1989 IndyCar season

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1989 IndyCar season
PPG Indy Car World Series
Season
Races 16
Start date April 9
End date October 15
Awards
Drivers' champion Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
Constructors' Cup United States Penske
Manufacturers' Cup United States Chevrolet
Nations' Cup United States United States
Rookie of the Year Mexico Bernard Jourdain
Indianapolis 500 winner Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1988 1990

The 1989 IndyCar season, the eleventh in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 16 races, beginning in Avondale, Arizona on April 9 and concluding in Monterey, California on October 15. There was one non-championship event, the Marlboro Challenge. The PPG Indy Car World Series Drivers' Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner was Emerson Fittipaldi. Rookie of the Year was Bernard Jourdain. The 73rd Indianapolis 500 was sanctioned by the USAC, but counted in the CART points standings.

Drivers and constructors[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed for the 1989 Indy Car World Series.

Team Chassis Engine Tires No Drivers Notes
United States Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 5 United States Mario Andretti
6 United States Michael Andretti
United States Patrick Racing Penske Chevrolet Goodyear 20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
United States Galles Racing Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 2 United States Al Unser, Jr.
United States Team Penske Penske Chevrolet Goodyear 1 United States Danny Sullivan not competing at Portland & Cleveland
Australia Geoff Brabham Portland only
4 United States Rick Mears
25/1 United States Al Unser Indianapolis 500, Cleveland, Michigan & Pocono only
United States Porsche North America March Porsche Goodyear 8 Italy Teo Fabi
United States Truesports Lola Judd Goodyear 3 United States Scott Pruett did not start at Long Beach
United States Kraco Racing Lola Cosworth Goodyear 18 United States Bobby Rahal
United States Dick Simon Racing Lola Cosworth/Buick Goodyear 7/9 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk
22 United States Scott Brayton disqualified (oversize wing) at Detroit
28 United States Randy Lewis not competing at Nazareth, start at Indianapolis 500 with TeamKar
17 United States Joe Sposato Laguna Seca only but did not qualify
United States Doug Shierson Racing Lola Judd Goodyear 30 Brazil Raul Boesel
United States Raynor Racing Lola Judd Goodyear 10 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly
United States Machinists Union Racing March Cosworth Goodyear 11 United States Kevin Cogan not competing at Nazareth
United States Johnny Rutherford Nazareth only but did not qualify
Lola 29/24 United States Pancho Carter start at Indianapolis 500 with Leader Card Racing
United States Protofab Racing Lola Cosworth Goodyear 15 United Kingdom James Weaver Long Beach, Detroit & Cleveland only
65 Canada John Jones not competing at Nazareth
United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises Lola Cosworth Goodyear 14 United States A. J. Foyt withdrew (electrical) at Portland, not competing at Cleveland & Laguna Seca
United States Rocky Moran Laguna Seca only
March 29 United States Rich Vogler Indianapolis 500 only
United States Bayside Motorsports Lola Cosworth Goodyear 86 United States Dominic Dobson Phoenix, Long Beach, Indianapolis 500, Detroit, Portland, Meadowlands,
Toronto & Laguna Seca only
United States Andale Racing Lola Cosworth Goodyear 69 Mexico Bernard Jourdain not competing at Road America
United States Johnny Parsons Indianapolis 500 only but did not qualify
Italy Euromotorsport Lola Cosworth Goodyear 50/16 Switzerland Jean-Pierre Frey Phoenix & Portland only, did not qualify at Milwaukee & Detroit,
entry declined (not enough experience) at Indianapolis 500
50 United States Davy Jones Indianapolis 500 only
United States Scott Atchison Portland, Cleveland & Meadowlands only
