1994 Australian FAI Indycar Grand Prix

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Australia   1994 Surfers Paradise
Race details
Race 1 of 16 in the 1994 IndyCar season
Map of the track
Map of the track
Date 20 March, 1994
Official name 1994 Australian FAI Indycar Grand Prix
Location Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
Queensland, Australia
Course Temporary Street Circuit
2.794 mi / 4.496 km
Distance 55 laps, 153.670 mi / 247.280 km
Weather Rain
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Newman-Haas Racing
Time 1:34.877
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Newman-Haas Racing
Time 1:37.487 (on lap 15 of 55)
Podium
First United States Michael Andretti Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Second Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Marlboro Team Penske
Third United States Mario Andretti Newman-Haas Racing

The 1994 Australian FAI Indycar Grand Prix was the opening round of the 1994 CART World Series season, held on 20 March 1994 on the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, Australia.

Nigel Mansell, the defending winner and CART series champion, won the pole position in Newman-Haas's new Lola T94/00. Alongside on the grid was Michael Andretti, who was beginning his comeback to the CART series with Chip Ganassi Racing after spending a year in Formula One. Starting in eighth position was future CART and Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve, making his first start in the CART series. It was also the Indy car debut of the Reynard chassis and the Honda engine.

The race start was delayed because of changing wet weather conditions and accidents during each of the first two attempts. The first incident occurred in Turn 12 (the final corner) and collected Raul Boesel, Willy T. Ribbs, Robbie Buhl, and Alessandro Zampedri. The second aborted start saw further carnage; this time in the second chicane involving Boesel and Zampedri again, along with Mario Andretti, Hiro Matsushita, and Davy Jones slowed the field. Bobby Rahal hit the tyre wall in the first chicane, apparently on his own, and Paul Tracy spun off in Turn 4 undamaged. The race finally started around 4 p.m., with Andretti overtaking Mansell on the first lap.

Michael Andretti got by Mansell after the start (the third attempt), as did Robby Gordon. In Turn 5 he muscled his way past Mansell, who soon outbraked the Californian in the same place. On Lap 17 Gordon spun and crashed after he clipped too much curb in the backstretch chicanes. Lap 20 saw the exit of Mark Smith, who locked up the right front, and Zampedri (in his third incident of the race) who seemed to be watching Smith rather than the road.

On the restart Michael caught a huge break when Mansell spun on the damp track in front of Emerson Fittipaldi and Teo Fabi. A moment later in the second chicane Michael slid into the tyre barrier but continued on undamaged. Mansell later spun off in Turn 9 while passing Mauricio Gugelmin. He spun the car around, but bumped the wall with the left rear tyre and stalled the engine. On Lap 38 Stefan Johansson and rookie Jacques Villeneuve touched coming towards Turn 9, ending the Canadian's IndyCar debut early. Later on, because of the delays, darkness fell over the circuit. Former racer Chip Ganassi, whose car was in the lead, was very concerned about visibility. He pleaded with CART to end the race after saying to ABC's Gary Gerould, "This is a dangerous situation! The lights are on along the pits here! The lights are on at the Marriott hotel...the race needs to be stopped!" The 65 lap distance was shortened by 10 laps due to darkness. Andretti, leading all 55 laps, won in his Ganassi debut, which was also Reynard's first IndyCar race. This continued their record of winning on their debut in various categories including Formula 3 and F3000. Emerson Fittipaldi, driving the new Penske PC-23, finished second, followed by Mario Andretti, who began his final CART season with the final podium finish of his Indy car career. Jimmy Vasser and Stefan Johansson rounded out the Top five.

Note: The circuit was lit during the end of the race, but not sufficiently to run safely as an intended night race.

