2000 Indy Racing League season

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2000 Indy Racing League season
2000 Indy Racing League
Indy Racing Northern Light Series
Season
Races 10 9
Start date January 29
End date October 15
Awards
Drivers' champion United States Buddy Lazier
Indianapolis 500 winner Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1999 2001

The 2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season was another season that saw a high level of parity, as only one driver, champion Buddy Lazier, won more than a single race. It also saw the beginning of the jump from CART as Al Unser Jr. moved to the series full-time and Chip Ganassi Racing came over to run the Indy 500, which it won with driver Juan Pablo Montoya. It was also the final season for the Riley & Scott chassis, which also saw its first series win in 2000.

A planned race at Cleveland was cancelled on September 9, 2000, and reverted to a CART event.

2000 Indy Racing League schedule[edit]

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Pole position Fastest lap Most Laps Led Winner
1 January 29 Delphi Indy 200 Walt Disney World Speedway Bay Lake, Florida United States Greg Ray United States Mark Dismore United States Robbie Buhl United States Robbie Buhl
2 March 19 MCI WorldCom Indy 200 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona United States Greg Ray United States Tyce Carlson United States Scott Sharp United States Buddy Lazier
3 April 22 Vegas Indy 300 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nevada United States Mark Dismore United States Mark Dismore United States Mark Dismore United States Al Unser, Jr.
4 May 28 84th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana United States Greg Ray United States Buddy Lazier Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
5 June 11 Casino Magic 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas United States Buddy Lazier United States Eddie Cheever United States Al Unser, Jr. United States Scott Sharp
6 June 18 Radisson 200 Pikes Peak International Raceway Fountain, Colorado United States Greg Ray United States Buzz Calkins United States Scott Sharp United States Eddie Cheever
7 July 15 Midas 500 Classic Atlanta Motor Speedway Hampton, Georgia United States Greg Ray United States Donnie Beechler United States Greg Ray United States Greg Ray
8 August 27 Belterra Resort Indy 300 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Kentucky Canada Scott Goodyear United States Buddy Lazier Canada Scott Goodyear United States Buddy Lazier
9 October 15 Excite 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas United States Greg Ray United States Jaques Lazier United States Al Unser, Jr. Canada Scott Goodyear

Team and Driver Chart[edit]

Team Chassis Engine No Drivers Rounds
United States A. J. Foyt Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 11 Chile Eliseo Salazar All
14 United States Jeff Ward All
41 United States Billy Boat 4
United States Blueprint Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 27 Sweden Niclas Jönsson 1
United States Jimmy Kite 2-9
United States Bradley Motorsports Dallara Oldsmobile 12 United States Buzz Calkins All
United States Byrd-Cunningham Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 30 United States Jon Herb 1
United States Ronnie Johncox 2-3
United States J.J. Yeley 7-9
Riley & Scott United States Robby Unser 5-6
United States Cahill Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 98 United States Donnie Beechler All
United States Dick Simon Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 7 France Stéphan Grégoire All
90 United States Lyn St. James 4
United States Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 23 United States Steve Knapp 4
24 United States Robbie Buhl All
United States Galles Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 3 United States Al Unser, Jr. All
United States Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 91 United States Buddy Lazier All
92 United States Stan Wattles 4
United States Hillenburg Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 48 United States Andy Hillenburg 4
United States Hubbard-Immke Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 20 United States Tyce Carlson 1-3, 5-9
United States Indy Regency Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 22 United States Johnny Unser 4
United States Kelley Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 8 United States Scott Sharp All
28 United States Mark Dismore All
United States Logan Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 10 United States Stevie Reeves 7
19 United States Billy Roe 5
United States Stevie Reeves 8-9
United States Mid America Motorsports Dallara Oldsmobile 43 Canada Doug Didero 1-3, 5-6
United States Scott Harrington 7
United States Jaques Lazier 8
United States Davey Hamilton 9
United States Nienhouse Motorsports G-Force Oldsmobile 17 Sweden Niclas Jönsson 2
United States Scott Harrington 3
United States Pagan Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 75 United States Richie Hearn 4
United States Panther Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 4 Canada Scott Goodyear All
United States PDM Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 18 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. 1-6, 8-9
United States Sinden Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 44 United States Davey Hamilton 1
United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 9 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 4
10 United States Jimmy Vasser 4
United States Team Cheever Dallara Infiniti Indy 51 United States Eddie Cheever All
United States Team Coulson Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 40 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 8
United States Team Menard Dallara Oldsmobile 1 United States Greg Ray All
32 United States Robby Gordon 4
United States Team Pelfrey Dallara Oldsmobile 81 United States Billy Boat 1-3, 5-9
United States Team Xtreme G-Force Oldsmobile 16 United States Davey Hamilton 2-8
United States Jaques Lazier 9
42 United States John Hollansworth, Jr. 1
88 Brazil Airton Daré All
United States Treadway Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 5 United States Robby McGehee All
50 United States Jason Leffler 4
55 United States Jason Leffler 3
Brazil Raul Boesel 4
Japan Shigeaki Hattori 5-9
United States Tri Star Motorsports Dallara Oldsmobile 6 United States Jeret Schroeder All
9 United States Robby Unser 1
21 United States Dr. Jack Miller 3
Brazil Zak Morioka 9
United States Truscelli Team Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 33 United States Jaques Lazier 1, 3-6
United States Bobby Regester 2
United States Walker Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 15 United States Sarah Fisher 2-9


