1992 PPG Indy Car World Series

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1992 IndyCar season
Bobby Rahal 2004.jpg
Bobby Rahal
PPG Indy Car World Series
Season
Races 17
Start date March 22
End date October 18
Awards
Drivers' champion United States Bobby Rahal
Constructors' Cup United Kingdom Lola
Manufacturers' Cup United States Chevrolet
Nations' Cup United States United States
Rookie of the Year Sweden Stefan Johansson
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Al Unser, Jr.
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1991 1993

The 1992 PPG Indy Car World Series season was the 14th national championship season of American open wheel racing sanctioned by CART (d.b.a "IndyCar"). The season consisted of 16 races. Bobby Rahal was the national champion, his third career CART title. Stefan Johansson was named the Rookie of the Year. The 1992 Indianapolis 500 was sanctioned by USAC, but counted towards the CART points championship. Al Unser, Jr. won the Indy 500 in the closest finishing in the history of that event.

Starting in 1992, and continuing through 1996, the CART organization began operating under the name IndyCar. The term IndyCar was a registered trademark of IMS, Inc., and was licensed to CART from 1992-1996. The use of the term "CART" was curtailed in the series and in the media in favor of IndyCar during this period.

The circuit welcomed a new venue in 1992, New Hampshire International Speedway.

Bobby Rahal, who was in his first season as an owner/driver, won four races and three poles en route to the title. Rahal's three oval wins included a dominating wire-to-wire victory at Phoenix, where he led all 200 laps. Rahal fielded the "tried and true" Lola/Ilmor Chevrolet "A" combination. It was the final championship for the Ilmor Chevy A engine. Rahal managed to outperform the newer engines that joined the series in 1992, the Ford/Cosworth XB, as well as the Ilmor Chevy "B" engine, which was used by the Penske team. For the third time, Michael Andretti finished runner-up to Rahal in the points.

Drivers and constructors[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1992 Indy Car World Series season.

Team Chassis Engine Tires No Drivers
United States Newman-Haas Racing Lola FordXB Goodyear 1 United States Michael Andretti
2 United States Mario Andretti
Italy Teo Fabi
United States Chip Ganassi Racing Lola FordXB Goodyear 6 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk
United States Robby Gordon
9 United States Eddie Cheever
United States Marlboro Team Penske Penske Chevrolet Goodyear 4 United States Rick Mears
United States Al Unser
4/7 Canada Paul Tracy
5 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
United States Galles-Kraco Racing Galmer Chevrolet Goodyear 3 United States Al Unser, Jr.
18 United States Danny Sullivan
United States Walker Motorsport
United States MacKenzie Financial
Lola FordXB
Chevrolet
Goodyear 15 Canada Scott Goodyear
17 United States A. J. Foyt
Finland Tero Palmroth
United States Johnny Rutherford
United States Mike Groff
Switzerland Jon Beekhuis
United States Willy T. Ribbs
United States Rahal-Hogan Racing Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 12 United States Bobby Rahal
United States Simon Racing Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 11 Japan Hiro Matsushita
11/22 Brazil Raul Boesel
22 United States Scott Brayton
90 United States Lyn St. James
United States Racing Team VDS Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 8 United States John Andretti
United States Dale Coyne Racing
United States Edge Superior
Lola Cosworth Goodyear 19 Belgium Eric Bachelart
United States Dennis Vitolo
39 Canada Ross Bentley
United States Brian Bonner
United States Bettenhausen Racing Penske Chevrolet Goodyear 16 United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr.
Sweden Stefan Johansson
United States Arciero Racing
United States Alfa-Laval
United States Team Losi
Lola Buick Goodyear 30 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza
United States Johnny Parsons
Canada Jacques Villeneuve Sr.
Canada John Jones
Finland Tero Palmroth
30/34 United States Jeff Wood
Italy Euromotorsport
United States Suntory Foods
United States Fendi
United States Diemme Group
United States EEI
Lola Cosworth Goodyear 42 Italy Vinicio Salmi
United States Steve Chassey
Finland Tero Palmroth
United States Jeff Wood
Italy Guido Daccò
42/50 Italy Nicola Marozzo
50 Philippines Jovy Marcelo
Germany Christian Danner
United States Mike Groff
United States George Snider
United States Leadercard
United States Hemelgarn Racing
Lola Buick Goodyear 21 United States Buddy Lazier
81 United States Pancho Carter
United States Hayhoe Racing Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 17/47 United States Jimmy Vasser
United States P.I.G. Enterprises Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 31 United States Ted Prappas
United States Truesports Truesports Chevrolet Goodyear 10 United States Scott Pruett
United States Gilmore Racing Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 14 Switzerland Gregor Foitek
United States Brian Bonner
United States Ross Cheever
United States Pancho Carter
Canada Jon Beekhuis
United States Mike Groff
14/24 United States A.J. Foyt
United States RAL Group Truesports Judd Goodyear 24 United States Brian Till
United States Quaker State Lola Buick Goodyear 26 Colombia Roberto Guerrero
United Kingdom Jim Crawford
United States Menard Racing Lola Buick Goodyear 27 United States Al Unser
59 United States Tom Sneva
United States D.B. Mann Development Lola Buick Goodyear 93 United States John Paul, Jr.
United States Burns Racing
United States Coca-Cola
United States Collex
Lola Chevrolet
Buick
Cosworth
Goodyear 28 United States Dominic Dobson
United States Jay Hill
Italy Tony de Tommaso
United States Menard Racing/Glidden Paints Lola Chevrolet
Buick
Goodyear 27 Brazil Nelson Piquet
51 United States Gary Bettenhausen
United States Gilmore Racing/Gilette Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 48 United States Jeff Andretti
United StatesHemelgarn Racing/Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria/KFC Lola Buick Goodyear 91 United States Stan Fox
United States Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 44 France Philippe Gache
United States Patrick Racing Lola Buick Goodyear 92 United States Gordon Johncock
United States King Racing Lola Buick Goodyear 36 Colombia Roberto Guerrero
United States Pennzoil/Quaker State/G-Force Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 38 Belgium Didier Theys
United States Teamkar Lola Chevrolet Goodyear 88 Japan Kenji Momota
United States Concept Motorsports Lola Buick Goodyear 66 United States Mark Dismore

