1996–97 Indy Racing League

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1996–1997 Indy Racing League season
Indy Racing League
1996-97 Indy Racing League
Season
Races 10
Start date August 18, 1996
End date October 11, 1997
Awards
Drivers' champion United States Tony Stewart
Indianapolis 500 winner Netherlands Arie Luyendyk
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The 1996–97 Indy Racing League was a result of the league abandoning the concept of ending each season with the Indianapolis 500. The 1996–97 season would ultimately comprise the events following the Indy 500 in 1996, and all events contested in the calendar year of 1997.

The 1996–97 season was originally scheduled to begin at New Hampshire in August 1996 and end with the Indianapolis 500 in May 1997. At some point in 1996, the consensus regarding the unusual split-calendar season was decidedly unfavorable. Omitting the normal winter offseason caused potential difficulty with driver contracts, sponsor contracts, and equipment purchasing, which all traditionally followed a calendar-based schedule. In addition, the months of November, December, and the remainder of January were not expected to be filled with race dates, since few suitable venues, outside of Orlando, were available for the IRL in warm-weather locations.

Following the 1996 races at New Hampshire and Las Vegas, on October 9, 1996, the Indy Racing League announced that the league would revert to a calendar-based schedule for 1998. To prevent from awarding four championships in less than two and a half years, all events contested in the calendar year of 1997 were added to the last two races in 1996. Now combined, a single seventeen-month 1996–1997 championship would be awarded in October 1997.

The two remaining races in 1996 (New Hampshire and Las Vegas) were contested with the same equipment as the 1996 season. All races that took place in 1997, starting with the race at Orlando, were contested with all new purpose-built oval chassis from G-Force and Dallara with stock block naturally aspirated 4.0 liter V8's from Oldsmobile and Infiniti. Only seven drivers competed in all ten races of this seventeen-month-long marathon schedule.

Teams and drivers

Team Chassis Engine Tires No. Drivers Round(s)
United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises Lola T95[N 1]
Dallara IR7[N 2]
G Force GF01
Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Oldsmobile
G 1 United States Scott Sharp[N 3] 1–4, 7
United States Paul Durant (R)[N 4][N 5] 5
United States Billy Boat (R) 6, 8–10
14 United States Davey Hamilton All
United States Team Menard Lola T95[N 1]
G Force GF01
Menard[N 1]
Oldsmobile
F 2 United States Tony Stewart All
3 United States Mark Dismore 1–2
United States Robbie Buhl[N 6] 4–6, 9–10
United States Galles Racing G Force GF01 Oldsmobile G 4 United States Jeff Ward (R)[N 7] 3
Sweden Kenny Brack (R) 4–10
United States Treadway Racing Reynard 95I[N 1]
Reynard 94I[N 8]
G Force GF01
Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Oldsmobile
F 5 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk All
6 United States Johnny O'Connell 2
Canada Scott Goodyear 3–10
United States Team Scandia Lola T95[N 1]
Reynard 95I[N 9]
Lola T94[N 10]
Dallara IR7
Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Oldsmobile
G 7 Chile Eliseo Salazar[N 11] 1–2, 5–10
22 France Stéphan Grégoire 1
Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. 2
Brazil Marco Greco 3–6
Italy Vincenzo Sospiri (R) 7–10
33 Italy Michele Alboreto 1–2
Spain Fermín Vélez (R)[N 5] 3–6
United States Jimmy Kite (R) 7–10
United States Byrd-Cunningham Racing Reynard 95I[N 1]
G Force GF01
Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Infiniti[N 12]
Oldsmobile
F 10 United States Mike Groff[N 13] 1–5, 8
United States Johnny Unser 6–7, 9
United States Paul Durant (R) 10
United States Bradley Motorsports Reynard 95I[N 1]
G Force GF01
Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Oldsmobile
F[N 1]
G
12 United States Buzz Calkins[N 14] 1–7, 9–10
United States Chitwood Motorsports Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile G 17 United States Danny Ongais 3
Brazil Affonso Giaffone (R) 4–10
United States PDM Racing Lola T93[N 1]
Dallara IR7
G Force GF01[N 15]
Menard[N 1]
Oldsmobile
G 18 United States John Paul, Jr.[N 16] 1–4, 8–10
United States Tyce Carlson (R) 5–6
United States Billy Boat (R) 7
United States Pagan Racing Reynard 95I[N 17]
Reynard 94I[N 18]
Dallara IR7
Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Infiniti[N 19]
Oldsmobile
G 21 Colombia Roberto Guerrero All
United States Blueprint Racing Lola T93[N 1]
Dallara IR7
Menard[N 17]
Buick[N 18]
Oldsmobile
F 27 United States Jim Guthrie (R)[N 5] All
United States Kelley Racing Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile G 28 United States Mark Dismore 5–10
United States McCormack Motorsports Lola T94 Ford Cosworth G 30 United States Stan Wattles (R) 1–2
G Force GF01 Oldsmobile United States Jeret Schroeder (R) 3–4
United States Robbie Groff (R) 5–10
United States Arizona Motorsports[N 20]
United States Sinden Racing Services
Lola T95 Ford Cosworth G

