With time, a simple Sunday at Iowa Speedway may grow in stature – today, June 22, marks the fourth anniversary of the late Dan Wheldon's win in the 2008 Iowa Corn Indy 250. The IndyCar Series races in Iowa again this weekend.
It was Wheldon's last win in his three years at Target Chip Ganassi Racing, and it came on his 30th birthday.
Wheldon qualified third and while he was far from the fastest car on the day, a good fuel strategy helped him stay in contention. Most of the leaders pitted after a lap 188 accident by rookie Enrique Bernoldi, but Wheldon was among those to stay out.
From the final restart, Wheldon led Andretti Green Racing rookie Hideki Mutoh, with Mutoh holding off his AGR teammate Marco Andretti, Scott Dixon and Danica Patrick. A late pass by A.J. Foyt IV on Patrick got the Vision Racing entry into the top five. The result was Mutoh's best of his career, although he went on to secure the 2008 season rookie-of-the-year honor.
After a flood had affected Iowa that summer, Wheldon and the CGR teams donated their winnings to Iowa flood relief.
It was also Wheldon's last victory until the 2011 Indianapolis 500.