Wheldon Wins at Motegi

Dan Wheldon won his second consecutive race at Twin Ring Motegi after a late-race drama for Tomas Scheckter allowed Wheldon through to win the Japan Indy 300

Wheldon Wins at Motegi

Scheckter was leading the race in the closing laps but with three laps remaining he ran out of fuel, gifting the lead to Wheldon. Ironically, Wheldon ran out of fuel on his victory lap after he took the win, while Scheckter finished two laps down in tenth place.

Letterman Rahal teammates Buddy Rice and Danica Patrick filled the next two places, Patrick showing her front row qualifying performance was no fluke, with Bryan Herta in fifth. It was a Honda day at Honda's own track, the Japanese marque powering the first six finishers.

After his crash in qualifying, Tomas Enge failed to start the race. Two other drivers didn't last much longer, with rookie Jeff Bucknum spinning on the first lap and collecting Scott Dixon. Both drivers visited and were released from the infield care center.

Wheldon's win extends his points lead over Andretti Green teammate Tony Kanaan to 46 points, with Penske's Sam Hornish seven points behind Kanaan. Bryan Herta and Helio Castroneves are the only two other drivers with more than 100 points to their name.

Result of Japan Indy 300, Twin Ring Motegi:

Pos Driver              Car                Laps
 1. Dan Wheldon         Dallara-Honda       200
 2. Scott Sharp         Panoz-Honda         200
 3. Buddy Rice          Panoz-Honda         200
 4. Danica Patrick      Panoz-Honda         200
 5. Bryan Herta         Dallara-Honda       200
 6. Tony Kanaan         Dallara-Honda       199
 7. Sam Hornish Jr      Dallara-Toyota      199
 8. Darren Manning      Panoz-Toyota        199
 9. Kosuke Matsuura     Panoz-Honda         199
10. Tomas Scheckter     Dallara-Chevrolet   198
11. Helio Castroneves   Dallara-Toyota      198
12. Ryan Briscoe        Panoz-Toyota        197
13. Patrick Carpentier  Dallara-Toyota      196
14. A.J. Foyt IV        Dallara-Toyota      196
15. Vitor Meira         Panoz-Honda         166
16. Ed Carpenter        Dallara-Toyota      136
17. Dario Franchitti    Dallara-Honda       123
18. Roger Yasukawa      Dallara-Honda       112
19. Alex Barron         Dallara-Toyota       57
20. Paul Dana           Dallara-Toyota       56
21. Scott Dixon         Dallara-Toyota        0
22. Jeff Bucknum        Dallara-Honda         0
23. Tomas Enge          Dallara-Chevrolet   DNS

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