Results[edit]

Races[edit]

Rnd Date Race Name Circuit City/Location Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 March 22 Australia Dailkyo IndyCar Grand Prix Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Australia United States Al Unser, Jr. Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Marlboro Team Penske Report
2 April 5 United States Valvoline 200 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona United States Michael Andretti United States Rick Mears United States Bobby Rahal Rahal-Hogan Racing Report
3 April 12 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California United States Michael Andretti Unknown United States Danny Sullivan Galles-Kraco Racing Report
4 May 24 United States 76th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Colombia Roberto Guerrero United States Michael Andretti United States Al Unser, Jr. Galles-Kraco Racing Report
5 June 7 United States ITT Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit The Raceway on Belle Isle Park Detroit, Michigan United States Michael Andretti Unknown United States Bobby Rahal Rahal-Hogan Racing Report
6 June 21 United States Budweiser/G.I.Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Unknown United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
7 June 28 United States Miller Genuine Draft 200 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin United States Bobby Rahal Unknown United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
8 July 5 United States New England 200 New Hampshire International Speedway Loudon, New Hampshire United States Bobby Rahal United States Michael Andretti United States Bobby Rahal Rahal-Hogan Racing Report
9 July 19 Canada Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario United States Bobby Rahal Unknown United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
10 August 2 United States Marlboro 500 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan United States Mario Andretti Unknown Canada Scott Goodyear Walker Motorsport Report
11 August 9 United States Budweiser Grand Prix of Cleveland Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Unknown Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Marlboro Team Penske Report
12 August 23 United States Texaco/Havoline 200 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin Canada Paul Tracy Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Marlboro Team Penske Report
13 August 30 Canada Molson Indy Vancouver Streets of Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia United States Michael Andretti Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
14 September 13 United States Pioneer Electronics 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio United States Michael Andretti Unknown Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Marlboro Team Penske Report
NC October 3 United States Marlboro Challenge Nazareth Speedway Nazareth, Pennsylvania United States Michael Andretti Unknown Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Marlboro Team Penske Report
15 October 4 United States Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Nazareth Speedway Nazareth, Pennsylvania United States Michael Andretti United States Bobby Rahal United States Bobby Rahal Rahal-Hogan Racing Report
16 October 18 United States Toyota Monterey Grand Prix Laguna Seca Raceway Monterey, California United States Michael Andretti Unknown United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing 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 SUR Australia PHX United States LBH United States INDY United States DET United States POR United States MIL United States LOU United States TOR Canada MIC United States CLE United States ROA United States VAN Canada MDO United States NAZ United States LAG United States Pts
1 United States Bobby Rahal 3 1* 2 6 1 14 2 1* 2 11 4 3 22 24 1 3 196
2 United States Michael Andretti 17* 10 16 13* 4* 1* 1* 2 1* 18 2 4 1* 21* 2* 1* 192
3 United States Al Unser, Jr. 4 5 4* 1 9 3 7 8 7 4 3 2 2 3 11 9 169
4 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 1 3 3 24 8 2 4 21 19 13 1* 1* 19 1 7 19 151
5 Canada Scott Goodyear 9 18 5 2 22 8 8 3 6 1* 10 20 5 16 4 26 108
6 United States Mario Andretti 7 17 23 23 6 6 7 4 15 5 5 6 5 5 2 105
7 United States Danny Sullivan 5 12 1 5 5 12 12 9 3 8 20 7 7 8 17 7 99