F[N 21]

40 Brazil Marco Greco[N 22] 1–2
Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile
Infiniti[N 23]
United States Jack Miller (R) 3–10
United States Team Cheever Lola T95[N 1]
G Force GF01
Menard[N 1]
Oldsmobile
G 51 United States Eddie Cheever All
United States Chastain Motorsports G Force GF01 Oldsmobile G 77 France Stéphan Grégoire 3–5, 7–10
United States Hemelgarn Racing Reynard 94I Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Infiniti
Oldsmobile[N 24]
F 91 United States Buddy Lazier All
Part Time and Indy 500 Entries
United States Della Penna Motorsports Reynard 95I Ford Cosworth G 4 United States Richie Hearn 1–2
United States Team Scandia Lola T95[N 1]
Reynard 95I[N 9]
Lola T94[N 10]
Dallara IR7
Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Oldsmobile
G 8 France Stéphan Grégoire 2
Italy Vincenzo Sospiri (R) 5–6
34 Brazil Affonso Giaffone (R) 2
Italy Alessandro Zampedri 5–6
United States Hemelgarn Racing Reynard 94I Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Infiniti
Oldsmobile[N 24]
F 9 United States Brad Murphey 1–2
Reynard 95I[N 1]
Dallara IR7
United States Johnny Unser 5, 10
90 United States Lyn St. James 5
United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara IR7 Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Oldsmobile
G 11 United States Billy Boat (R) 5
United States Tempero/Giuffre Racing Lola T93 Buick G 15 United States David Kudrave 1
Chile Juan Carlos Carbonell (R) 2
United States Blueprint Racing Lola T93[N 1]
Dallara IR7
Menard[N 17]
Buick[N 18]
Oldsmobile
F 16 United States Johnny Parsons 2
United States Sam Schmidt (R) 4–6
72 Canada Claude Bourbonnais[N 25] 5
United States Metro Racing Systems Riley & Scott Mk V Oldsmobile G 19 United States Stan Wattles (R) 10
United States Nienhouse Motorsports Riley & Scott Mk V Oldsmobile G 23 United States Mike Shank (R) 10
United States Roe Racing Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile F 24 United States Billy Roe (R) 10
United States PDM Racing Lola T93[N 1]
Dallara IR7
G Force GF01[N 15]
Menard[N 1]
Oldsmobile
G 28 United States Tyce Carlson (R) 1–2
United States ISM Racing Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile G 35 United States Jeff Ward (R)[N 26] 10
Sweden Johansson Motorsports G Force GF01 Infiniti F 36 United States Scott Harrington (R) 5
United States Team SABCO G Force GF01 Oldsmobile G 42 United States Robby Gordon 5
United States Arizona Motorsports[N 20]
United States Sinden Racing Services
Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile G 44 United States Steve Kinser (R) 5
United States Allen May (R) 6
United States Walker Racing Reynard 95I Ford Cosworth G 50 United States Robby Gordon 2
Italy EuroInternational Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile F 50 United States Billy Roe (R) 4–5
United States Team Cheever Lola T95[N 1]
G Force GF01
Menard[N 1]
Oldsmobile
G 52 United States Jeff Ward (R) 5
United States Beck Motorsports Lola T94 Ford Cosworth F 54 United States Robbie Buhl 1–2
Dallara IR7 Infiniti United States Dennis Vitolo 5
United States Project Indy Reynard 95I Ford Cosworth G 64 United States Johnny Unser 1–2
United States Galles Racing G Force GF01 Oldsmobile G 70 Brazil Marco Greco 7–10
United States IZ Racing Dallara IR7 Infiniti G 95 United States Tyce Carlson (R) 10
United States ABF Motorsports Lola T92 Buick G 96 United States Joe Gosek (R) 1
United States Dave Steele (R) 2
United States Knapp Motorsports Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile F 97 United States Greg Ray (R)[N 27] 5–8, 10
United States LP Racing Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile F 99 United States Sam Schmidt (R) 8–10

Schedule

Tony Stewart's championship car.