Finland Tero Palmroth Pocono only
Italy Guido Daccò Michigan, Mid-Ohio, Road America, Nazareth & Laguna Seca only
United States Alex Morales Motorsports March Alfa Romeo Goodyear 21 Colombia Roberto Guerrero not competing at Phoenix, Long Beach, Indianapolis 500 & Milwaukee
United States Arciero Racing Penske Cosworth Goodyear 12 Belgium Didier Theys Phoenix, Long Beach, Indianapolis 500 & Milwaukee only
Italy Fabrizio Barbazza Detroit, Portland, Cleveland, Meadowlands, Toronto, Mid-Ohio,
Road America & Laguna Seca only
United States Rich Vogler Michigan only
United States Hemelgarn Racing Lola Judd/Buick Goodyear 71 Canada Ludwig Heimrath Phoenix, Long Beach, Indianapolis 500, Toronto, Mid-Ohio,
Road America & Nazareth only, did not start at Milwaukee,
did not qualify at Michigan & Laguna Seca
Finland Tero Palmroth Detroit only
71/91 Belgium Didier Theys Detroit, Portland, Cleveland & Meadowlands only
91 United States Gordon Johncock Indianapolis 500, Michigan & Pocono only
Canada Scott Goodyear Toronto & Road America only
United States Robby Unser Laguna Seca only but did not qualify
81 United States Billy Vukovich III Indianapolis 500 only
United States Granatelli Racing Lola/March Buick/Cosworth Goodyear 9 Belgium Didier Theys Mid-Ohio, Road America, Nazareth & Laguna Seca only
9/70 United States John Andretti Indianapolis 500, Toronto, Michigan, Pocono, Nazareth & Laguna Seca only
9/7 United States Tom Sneva Long Beach, Indianapolis 500, Milwaukee, Detroit, Portland, Cleveland &
Meadowlands only, did not start (wrecked after qualifying) at Phoenix
United States Dale Coyne Racing Lola Cosworth Goodyear 19 Italy Guido Daccò Phoenix, Long Beach, Milwaukee, Detroit, Portland & Cleveland only,
did not qualify at Indianapolis 500 & Meadowlands
United States Dale Coyne Pocono only
Italy Fulvio Ballabio Mid-Ohio only, did not qualify at Road America
United States Ken Johnson Laguna Seca only
United States John Paul, Jr. Michigan only but did not qualify
United States ATEC Environmental Lola Cosworth Goodyear 96 Italy Guido Daccò Toronto only
United States Bernstein Racing Lola Buick Goodyear 15 United Kingdom Jim Crawford Indianapolis 500 only
United States Saleen March Cosworth Goodyear 59 United States Steve Saleen Long Beach, Detroit, Cleveland, Toronto, Mid-Ohio, Road America &
Laguna Seca only, did not qualify at Indianapolis 500
United States Gohr Racing Lola/March Cosworth Goodyear 56 United States Jeff Wood Cleveland, Meadowlands, Michigan, Mid-Ohio & Road America only,
did not qualify at Toronto, Nazareth & Laguna Seca
Finland Tero Palmroth Long Beach & Indianapolis 500 only
United States Bettenhausen Motorsports Lola Cosworth Goodyear 16 Canada Jon Beekhuis Toronto, Road America & Laguna Seca only
United States Steve Chassey Meadowlands & Michigan only
United States Michael Greenfield Pocono only but did not qualify
United States Dennis Vitolo Detroit & Mid-Ohio only but did not qualify
15/16 United States John Paul, Jr. Cleveland & Meadowlands only
27 Italy Fulvio Ballabio Long Beach only
United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. Pocono only
United States Mann Motorsports Lola Buick Goodyear 99 United States Gary Bettenhausen Indianapolis 500 only
96 United States John Paul, Jr. Detroit only, did not qualify at Laguna Seca
United States Mark Dismore Mid-Ohio only
United States Stoops Freightliner Lola Cosworth Goodyear 17 United States Johnny Rutherford Michigan & Pocono only
United States Steve Butler Indianapolis 500 only but did not qualify
United States U.S. Engineering Lola Cosworth Goodyear 44 United States Scott Harrington Road America only, did not qualify at Indianapolis 500 & Laguna Seca
United States Phil Krueger Michigan only
United States Team Lazier March Cosworth Goodyear 35 United States Buddy Lazier Indianapolis 500 only but did not qualify
United States Curb Racing March Cosworth Goodyear 33 United States Rocky Moran Indianapolis 500 only

Results[edit]

Races[edit]

