1988 American Racing Series season

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The 1988 HFC American Racing Series Championship consisted of 12 races. Jon Beekhuis edged out Tommy Byrne for the championship by a mere 3 points, the closest margin in the series' 16 years.

Calendar[edit]

Race No Track State Date Laps Distance Time Speed Winner Pole Position Most Leading Laps Fastest Race Lap
1 Phoenix Arizona April 9, 1988 78 1.6093=125.5254 km 0'45:06.145 166.987 km/h Paul Tracy Jeff Andretti Paul Tracy ?
2 Milwaukee Wisconsin June 4, 1988 100 1.6607976=166.07976 km 0'53:21.130 186.774 km/h Dave Simpson Dave Simpson Mike Snow ?
3 Portland Oregon June 19, 1988 40 3.0930746=123.722984 km 0'47:56.850 154.823 km/h Tommy Byrne Tommy Byrne Tommy Byrne ?
4 Cleveland Ohio July 3, 1988 30 3.991064=119.73192 km 0'37:01.654 194.015 km/h Juan Manuel Fangio II Juan Manuel Fangio II Juan Manuel Fangio II ?
5 Toronto  Canada July 17, 1988 38 2.8709912=120.58163 km 0'45:09.290 160.224 km/h Calvin Fish Tommy Byrne Tommy Byrne ?
6 Meadowlands New Jersey July 24, 1988 58 1.9585181=113.59405 km 0'44:47.940 152.138 km/h Jon Beekhuis Jon Beekhuis Jon Beekhuis ?
7 Pocono Pennsylvania August 20, 1988 40 4.02325=160.93 km 0'45:45.215 211.039 km/h Michael Greenfield Dave Simpson Michael Greenfield ?
8 Lexington Ohio September 4, 1988 32 3.86232=123.59424 km 0'45:44.820 162.101 km/h Jon Beekhuis Jon Beekhuis Jon Beekhuis ?
9 Elkhart Lake Wisconsin September 11, 1988 19 6.4372=122.3068 km 0'40:33.206 180.957 km/h Juan Manuel Fangio II Calvin Fish Juan Manuel Fangio II ?
10 Nazareth Pennsylvania September 25, 1988 75 1.5223978=114.179835 km 0'36:07.780 189.617 km/h Calvin Fish Calvin Fish Calvin Fish ?
11 Monterey California October 16, 1988 32 3.5629902=114.0156864 km 0'45:32.780 150.197 km/h Tommy Byrne Juan Manuel Fangio II Juan Manuel Fangio II ?
12 Miami Florida November 6, 1988 22 2.8709912=63.1618064 km 0'39:47.729 95.230 km/h Tommy Byrne Juan Manuel Fangio II Tommy Byrne ?

Note:

Race 12 abandoned after two laps due to an accident involving Michael Greenfield, Jeff Andretti and Guido Daccò and restarted.

Race summaries[edit]

Phoenix race[edit]

Held April 9 at Phoenix International Raceway. Jeff Andretti won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Paul Tracy
  2. Calvin Fish
  3. Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
  4. Dave Simpson
  5. Ted Prappas

Milwaukee race[edit]

Held June 4 at The Milwaukee Mile. Dave Simpson won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Dave Simpson
  2. Mike Snow
  3. John McCracken
  4. Jon Beekhuis
  5. Brian Ongais

Portland race[edit]

Held June 19 at Portland International Raceway. Tommy Byrne won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Tommy Byrne
  2. Juan Manuel Fangio II
  3. Jon Beekhuis
  4. Paul Tracy
  5. Dave Simpson

Cleveland race[edit]

Held July 3 at Burke Lakefront Airport. Juan Manuel Fangio II won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Juan Manuel Fangio II
  2. Calvin Fish
  3. Dave Simpson
  4. Jon Beekhuis
  5. Guido Daccò

Toronto race[edit]

Held July 17 at Exhibition Place. Tommy Byrne won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Calvin Fish
  2. Tommy Byrne
  3. Guido Daccò
  4. Jon Beekhuis
  5. Ted Prappas

Meadowlands race[edit]

Held July 24 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Jon Beekhuis won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Jon Beekhuis
  2. Dave Simpson
  3. Tommy Byrne
  4. Ted Prappas
  5. Calvin Fish

Pocono race[edit]

Held August 20 at Pocono Raceway. Dave Simpson won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Michael Greenfield
  2. Tommy Byrne
  3. Dave Simpson
  4. Juan Manuel Fangio II
  5. Ted Prappas