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rd Date Race Name Track City Television
1 August 18 True Value 200 New Hampshire International Speedway Loudon, New Hampshire ABC
2 September 15 1996 Las Vegas 500K Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nevada ABC
3 January 25 Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Walt Disney World Speedway Bay Lake, Florida ABC
4 March 23 Dura Lube 200 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona ABC
5 May 26–27 81st Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana ABC
6 June 7 True Value 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas ESPN2
7 June 29 Samsonite 200 Pikes Peak International Raceway Fountain, Colorado ABC
8 July 27 VisionAire 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, North Carolina CBS
9 August 17 Pennzoil 200 New Hampshire International Speedway Loudon, New Hampshire ABC
10 October 11 1997 Las Vegas 500K Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nevada ABC

Race summaries

True Value 200

The True Value 200 was held on August 18, 1996 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Richie Hearn qualified on the pole position.

Top 10 results

  1. 1 - Scott Sharp
  2. 12 - Buzz Calkins
  3. 33 - Michele Alboreto
  4. 10 - Mike Groff
  5. 14 - Davey Hamilton
  6. 21 - Roberto Guerrero
  7. 40 - Marco Greco
  8. 22 - Stéphan Grégoire
  9. 7 - Eliseo Salazar
  10. 18 - John Paul, Jr.

Las Vegas 500K (1996)

The Las Vegas 500K was held on September 15, 1996 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Arie Luyendyk qualified on the pole position.

Top 10 results

  1. 4 - Richie Hearn
  2. 22 - Michel Jourdain, Jr.
  3. 10 - Mike Groff
  4. 21 - Roberto Guerrero
  5. 33 - Michele Alboreto
  6. 12 - Buzz Calkins
  7. 7 - Eliseo Salazar
  8. 54 - Robbie Buhl
  9. 40 - Marco Greco
  10. 34 - Affonso Giaffone
  • Failed to qualify: 96-Dave Steele
  • Hearn's only IndyCar win. Because he and his team, Della Penna Motorsports, were switching to CART for 1997, he would not compete in any more IRL races for the remainder of the season.
  • The slow pace of the race, consisting of nine cautions, caused ABC to leave just past the halfway point.
  • Johnny O'Connell had a violent crash on lap 185 that resulted in him sliding upside down on the main straightaway.
  • Johnny Parsons' final IndyCar race. He had started IndyCar races since 1969. In this race, he crashed on lap nine and finished 28th (last).

Indy 200

The Indy 200 was held on January 25, 1997 at Walt Disney World Speedway. Tony Stewart qualified on the pole position. The race was shortened from 200 laps to 149 laps due to rain.

Top 10 results

  1. 51 - Eddie Cheever
  2. 10 - Mike Groff
  3. 6 - Scott Goodyear
  4. 1 - Scott Sharp
  5. 91 - Buddy Lazier
  6. 27 - Jim Guthrie
  7. 14 - Davey Hamilton
  8. 22 - Marco Greco
  9. 33 - Fermin Velez
  10. 2 - Tony Stewart
  • Failed to qualify: 4-Davy Jones
  • Cheever's first IndyCar win.
  • Buzz Calkins was leading when his engine failed on lap 145. Stewart took the lead, but crashed on the following lap. Cheever inherited the lead and the race was topped three laps later.
  • Danny Ongais' final IndyCar race. He finished 13th due to a crash after 94 laps.

Phoenix 200

The Phoenix 200 was held on March 23, 1997 at Phoenix International Raceway. Tony Stewart qualified on the pole position.

Top 10 results

  1. 27 - Jim Guthrie
  2. 2 - Tony Stewart
  3. 14 - Davey Hamilton
  4. 22 - Marco Greco
  5. 77 - Stéphan Grégoire
  6. 10 - Mike Groff
  7. 21 - Roberto Guerrero
  8. 12 - Buzz Calkins
  9. 18 - John Paul, Jr.
  10. 16 - Sam Schmidt
  • Failed to qualify: 17-Danny Ongais and 54-Robbie Buhl
  • Guthrie's only IndyCar win. He stretched his fuel over the final 82 laps and the $170,100 payout allowed him to settle off his debts from getting a second mortgage.
  • Kenny Bräck and Sam Schmidt made their IndyCar debuts in this race. Bräck led 24 laps, but crashed on lap 146 and finished 11th. Schmidt crashed on lap 176, but finished 10th.

