1996 Las Vegas 500K

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United States   1996–1997 Las Vegas
Race details
2nd Round of the 1996–97 Indy Racing League.
Date September 15, 1996
Official name Las Vegas 500K
Location Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 / 2.414 km
Distance 200 laps, 300.000 mi / 482.803 km
Weather Dry with temperatures reaching up to 90 °F (32 °C); maximum wind speeds of 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) reported throughout the day[1]
Pole
Driver Netherlands Arie Luyendyk United States Treadway Racing
Time 23.842
Fastest Lap
Driver United States Richie Hearn United States Della Penna Motorsports
Time 24.636 (on lap 53 of 200)
Podium
First United States Richie Hearn United States Della Penna Motorsports
Second Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. United States Team Scandia
Third United States Mike Groff United States Byrd-Cunningham

The 1996 Las Vegas 500K was the second round of the 1996-1997 Indy Racing League. The race was held on September 15, 1996 at the 1.500 mi (2.414 km) Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Clark County, Nevada.[2]

Failed to qualify/Other entries[edit]

Race[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points
1 4 United States Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 200 1:36:57.912 8 90 36
2 22 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. Team Scandia 200 + 1.693 22 0 33
3 10 United States Mike Groff Byrd-Cunningham Racing 199 + 1 lap 6 0 32
4 21 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Pagan Racing 198 + 2 laps 9 0 31
5 33 Italy Michele Alboreto Team Scandia 197 + 3 laps 18 0 30
6 12 United States Buzz Calkins Bradley Motorsports 197 + 3 laps 16 0 29
7 7 Chile Eliseo Salazar Team Scandia 196 + 4 laps 13 0 28
8 54 United States Robbie Buhl Beck Motorsports 195 + 5 laps 15 0 27
9 40 Brazil Marco Greco Team Scandia 191 + 9 laps 24 0 26
10 34 Brazil Affonso Giaffone Team Scandia 190 + 10 laps 23 0 25
11 14 United States Davey Hamilton A. J. Foyt Enterprises 187 + 13 laps 5 0 24
12 6 United States Johnny O'Connell Treadway Racing 183 Accident T4 11 3 23
13 27 United States Jim Guthrie Blueprint Racing 182 + 18 laps 19 0 22
14 50 United States Robby Gordon Walker Racing 179 Wheel Bearing 3 60 21
15 18 United States John Paul, Jr. PDM Racing 170 + 30 laps 12 22 20
16 1 United States Scott Sharp A. J. Foyt Enterprises 168 Wheel Bearing 7 0 19
17 3 United States Mark Dismore Team Menard 149 Accident T4 10 0 18
18 30 United States Stan Wattles McCormack Motorsports 119 Accident T4 21 0 17
19 15 Chile Juan Carlos Carbonell Tempero/Giuffre Racing 112 Overheating 28 0 16
20 5 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Treadway Racing 106 Accident T1 1 25 17
21 2 United States Tony Stewart Team Menard 77 Accident T2 2 0 14
22 64 United States Johnny Unser Project Indy 67 Wheel Bearing 20 0 13
23 28 United States Tyce Carlson PDM Racing 53 Accident T2 14 0 12
24 91 United States Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn Racing 35 Handling 4 0 11
25 51 United States Eddie Cheever Team Cheever 27 Accident T2 27 0 10
26 8 France Stephan Gregoire Team Scandia 27 Accident T2 25 0 9
27 9 Australia Brad Murphey Hemelgarn Racing 26 Accident T2 26 0 8
28 16 United States Johnny Parsons Blueprint Racing 7 Accident T4 17 0 7

Race Leaders[edit]

Laps Leader
1-25 Arie Luynedyk
26-57 Robby Gordon
58-79 John Paul Jr
80-99 Robby Gordon
100-110 Richie Hearn
111 Johnny O'Connell
112-153 Richie Hearn
154-155 Johnny O'Connell
156-160 Richie Hearn
161-168 Robby Gordon
169-200 Richie Hearn
 

Caution Periods[edit]

There were 9 caution periods during the race, with a total of 83 laps under caution.

Laps Cause
9-18 Johnny Parsons accident, turn 4
30-46 Murphey, Cheever, Gregoire accident, turn 2
55-62 Tyce Carlson accident, turn 2
78-87 Tony Stewart accident, turn 2
107-115 Arie Luyendyk accident, turn 1
125-138 Stan Wattles accident, turn 4
152-160 Mark Dismore accident, turn 4
162-165 Debris
185-186 Red Flag, Johnny O'Connell accident, turn 4

Standings after the race[edit]