1997 Indy 200 at Walt Disney World

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United States   1996–1997 Florida
Race details
3rd Round of the 1996–97 Indy Racing League.
Date January 25, 1997
Official name Indy 200 at Walt Disney World
Location Walt Disney World Speedway
Course Permanent racing facility
1.000 / 1.609 km
Distance 149 laps, 149.000 mi / 239.792 km
Scheduled Distance 200 laps, 200.000 mi / 321.869 km
Weather Mixture of dry weather and rain; temperatures reaching up to 75.2 °F (24.0 °C) along with wind speeds reaching up to 20 miles per hour (32 km/h)[1]
Pole
Driver United States Tony Stewart United States Team Menard
Time 21.685
Fastest Lap
Driver United States Tony Stewart United States Team Menard
Time 22.579 (on lap 5 of 149)
Podium
First United States Eddie Cheever United States Team Menard
Second United States Mike Groff United States Byrd-Cunningham
Third Canada Scott Goodyear United States Treadway Racing

The 1997 Indy 200 at Walt Disney World was the third round of the 1996–1997 Indy Racing League. The race was held on January 25, 1997 at the 1.000 mi (1.609 km) Walt Disney World Speedway in Bay Lake, Florida. It did not make the scheduled 200 laps; it was called off on lap 149 due to heavy rain.[2]

Failed to qualify/Other entries[edit]

Race[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points
1 51 United States Eddie Cheever Team Cheever 149 1:33:30.748 5 4 35
2 10 United States Mike Groff Byrd-Cunningham Racing 149 + 0.866 sec 14 0 33
3 6 Canada Scott Goodyear Treadway Racing 149 Running 6 0 32
4 1 United States Scott Sharp A. J. Foyt Enterprises 149 Running 4 0 31
5 91 United States Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn Racing 149 Running 11 0 30
6 27 United States Jim Guthrie Blueprint Racing 148 + 1 lap 9 0 29
7 14 United States Davey Hamilton A. J. Foyt Enterprises 148 + 1 lap 7 0 28
8 22 Brazil Marco Greco Team Scandia 147 + 2 laps 12 0 27
9 33 Spain Fermin Velez Team Scandia 147 + 2 laps 10 0 26
10 2 United States Tony Stewart Team Menard 146 Accident T3 1 131 28
11 12 United States Buzz Calkins Bradley Motorsports 144 Engine 3 14 24
12 5 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Treadway Racing 97 Accident T1 2 0 23
13 17 United States Danny Ongais Chitwood Motorsports 94 Suspension 16 0 22
14 30 United States Jeret Schroeder McCormack Motorsports 93 Accident T1 15 0 21
15 40 United States Jack Miller Arizona Motorsport 85 Suspension 18 0 20
16 4 United States Jeff Ward Galles Racing 63 Gearbox 8 0 19
17 21 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Pagan Racing 56 Fuel Pump 17 0 18
18 18 United States John Paul, Jr. PDM Racing 46 Oil Pump 13 0 17
19 77 France Stephan Gregoire Chastain Motorsports 2 Fuel Pump 19 0 16

Race Leaders[edit]

Laps Leader
1-130 Tony Stewart
131-144 Buzz Calkins
145 Tony Stewart
146-149 Eddie Cheever
 

Caution Periods[edit]

There were 3 caution periods during the race, with a total of 13 laps under caution.

Laps Cause
99-106 Luyendyk & Schroeder accident, turn 2
146-149 Tony Stewart accident, turn 2
150 Red flag for rain

Standings after the race[edit]