Indianapolis 500

The Indianapolis 500 was scheduled for May 25, 1997. Rain postponed the start until the following day, Monday, May 26. After 15 laps were run on Monday, rain fell again, halting the race, and postponing it for another day. It was resumed and run to conclusion Tuesday May 27. Arie Luyendyk qualified on the pole position.

Top 10 results

  1. 5 - Arie Luyendyk
  2. 6 - Scott Goodyear
  3. 52 - Jeff Ward
  4. 91 - Buddy Lazier
  5. 2 - Tony Stewart
  6. 14 - Davey Hamilton
  7. 11 - Billy Boat
  8. 3 - Robbie Buhl
  9. 30 - Robbie Groff
  10. 33 - Fermin Velez
  • Failed to qualify: 1-Scott Sharp, 1-Johnny O'Connell, 18-John Paul, Jr. and 36-Scott Harrington
  • On lap 199, the caution came when Stewart brushed the wall and it was expected that race would end under caution. However, the green flag came out without warning before the final lap and caution lights were still displayed around the track, causing confusion if the race was really restarted.
  • Treadway Racing's cars finished 1st and 2nd, making it the first time since 1962 with Leader Card Racing that a team finished 1st and 2nd.
  • The starting grid was expanded from 33 to 35 cars due the 25/8 rule (which guaranteed the top 25 cars in the IRL standings a starting position, provided they meet a minimum speed) causing cars outside the fastest 33 to qualify. As a result, Lyn St. James and Johnny Unser were added to the rear of the field.
  • A crash during the pace lap caused all of row 5 (Stéphan Grégoire, Affonso Giaffone and Kenny Bräck) to retire.
  • Sharp was injured in a practice crash and replaced by O'Connell, who then was injured in practice. Paul Durant successfully qualified via the 25/8 rule (see above) and finished 21st.

True Value 500

The True Value 500 was held June 7, 1997 at Texas Motor Speedway. Tony Stewart qualified on the pole position.

Top 10 results

  1. 5 - Arie Luyendyk
  2. 1 - Billy Boat
  3. 14 - Davey Hamilton
  4. 6 - Scott Goodyear
  5. 2 - Tony Stewart
  6. 51 - Eddie Cheever
  7. 7 - Eliseo Salazar
  8. 97 - Greg Ray
  9. 8 - Vincenzo Sospiri
  10. 10 - Johnny Unser
  • Failed to qualify: 10-Mike Groff, 36-Scott Harrington, 50-Billy Roe, 77-Stéphan Grégoire and 90-Lyn St. James
  • Boat was initially declared the winner due to a scoring error. Luyendyk came into victory lane to protest, but was slapped by A. J. Foyt. The error was eventually realized and Luyendyk was declared the winner. Foyt still has the original trophy.
  • Stewart appeared to be on his way to his first win when his engine blew, causing him to then crash, on lap 207.
  • Points leader Groff was injured in practice. Unser drove in his place to a 10th-place finish.
  • In the aftermath of the scoring error, USAC was removed as sanctioning body and the IRL went in-jouse.

Samsonite 200

The Samsonite 200 was held on June 29, 1997 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Scott Sharp qualified on the pole position.

Top 10 results

  1. 2 - Tony Stewart
  2. 77 - Stéphan Grégoire
  3. 14 - Davey Hamilton
  4. 51 - Eddie Cheever
  5. 12 - Buzz Calkins
  6. 22 - Vincenzo Sospiri
  7. 6 - Scott Goodyear
  8. 91 - Buddy Lazier
  9. 17 - Affonso Giaffone
  10. 30 - Robbie Groff
  • Failed to qualify: 3-Robbie Buhl and 27-Jim Guthrie
  • Stewart's first IndyCar win.
  • Scott Sharp returned in this race and qualified on the pole position. However, he crashed on the first lap and re-injured himself, missing the rest of the season.

VisionAire 500

The VisionAire 500 was held on July 26, 1997 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Tony Stewart qualified on the pole position.

