1987 American Racing Series season

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The 1987 American Racing Series Championship consisted of 10 races. Didier Theys won three races on his way to the championship.

Calendar[edit]

Race No Track State Date Laps Distance Time Speed Winner Pole Position Most Leading Laps Fastest Race Lap
1 Phoenix Arizona April 12, 1987 75 1.6093=120.6975 km 0'41:38.23 173.928 km/h Jeff Andretti Didier Theys Jeff Andretti ?
2 Milwaukee Wisconsin May 31, 1987 75 1.6607976=124.55982 km 0'37:43.192 198.134 km/h Didier Theys Didier Theys Didier Theys ?
3 Meadowlands New Jersey June 28, 1987 41 2.7229356=111.6403596 km 0'46:37.80 143.650 km/h Didier Theys Didier Theys Didier Theys ?
4 Cleveland Ohio July 5, 1987 30 3.991064=119.73192 km 0'36:57.06 194.417 km/h Didier Theys Didier Theys Didier Theys ?
5 Toronto  Canada July 19, 1987 41 2.8709912=117.7106392 km 0'45:38.760 154.726 km/h Tommy Byrne Tommy Byrne Tommy Byrne ?
6 Pocono Pennsylvania August 16, 1987 40 4.02325=160.93 km 0'35:33.960 271.490 km/h Tommy Byrne Tommy Byrne Tommy Byrne ?
7 Lexington Ohio September 6, 1987 21 3.86232=81.10872 km 0'30:57.910 157.161 km/h Juan Manuel Fangio II Tommy Byrne Juan Manuel Fangio II ?
8 Nazareth Pennsylvania September 20, 1987 75 1.5223978=114.179835 km 0'39:31.310 173.342 km/h Mike Groff Didier Theys Mike Groff ?
9 Monterey California October 11, 1987 40 3.05767=120.3068 km 0'40:23.057 181.714 km/h Dave Simpson Dave Simpson Dave Simpson ?
10 Miami Florida November 1, 1987 22 2.8709912=63.1618064 km 0'45:59.77 82.392 km/h Jeff Andretti Dave Simpson Jeff Andretti ?

Race summaries[edit]

Phoenix race[edit]

Held April 12 at Phoenix International Raceway. Didier Theys won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. 1- Jeff Andretti
  2. 5- Didier Theys
  3. 2- Juan Manuel Fangio II
  4. 20- Mike Groff
  5. 4- George Metsos

Milwaukee race[edit]

Held May 31 at The Milwaukee Mile. Didier Theys won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. 5- Didier Theys
  2. 7- Dave Simpson
  3. 20- Mike Groff
  4. 50- Tommy Byrne
  5. 4- George Metsos

Meadowlands race[edit]

Held June 28 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Didier Theys won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. 5- Didier Theys
  2. 1- Jeff Andretti
  3. 11- Rich Rutherford
  4. 7- Dave Simpson
  5. 81- Lee Perkinson, Jr.

Cleveland race[edit]

Held July 5 at Burke Lakefront Airport. Didier Theys won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. 5- Didier Theys
  2. 50- Tommy Byrne
  3. 71- Steve Millen
  4. 1- Jeff Andretti
  5. 11- Rich Rutherford

Toronto race[edit]

Held July 19 at Exhibition Place. Tommy Byrne won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. 50- Tommy Byrne
  2. 20- Mike Groff
  3. 71- Steve Millen
  4. 23- Albert Naon, Jr.
  5. 81- Lee Perkinson, Jr.

Pocono race[edit]

Held August 16 at Pocono Raceway. Tommy Byrne won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. 50- Tommy Byrne
  2. 1- Jeff Andretti
  3. 8- Mike Hooper
  4. 71- Steve Millen
  5. 5- Didier Theys

Mid-Ohio race[edit]

Held September 6 at The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Tommy Byrne won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. 2- Juan Manuel Fangio II
  2. 71- Steve Millen
  3. 20- Mike Groff
  4. 50- Tommy Byrne
  5. 1- Jeff Andretti

Nazareth race[edit]

Held September 20 at Nazareth Speedway. Didier Theys won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. 20- Mike Groff
  2. 5- Didier Theys
  3. 1- Jeff Andretti
  4. 23- Albert Naon, Jr.
  5. 11- Rich Rutherford

Laguna Seca race[edit]

Held October 11 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Dave Simpson won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. 7- Dave Simpson
  2. 5- Didier Theys
  3. 50- Tommy Byrne
  4. 71- Steve Millen
  5. 20- Mike Groff

Miami race[edit]

Held November 1 at Tamiami Park. Dave Simpson won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. 1- Jeff Andretti
  2. 7- Dave Simpson
  3. 2- Juan Manuel Fangio II
  4. 23- Albert Naon, Jr.
  5. 16- George Metsos

Final points standings[edit]

Driver[edit]

For every race the points were awarded: 20 points to the winner, 16 for runner up, 14 for third place, 12 for fourth place, 10 for fifth place, 8 for sixth place, 6 seventh place, winding down to 1 points for 12th place. Additional points were awarded to the pole winner (1 point) and to the driver leading the most laps (1 point).