Mid-Ohio race[edit]

Held September 4 at The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Jon Beekhuis won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Jon Beekhuis
  2. Tommy Byrne
  3. Ted Prappas
  4. Gary Rubio
  5. Paul Tracy

Elkhart Lake race[edit]

Held September 11 at Road America. Calvin Fish won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Juan Manuel Fangio II
  2. Jon Beekhuis
  3. Ted Prappas
  4. Gary Rubio
  5. Mike Groff

Nazareth race[edit]

Held September 25 at Nazareth Speedway. Calvin Fish won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Calvin Fish
  2. Mike Groff
  3. Mike Snow
  4. Dave Simpson
  5. Jon Beekhuis

Laguna Seca race[edit]

Held October 16 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Juan Manuel Fangio II won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Tommy Byrne
  2. Jon Beekhuis
  3. Juan Manuel Fangio II
  4. Gary Rubio
  5. Mike Snow

Miami race[edit]

Held November 6 at Tamiami Park. Juan Manuel Fangio II won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Tommy Byrne
  2. Juan Manuel Fangio II
  3. Calvin Fish
  4. Gary Rubio
  5. Jon Beekhuis

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 United States Canada United States United States United States United States United States United States
1 Jon Beekhuis   Switzerland Enterprise Racing 147 - 12 14 12 12 22 1 22 16 10 16 10
2 Tommy Byrne  Ireland Opar Racing 144 - - 22 18 14 16 16 3 6 20 21
R & K Racing 8
3 Dave Simpson  United States Bill Simpson Racing 122 12 21 10 14 8 16 15 8 6 12 - -
4 Calvin Fish  United Kingdom Team Shierson 113 16 4 4 16 20 10 6 - 1 22 - 14
2 Juan Manuel Fangio II  Argentina TEAMKAR International 105 - - 16 22 - 1
Leading Edge Motorsport 12 - 21 - 16 17
6 Ted Prappas  United States TEAMKAR International 103 10 8 1 5 10 12 10 14 14 3 8 8
7 Gary Rubio  United States Performance Motorsports 83 1 6 5 3 5 6 8 12 12 1 12 12
8 Mike Snow  United States Leading Edge Motorsport 70 6 17 - 6 4 4 2 2 5 14 10 -
9 Paul Tracy  Canada Hemelgarn Racing 58 21 - 12 2 - - - 10 - 8 5 -
10 Guido Daccò  Italy Agapiou Racing 53 8 3 8 10 14 8 - - - 2 - -
11 Brian Ongais  United States Ongais Racing 40 2 10 6 - 1 - 5 5 8 - 3 -
12 Michael Greenfield  United States C. P. Racing 32 - - - - - - 21 1 - 4 6 -
13 Mike Groff  United States Agapiou Racing 26 - - - - - - - - 10
Leading Edge Motorsport 16 - -
Steve Barclay  United States R & K Racing 26 - 5 3 1 - 2 4 4 - 5 2 -
15 Wally Dallenbach, Jr.  United States Colorado Connection Racing 19 14 - - - - 5 - - - - - -
16 Giovanni Fontanesi Venezuela Venezuela Agapiou Racing 17 4 - - 4 6 - - 3 - - - -
17 George Metsos  Greece R & K Racing 16 5 - - - - - 3 6 2 - - -
18 John McCracken  United States JMC Racing 14 - 14 - - - - - - - - - -
19 Brad Murphey  Australia TEAMKAR International 8 3 1 - - 3 - - - 1 - - -
20 Daniel Campeau  Canada Hemelgarn Racing 6 - - - - - - - - - - - 6
21 Jeff Andretti  United States Hemelgarn Racing 5 1 2 2 - - - - - - - - -
Scott Harrington  United States R & K Racing 5 - - - - - - - - - - - 5
Dave Kudrave  United States Leading Edge Motorsport 5 - - - - - - - - - - 1 4
24 Bobby Fix  United States Accel Motorsports 4 - - - - - - - - 4 - - -
Jim Noble  United States ? 4 - - - - - - - - - - 4 -
26 Jimmy Vasser  United States R & K Racing 3 - - - - - 3 - - - - - -
Steve Sheldon  United States Leading Edge Motorsport 3 - - - - - - - - - - - 3
28 Marty Roth  Canada TEAMKAR International 2 - - - - 2 - - - - - - -
Franco Scapini  Italy TEAMKAR International 2 - - - - - - - - - - - 2
30 Sport Allen  United States Agapiou Racing 1 - - - - - - - - - - - 1