Rnd Race Name Circuit City/Location Date Pole position Winning driver Winning team Report
1 April 9 United States Checker Autoworks 200 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona United States Rick Mears United States Rick Mears Team Penske Report
2 April 16 United States Long Beach Grand Prix Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California United States Al Unser, Jr. United States Al Unser, Jr. Galles Racing Report
3 May 28 United States 73rd Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana United States Rick Mears Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing Report
4 June 4 United States Dana-Rex Mays 200 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin United States Rick Mears United States Rick Mears Team Penske Report
5 June 18 United States Valvoline Detroit Grand Prix Streets of Detroit Detroit, Michigan United StatesMichael Andretti Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing Report
6 June 25 United States Budweiser/G. I. Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon Italy Teo Fabi Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing Report
7 July 2 United States Cleveland Grand Prix Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio United States Michael Andretti Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing Report
8 July 16 United States Meadowlands Grand Prix Meadowlands Sports Complex East Rutherford, New Jersey Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United States Bobby Rahal Kraco Racing Report
9 July 23 Canada Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
10 August 6 United States Marlboro 500 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
11 August 20 United States Pocono 500 Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United States Danny Sullivan Team Penske Report
12 September 3 United States Red Roof Inns 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio Italy Teo Fabi Italy Teo Fabi Porsche North America Report
13 September 10 United States Race for Life 200 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin United States Danny Sullivan United States Danny Sullivan Team Penske Report
14 September 24 United States Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Nazareth Speedway Nazareth, Pennsylvania United States Rick Mears Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing Report
NC October 14 United States Marlboro Challenge Laguna Seca Raceway Monterey, California Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United States Al Unser, Jr. Galles Racing Report
15 October 15 United States Champion Spark Plug 300 Laguna Seca Raceway Monterey, California United States Rick Mears United States Rick Mears Team Penske Report
  Oval/Speedway
  Road Course/Street Circuit
  Non-championship race
  • Indianapolis was USAC-sanctioned but counted towards the CART title.

Full Series Results[edit]

Final driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
United States
MEA
United States
TOR
Canada
MIC
United States
POC
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
United States
NAZ
United States
LAG
United States
Pts
1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 5 3 1* 16 1 1* 1* 2 2 14 19 4 5 1* 5 196
2 United States Rick Mears 1* 5 23 1* 5 8 5 4 5 7 2* 6 3 2 1* 186
3 United States Michael Andretti 4 2 17 2 13* 6 18 18* 1 1* 3 3 6* 5 7 150
4 Italy Teo Fabi 6 27 30 3 4 4 4 9 4 2 4 1* 2 16 19 141
5 United States Al Unser, Jr. 2 1* 2 8 21 10 7 5 20 4 9 2 20 4 3 136
6 United States Mario Andretti 8 18 4 7 3 25 2 20 26 3 5 7 7 8 2 110
7 United States Danny Sullivan 3 8 28 10 24 8 3* 23 1 5 1 3 14 107
8 United States Scott Pruett 11 DNS 10 5 2 5 6 3 6 17 8 19 8 6 4 101
9 United States Bobby Rahal 18 4 26 13 18 2 3 1 19 9 6 22 28 7 6 88
10 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 17 7 21 6 6 3 9 7 24 6 23 8 4 13 9 75
11 Brazil Raul Boesel 14 6 3 4 28 7 8 6 7 20 20 23 9 11 10 68
12 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly 12 9 15 21 25 11 22 25 16 5 24 9 27 9 18 25
13 United States Pancho Carter 7 17 22 9 10 9 14 13 27 26 12 28 19 18 24 18
14 United States Kevin Cogan 10 26 32 19 17 24 11 12 9 25 22 10 18 8 18
15 United States Scott Brayton 15 12 6 18 DSQ 13 28 10 14 11 14 15 13 10 20 17
16 United States Al Unser 24 10 8 7 14
17 Canada John Jones 16 20 11 11 11 19 25 11 18 16 10 13 10 22 14
18 United States A. J. Foyt 22 25 5 20 26 Wth 23 17 18 21 21 22 14 10
19 United States Dominic Dobson 23 19 18 7 18 17 11 11 10
20 Mexico Bernard Jourdain 19 13 9 12 15 22 19 19 10 19 11 27 15 23 10
21 Belgium Didier Theys 20 23 20 17 9 20 12 26 11 11 21 17 9
22 United States Davy Jones 7 6
23 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 8 23 13 22 28 22 16 12 21 20 25 6
24 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza 20 21 26 24 8 20 12 21 6
25 United States Rich Vogler 8 28 5
26 Canada Ludwig Heimrath 9 24 13 DNS 22 DNQ 25 17 17 DNQ 4
27 United States Johnny Rutherford DNQ 10 13 DNQ 3
28 United States Tom Sneva DNS 10 27 22 23 26 20 27 3
29 Italy Guido Daccò 24 22 DNQ 14 12 12 21 DNQ 21 13 26 26 12 26 3
30 United Kingdom James Weaver 11 22 24 2
31 United States Steve Saleen 14 DNQ 14 17 12 14 25 13 1
32 United States Jeff Wood 15 15 DNQ 12 16 15 DNQ DNQ 1
33 United States John Andretti 25 25 24 17 19 12 1
34 United States Billy Vukovich III 12 1
35 United States Randy Lewis 13 15 29 15 16 16 23 16 15 27 18 17 14 16 0
36 Canada Jon Beekhuis 13 24 15 0
37 United States Scott Atchison 17 27 14 0
38 United States Rocky Moran 14 28 0
39 Australia Geoff Brabham 14 0
40 United States Gordon Johncock 31 21 15 0
41 Switzerland Jean-Pierre Frey 21 Wth DNQ DNQ 15 0
42 United States Phil Krueger DNQ 15 0
43 Finland Tero Palmroth 16 16 27 25 0
44 United States John Paul, Jr. DNQ 19 16 21 DNQ DNQ 0
45 United States Scott Harrington DNQ 16 DNQ 0
46 Italy Fulvio Ballabio 21 18 DNQ 0
47 United Kingdom Jim Crawford 19 0
48 Canada Scott Goodyear 23 23 0
49 United States Mark Dismore 24 0
50 United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. DNQ DNQ 26 0
51 United States Dale Coyne DNQ 27 0
52 United States Ken Johnson 27 0
53 United States Steve Chassey DNQ 28 29 0
54 United States Gary Bettenhausen 33 0
United States Tom Bigelow DNQ 0
United States Steve Butler DNQ 0
United States Dick Ferguson DNQ 0
United States Stan Fox DNQ 0
United States Michael Greenfield DNQ DNQ 0
United States Andy Hillenburg Wth 0
United States Buddy Lazier DNQ DNQ 0
United States Bobby Olivero DNQ 0
United States Johnny Parsons DNQ 0
United States Joe Sposato DNQ 0
United States Robby Unser DNQ 0
United States Dennis Vitolo DNQ DNQ 0
United States Kevin Whitesides DNQ 0
Pos Driver PHX United States LBH United States INDY United States MIL United States DET United States POR United States CLE United States MEA United States TOR Canada MIC United States POC United States MDO United States ROA United States NAZ United States LAG United States 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
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
* Led most race laps
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