Top 10 results

  1. 91 - Buddy Lazier
  2. 1 - Billy Boat
  3. 6 - Scott Goodyear
  4. 17 - Affonso Giaffone
  5. 4 - Kenny Bräck
  6. 51 - Eddie Cheever, Jr.
  7. 2 - Tony Stewart
  8. 77 - Stéphan Grégoire
  9. 70 - Marco Greco
  10. 7 - Eliseo Salazar

Pennzoil 200

The Pennzoil 200 was held August 17, 1997 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Marco Greco qualified on the pole position.

Top 10 results

  1. 3 - Robbie Buhl
  2. 22 - Vincenzo Sospiri
  3. 5 - Arie Luyendyk
  4. 7 - Eliseo Salazar
  5. 4 - Kenny Bräck
  6. 21 - Roberto Guerrero
  7. 18 - John Paul, Jr.
  8. 1 - Billy Boat
  9. 51 - Eddie Cheever
  10. 30 - Robbie Groff
  • Failed to qualify: 10-Mike Groff and 97-Greg Ray
  • Buhl's first IndyCar win.
  • Mike Groff was injured once again in practice and missed the remainder of the season.
  • Entering the season finale at Las Vegas, Tony Stewart led Davey Hamilton by 10 points.

Las Vegas 500K (1997)

The Las Vegas 500K was held on October 11, 1997 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Billy Boat qualified on the pole.

Top 10 results

  1. 7 - Eliseo Salazar
  2. 6 - Scott Goodyear
  3. 3 - Robbie Buhl
  4. 27 - Jim Guthrie
  5. 28 - Mark Dismore
  6. 33 - Jimmy Kite
  7. 14 - Davey Hamilton
  8. 19 - Stan Wattles
  9. 77 - Stéphan Grégoire
  10. 70 - Marco Greco
  • Salazar's only IndyCar win.
  • Tony Stewart would win the championship by six points over Hamilton by virtue of finishing 11th to Hamilton's 7th.
  • On lap 201, Roberto Guerrero lost control on the back straightway and flipped through the grass.

Season Summary

Race results

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Race Winner Report
Driver Team
1 New Hampshire 1 United States Richie Hearn United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart United States Scott Sharp A.J. Foyt Enterprises Report
2 Las Vegas 1 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk United States Richie Hearn United States Richie Hearn United States Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports Report
3 Walt Disney World United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart United States Eddie Cheever Team Cheever Report
4 Phoenix United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart United States Jim Guthrie Blueprint Racing Report
5 Indianapolis Netherlands Arie Luyendyk United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Treadway Racing Report
6 Texas United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Treadway Racing Report
7 Pikes Peak United States Scott Sharp United States Jimmy Kite United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart Team Menard Report
8 Charlotte United States Tony Stewart United States Billy Boat United States Tony Stewart United States Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn Racing Report
9 New Hampshire 2 Brazil Marco Greco Italy Vincenzo Sospiri United States Eddie Cheever United States Robbie Buhl Team Menard Report
10 Las Vegas 2 United States Billy Boat United States Billy Boat Chile Eliseo Salazar Chile Eliseo Salazar Team Scandia Report