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos Nat Name Team Car Time
1 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Newman-Haas Racing Lola T94/00-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:34.877
2 United States Michael Andretti Target Chip Ganassi Reynard 94I-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:35.568
3 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC-23-94-Ilmor/D 1:36.023
4 Mexico Adrián Fernández Galles Racing Reynard 94I-Ilmor/D 1:36.091
5 United States Al Unser, Jr. Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC-23-94-Ilmor/D 1:36.394
6 Canada Paul Tracy Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC-23-94-Ilmor/D 1:36.398
7 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Target Chip Ganassi Reynard 94I-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:37.802
8 Canada Jacques Villeneuve (R) Forsythe/Green Racing Reynard 94I-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:36.480
9 United States Robby Gordon Walker Racing Lola T94/00-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:36.678
10 United States Jimmy Vasser Hayhoe Racing Reynard 94I-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:36.877
11 Italy Teo Fabi Jim Hall Racing Reynard 94I-Ilmor/D 1:36.925
12 Sweden Stefan Johansson Bettenhausen Motorsports Penske PC-23-93-Ilmor/D 1:37.328
13 United States Mark Smith Walker Racing Lola T94/00-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:37.476
14 United States Mike Groff Rahal/Hogan Racing Lola T93/07-Honda 1:37.633
15 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Indy Regency Racing Lola T94/00-Ilmor/D 1:37.739
16 United States Bobby Rahal Rahal/Hogan Racing Lola T93/00-Honda 1:37.783
17 Canada Scott Goodyear Budweiser King Racing Lola T94/00-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:37.835
18 United States Scott Sharp (R) PacWest Racing Group Lola T94/00-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:37.940
19 United States Mario Andretti Newman-Haas Racing Lola T94/00-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:37.940
20 Brazil Raul Boesel Dick Simon Racing Lola T94/00-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:38.002
21 Italy Alessandro Zampedri (R) Euromotorsport Lola T93/07-Ilmor/C 1:38.908
22 United States Willy T. Ribbs Walker Racing Lola T93/06-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:38.948
23 Japan Hiro Matsushita Dick Simon Racing Lola T94/00-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:39.089
24 United States Robbie Buhl Dale Coyne Racing Lola T93/06-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:39.122
25 United States Davy Jones A. J. Foyt Enterprises Lola T92/00-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:39.729
26 United States Dominic Dobson PacWest Racing Group Lola T94/00-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:39.729
27 Australia Gary Brabham (R) Bettenhausen Motorsports Penske PC22-93-Ilmor/C 1:40.117
W Italy Andrea Montermini Dale Coyne Racing Lola T93/06-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:37.959
DNQ Brazil Marco Greco Arciero Racing Lola T94/00-Ford-Cosworth XB 1:40.571
DNQ United States Buddy Lazier Leader Card Racing Lola T93/07-Ilmor/C 1:41.164
DNQ United States Dave Kudrave Euromotorsport Lola T92/00-Ilmor/A No time

R = Rookie driver, DNQ = Did not qualify, W = Andrea Montermini withdrew from the race after a crash during Saturday morning practice.

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 United States Michael Andretti Target Chip Ganassi 55 1:44:58.169 2 21
2 2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Marlboro Marlboro Team Penske 55 +0.2 secs 3 16
3 6 United States Mario Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 55 +7.3 secs 19 14
4 18 United States Jimmy Vasser Hayhoe Racing 55 +38.6 secs 10 12
5 16 Sweden Stefan Johansson Bettenhausen Motorsports 55 +1:03.1 secs 12 10
6 88 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Target Chip Ganassi 55 +1:22.6 secs 7 8
7 11 Italy Teo Fabi Jim Hall Racing 54 + 1 lap 11 6
8 10 United States Mike Groff Rahal/Hogan Racing 54 + 1 lap 14 5
9 1 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Newman-Haas Racing 54 + 1 lap 1 5
10 40 Canada Scott Goodyear Budweiser King Racing 53 + 2 laps 17 3
11 71 United States Scott Sharp (R) PacWest Racing Group 53 + 2 laps 18 2
12 17 United States Dominic Dobson PacWest Racing Group 52 + 3 laps 26 1
13 7 Mexico Adrián Fernández Galles Racing 52 + 3 laps 4
14 31 United States Al Unser, Jr. Marlboro Team Penske 51 Electrical 5
15 22 Japan Hiro Matsushita Dick Simon Racing 48 + 7 laps 22
16 3 Canada Paul Tracy Marlboro Team Penske 39 Electrical 6
17 12 Canada Jacques Villeneuve (R) Forsythe/Green Racing 36 Contact 3
18 24 United States Willy T. Ribbs Walker Racing 34 Contact 22
19 14 United States Davy Jones A. J. Foyt Enterprises 31 Transmission 25
20 19 United States Robbie Buhl Dale Coyne Racing 30 Oil pressure 24
21 15 United States Mark Smith Walker Racing 19 Contact 13
22 50 Italy Alessandro Zampedri (R) Euromotorsport 19 Contact 21
23 9 United States Robby Gordon Walker Racing 16 Contact 9
24 76 Australia Gary Brabham (R) Bettenhausen Motorsports 10 Transmission 27
25 28 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Indy Regency Racing 8 Transmission 15
26 4 United States Bobby Rahal Rahal/Hogan Racing 0 Contact 16
27 5 Brazil Raul Boesel Dick Simon Racing 0 Contact 20

Notes[edit]

  • Average Speed: 80.994 mph

External links[edit]


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1994 season
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1994 Slick-50 200
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1993 Australian FAI IndyCar Grand Prix
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1995 Indycar Australia


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