8 United States John Andretti 6 6 20 8 21 5 9 5 5 6 12 6 15 4 18 5 94
9 Brazil Raul Boesel 7 2 9 10 18 22 3 6 8 11 7 6 6 80
10 United States Eddie Cheever 8 2 22 4 11 4 5 16 9 20 11 23 16 12 9 4 80
11 United States Scott Pruett 18 7 9 30 19 10 11 6 25 5 7 9 4 9 10 14 62
12 Canada Paul Tracy 4 20 16 21 2 19 17 23 2 3 16 59
13 United States Rick Mears 2 8 6 26 7 16 4 16 47
14 Sweden Stefan Johansson 3 10 11 9 19 3 6 21 11 47
15 United States Scott Brayton 20 9 17 22 12 22 3 17 17 10 21 12 8 10 8 10 39
16 United States Al Unser 3 12 15
17 United States Ted Prappas 10 14 16 14 15 15 20 23 13 10 9 11 19 18 12
18 Belgium Eric Bachelart 22 13 8 32 7 16 13 24 22 17 21 DNS 20 DNQ 23 11
19 United States Buddy Lazier 16 14 12 14 24 25 17 15 7 23 13 10 22 15 21 10
20 United States Robby Gordon 17 13 21 8 8 18 17 10
21 Italy Teo Fabi 6 8
22 United States Jimmy Vasser 15 15 7 21 23 12 14 18 25 DNQ 12 8
23 United States Brian Till 11 23 20 12 10 15 11 14 27 8
24 United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 13 11 15 DNQ 21 18 9 6
25 United States Mike Groff DNQ DNS 14 13 24 15 16 8 5
26 United States A. J. Foyt 23 DNQ 9 4
27 Japan Hiro Matsushita DNQ 16 10 DNQ 24 14 13 18 14 15 3
28 United States Brian Bonner 19 10 DNQ DNQ 17 3
29 United States John Paul, Jr. 10 3
30 Canada Ross Bentley 11 20 17 14 23 18 DNQ 14 2
31 United States Pancho Carter DNQ 11 17 2
32 United States Ross Cheever 11 20 25 25 DNQ 2
33 United States Lyn St. James 11 2
34 United States Jeff Wood DNQ 13 19 19 15 13 12 13 1
35 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza 12 20 21 DNQ 1
36 Canada John Jones 12 23 22 1
37 United States Dominic Dobson 12 1
38 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 13 33 1
39 Germany Christian Danner 18 16 16 16 21 19 13 20 0
40 Belgium Didier Theys DNQ 13 0
41 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 15 14 0
42 United States Dennis Vitolo 21 14 DNS 20 17 0
43 Philippines Jovy Marcelo 14 19 19 DNQ1 0
44 Italy Vinicio Salmi 18 20 15 20 24 0
45 United States Jay Hill 15 0
46 United States Gary Bettenhausen 17 0
47 Switzerland Gregor Foitek 21 18 Wth 0
48 Switzerland Jon Beekhuis 18 21 0
49 United States Jeff Andretti 18 0
50 United States Steve Chassey 22 19 19 0
51 Italy Nicola Marozzo 19 24 0
52 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Sr. 22 22 0
53 United States George Snider 22 24 0
54 Italy Tony de Tommaso 22 0
55 Italy Guido Daccò 23 0
56 United Kingdom Jim Crawford 25 0
57 United States Willy T. Ribbs 25 0
58 Finland Tero Palmroth DNQ 26 28 0
59 United States Stan Fox 27 0
60 France Philippe Gache 28 0
61 United States Gordon Johncock 29 0
62 United States Tom Sneva 31 0
United States Mark Dismore DNQ 0
Japan Kenji Momota DNQ 0
United States Rocky Moran DNQ 0
United States Johnny Parsons DNQ 0
Brazil Nelson Piquet DNQ 0
United States Johnny Rutherford DNQ 0
Pos Driver SUR Australia PHX United States LBH United States INDY United States DET United States POR United States MIL United States LOU United States TOR Canada MIC United States CLE United States ROA United States VAN Canada MDO 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
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* 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

Note[edit]

1 Jovy Marcelo was killed in practice for the 1992 Indianapolis 500. He was 26 years old.

Nation's Cup[edit]

  • Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Pos Country Pts
1 United States United States 294
2 Brazil Brazil 190
3 Canada Canada 137
4 Sweden Sweden 47
5 Belgium Belgium 11
6 Italy Italy 9
7 Japan Japan 3
8 Colombia Colombia 1
9 Germany Germany 0
10 Netherlands Netherlands 0
11 Philippines Philippines 0
12 Switzerland Switzerland 0
13 Scotland Scotland 0
14 Finland Finland 0
15 France France 0
Pos Country Pts

Chassis Constructor's Cup[edit]

Pos Chassis Pts
1 United Kingdom Lola T9200/T9100/T9000 311
2 United States Penske PC-21/PC-20 218
3 United States Galmer G92 170
4 United States Truesports 92C/91C 68
Pos Chassis Pts

Engine Manufacturer's Cup[edit]

Pos Engine Pts
1 United States Chevrolet A 282
2 United States Ford XB 232
3 United States Chevrolet B 190
4 United States Buick 24
5 United Kingdom Judd 8
6 United Kingdom Cosworth DFS 2
Pos Engine Pts

References[edit]

See also[edit]