2001 Indy Racing League season

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2001 Indy Racing League season
2000 Indy Racing League
Indy Racing Northern Light Series
Season
Races 13
Start date March 18
End date October 6
Awards
Drivers' champion United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
Indianapolis 500 winner Brazil Hélio Castroneves
Chronology
Previous season Next season
2000 2002

The 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season saw the addition of five races and loss of one to bring the total to 13. Chip Ganassi Racing returned to the Indy 500 with four cars and were joined on the grid by Penske Racing and Team Kool Green. Many other CART teams made clear their intention to enter the IRL given their series' financial difficulties. Sam Hornish, Jr. won 3 races on his way to the championship while the less consistent Buddy Lazier won four races on his way to second place in his title defense.

2001 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 March 18 Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona United States Greg Ray United States Billy Boat United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
2 April 8 Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida United States Jeff Ward United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
3 April 29 zMax 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway Hampton, Georgia United States Greg Ray United States Greg Ray United States Greg Ray United States Greg Ray
4 May 27 85th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana United States Scott Sharp United States Sam Hornish, Jr. Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Hélio Castroneves
5 June 9 Casino Magic 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas United States Mark Dismore United States Eddie Cheever United States Greg Ray United States Scott Sharp
6 June 17 Radisson Indy 200 Pikes Peak International Raceway Fountain, Colorado United States Greg Ray United States Billy Boat United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Buddy Lazier
7 June 30 SunTrust Indy Challenge Richmond International Raceway Richmond, Virginia United States Jaques Lazier United States Buddy Lazier United States Buddy Lazier United States Buddy Lazier
8 July 8 Ameristar Casino Indy 200 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kansas United States Scott Sharp United States Mark Dismore United States Eddie Cheever United States Eddie Cheever
9 July 21 Harrah's 200 Nashville Superspeedway Lebanon, Tennessee United States Greg Ray United States Buddy Lazier United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Buddy Lazier
10 August 12 Belterra Resort Indy 300 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Kentucky United States Scott Sharp United States Mark Dismore United States Scott Sharp United States Buddy Lazier
11 August 26 Gateway Indy 250 Gateway International Raceway Madison, Illinois United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Robbie Buhl United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Al Unser, Jr.
12 September 2 Delphi Indy 200 Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, Illinois United States Jaques Lazier United States Robbie Buhl United States Jaques Lazier United States Jaques Lazier
13 October 6 Chevy 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas United States Sam Hornish, Jr. Brazil Felipe Giaffone United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Sam Hornish, Jr.

Team and Driver Chart[edit]

Race summaries[edit]

Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200[edit]

This race was held March 18 at Phoenix International Raceway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  3. 91- Buddy Lazier
  4. 8- Scott Sharp
  5. 98- Billy Boat
  6. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  7. 35- Jeff Ward
  8. 10- Robby McGehee
  9. 12- Buzz Calkins
  10. 88- Airton Daré

Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami[edit]

This race was held April 8 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jeff Ward won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 15- Sarah Fisher
  3. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  4. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  5. 35- Jeff Ward
  6. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  7. 28- Mark Dismore
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 51- Eddie Cheever
  10. 32- Didier André

zMax 500[edit]

This race was held April 28 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 2- Greg Ray
  2. 8- Scott Sharp
  3. 12- Buzz Calkins
  4. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  5. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  6. 91- Buddy Lazier
  7. 35- Jeff Ward
  8. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  9. 88- Airton Daré
  10. 21- Felipe Giaffone

85th Indianapolis 500[edit]

The Indy 500 was held May 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scott Sharp sat on pole.

Top ten results

  1. 68- Hélio Castroneves
  2. 66- Gil de Ferran
  3. 39- Michael Andretti
  4. 44- Jimmy Vasser
  5. 50- Bruno Junqueira
  6. 33- Tony Stewart
  7. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  8. 88- Airton Daré
  9. 98- Billy Boat
  10. 21- Felipe Giaffone

Casino Magic 500[edit]

This race was held June 9 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mark Dismore won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 8- Scott Sharp
  2. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  3. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 91- Buddy Lazier
  5. 98- Billy Boat
  6. 11- Donnie Beechler
  7. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  8. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  9. 77- Jaques Lazier
  10. 55- Shigeaki Hattori

Radisson Indy 200[edit]

This race was held June 17 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 24- Robbie Buhl
  4. 98- Billy Boat
  5. 88- Airton Daré
  6. 51- Eddie Cheever
  7. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 99- Richie Hearn
  10. 15- Sarah Fisher

SunTrust Indy Challenge[edit]

This race was held June 30 at Richmond International Raceway. Jaques Lazier won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  4. 32- Didier Andre
  5. 8- Scott Sharp
  6. 28- Mark Dismore
  7. 11- Donnie Beechler
  8. 35- Jeff Ward
  9. 24- Robbie Buhl
  10. 12- Buzz Calkins

Ameristar Casino Indy 200[edit]

This race was held July 8 at Kansas Speedway. Scott Sharp won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 51- Eddie Cheever
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 11- Donnie Beechler
  4. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  5. 91- Buddy Lazier
  6. 88- Airton Daré
  7. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  8. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  9. 98- Billy Boat
  10. 10- Robby McGehee

Harrah's 200[edit]

This race was held July 21 at Nashville Superspeedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 98- Billy Boat
  3. 99- Jaques Lazier
  4. 10- Robby McGehee
  5. 8- Scott Sharp
  6. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  7. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  8. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  9. 12- Buzz Calkins
  10. 11- Donnie Beechler

Belterra Resort Indy 300[edit]

This race was held August 12 at Kentucky Speedway. Scott Sharp won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 8- Scott Sharp
  3. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  5. 11- Donnie Beechler
  6. 98- Billy Boat
  7. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  8. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  9. 24- Robbie Buhl
  10. 35- Jeff Ward

Gateway Indy 250[edit]

This race was held August 26 at Gateway International Raceway. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  2. 28- Mark Dismore
  3. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 51- Eddie Cheever
  5. 24- Robbie Buhl
  6. 98- Billy Boat
  7. 35- Jeff Ward
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 88- Airton Daré
  10. 10- Robby McGehee

Delphi Indy 300[edit]

This race was held September 2 at Chicagoland Speedway. Jaques Lazier won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 2- