1989 American Racing Series season

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The 1989 HFC American Racing Series Championship consisted of 12 races. Mike Groff and Tommy Byrne each won 4 races and Groff edged out Byrne by 10 points for 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 8, 1989 65 1.6093=104.6045 km 0'44:49.340 140.026 km/h Mike Groff Mike Groff Mike Groff ?
2 Long Beach California April 16, 1989 33 2.687531=120.938895 km 0'51:21.937 141.268 km/h Tommy Byrne Tommy Byrne Tommy Byrne ?
3 Milwaukee Wisconsin June 4, 1989 100 1.6607976=166.07976 km 0'49:34.940 200.975 km/h Mike Groff Mike Groff Mike Groff ?
4 Detroit Michigan June 18, 1989 30 4.02325=120.6975 km 0'56:22.334 128.465 km/h Ted Prappas Johnny O'Connell Paul Tracy ?
5 Portland Oregon June 25, 1989 40 3.0930746=123.722984 km 0'44:07.160 168.257 km/h Tommy Byrne Tommy Byrne Tommy Byrne ?
6 Meadowlands New Jersey July 16, 1989 63 1.9585181=123.38664 km 0'46:04.670 160.667 km/h Mike Groff Mike Groff Mike Groff ?
7 Toronto  Canada July 23, 1989 42 2.8709912=120.58163 km 0'49:56.568 144.864 km/h Gary Rubio Tommy Byrne Tommy Byrne ?
8 Pocono Pennsylvania August 19, 1989 28 4.02325=112.651 km 0'34:16.943 197.158 km/h Tommy Byrne Tommy Byrne Tommy Byrne ?
9 Lexington Ohio September 3, 1989 32 3.86232=123.59424 km 0'50:32.067 146.744 km/h P. J. Jones Tommy Byrne P. J. Jones ?
10 Elkhart Lake Wisconsin September 10, 1989 19 6.4372=122.3068 km 0'43:34.654 168.399 km/h Tommy Byrne Ted Prappas Tommy Byrne ?
11 Nazareth Pennsylvania September 24, 1989 75 1.5223978=114.179835 km 0'59:07.610 115.866 km/h Mike Groff Dave Kudrave Mike Groff ?
12 Monterey California October 15, 1989 34 3.5629902=121.1416668 km 0'46:48.277 155.294 km/h Johnny O'Connell Tommy Byrne Tommy Byrne ?

Race summaries[edit]

Phoenix race[edit]

Held April 8 at Phoenix International Raceway. Mike Groff won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Mike Groff
  2. Paul Tracy
  3. Dave Kudrave
  4. Johnny O'Connell
  5. Ted Prappas

Long Beach race[edit]

Held April 16 at Long Beach, California Street Course. Tommy Byrne won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Tommy Byrne
  2. P. J. Jones
  3. Mitch Thieman
  4. Daniel Campeau
  5. Roberto Quintanilla

Milwaukee race[edit]

Held June 4 at The Milwaukee Mile. Mike Groff won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Mike Groff
  2. Dave Kudrave
  3. Gary Rubio
  4. Tommy Byrne
  5. Steve Shelton

Detroit race[edit]

Held June 18 at the Detroit street circuit. Johnny O'Connell won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Ted Prappas
  2. Calvin Fish
  3. Gary Rubio
  4. Mike Groff
  5. Steve Shelton

Portland race[edit]

Held June 25 at Portland International Raceway. Tommy Byrne won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Tommy Byrne
  2. Paul Tracy
  3. Ted Prappas
  4. Gary Rubio
  5. Mike Groff

Meadowlands race[edit]

Held July 16 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Mike Groff won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Mike Groff
  2. Tommy Byrne
  3. Gary Rubio
  4. Paul Tracy
  5. Steve Shelton

Toronto race[edit]

Held July 23 at Exhibition Place. Tommy Byrne won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Gary Rubio
  2. P. J. Jones
  3. Dave Kudrave
  4. Ted Prappas
  5. Hunter Jones

Pocono race[edit]

Held August 19 at Pocono Raceway. Tommy Byrne won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Tommy Byrne
  2. Gary Rubio
  3. Ted Prappas
  4. Dave Kudrave
  5. Johnny O'Connell

Mid-Ohio race[edit]

Held September 3 at The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Tommy Byrne won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. P. J. Jones
  2. Mike Groff
  3. Paul Tracy
  4. Ted Prappas
  5. Gary Rubio

Elkhart Lake race[edit]

Held September 10 at Road America. Ted Prappas won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Tommy Byrne
  2. Johnny O'Connell
  3. Gary Rubio
  4. Mike Groff
  5. Dave Kudrave

Nazareth race[edit]

Held September 24 at Nazareth Speedway. Dave Kudrave won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Mike Groff
  2. Tommy Byrne
  3. Dave Kudrave
  4. Marty Roth
  5. Gary Rubio

Laguna Seca race[edit]

Held October 15 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Tommy Byrne won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Johnny O'Connell
  2. Mike Groff
  3. P. J. Jones
  4. Tommy Byrne
  5. Dave Kudrave

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 United States Canada United States United States United States United States United States
1 Mike Groff  United States Leading Edge Motorsport 163 22 4 22 12 10 22 6 - 16 12 21 16
2 Tommy Byrne  Ireland Landford Racing 153 1 22 12 1 22 16 5 22 1 21 16 14
3 Gary Rubio  United States Performance Motorsports 131 - 1 14 14 12 14 20 16 10 11 10 6
4 Dave Kudrave  United States Leading Edge Motorsport 100 14 - 16 - 4 - 14 12 5 10 15 10
5 Ted Prappas  United States TEAMKAR International 99 10 3 - 20
P.I.G. Racing 14 6 12 14 12 2 6 -
6 P. J. Jones  United States P.I.G. Racing 90 - 16 4 - 3 4 16 4 21 4 4 14
7 Johnny O'Connell  United States C. P. Racing 72 12 - - 1 5 8 - 10 - 16 - 20
8 Paul Tracy  Canada Maple Leaf Racing 65 16 - - 3 16 12 - 1 14 3 - -
9 Steve Shelton  United States Stuart Moore Racing 58 6 - 10 10 6 10 - - 6 5 - 8
10 Roberto Quintanilla  Mexico Roquin Motorsports 41 - 10 2 - - 3 4 8 - 6 8 -
11 Hunter Jones  Canada Baci Racing 34 - - - 6 - 5 10 5 8 - - -
Tony George  United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises 34 5 6 1 4 - - 5 3 3 5 2 -
13 Daniel Campeau  Canada McNeill Motorsports 33 - 12 8 8 1 - 2 2 - - - -
14 Vinicio Salmi  Italy Genoa Racing 23 2 - - - 8 - 1 - 1 8 1 2
15 Tom Christoff  Canada Landford Racing 20 4 - 5 3 2 2 - - 4 - - -
16 Calvin Fish  United Kingdom P.I.G. Racing 16 - - - 16 - - - - - - - -
17 Mitch Thieman  United States Thieman Racing 14 - 14 - - - - - - - - - -
John Thompson  United States Stuart Moore Racing 14 3 5 6 - - - - - - - - -
Hiro Matsushita  Japan Panasonic Racing 14 - - - - - 1 8 - - - 5 -
20 Marty Roth  Canada Stuart Moore Racing 12 - - - - - - - - - - 12 -
21 Dean Hall  United States P.I.G. Racing 11 - 8 3 - - - - - - - - -
22 Steve Barclay  United States R & K Racing 10 8 2 - - - - - - - - - -
23 Salt Walther  United States Walther Racing 6 - - - - - - - 6 - - - -
24 Jeff Purner  United States Stuart Moore Racing 5 - - - 5 - - - - - - - -
Jimmy Vasser  United States Barclay Racing 5 - - - - - - - - - - - 5
26 Cathy Muller  France McNeill Motorsports 4 - - - - - - - - - - - 4
27 Jeff Andretti  United States Baci Racing 3 - - - - - - - - - - 3 -
Harald Huysman  Norway McNeill Motorsports 3 - - - - - - - - - - - 3
Brian Bonner  United States TEAMKAR International 3 - - - - - - - - 2 - - 1

Complete Overview[edit]

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

R9=retired, but classified NS=did not start

Place Name Country Team United States United States United States United States United States United States Canada United States United States United States United States United States
1 Mike Groff  United States Leading Edge Motorsport 1 1 4 R9 1 1 8 4 8 5 1 1 6 7 4 R13 5 2 3 4 2 1 8 2
2 Tommy Byrne  Ireland Landford Racing 6 12 1 1 13 4 3 R12 1 1 2 2 1 R10 1 1 1 13 2 1 4 2 1 4
3 Gary Rubio  United States Performance Motorsports 12 R15 2 R12 2 3 5 3 4 4 4 3 5 1 2 2 7 5 8 3 7 5 10 7
4 Dave Kudrave  United States Leading Edge Motorsport 3 3 5 R15 8 2 2 R16 5 9 5 R14 9 3 5 4 10 8 5 5 1 3 5 5
5 Ted Prappas  United States TEAMKAR International 8 5 3 R10 - - 6 1
P.I.G. Racing 3 3 7 7 3 4 3 3 9 4 1 R12 10 7 6 R17
6 P. J. Jones  United States P.I.G. Racing 14 R14 12 2 7 9 11 R14 6 10 11 9 12 2 6 8 2 1 4 9 9 9 2 3
7 Johnny O'Connell  United States C. P. Racing 4 4 6 R16 3 R13 1 R13 9 8 8 6 11 R13 8 5 4 R18 7 2 5 R13 3 1
8 Paul Tracy  Canada Maple Leaf Racing 2 2 7 R13 4 R14 4 R11 2 2 9 4 2 R16 13 R12 3 3 9 R10 3 R15 - -
9 Steve Shelton  United States Stuart Moore Racing 7 7 9 R14 5 5 7 5 10 7 6 5 4 R15 - - 8 7 6 R11 - - 4 6
10 Roberto Quintanilla  Mexico Roquin Motorsports 11 R13 13 5 14 11 14 R15 - - 14 10 17 9 9 6 13 R16 11 7 12 6 13 13
11 Hunter Jones  Canada Baci Racing - - - - - - 12 7 - - 10 8 13 5 7 8 6 6 10 R14 - - - -
Tony George  United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises 16 8 18 7 12 12 17 9 17 R17 17 13 16 8 12 10 15 10 12 8 15 11 17 16
13 Daniel Campeau  Canada McNeill Motorsports 17 R17 10 4 6 6 10 6 7 12 10 R15 8 11 14 11 17 R15 - - - - - -
14 Vinicio Salmi  Italy Genoa Racing 10 11 11 NS - - - - 11 6 3 R17 7 R12 - - 11 12 14 6 8 12 7 11
15 Tom Christoff  Canada Landford Racing 13 9 17 R17 9 8 15 10 15 11 13 11 10 R14 11 R14 14 9 13 R13 11 R14 16 15
16 Calvin Fish  United Kingdom P.I.G. Racing - - - - - - 9 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Mitch Thieman  United States Thieman Racing - - 8 3 - - - - 12 R16 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
John Thompson  United States Stuart Moore Racing 15 10 14 8 11 7 - - 14 15 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Hiro Matsushita  Japan Panasonic Racing - - - - - - - - 13 13 15 12 15 6 - - - - - - 13 8 - -
20 Marty Roth  Canada TEAMKAR International - - - - - - 16 NS - - 16 R16 14 R17 - - - - - -
Stuart Moore Racing 6 4 - -
21 Dean Hall  United States P.I.G. Racing 9 R16 15 R6 10 10 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Steve Barclay  United States R & K Racing 5 6 16 R11 - - - -
Barclay Racing 16 14 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Salt Walther  United States Walther Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10 7 18 R17 - - - - - -
24 Jeff Purner  United States Stuart Moore Racing - - - - - - 13 8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Jimmy Vasser  United States Barclay Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12 8
26 Cathy Muller  France McNeill Motorsports - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11 9
27 Jeff Andretti  United States Baci Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 14 10 - -
Harald Huysman  Norway McNeill Motorsports - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9 10
Brian Bonner  United States TEAMKAR International - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12 11 - - - - 15 12
- Harry Sauce  United States Barclay Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 16 14 - - - - - -
- Arthur Abrahams  Australia Baci Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 14 14