1993 Indy Lights season

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The 1993 Firestone Indy Lights Championship consisted of 12 races and featured the introduction of new Lola chassis. However, this season was also unique in that included a separate "B-Class" classification for drivers using the previous season's March chassis. However, the B class was not a success, never with more than four entries and many oval races only saw a single entry from B-class "champion" Jack Miller, the only driver to compete in all twelve B-Class races.

Bryan Herta put on a strong showing in the main championship, winning 7 races and defeating his closest rival by 91 points.

Calendar[edit]

Race No Track State Date Laps Distance Time Speed Winner Pole Position Most Leading Laps Fastest Race Lap
1 Phoenix Arizona April 4, 1993 75 1.6093=120.6975 km 0'47:25.672 152.692 km/h Sandy Brody Bryan Herta Bryan Herta ?
2 Long Beach California April 18, 1993 47 2.558787=120.262989 km 0'52:20.256 137.870 km/h Steve Robertson Franck Fréon Franck Fréon ?
3 Milwaukee Wisconsin June 6, 1993 75 1.6607976=124.55982 km 0'41:30.006 180.086 km/h Bryan Herta Steve Robertson Robbie Groff ?
4 Detroit Michigan June 13, 1993 33 3.37953=111.52449 km 0'48:55.203 136.784 km/h Steve Robertson Bryan Herta Steve Robertson ?
5 Portland Oregon June 27, 1993 39 3.138135=122.387265 km 0'57:42.027 127.265 km/h Franck Fréon Bryan Herta Bryan Herta ?
6 Cleveland Ohio July 11, 1993 32 3.8124317=121.9978144 km 0'42:00.589 174.242 km/h Bryan Herta Bryan Herta Bryan Herta ?
7 Toronto  Canada July 18, 1993 42 2.8709912=120.58163 km 0'45:33.556 158.802 km/h Bryan Herta Steve Robertson Bryan Herta ?
8 Loudon New Hampshire August 8, 1993 66 1.7026394=112.3742004 km 0'37:41.723 178.867 km/h Steve Robertson Bryan Herta Steve Robertson ?
9 Vancouver  Canada August 29, 1993 46 2.6601729=122.3679534 km 0'50:05.044 146.595 km/h Bryan Herta Steve Robertson Bryan Herta ?
10 Lexington Ohio September 12, 1993 34 3.6337994=122.004252 km 0'51:17.035 142.740 km/h Bryan Herta Bryan Herta Bryan Herta ?
11 Nazareth Pennsylvania September 19, 1993 55 1.5223978=83.731879 km 0'34:23.908 146.050 km/h Bryan Herta Bryan Herta Bryan Herta ?
12 Monterey California October 3, 1993 31 3.5629902=110.4526902 km 0'49:38.862 133.484 km/h Bryan Herta Bryan Herta Bryan Herta ?

Race summaries[edit]

Phoenix race[edit]

Held April 4 at Phoenix International Raceway. Bryan Herta won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Sandy Brody
  2. Bryan Herta
  3. Robbie Groff
  4. Jeff Ward
  5. Greg Moore

B-Class Winner: Jack Miller (only entrant)

Long Beach race[edit]

Held April 18 at Long Beach, California Street Course. Franck Fréon won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Steve Robertson
  2. Franck Fréon
  3. Bryan Herta
  4. Pedro Chaves
  5. Robbie Groff

B-Class Winner: Fredrik Ekblom

Milwaukee race[edit]

Held June 6 at The Milwaukee Mile. Steve Robertson won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Bryan Herta
  2. Nick Firestone
  3. Robert Amrén
  4. Buzz Calkins
  5. Greg Moore

B-Class Winner: Mike Palumbo

Detroit race[edit]

Held June 13 at Belle Isle Raceway. Bryan Herta won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Steve Robertson
  2. Bryan Herta
  3. Robbie Groff
  4. Franck Fréon
  5. James Weaver

B-Class Winner: Bob Reid

Portland race[edit]

Held June 27 at Portland International Raceway. Bryan Herta won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Franck Fréon
  2. Fredrik Ekblom
  3. Greg Moore
  4. Bryan Herta
  5. Bob Dorricott, Jr.

B-Class Winner: Jack Miller (only entrant)

Cleveland race[edit]

Held July 11 at Burke Lakefront Airport. Bryan Herta won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Bryan Herta
  2. Steve Robertson
  3. Franck Fréon
  4. Robbie Groff
  5. Pedro Chaves

B-Class Winner: Bob Reid

Toronto race[edit]

Held July 18 at Exhibition Place. Steve Robertson won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Bryan Herta
  2. Franck Fréon
  3. Pedro Chaves
  4. Fredrik Ekblom
  5. Robbie Groff

B-Class Winner: Bob Reid

Loudon race[edit]

Held August 8 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Bryan Herta won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Steve Robertson
  2. Robbie Groff
  3. Harald Huysman
  4. Buzz Calkins
  5. Fredrik Ekblom

B-Class Winner: Jack Miller (only entrant)

Vancouver race[edit]

Held August 29 at Pacific Place. Steve Robertson won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Bryan Herta
  2. Pedro Chaves
  3. Eddie Lawson
  4. Nick Firestone
  5. Franck Fréon