Point Scoring System:

  • Points are awarded based on each driver's resulting place (regardless of whether the car is running at the end of the race):
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Points 20 16 14 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

Bonus Points:

  • 1 For Pole Position
  • 1 For Leading The Most Laps Of The Race

Nation's Cup[edit]

  • Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Pos Country PHX United States LBH United States INDY United States MIL United States DET United States POR United States CLE United States MEA United States TOR Canada MIC United States POC United States MDO United States ROA United States NAZ United States LAG United States Pts
1 United States United States 1* 1* 2 1* 2* 2 2 1* 1* 1* 1 2 1* 2 1* 276
2 Brazil Brazil 5 3 1* 4 1 1* 1* 2 2 14 19 4 5 1* 5 200
3 Italy Italy 6 22 30 3 4 4 4 9 4 2 4 1* 2 12 21 139
4 Netherlands Netherlands 17 7 21 6 6 3 9 7 24 6 23 8 4 13 9 75
5 Republic of Ireland Ireland 12 9 15 21 25 11 22 25 16 5 24 9 27 9 18 25
6 Canada Canada 10 20 11 11 11 19 25 11 13 16 10 13 10 17 15 18
7 Mexico Mexico 19 13 9 12 15 22 19 19 10 19 11 27 15 23 10
8 Belgium Belgium 20 23 20 17 9 20 12 26 11 11 21 17 9
9 Colombia Colombia 8 23 13 22 28 22 16 12 21 20 25 6
10 England England 12 22 24 2
11 Australia Australia 14 0
12 Switzerland Switzerland 21 Wth DNQ DNQ 15 0
13 Finland Finland X 16 16 27 25 0
14 Scotland Scotland 19 0
Pos Country PHX United States LBH United States INDY United States MIL United States DET United States POR United States CLE United States MEA United States TOR Canada MIC United States POC United States MDO United States ROA United States NAZ United States LAG United States Pts

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Chassis Constructor's Cup[edit]

Pos Chassis Pts
1 United States Penske PC-18/PC-17 283
2 United Kingdom Lola T8900/T8800/T8700 254
3 United Kingdom March 89CE/89P/88C/86C 149
Pos Chassis Pts

Engine Manufacturer's Cup[edit]

Pos Engine Pts
1 United States Chevrolet A 319
2 United Kingdom Cosworth 146
3 Germany Porsche 141
4 United Kingdom Judd 138
5 United States Buick 16
6 Italy Alfa Romeo 6
Pos Engine Pts.

References[edit]

See also[edit]