1990 IndyCar season

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1990 IndyCar season
PPG Indy Car World Series
Season
Races 17
Start date April 8
End date October 21
Awards
Drivers' champion United States Al Unser, Jr.
Constructors' Cup United Kingdom Lola
Manufacturers' Cup United States Chevrolet
Nations' Cup United States United States
Rookie of the Year United States Eddie Cheever
Indianapolis 500 winner Netherlands Arie Luyendyk
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1989 1991

The 1990 IndyCar season, the twelfth in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 17 races, beginning in Avondale, Arizona on April 8 and concluding in Monterey, California on October 21. There was one non-championship event, the Marlboro Challenge. The PPG Indy Car World Series Drivers' Champion was Al Unser, Jr. and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Arie Luyendyk. Rookie of the Year was Eddie Cheever. The 74th 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 1990 Indy Car World Series.

Team Chassis Engine Tires No Drivers Notes
United States Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 3 United States Michael Andretti
6 United States Mario Andretti
United States Doug Shierson Racing Lola Judd Goodyear 11/28 Canada Scott Goodyear
Chevrolet 30 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk
United States Patrick Racing March/ Lola Alfa Romeo Goodyear 20 Colombia Roberto Guerrero not competing at Toronto
40 United States Al Unser Indianapolis 500 only, did not qualify at Michigan
United States Porsche North America March Porsche Goodyear 4 Italy Teo Fabi
41 United States John Andretti
United States Team Penske Penske Chevrolet Goodyear 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
2 United States Rick Mears
7 United States Danny Sullivan
United States Galles-Kraco Racing Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 5 United States Al Unser, Jr.
18 United States Bobby Rahal
United States Truesports Lola Judd Goodyear 8/19 Brazil Raul Boesel
21 Australia Geoff Brabham Indianapolis 500 only
United States Chip Ganassi Racing Penske/Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 15/25 United States Eddie Cheever
United States Leader Card Racing Lola Cosworth Goodyear 29 United States Pancho Carter Phoenix, Indianapolis 500, Milwaukee, Detroit, Portland, Cleveland,
Meadowlands, Toronto & Michigan only
United States Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Denver, Mid-Ohio & Laguna Seca only
United States U.S. Engineering Lola Cosworth Goodyear 44 United States Jeff Wood Phoenix, Detroit, Cleveland, Meadowlands, Toronto, Michigan,
Denver, Mid-Ohio, Road America & Laguna Seca only,
did not qualify at Indianapolis 500
United States Bettenhausen Motorsports Lola Cosworth/Buick Goodyear 16 United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. not competing at Phoenix, Vancouver & Laguna Seca,
did not qualify at Long Beach, did not start at Road America
Italy Guido Daccò Long Beach only
Italy Euromotorsport Lola Cosworth Goodyear 50 Italy Guido Daccò Phoenix only
United States Mike Groff not competing at Phoenix, Long Beach & Milwaukee,
did not qualify at Indianapolis 500
United States Greenfield Engineering Lola Cosworth Goodyear 42 United States Michael Greenfield Cleveland, Meadowlands, Toronto, Denver, Mid-Ohio,
Road America & Nazareth only, did not qualify at Milwaukee
United States Team Menard Lola Buick Goodyear 51/15 United Kingdom Jim Crawford Phoenix & Indianapolis 500 only
51 United States Gary Bettenhausen Indianapolis 500 only
United States George Snider Indianapolis 500 only but did not qualify