Race summaries[edit]

Delphi Indy 200[edit]

This race was held January 29 at Walt Disney World Speedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 24- Robbie Buhl
  2. 91- Buddy Lazier
  3. 51- Eddie Cheever
  4. 4- Scott Goodyear
  5. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  6. 98- Donnie Beechler
  7. 14- Jeff Ward
  8. 12- Buzz Calkins
  9. 81- Billy Boat
  10. 55- Robby McGehee

MCI WorldCom Indy 200[edit]

This race was held March 19 at Phoenix International Raceway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 4- Scott Goodyear
  3. 98- Donnie Beechler
  4. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  5. 8- Scott Sharp
  6. 81- Billy Boat
  7. 24- Robbie Buhl
  8. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  9. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  10. 51- Eddie Cheever

Vegas Indy 300[edit]

This race was held April 22 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mark Dismore won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  2. 28- Mark Dismore
  3. 18- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 6- Jeret Schroeder
  5. 24- Robbie Buhl
  6. 5- Robby McGehee
  7. 81- Billy Boat
  8. 20- Tyce Carlson
  9. 1- Greg Ray
  10. 33- Jaques Lazier

84th Indianapolis 500[edit]

The Indy 500 was held May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Greg Ray sat on pole.

Top ten results

  1. 9- Juan Pablo Montoya
  2. 91- Buddy Lazier
  3. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  4. 14- Jeff Ward
  5. 51- Eddie Cheever
  6. 32- Robby Gordon
  7. 10- Jimmy Vasser
  8. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  9. 4- Scott Goodyear
  10. 8- Scott Sharp

Casino Magic 500[edit]

This race was held June 11 at Texas Motor Speedway. Buddy Lazier won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 8- Scott Sharp
  2. 5- Robby McGehee
  3. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  4. 12- Buzz Calkins
  5. 4- Scott Goodyear
  6. 28- Mark Dismore
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  9. 51- Eddie Cheever
  10. 88- Airton Daré

Radisson 200[edit]

This race was held June 18 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 51- Eddie Cheever
  2. 88- Airton Daré
  3. 8- Scott Sharp
  4. 28- Mark Dismore
  5. 98- Donnie Beechler
  6. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  7. 6- Jeret Schroeder
  8. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  9. 33- Jaques Lazier
  10. 3- Al Unser, Jr.

Midas 500 Classic[edit]

This race was held July 15 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 1- Greg Ray
  2. 91- Buddy Lazier
  3. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  4. 5- Robby McGehee
  5. 98- Donnie Beechler
  6. 24- Robbie Buhl
  7. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  8. 81- Billy Boat
  9. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  10. 11- Eliseo Salazar

Belterra Resort Indy 300[edit]

This race was held August 27 at Kentucky Speedway. Scott Goodyear won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 4- Scott Goodyear
  3. 15- Sarah Fisher
  4. 51- Eddie Cheever
  5. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  6. 14- Jeff Ward
  7. 1- Greg Ray
  8. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  9. 18- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  10. 98- Donnie Beechler

Excite 500[edit]

This race was held October 15 at Texas Motor Speedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Scott Goodyear
  2. 51- Eddie Cheever
  3. 81- Billy Boat
  4. 91- Buddy Lazier
  5. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  6. 98- Donnie Beechler
  7. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  8. 14- Jeff Ward
  9. 12- Buzz Calkins
  10. 16- Jaques Lazier

Final points standings[edit]

