneves with 2 laps to go. Scott Dixon finished third, in a race contested only by the 2007 IndyCar Series teams, with the other half of the field taking part of the Long Beach Grand Prix, for 2007 ChampCar teams.

Round 3 of the 2008 IndyCar season

Circuit: Twin Ring Motegi

IndyCar: 2008 Kansas Indy 300 video

After leading from pole position for most of the race, Scott Dixon could only finish third after the various caution periods re-schuffled the field time and time again, with Dan Wheldon coming out on top to win ahead of Tony Kanaan.

Round 5 of the 2008 IndyCar season

Circuit: Kansas Speedway

IndyCar: 2008 Indianapolis 500 video

Chip Ganassi Racing’s good form of the season continued at the Brickyard putting both cars on the first row and Scott Dixon becoming the second driver since Juan Pablo Montoya in 2000 to win the Indianapolis 500 with the team. Dixon led 115 of the 200 racing laps, which saw 8 caution periods and many retirements, including contenders Danica Patrick, Ryan Briscoe and Tony Kanaan.

Round 6 of the 2008 IndyCar season

Circuit: Indianapolis

IndyCar: 2008 AJ Foyt 225 video

For the 300th time one of Roger Penske’s cars crossed the finishing line in the lead after Ryan Briscoe picked up his first career IndyCar victory. Marco Andretti led early on before he started to suffer with the handling of his car, falling in the racing order as the race developed. Dixon replaced him as leader, a position he kept for 136 laps until Briscoe finally managed to overtake the New Zealander. The race finished under caution after a major accident involving Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter and Vitor Meira, the latter becoming airbone but suffering no injuries.

Round 7 of the 2008 IndyCar season

Circuit: Milwaukee Mile

IndyCar: 2008 Texas 550 video

A frantic evening at Texas Motor Speedway saw Scott Dixon take his third win of the season. Dixon was involved in a three-way fight for the lead with Helio Castroneves and Bruno Junqueirafor the first half of the race, but as the race progressed and long periods of green flag conditions separated the field, it was Marco Andretti who looked the favourite for the win. But Dixon managed to recover just in time, overtaking Mario Andretti’s grandson with 6 laps to go. Andretti’s day was further ruined after touching wheels with a combative Ryan Hunter Ray, sending both cars into the wall. The race finished under caution with Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe completing the podium.

Round 8 of the 2008 IndyCar season

Circuit: Texas Motor Speedway

IndyCar: 2008 Iowa Indy 250 video

Dan Wheldon recovered from an early spin to take his second win of the season, after a race with plenty of yellow-flag interrumptions and a grid defined by championship position due to rain delays during qualifying. Wheldon leaded Hideki Mutoh, who resisted pressure from Marco Andretti to score his first podium in the series. Championship leader Scott Dixon could only manage 4th position ahead of AJ Foyt IV.

Round 9 of the 2008 IndyCar season

Circuit: Iowa Speedway

IndyCar: 2008 Indy Challenge video

It was a return to Victory Lane for Tony Kanaan at Richmond International Raceway, for the first time in 2008. The 2004 IndyCar champion resisted in the lead following 9 yellow flag periods which made up for a third of the race under caution. That inevitably shuffled the pack, and Helio Castroneves made the most of it, earning the runner-up spot after starting 18th. Scott Dixon beat team mate Dan Wheldon for third, with Marco Andretti losing a lap in the latter stages having challenged Kanaan for the win earlier on.

Round 10 of the 2008 IndyCar season

Circuit: Richmond

IndyCar: 2008 Grand Prix at the Glen video

Ryan Hunter-Reay earned his first win in IndyCar, ending Rahal-Letterman Racing 4 years wait for a return to the top step of the podium. Championship leader Scott Dixon made headlines for the wrong reasons after collecting Ryan Briscoe while trying to get heat into his tyres under caution, with both drivers retiring on the spot and allowing Hunter-Reay to attack then-leader Darren Manning. The Briton, short on fuel, could not resist the pressure and Hunter-Reay easily overtook him with 9 laps to go, exploiting the best of his fresher tyres. Manning held on second place, ahead of Tony Kanaan.

Round 11 of the 2008 IndyCar season

Circuit: Watkins Glen