United States Steve Barclay Indianapolis 500 only but did not qualify (wrecked, rookie orientation)
United States Arciero Racing Penske Buick/Cosworth Goodyear 12 United States Randy Lewis
24 United States Steve Bren Long Beach only
United States Buddy Lazier Michigan only
8 United States Rich Vogler Indianapolis 500 only but did not qualify
United States Dick Simon Racing Lola Cosworth Goodyear 10 Japan Hiro Matsushita Long Beach, Detroit, Portland, Meadowlands, Denver,
Vancouver, Mid-Ohio, Road America, Nazareth & Laguna Seca only,
passed rookie orientation at Indianapolis 500
22 United States Scott Brayton
23/10 Finland Tero Palmroth Indianapolis 500, Detroit & Meadowlands only,
did not qualify at Michigan
23 United States Joe Sposato Laguna Seca only
United States Dale Coyne Racing Lola Cosworth Goodyear 19/39 United States Dean Hall not competing at Nazareth
United States Gohr Racing Lola Cosworth Goodyear 56 United States Rocky Moran Indianapolis 500 only
Canada Jon Beekhuis Michigan only
United States John Morton Detroit only but did not qualify
Italy Fulvio Ballabio Laguna Seca only but did not qualify
United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 14 United States A. J. Foyt not competing at Nazareth & Laguna Seca
Belgium Didier Theys Laguna Seca only
United States Granatelli Racing Lola/Penske Buick Goodyear 9/70 Belgium Didier Theys Phoenix, Long Beach, Indianapolis 500, Detroit, Portland, Cleveland,
Meadowlands, Toronto, Denver, Vancouver & Mid-Ohio only
11 United States Kevin Cogan Indianapolis 500 only
9 United States Tom Sneva Indianapolis 500 only
United States Bayside Motorsports Lola Cosworth Goodyear 86 United States Dominic Dobson not competing at Milwaukee, Cleveland, Mid-Ohio, Michigan & Nazareth
United States P. I. G. Racing Lola Judd Goodyear 31 Canada Jon Beekhuis Long Beach, Detroit, Toronto, Denver, Vancouver, Mid-Ohio,
Road America & Laguna Seca only
United States Raynor Racing Lola Judd Goodyear 25 United States Willy T. Ribbs Long Beach, Detroit, Meadowlands, Toronto, Denver, Vancouver,
Mid-Ohio & Laguna Seca only
United States Mann Motorsports Lola Buick Goodyear 93 United States John Paul, Jr. Indianapolis 500 only
United States Steve Chassey Indianapolis 500 only but did not qualify
United States Hemelgarn Racing Lola Buick Goodyear 71/81 United States Billy Vukovich III Indianapolis 500 & Michigan only
71/91 United States Buddy Lazier Portland, Cleveland, Vancouver, Mid-Ohio & Nazareth only,
did not qualify at Indianapolis 500, Detroit & Denver,
did not start at Toronto & Road America
United States Kent Baker Racing Lola Buick Goodyear 97 United States Stan Fox Indianapolis 500 only
United States Andale Racing Lola Buick Goodyear 69 Mexico Bernard Jourdain Indianapolis 500 only but did not qualify
United States Burns Racing Team Lola Judd Goodyear 66 Italy Guido Daccò Indianapolis 500 only but did not qualify
United States TEAMKAR International Lola Cosworth Goodyear 27/98 United States Jeff Andretti Milwaukee only, did not qualify at Indianapolis 500
98 Japan Kenji Momota Indianapolis 500 only but did not qualify
United States Conseco Racing Lola Cosworth Goodyear 17 United States Kevin Cogan Michigan only
United States Johnny Rutherford Indianapolis 500 only but did not qualify
United States Walther Motorsports Penske Cosworth Goodyear 77 United States Salt Walther Indianapolis 500 & Michigan only but did not qualify
United States Nu-Tech Motorsports Lola Cosworth Goodyear 33 Italy Guido Daccò Toronto, Road America, Nazareth & Laguna Seca only,
did not qualify at Detroit
Canada Spirit of Vancouver Lola Cosworth Goodyear 27 Canada Ross Bentley Vancouver only

Results[edit]

Races[edit]