Pos Driver WDW
PHX
LSV
INDY
TXS
PIK
ATL
KTY
TXS
Pts
1 United States Buddy Lazier 2 1 22 2 7 26 2 1 4 290
2 Canada Scott Goodyear 4 2 12 9 5 16 11 2* 1 272
3 United States Eddie Cheever 3 10 11 5 9 1 21 4 2 257
4 Chile Eliseo Salazar 5 4 18 3 17 6 10 25 5 210
5 United States Mark Dismore 16 16 2* 11 6 4 18 11 14 202
6 United States Donnie Beechler 6 3 26 12 22 5 5 10 6 202
7 United States Scott Sharp 15 5* 27 10 1 3* 16 24 24 196
8 United States Robbie Buhl 1* 7 5 26 18 23 6 13 18 190
9 United States Al Unser, Jr. 25 9 1 29 3* 10 3 27 17* 188
10 United States Billy Boat 9 6 7 15 23 18 8 18 3 181
11 United States Jeff Ward 7 11 21 4 19 15 19 6 8 176
12 United States Robby McGehee 10 24 6 21 2 13 4 14 24 174
13 United States Greg Ray 17 19 9 33 15 20 1* 7 26 172
14 France Stéphane Grégoire 18 8 28 8 11 8 7 5 20 171
15 United States Buzz Calkins 8 23 25 18 4 12 23 12 9 145
16 Brazil Airton Daré 11 22 14 25 10 2 25 19 12 142
17 United States Jeret Schroeder 19 12 4 14 21 7 24 26 16 136
18 United States Sarah Fisher 13 17 31 12 25 14 3 11 124
19 United States Tyce Carlson 13 15 8 DNQ 13 11 13 22 23 124
20 United States Jaques Lazier 23 10 13 14 9 20 10 112
21 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. 20 17 3 24 20 19 9 27 110
22 Japan Shigeaki Hattori DNP 8 17 9 8 7 109
23 United States Davey Hamilton 26 18 20 20 24 14 15 16 19 98
24 United States Jimmy Kite 26 16 30 16 24 12 17 21 79
25 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 1* 54
26 Canada Doug Didero 14 25 19 DNQ 27 22 43
27 United States Ronnie Johncox 14 13 DNQ DNS 33
28 United States J. J. Yeley 17 15 25 33
29 United States Robby Gordon 6 28
30 United States Jason Leffler 15 17 28
31 Sweden Niclas Jönsson 12 21 27
32 United States Jimmy Vasser 7 26
33 United States Stevie Reeves 22 21 22 25
34 United States Robby Unser 24 DNQ 26 21 19
35 United States Scott Harrington 23 DNQ 20 17
36 Brazil Zak Morioka 15 15
37 Brazil Raul Boesel 16 14
38 United States Steve Knapp 19 11
39 United States Bobby Regester 20 10
40 United States John Hollansworth, Jr. 21 9
41 United States Jon Herb 22 8
42 United States Johnny Unser 22 8
43 United States Stan Wattles 23 DNP 7
44 Colombia Roberto Guerrero DNQ 23 7
45 United States Dr. Jack Miller 24 DNQ 6
46 United States Billy Roe 25 DNP 5
47 United States Richie Hearn 27 3
48 United States Andy Hillenburg 28 2
49 United States Lyn St. James 32 1
- United States Ross Cheever DNQ 0
- United States Dan Drinan DNQ 0
- Belgium Wim Eyckmans DNP 0
- United States Russ Gamester DNS 0
- United States Memo Gidley DNQ 0
- United States Davy Jones DNQ 0
- Japan Hideshi Matsuda DNQ 0
- United States Casey Mears DNP 0
- United States Andy Michner Wth Wth 0
- United States David Pook DNP 0
- United Kingdom Guy Smith 0
- United States Tony Stewart DNP 0
Pos Driver WDW
PHX
LSV
INDY
TXS
PIK
ATL
KTY
TXS
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
(Ret)
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
(3 points)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(2 points)
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns all the points
had they taken part.
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

In every race, points are awarded to drivers on the following basis:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
Points 50 40 35 32 30 28 26 24 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 1 1
  • Ties in points broken by number of wins, followed by number of 2nds, 3rds, etc., and then by number of pole positions, followed by number of times qualified 2nd, etc.

Additional points were awarded to the pole winner (3 points), the second best qualifier (2 points), the third best qualifier (1 point) and to the driver leading the most laps (2 point).

See also[edit]