B-Class Winner: Jack Miller

Mid-Ohio race[edit]

Held September 12 at The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Bryan Herta won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Bryan Herta
  2. Steve Robertson
  3. Pedro Chaves
  4. Greg Moore
  5. Nick Firestone

B-Class Winner: Jack Miller (only entrant)

Nazareth race[edit]

Held September 19 at Nazareth Speedway. Bryan Herta won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Bryan Herta
  2. Nick Firestone
  3. Franck Fréon
  4. Robbie Groff
  5. Fredrik Ekblom

B-Class Winner: Jack Miller (only entrant)

Laguna Seca race[edit]

Held October 3 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Bryan Herta won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Bryan Herta
  2. Eddie Lawson
  3. Robbie Groff
  4. Pedro Chaves
  5. Fredrik Ekblom

B-Class Winner: David Pook

Final points standings[edit]

Driver[edit]

Main championship[1][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 point 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 Chassis Total Points United States United States United States United States United States United States Canada United States Canada United States United States United States
1 Bryan Herta  United States Tasman Motorsports Lola 213 18 14 20 17 14 22 21 1 21 22 21 22
2 Franck Fréon  France John Martin Racing Lola 122 4 18 - 12 20 14 16 6 10 8 14 -
3 Steve Robertson  United Kingdom Tasman Motorsports Lola 107 5 20 1 21 - 16 1 21 1 16 - 5
4 Pedro Chaves  Portugal Brian Stewart Racing Lola 105 8 12 3 - 6 10 14 4 16 14 6 12
5 Robbie Groff  United States Bradley Motorsports Lola 103 14 10 1 14 - 12 10 16
Groff Motorsports Lola - - 12 14
6 Nick Firestone  United States Dick Simon Racing Lola 85 - - 16 - 8 2 8 5 12 10 16 8
7 Fredrik Ekblom  Sweden ZW Motorsports March 78 - 6
ZW Motorsports Lola 5 - 16 - 12 10 4 5 10 10
8 Harald Huysman  Norway Tasman Motorsports Lola 68 6 5 8 8 - 6 6 14 6 6 3 -
9 Greg Moore  Canada Greg Moore Racing Lola 64 10 - 10 5 14 3 5 - - 12 5 -
10 Sandy Brody  United States ? Lola 44 20 - 4 - - - - 8 5 - 1 6
Buzz Calkins  United States Bradley Motorsports Lola 44 - 2 12 3 2 - - 12 2 - 8 3
12 Eddie Lawson  United States Leading Edge Motorsport Lola 42 - - - - 5 4 - 3 14 - - 16
13 Robert Amrén  Sweden Team Enza Lola 34 3 8 14 - - 8 1 - - - - -
14 Hubert Haupt  Germany A. L. Motorsports Lola 31 - - 1 6 3 5 4 - 8 4 - -
15 César T. Jiménez  Mexico ? Lola 19 1 4 6 - - 1 - 2 - 3 2 -
Bob Dorricott, Jr.  United States Dorricott Racing Lola 19 - 3 - 4 10 - - - 1 - - 1
17 Jeff Ward  United States Leading Edge Motorsport Lola 16 12 - 2 2 - - - - - - - -
18 Scott Schubot  United States TransAtlantic Racing Lola 16 2 - - 1 4 - 3 1 3 2 - -
19 James Weaver  United Kingdom ? Lola 14 - - - 10 - - - - - - 4 -
20 Mark Dismore  United States ? Lola 4 - - - - - - - - - - - 4
21 Bob Reid  United States ? March 2 - - - - - - 2 - - - - -
Jack Miller  United States Miller Racing March 2 - - - - 1 - - - - 1 - -
Yukio Okamoto  Japan ? Lola 2 - - - - - - - - - - - 2
24 Ray Richter  United States RaysCar Racing Lola 1 - 1 - - - - - - - - - -

Note:

Race 13 – no additional point for the pole-position was awarded due to rain, starting grid were determined by championship points standing.

B-Class championship[edit]

Place Name Country Team Chassis Total Points United States United States United States United States United States United States Canada United States Canada United States United States United States
1 Jack Miller  United States Miller Racing March 204 20 14 16 14 20 12 16 20 20 20 20 12
2 Bob Reid  United States ? March 60 - - - 20 - 20 20 - - - - -
3 Mike Palumbo  United States John Martin Racing March 44 - 12 20 12 - - - - - - - -
Richard Nauert  United States Southwestern Performance March 44 - 16 - - - 14 - - - - - 14
5 Fausto Galdi  Brazil Elff Racing March 32 - - - 16 - 16 - - - - - -
6 Fredrik Ekblom  Sweden ZW Motorsports March 20 - 20 - - - - - - - - - -
David Pook  United States John Martin Racing March 20 - - - - - - - - - - - 20
8 Tom Finnelly, Jr.  United States John Martin Racing March 16 - - - - - - - - 16 - - -
Scott Wood  United States ? March 16 - - - - - - - - - - - 16

Note:

Unclear if there were also additional points awarded.

Complete Overview[edit]

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

R13=retired, but classified NS=did not start (9)=place after practice, but grid position not held free

Place Name Country Team Chassis United States United States United States United States United States United States Canada United States United States Canada United States United States
1 Bryan Herta  United States Tasman Motorsports Lola 1 2 3 3 3 1 1 2 1 4 1 1 2 1 1 R13 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Franck Fréon  France John Martin Racing Lola 10 9 1 2 19 R18 4 4 4 1 4 3 3 2 4 7 11 5 9 6 2 3 3 R17
3 Steve Robertson  United Kingdom Tasman Motorsports Lola 6 8 2 1 1 R16 2 1 6 R15 7 2 1 R13 2 1 1 R15 2 2 3 R14 2 8
4 Pedro Chaves  Portugal Brian Stewart Racing Lola 9 6 4 4 7 10 9 R17 3 7 2 5 5 3 12 9 6 2 3 3 4 7 5 4
5 Robbie Groff  United States Bradley Motorsports Lola 11 3 5 5 4 R15 3 3 2 R14 6 4 4 R5 7 2
Groff Motorsports Lola 5 R16 5 R19 5 4 6 3
6 Nick Firestone  United States Dick Simon Racing Lola 8 R13 11 R20 5 2 11 R13 15 6 12 11 9 6 10 8 4 4 4 5 7 2 9 6
7 Fredrik Ekblom  Sweden ZW Motorsports March - - 8 7
ZW Motorsports Lola 11 8 6 R16 7 2 3 R20 6 4 6 5 9 9 7 8 9 5 4 5
8 Harald Huysman  Norway Tasman Motorsports Lola 3 7 9 8 18 6 7 6 8 R18 13 7 8 7 11 3 13 7 16 7 6 10 16 14
9 Greg Moore  Canada Greg Moore Racing Lola 7 5 13 17 2 5 14 8 5 3 15 10 14 8 5 R16 8 R18 8 4 8 8 10 R19
10 Sandy Brody  United States ? Lola 4 1 14 R15 6 9 19 R19 12 R16 5 R22 (9) NS 3 6 7 8 10 R14 10 12 12 7
Buzz Calkins  United States Bradley Motorsports Lola - - 16 11 8 4 13 10 10 11 16 13 12 R17 8 4 14 11 15 13 11 6 17 10
12 Eddie Lawson  United States Leading Edge Motorsport Lola - - - - - - - - 13 8 8 9 - - 9 10 3 3 14 R17 - - 7 2
13 Robert Amrén  Sweden Team Enza Lola 12 10 7 6 9 3 8 15 - - 11 6 7 R12 - - 12 R19 - - - - - -
14 Hubert Haupt  Germany A. L. Motorsports Lola - - 15 R19 15 12 10 7 11 10 10 8 11 9 - - 15 6 11 9 - -
RaysCar Racing Lola 13 R22
15 César Jiménez  Mexico ? Lola 5 R12 10 9 10 7 - - - - 9 12 13 R18 14 11 10 R17 12 10 12 11 15 R21
Bob Dorricott, Jr.  United States Dorricott Racing Lola 13 NS 18 10 14 R17 15 9 9 5 - - - - - - 17 12 - - - - 18 12
17 Jeff Ward  United States Leading Edge Motorsport Lola 2 4 12 16 12 11 12 R11 14 R17 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Scott Schubot  United States TransAtlantic Racing Lola 14 11 20 13 16 13 20 R12 17 9 18 15 15 10 15 12 16 10 18 11 13 13 - -
19 James Weaver  United Kingdom ? Lola - - 6 R21 - - 5 5 - - 14 R21 10 R14 - - - - 6 R16 14 9 - -
20 Mark Dismore  United States ? Lola - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13 R18 - - 11 9
21 Bob Reid  United States ? March - - - - 16 R14 - - 20 14 17 11 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Jack Miller  United States Miller Racing March 15 R14 21 R18 17 R19 21 R20 18 12 22 R19 18 R17 16 14 19 R13 19 12 15 R15 21 R18
Yukio Okamoto  Japan ? Lola - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 19 11
24 Ray Richter  United States RaysCar Racing Lola - - 19 12 - - - - 16 R13 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- David Pook  United States ? Lola - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13 R15 - - - - - -
John Martin Racing March 20 13
- Richard Nauert  United States Southwestern Performance March - - 22 14 - - - - - - 23 18 - - - - - - - - - - 22 16
- Mike Palumbo  United States John Martin Racing March - - 17 R22 13 14 17 R21 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Tom Finnelly, Jr.  United States John Martin Racing March - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 18 R14 - - - - - -
- Mark Ritchey  United States ? Lola - - - - - - - - - - 21 16 16 R15 - - - - - - - - 19 11
- Tony Ave  United States ? Lola - - - - - - - - - - 17 R23 - - - - - - 17 R15 - - 14 R23
- Scott Wood  United States ? March - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 23 15
- Fausto Galdi  Brazil Elff Racing March - - - - - - 18 R18 - - 19 17 - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Russell Spence  United Kingdom Bradley Motorsports Lola - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8 R20

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.champcarstats.com/lights/year/1993.htm