Date Rnd Race Name Circuit City/Location Pole position Winning driver Winning team Report
1 April 8 Autoworks 200 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona United States Rick Mears United States Rick Mears Team Penske Report
2 April 22 Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California United States Al Unser, Jr. United States Al Unser, Jr. Galles-Kraco Racing Report
3 May 27 74th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Doug Shierson Racing Report
4 June 3 Miller Genuine Draft 200 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin United States Rick Mears United States Al Unser, Jr. Galles-Kraco Racing Report
5 June 17 Valvoline Grand Prix of Detroit Streets of Detroit Detroit, Michigan United States Michael Andretti United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
6 June 24 Budweiser/G.I.Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon United States Danny Sullivan United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
7 July 8 Budweiser Grand Prix of Cleveland Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio United States Rick Mears United States Danny Sullivan Team Penske Report
8 July 15 Marlboro Grand Prix at the Meadowlands Meadowlands Sports Complex East Rutherford, New Jersey United States Michael Andretti United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
9 July 22 Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario United States Danny Sullivan United States Al Unser, Jr. Galles-Kraco Racing Report
10 August 5 Marlboro 500 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United States Al Unser, Jr. Galles-Kraco Racing Report
11 August 26 Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Denver Streets of Denver Denver, Colorado Italy Teo Fabi United States Al Unser, Jr. Galles-Kraco Racing Report
12 September 2 Molson Indy Vancouver Streets of Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia United States Michael Andretti United States Al Unser, Jr. Galles-Kraco Racing Report
13 September 16 Red Roof Inns 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio United States Michael Andretti United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
14 September 23 Texaco/Havoline 200 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin United States Danny Sullivan United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
NC October 6 Marlboro Challenge Nazareth Speedway Nazareth, Pennsylvania United States Michael Andretti United States Rick Mears Team Penske Report
15 October 7 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Nazareth Speedway Nazareth, Pennsylvania United States Bobby Rahal Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Team Penske Report
16 October 21 Champion Spark Plug 300K Laguna Seca Raceway Monterey, California United States Danny Sullivan United States Danny Sullivan 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
LBH
INDY
MIL
DET
POR
CLE
MEA
TOR
MIC
DEN
VAN
MDO
ROA
NAZ
LAG
Pts
1 United States Al Unser, Jr. 3 1* 4 1 27 3 15* 11 1* 1 1* 1* 3 4 16 2 210
2 United States Michael Andretti 20 4 20 5* 1* 1* 25 1* 2 15 5 20 1* 1 5 3 181
3 United States Rick Mears 1* 6 5 2 4 5 8 2 12 14 7 4 7 3 2 4 168
4 United States Bobby Rahal 2 12 2 4 2 11 2 25 22 2 3 8 6 7 3 5 153
5 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 5 2 3* 3 7 9 3 6 20 17* 18 6 12 2 1* 6 144
6 United States Danny Sullivan 6 3 32 8 14 4 1 14 4 21 2 2 5 16* 18 1* 139
7 United States Mario Andretti 4 5 27 21 25 2 4 24 6 3 4 3 2 5 4 26 136
8 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 9 7 1 19 5 6 6 4 5 19 13 26 21 6 17 9 90
9 United States Eddie Cheever 7 13 8 11 3 19 16 21 3 4 20 14 4 9 6 10 80
10 United States John Andretti 17 21 21 7 22 21 5 7 13 7 6 5 13 22 19 8 51