Complete Overview[edit]

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

R16=retired, but classified

Place Name Country Team United States United States United States United States United States Canada United States United States United States United States United States United States
1 Jon Beekhuis   Switzerland Enterprise Racing 4 R16 4 4 3 3 2 4 3 4 1 1 2 R12 1 1 3 2 3 5 3 2 6 5
2 Tommy Byrne  Ireland Opar Racing 5 R17 - - 1 1 1 2 4 3 3 2 3 2 5 10 6 7 4 1 2 1
R & K Racing 5 6
3 Dave Simpson  United States Bill Simpson Racing 8 4 1 1 6 5 3 3 6 6 3 2 1 3 9 6 4 7 5 4 - - - -
4 Calvin Fish  United Kingdom Team Shierson 2 2 7 9 4 R9 4 2 2 1 5 5 6 7 4 R15 1 R13 1 1 2 R14 4 3
2 Juan Manuel Fangio II  Argentina TEAMKAR International - - - - 2 2 1 1 - - 2 R12
Leading Edge Motorsport 10 4 2 R13 2 1 - - 1 3 1 2
6 Ted Prappas  United States TEAMKAR International 9 5 3 4 11 R12 10 8 4 5 6 4 14 5 10 3 7 3 11 10 11 6 5 6
7 Gary Rubio  United States Performance Motorsports 10 R12 6 7 13 8 9 10 10 8 9 7 9 6 6 4 6 4 9 R12 6 4 3 4
8 Mike Snow  United States Leading Edge Motorsport 17 7 2 2 5 R14 7 7 11 9 10 9 5 11 5 R11 10 8 4 3 5 5 - -
9 Paul Tracy  Canada Hemelgarn Racing 3 1 11 R15 8 4 12 11 7 R14 13 R13 - - 11 5 11 R14 7 6 12 8 9 R14
10 Guido Daccò  Italy Agapiou Racing 18 6 10 10 7 6 6 5 5 3 7 6 11 R13 8 R14 - - 10 R11 8 R13 12 R16
11 Brian Ongais  United States Ongais Racing 13 11 9 5 9 7 13 13 12 12 11 R14 13 8 13 8 8 6 - - 13 R10 11 R13
12 Michael Greenfield  United States C. P. Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - 4 1 14 R12 9 R15 12 9 10 7 8 R15
13 Mike Groff  United States Agapiou Racing - - - - - - - - - - 12 R15 - - - - 15 5
Leading Edge Motorsport 2 2 - - - -
Steve Barclay  United States R & K Racing 7 R18 5 8 15 R10 11 12 - - 15 11 7 9 16 9 - - 8 8 14 R11 - -
15 Wally Dallenbach, Jr.  United States Colorado Connection Racing 12 3 - - - - - - - - 8 8 - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Giovanni Fontanesi Venezuela Venezuela Agapiou Racing 16 9 15 R13 14 R13 8 9 9 7 - - - - 7 R10 - - - - - - - -
17 George Metsos  Greece R & K Racing 11 8 - - - - - - - - - - 12 10 15 7 12 11 - - - - - -
18 John McCracken  United States JMC Racing - - 12 3 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Brad Murphey  Australia TEAMKAR International 15 10 13 12 - - - - 14 10 - - - - - - 14 R12 - - - - - -
20 Daniel Campeau  Canada Hemelgarn Racing - - - - - - - - 8 R13 - - - - - - - - - - - - 13 7
21 Jeff Andretti  United States Hemelgarn Racing 1 R14 8 11 10 R11 - - - - - - 7 R17
Agapiou Racing 8 R14 - - - - - - - -
Scott Harrington  United States R & K Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10 8
Dave Kudrave  United States Leading Edge Motorsport - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7 R12 15 9
24 Bobby Fix  United States Accel Motorsports 14 R13 - - - - - - - - - - - - 12 R16 13 9 - - - - - -
Jim Noble  United States ? - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9 9 16 R18
26 Jimmy Vasser  United States R & K Racing - - - - - - - - - - 14 10 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Steve Sheldon  United States Leading Edge Motorsport - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 14 10
28 Marty Roth  Canada TEAMKAR International - - - - - - - - 13 11 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Franco Scapini  Italy TEAMKAR International - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 17 11
30 Sport Allen  United States Agapiou Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 18 12
- Paul Dallenbach  United States Colorado Connection Racing - - 14 14 12 R15 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Mike Chandler  United States Leading Edge Motorsport 6 R15 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -