1997 Phoenix 200

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United States   1996–1997 Phoenix
Race details
4th Round of the 1996–97 Indy Racing League.
Date March 23, 1997
Official name Phoenix 200
Location Phoenix International Raceway
Course Permanent racing facility
1.000 / 1.609 km
Distance 200 laps, 200.000 mi / 321.869 km
Weather Dry with temperatures reaching up to 89.6 °F (32.0 °C); wind speeds reaching up to 15.9 miles per hour (25.6 km/h)[1]
Pole
Driver United States Tony Stewart United States Team Menard
Time 21.175
Fastest Lap
Driver United States Tony Stewart United States Team Menard
Time 22.135 (on lap 11 of 200)
Podium
First United States Jim Guthrie United States Blueprint Racing
Second United States Tony Stewart United States Team Menard
Third United States Davey Hamilton United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises

The 1997 Phoenix 200 was the fourth round of the 1996–1997 Indy Racing League. The race was held on March 23, 1997 at the 1.000 mi (1.609 km) Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.

Race[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points
1 27 United States Jim Guthrie Blueprint Racing 200 1:33:30.748 2 74 35
2 2 United States Tony Stewart Team Menard 200 + 0.854 sec 1 85 36
3 4 United States Davey Hamilton A. J. Foyt Enterprises 200 Running 14 0 32
4 22 Brazil Marco Greco Team Scandia 199 + 1 lap 8 0 31
5 77 France Stephan Gregoire Chastain Motorsports 199 + 1 lap 19 0 30
6 10 United States Mike Groff Byrd-Cunningham Racing 195 + 5 laps 16 0 29
7 21 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Pagan Racing 194 + 6 laps 10 0 28
8 12 United States Buzz Calkins Bradley Motorsports 187 + 13 laps 22 0 27
9 18 United States John Paul, Jr. PDM Racing 179 + 21 laps 11 0 26
10 16 United States Sam Schmidt Blueprint Racing 176 Accident T4 6 0 25
11 4 Sweden Kenny Bräck Galles Racing 145 Accident T4 9 24 24
12 51 United States Eddie Cheever Team Cheever 120 Overheating 7 0 23
13 17 Brazil Affonso Giaffone Chitwood Motorsports 114 Half Shaft 21 13 22
14 33 Spain Fermin Velez Team Scandia 94 Electrical 15 0 21
15 50 United States Billy Roe Eurointernational 82 Accident T3 due to Engine 17 0 20
16 1 United States Scott Sharp A. J. Foyt Enterprises 65 Engine 20 4 19
17 6 Canada Scott Goodyear Treadway Racing 52 Engine 3 0 18
18 3 United States Robbie Buhl Team Menard 51 Accident T2 5 0 17
19 30 United States Jeret Schroeder McCormack Motorsports 51 Accident T2 12 0 16
20 40 United States Jack Miller Arizona Motorsport 33 Fuel Pickup 18 0 15
21 91 United States Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn Racing 31 Engine 13 0 14
22 5 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Treadway Racing 11 Mechanical 4 0 13

Race Leaders[edit]

Laps Leader
1-41 Tony Stewart
42 Jim Guthrie
43-55 Affonso Giaffone
56-61 Tony Stewart
62-65 Scott Sharp
66-94 Tony Stewart
95-120 Jim Guthrie
121 Tony Stewart
122-145 Kenny Bräck
146-153 Tony Stewart
154-200 Jim Guthrie
 

Caution Periods[edit]

There were 9 caution periods during the race, with a total of 86 laps under caution.

Laps Cause
2-6 Roberto Guerrero tow-in for electrical problems
13-18 Aire Luyendyk accident
36-44 Buddy Lazier oiling
52-60 Robbie Buhl and Jeret Schroeder accident, turn 2
69-75 Oil on track
85-98 Billy Roe accident, turn 3; before the crash his engine blew up oiling the track.
117-132 Oil on track
146-154 Kenny Bräck accident, turn 4
180-190 Sam Schmidt accident, turn 4; the wall sustained damage and Schmidt needed medical attention.

Standings after the race[edit]