Place Name Country Team Total Points United States United States United States United States Canada United States United States United States United States United States
1 Didier Theys  Belgium Truesports 137 17 22 22 22 3 10 8 17 16 -
2 Jeff Andretti  United States Arciero Racing 123 21 2 16 12 5 16 10 14 6 21
3 Tommy Byrne  Ireland Opar Racing 120 3 12 6 16 22 22 13 6 14 6
4 Dave Simpson  United States Bill Simpson Racing 101 5 16 12 5 8 8 4 4 22 17
5 Mike Groff  United States Opar Racing 96 12 14 3 1 16 3 14 21 10 2
6 Steve Millen  New Zealand Hemelgarn Racing 88 8 - 5 14 14 12 16 3 12 4
7 Juan Manuel Fangio II  Argentina TEAMKAR International 57 14 6 2 - - - 21 - - 14
8 Albert Naon, Jr.  United States Coors Racing 48 - - - 6 12 4 - 12 2 12
9 Rich Rutherford  United States Monarch Motorsports 41 - 3 14 10
Agapiou Racing 4 - -
Bill Simpson Racing 10 - -
10 Lee Perkinson, Jr.  United States Hemelgarn Racing 35 - - 10 3 10 2 5 5 - -
11 George Metsos  Greece Agapiou Racing 35 10 10 - - - - - - 5 10
12 Brad Murphey  Australia TEAMKAR International 22 - 5 4 2 6 - - - 4 1
13 Nikolas Konstant  Greece Agapiou Racing 17 6 8 - - - - - - 3 -
14 Mike Hooper  United States Opar Racing 14 - - - - - 14 - - - -
15 Steve Petty  United States Petty Racing 12 - - 8 - - - - - 1 3
16 Matt McBride  United States Don McBride Co. 11 - - - - - 5 6 - - -
17 Paul Radisich  New Zealand Agapiou Racing 8 - - - 8 - - - - - -
Wally Dallenbach, Jr.  United States TEAMKAR International 8 - 4 - 4 - - - - - -
Bob Tullius  United States TEAMKAR International 8 - - - - - - - 8 - -
Pat Phinny  United States ? 8 - - - - - - - - 8 -
Guido Daccò  Italy Agapiou Racing 8 - - - - - - - - - 8
22 Dean Hall  United States TEAMKAR International 6 - - - - - 6 - - - -
23 Bobby Fix  United States ? 5 - - - - - - - - - 5
24 Billy Boat  United States Machinist Union Racing 4 4 - - - - - - - - -
25 Paul Dallenbach  United States TEAMKAR International 1 - 1 - - - - - - - -
Ron Giery  United States ? 1 - - - - - 1 - - - -

Note:

Race 1, 3, 5, 7 and 8 not all points were awarded (not enough competitors).

Complete Overview[edit]

first column of every race 10 = grid position
second column of every race 10 = race result

R10=retired, but classified NS=did not start

Place Name Country Team United States United States United States United States Canada United States United States United States United States United States
1 Didier Theys  Belgium Truesports 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 R10 2 5 2 R6 1 2 2 2 - -
2 Jeff Andretti  United States Arciero Racing 2 1 2 R11 5 2 8 4 4 8 5 2 5 5 3 3 9 7 4 1
3 Tommy Byrne  Ireland Opar Racing 5 R10 4 4 2 R7 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 4 2 7 4 3 2 7
4 Dave Simpson  United States Bill Simpson Racing 4 R8 9 2 7 4 5 8 8 6 6 6 9 R9 6 R9 1 1 1 2
5 Mike Groff  United States Opar Racing 8 4 5 3 4 10 6 R12 3 2 8 10 6 3 5 1 7 5 5 R11
6 Steve Millen  New Zealand Hemelgarn Racing 7 6 3 R14 6 8 3 3 6 3 3 4 4 2 4 R10 3 4 3 R9
7 Juan Manuel Fangio II  Argentina TEAMKAR International 3 3 8 7 3 11 - - - - - - 3 1 - - - - 15 3
8 Albert Naon, Jr.  United States Coors Racing - - - - - - 4 7 7 4 7 9 - - 9 4 5 R11 6 4
9 Rich Rutherford  United States Monarch Motorsports - - 12 10 8 3 9 5
Agapiou Racing 10 9
Opar Racing 11 13 - -
Bill Simpson Racing 7 R5 - - - -
10 Lee Perkinson, Jr.  United States Hemelgarn Racing - - - - 9 5 11 10 5 5 13 11 7 R8 8 R8 8 R13 11 R14
11 George Metsos  Greece Agapiou Racing 10 5 14 5  ? NS - - - - - - - - - - 11 8 12 5
12 Brad Murphey  Australia TEAMKAR International - - 7 8 10 9 12 11 9 7 - - - - - - 13 9 14 R12
13 Nikolas Konstant  Greece Agapiou Racing 11 7 13 6  ? NS - - - - - - - - - - 12 10 - -
14 Mike Hooper  United States Opar Racing - - - - - - - - - - 4 3 - - - - - - - -
15 Steve Petty  United States Petty Racing - - - - 11 6 - - - - - - - - - - 10 R12 13 10
16 Matt McBride  United States Don McBride Co. - - - - - - - - - - 12 8 8 R7 - - - - - -
17 Paul Radisich  New Zealand Agapiou Racing - - - - - - 7 6 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Wally Dallenbach, Jr.  United States TEAMKAR International - - 10 9 - - 10 9 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Bob Tullius  United States TEAMKAR International - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10 6 - - - -
Pat Phinny  United States ? - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6 6 - -
Guido Daccò  Italy Agapiou Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10 6
22 Dean Hall  United States TEAMKAR International - - - - - - - - - - 10 7 - - - - - - - -
23 Bobby Fix  United States ? - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8 8
24 Billy Boat  United States Machinist Union Racing 6 R9 6 R13 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 Paul Dallenbach  United States TEAMKAR International - - 11 R12 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Ron Giery  United States ? - - - - - - - - - - 9 12 - - - - - - - -
- Fábio Greco  Brazil TEAMKAR International - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7 R13
- Stan Fox  United States Petty Racing - - 15 R15 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Giovanni Fontanesi  Venezuela Agapiou Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9 R15
- Gordon Johncock[1]  United States TEAMKAR International 9 (R8) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  1. ^ driven only as "Coach-Observer"