1997 CART season

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1997 CART season
1997 CART season
PPG CART World Series
Season
Races 17
Start date March 2
End date September 28
Awards
Drivers' champion Italy Alex Zanardi
Constructors' Cup United Kingdom Reynard
Manufacturers' Cup Germany Mercedes
Nations' Cup United States United States
Rookie of the Year Canada Patrick Carpentier
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1996 (ICWS) 1998

The 1997 CART season, the nineteenth in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 17 races, beginning in Homestead, Florida on March 2 and concluding in Fontana, California on September 28. The PPG CART World Series Drivers' Champion was Alex Zanardi. Rookie of the Year was Patrick Carpentier. After a settlement with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, CART had relinquished its exclusive license of the "IndyCar" trademark, resulting in the renaming of the Series for the first time since 1980. This was also the last year of title sponsorship by PPG Industries, although the Driver's Championship continued to be known as the PPG Cup until 1999.

Drivers and Constructors[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1997 CART World Series season.

Team Chassis Engine Tires No Drivers Sponsor Notes
United States Target Chip Ganassi Reynard 97i Honda Firestone 1 United States Jimmy Vasser Target
4 Italy Alex Zanardi Target
Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Fontana Only
United States Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC-26-97 Ilmor-Mercedes-Benz IC108D Goodyear 2 United States Al Unser, Jr. Marlboro
3 Canada Paul Tracy Marlboro
United States Walker Racing Reynard 97i Honda Goodyear 5 Brazil Gil de Ferran Valvoline/Cummins
United States Newman-Haas Racing Swift 007.i Ford XB Goodyear 6 United States Michael Andretti Texaco/Kmart
Ford XD 11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Budweiser/Kmart
Brazil Roberto Moreno Long Beach through Detroit Only
United States Team Rahal Reynard 97i Ford XD Goodyear 7 United States Bobby Rahal Miller Lite
Ford XB 8 United States Bryan Herta Shell
United States Hogan Racing Reynard 97i Mercedes-Benz Firestone 9 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti (R) No Sponsor
United States Robby Gordon Fontana Only
United States Bettenhausen Racing Reynard 97i Mercedes-Benz Goodyear 16 Canada Patrick Carpentier (R) Alumax
Brazil Roberto Moreno Vancouver and Laguna Seca Only
United States PacWest Reynard 97i Mercedes-Benz Firestone 17 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Hollywood
18 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Motorola
United States Payton/Coyne Racing Lola T97/00
Reynard 97i
Ford XD Goodyear 19 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. Herdez
Lola T97/00 34 Brazil Roberto Moreno Data Control Homestead Only
United States Paul Jasper (R) HYPE Surfers Paradise through Milwaukee Only
Lola T97/00
Reynard 97i
Germany Christian Danner Detroit, Portland and Vancouver Only
United States Charlie Nearburg (R) Nearburg Explorations Cleveland, Elkhart Lake and Laguna Seca Only
Lola T97/00 United States Dennis Vitolo Smith Kline Beecham Toronto, Michigan, and Fontana Only
United States Patrick Racing Reynard 97i Ford XB Firestone 20 United States Scott Pruett Brahma
Ford XD 40 Brazil Raul Boesel Brahma
United States Della Penna Motorsports Lola T97/00 Ford XD Goodyear 21 United States Richie Hearn Ralphs/Food 4 Less
United States Arciero-Wells Racing Reynard 97i Toyota Firestone 24 Japan Hiro Matsushita Panasonic/Duskin
25 Italy Max Papis MCI
United States Team KOOL Green Reynard 97i Honda Firestone 27 United States Parker Johnstone KOOL
United States Tasman Motorsports Lola T97/00 Honda Firestone 31 Brazil André Ribeiro LCI International/Marlboro
32 Mexico Adrian Fernández Tecate/Quaker State
United States All American Racing Reynard 96i
Reynard 97i
Toyota Goodyear 36 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio II Castrol
98 United States P. J. Jones Castrol
United States Project Indy Lola T97/00 Ford XD Goodyear 64 United States Dennis Vitolo JAG/Marcelo Group/
Hawaiian Tropic
Homestead, Long Beach, Nazareth,
Vancouver and Laguna Seca Only
Germany Arnd Meier (R)
United States Davis Racing Reynard 97i Ford XD Goodyear 77 Brazil Gualter Salles (R) Indusval
United States Forsythe Racing Reynard 96i
Reynard 97i
Mercedes-Benz Firestone 99 Canada Greg Moore Player's/Indeck

Results[edit]

Races[edit]

Rnd Race Name Circuit City/Location Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 United States Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida March 2 Italy Alex Zanardi United States Michael Andretti United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
2 Australia Sunbelt IndyCarnival Australia Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Australia April 6 Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi United States Scott Pruett Patrick Racing Report
3 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California April 13 Brazil Gil de Ferran Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi Target Chip Ganassi Report
4 United States Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota Nazareth Speedway Nazareth, Pennsylvania April 27 Canada Paul Tracy Canada Paul Tracy Canada Paul Tracy Marlboro Team Penske Report
5 Brazil Hollywood Rio 400k Autódromo de Jacarepaguá Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 11 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Brazil Gil de Ferran Canada Paul Tracy Marlboro Team Penske Report
6 United States Motorola 300 Gateway International Raceway Madison, Illinois May 24 Brazil Raul Boesel United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Canada Paul Tracy Marlboro Team Penske Report
7 United States Miller Genuine Draft 200 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin June 1 Canada Paul Tracy Canada Paul Tracy Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing Report
8 United States ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix The Raceway on Belle Isle Park Detroit, Michigan June 8 Brazil Gil de Ferran United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing Report
9 United States Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon June 22 United States Scott Pruett Brazil Raul Boesel United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Report
10 United States Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio July 13 Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi Target Chip Ganassi Report
11 Canada Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario July 20 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Report
12 United States U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan July 27 United States Scott Pruett Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Italy Alex Zanardi Target Chip Ganassi Report
13 United States Miller 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio August 10 United States Bryan Herta Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi Target Chip Ganassi Report
14 United States Texaco/Havoline 200 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin August 17 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi Target Chip Ganassi Report
15 Canada Molson Indy Vancouver Streets of Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia August 31 Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi Brazil Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Report
16 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey Laguna Seca Raceway Monterey, California September 7 United States Bryan Herta United Kingdom Mark Blundell United States Jimmy Vasser Target Chip Ganassi Report
17 United States Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota California Speedway Fontana, California September 28 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Canada Greg Moore United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Report
  Oval/Speedway
  Road Course/Street Circuit

Full Series Results[edit]

Final driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver MIA United States SUR Australia LBH United States NAZ United States RIO Brazil GAT United States MIL United States DET United States POR United States CLE United States TOR Canada MIC United States MDO United States ROA United States VAN Canada LAG United States FON United States Pts
1 Italy Alex Zanardi 7 4 1* 11 4 4 13 26 11 1 2 1* 1* 1 4 3 DNS 195
2 Brazil Gil de Ferran 22 5 21 4 11 3 7 3* 2 2* 25 3 6 3 3 5 6 162
3 United States Jimmy Vasser 3 12 9 5 9 5 3 4 19 13 7 24 5 8 2* 1* 2 144
4 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin 6 17 2 9 22 6 5 16 6* 15 6 6 7 2 1 9 4 132
5 Canada Paul Tracy 2 19* 7 1* 1 1 6 Wth 7 7 10 4 27 28 28 26 26 121
6 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 14 8 13 19 8 24 12 17 1 9 1* 2 26 16* 7 2 1 115
7 Canada Greg Moore 4 2 23 16 2 13 1* 1 5 24 23 27 2 18 17 24 13 111
8 United States Michael Andretti 1* 3 22 2 21 11* 2 2 8 23 4 21 8 26 16 27 19 108
9 United States Scott Pruett 5 1 3 10 3 19 9 24 17 8 5 14 9 5 18 16 7 102
10 Brazil Raul Boesel 17 7 8 8 5 14 4 6 3 16 8 18 4 21 6 8 20 91
11 United States Bryan Herta 10 22 6 7 6 22 15 7 21 3 17 5 24 11 8 6 21 72
12 United States Bobby Rahal 16 10 10 6 10* 20 11 9 24 5 9 17 3 6 24 19 5 70
13 United States Al Unser, Jr. 27 27 4 3 7 18 20 8 25 4 20 20 22 7 5 11 22 67
14 Brazil André Ribeiro 12 6 14 26 15 10 26 25 13 14 3 23 10 22 10 4 17* 45
15 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 26 28 4 6 11 16 21 4 9 21 9 42
16 United States Parker Johnstone 8 21 5 17 12 7 25 20 9 10 12 25 12 23 11 12 11 36
17 Canada Patrick Carpentier 9 15 15 12 28 2 8 15 16 12 16 15 15 27 DNS 27
18 Mexico Adrián Fernández 13 11 11 23 26 8 24 27 10 17 14 26 23 12 19 23 3 27
19 Brazil Roberto Moreno 24 24 14 18 25 10 5 15 10 16
20 Brazil Gualter Salles 15 24 18 24 19 12 22 21 23 19 18 10 20 13 26 7 14 10
21 United States Richie Hearn 11 13 27 18 14 9 23 23 14 28 27 22 13 9 22 25 15 10
22 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 25 9 12 13 27 17 16 13 26 11 26 19 11 25 13 13 10
23 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio II 20 20 26 15 20 23 21 10 22 21 19 11 25 10 12 15 27 9
24 Italy Max Papis 19 14 25 22 13 26 19 11 28 27 15 8 14 15 20 14 12 8
25 United States Dennis Vitolo 23 Wth DNS 28 7 27 20 16 6
26 United States Robby Gordon 8 5
27 Japan Hiro Matsushita 21 25 20 25 23 15 17 19 15 20 22 9 19 24 14 28 23 4
28 United States P. J. Jones 28 26 16 21 16 21 14 14 20 25 21 28 17 14 25 17 10 3
29 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. 18 18 17 20 17 16 27 22 12 18 13 13 18 20 21 22 18 1
30 Germany Arnd Meier 16 25 DNS 18 18 22 24 12 16 19 25 1
31 Germany Christian Danner 12 27 23 1
32 United States Charlie Nearburg 26 DNS 17 18 0
33 United States Paul Jasper 23 19 DNS 24 DNS 18 0
34 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 24 0
Pos Driver MIA United States SUR Australia LBH United States NAZ United States RIO Brazil GAT United States MIL United States DET United States POR United States CLE United States TOR Canada MIC United States MDO United States ROA United States VAN Canada LAG United States FON 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

Nation's Cup[edit]

  • Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Pos Country Pts
1 United States United States 252
2 Brazil Brazil 238
3 Italy Italy 198
4 Canada Canada 190
5 England England 115
6 Mexico Mexico 27
7 Scotland Scotland 10
8 Argentina Argentina 9
9 Japan Japan 4
10 Germany Germany 2
11 Netherlands Netherlands 0
Pos Country Pts

Chassis Constructor's Cup[edit]

Pos Chassis Pts
1 United Kingdom Reynard 97I/96I 346
2 United States Penske PC-26 156
3 United States Swift 007.i 143
4 United Kingdom Lola T9700 45
Pos Chassis Pts

Engine Manufacturer's Cup[edit]

Pos Engine Pts
1 Germany Mercedes 316
2 Japan Honda 290
3 United States Ford XD/XB 230
4 Japan Toyota 15
Pos Engine Pts

References[edit]

See also[edit]