Final points standings

Pos Driver NH1
LV1
WDW
PHX
INDY
TXS
PIK
CMS
NH2
LV2
Pts
1 United States Tony Stewart 12* 21 10* 2* 5* 5* 1* 7* 14 11 278
2 United States Davey Hamilton 5 11 7 3 6 3 3 16 17 7 272
3 United States Eddie Cheever 15 25 1 12 23 6 4 6 9* 21 230
3 Brazil Marco Greco 7 9 8 4 16 26 13 9 20 10 230
5 Canada Scott Goodyear 3 17 2 4 7 3 16 2 226
6 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 13 20 12 22 1 1 15 21 3 25 223
7 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 6 4 17 7 27 13 18 17 6 14 221
8 United States Buddy Lazier 19 24 5 21 4 17 8 1 12 31 209
9 Chile Eliseo Salazar 9 7 24 7 12 10 4 1* 208
10 United States Buzz Calkins 2 6 11 8 11 19 5 21 28 204
11 France Stéphan Grégoire 8 26 19 5 31 2 8 15 9 192
12 United States Jim Guthrie  RY  23 13 6 1 26 21 Wth 12 24 4 186
13 United States Robbie Buhl 22 8 18 8 16 1 3 170
14 United States Mike Groff 4 3 2 6 12 Wth 14 Wth 169
15 United States John Paul, Jr. 10 15 18 9 Wth 11 7 12 163
16 Brazil Affonso Giaffone  R  10 13 32 20 9 4 18 15 159
17 United States Mark Dismore 20 17 28 11 11 19 11 5 158
18 United States Billy Boat  R  7 2 19 2 8 23 151
19 Sweden Kenny Bräck  R  11 33 18 14 5 5 20 139
20 United States Robbie Groff  R  9 15 10 13 10 18 135
21 Italy Vincenzo Sospiri  R  17 9 6 20 2 22 134
22 United States Scott Sharp 1 16 4 16 Wth 22 119
23 United States Jack Miller  R  15 20 20 24 16 23 19 29 114
24 United States Johnny Unser Wth 22 18 10 21 13 19 107
25 United States Tyce Carlson  R  11 23 19 14 24 84
26 Spain Fermín Vélez  R  9 14 10 25 82
27 United States Jimmy Kite  R  20 15 23 6 76
27 United States Sam Schmidt  R  10 34 23 18 22 27 76
29 United States Greg Ray  R  25 8 17 22 30 73
30 United States Jeff Ward  R  16 3 17 69
31 United States Stan Wattles  R  16 18 8 63
32 Italy Michele Alboreto 3 5 62
33 United States Richie Hearn 14 1* 59
34 United States Billy Roe  R  15 22 13 55
35 United States Jeret Schroeder  R  14 19 37
36 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. 2 33
37 United States Robby Gordon 14 29 27
38 United States Brad Murphey 18 27 25
39 Italy Alessandro Zampedri 35 12 24
40 United States Johnny O'Connell 12 Wth 23
40 United States Paul Durant  R  21 26 23
42 United States Danny Ongais 13 22
42 United States Lyn St. James 13 22
44 United States Steve Kinser  R  14 21
45 United States Dennis Vitolo 15 20
46 United States Mike Shank  R  16 19
47 United States Dave Kudrave 17 18
48 Chile Juan Carlos Carbonell  R  19 16
49 United States Joe Gosek  R  21 14
50 United States Allen May  R  22 13
51 United States Johnny Parsons 28 7
52 Canada Claude Bourbonnais 30 5
- United States Scott Harrington  R  DNQ 0
- United States David Steele  R  Wth 0
- United States Davy Jones Wth 0
Pos Driver NH1
LV1
WDW
PHX
INDY
TXS
PIK
CMS
NH2
LV2
Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th-10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
(Ret)
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(2 points)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(1 point)
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns all the points
had they taken part.
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie
  • Ties in points broken by number of wins, followed by number of 2nds, 3rds, etc., and then by number of pole positions, followed by number of times qualified 2nd, etc.

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad Used in the 1996 races.
  2. ^ Used at Walt Disney World. Billy Boat used it at the Indy 500 and Las Vegas 2, and Scott Sharp used it at Pikes Peak.
  3. ^ Injured in a practice crash at Indianapolis and at Pikes Peak.
  4. ^ He replaced Johnny O'Connell, who was named as a replacement for Scott Sharp, but also got injured in a practice crash.
  5. ^ a b c Not considered rookie for Indy 500
  6. ^ Injured in a testing crash prior to Pikes Peak.
  7. ^ He replaced Davy Jones, who got injured in a practice crash.
  8. ^ Used by Johnny O'Connell.
  9. ^ a b Used by Michele Alboreto.
  10. ^ a b Used by Affonso Giaffone.
  11. ^ Injured in a testing crash at Walt Disney World.
  12. ^ Used from Walt Disney World to Pikes Peak.
  13. ^ Injured in practice crashes at Texas and New Hampshire 2.
  14. ^ Injured in a testing crash at New Hampshire.
  15. ^ a b Used at Las Vegas 2.
  16. ^ Injured in a practice crash at Indianapolis.
  17. ^ a b c Used at New Hampshire 1.
  18. ^ a b c Used at Las Vegas 1.
  19. ^ Used from Walt Disney World to Texas.
  20. ^ a b Official name of the team for the #40 entry for sponsorship reasons.
  21. ^ Used by Jack Miller.
  22. ^ Run in conjunction with Team Scandia.
  23. ^ Used by Jack Miller from Indianapolis onwards.
  24. ^ a b Used by Buddy Lazier from Indianapolis onwards.
  25. ^ Considered rookie only for the Indy 500.
  26. ^ Run in conjunction with Sinden Racing Services.
  27. ^ #31 at Charlotte because of a technical/sponsorship deal with Richard Childress Racing.

References

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