11 United States A. J. Foyt 22 24 6 9 17 10 7 5 16 6 10 13 15 20 42
12 Brazil Raul Boesel 18 8 28 6 6 18 20 13 10 9 28 19 9 10 8 11 42
13 Canada Scott Goodyear 10 17 10 10 8 22 18 17 9 10 8 7 22 12 10 14 36
14 Italy Teo Fabi 24 10 18 12 24 7 13 3 15 24 27 16 19 25 11 7 33
15 United States Scott Brayton 13 9 7 20 10 25 22 9 14 16 12 9 8 13 12 24 28
16 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 16 14 23 18 21 8 19 15 5 17 24 26 8 9 18 24
17 United States Mike Groff DNQ 15 23 9 26 11 11 14 22 10 17 7 15 17
18 Belgium Didier Theys 14 11 11 13 20 23 28 7 9 25 16 12 15
19 United States Dominic Dobson 23 15 22 26 24 8 8 25 11 19 20 12
20 United States Pancho Carter 8 29 15 9 15 14 18 18 18 9
21 Canada Jon Beekhuis 16 18 25 8 22 21 24 11 27 7
22 United States Jeff Wood 11 DNQ 11 10 20 24 25 19 14 23 19 7
23 United States Kevin Cogan 9 20 4
24 United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. DNQ 26 13 16 17 12 10 26 22 24 20 DNS 22 4
25 United States Dean Hall 15 18 17 16 23 14 11 19 19 23 23 15 11 15 21 4
26 United States Willy T. Ribbs 20 20 23 27 26 10 27 13 3
27 United States Wally Dallenbach, Jr. 11 18 25 2
28 United States Randy Lewis 21 22 14 14 12 16 21 22 17 12 16 17 28 21 20 22 2
29 Italy Guido Daccò 12 23 DNQ DNQ 23 14 13 16 1
30 United States Buddy Lazier DNQ DNQ 13 24 DNS 26 DNQ 12 23 DNS 14 1
31 Japan Hiro Matsushita 19 DNQ 19 12 16 15 23 17 18 21 23 1
32 United States Michael Greenfield DNS 17 12 21 21 25 24 15 1
33 Finland Tero Palmroth 12 28 27 DNS 1
34 United States Billy Vukovich III 24 13 0
35 United States Al Unser 13 DNS 0
36 United Kingdom Jim Crawford 19 15 0
37 United States John Paul, Jr. 16 0
38 United States Jeff Andretti DNQ 17 0
39 United States Joe Sposato 17 0
40 Canada Ross Bentley 18 0
41 Australia Geoff Brabham 19 0
42 United States Steve Bren 25 0
43 United States Rocky Moran 25 0
44 United States Tom Sneva 30 0
45 United States Gary Bettenhausen 31 0
46 United States Stan Fox 33 0
- Italy Fulvio Ballabio DNQ 0
- United States Steve Barclay DNQ 0
- United States Steve Chassey DNQ 0
- Mexico Bernard Jourdain DNQ 0
- Japan Kenji Momota DNQ 0
- United States John Morton DNQ 0
- United States Johnny Rutherford DNQ 0
- United States George Snider DNQ 0
- United States Rich Vogler DNQ 0
- United States Salt Walther DNQ DNS 0
Pos Driver PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MIC DEN VAN MDO ROA NAZ LAG 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 LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MIC DEN VAN MDO ROA NAZ LAG Pts
1 United States United States 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 312
2 Brazil Brazil 5 2 3 3 6 9 3 6 10 9 18 6 9 2 1 6 151
3 Netherlands Netherlands 9 7 1 19 5 6 6 4 5 19 13 26 21 6 17 9 90
4 Canada Canada 10 16 10 10 8 22 18 17 9 10 8 7 22 12 10 14 39
5 Italy Italy 12 10 18 12 24 7 13 3 15 24 27 16 19 14 11 7 33
6 Colombia Colombia 16 14 23 18 21 8 19 15 5 17 24 26 8 9 18 24
7 Belgium Belgium 14 11 11 13 20 23 28 7 9 25 16 12 15
8 Japan Japan 19 DNQ 19 12 16 15 23 17 18 21 23 1
9 Finland Finland 12 28 27 DNS 1
10 Scotland Scotland 19 15 0
11 Australia Australia 19 0
Mexico Mexico DNQ 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 DEN United States VAN Canada MDO United States ROA United States NAZ United States LAG United States Pts

Chassis Constructor's Cup[edit]

Pos Chassis Pts
1 United Kingdom Lola T9000/T8900/T8800/T8700 318
2 United States Penske PC-19/PC-18/PC-17 264
3 United Kingdom March 90P/90CA/89P 75
Pos Chassis Pts

Engine Manufacturer's Cup[edit]

Pos Engine Pts
1 United States Chevrolet A 351
2 Germany Porsche 72
3 United Kingdom Judd 59
4 United Kingdom Cosworth DFS 44
5 Italy Alfa Romeo 24
6 United States Buick 22
7 United Kingdom Cosworth TC 16
8 United Kingdom Cosworth DFX 12
Pos Engine Pts

References[edit]

See also[edit]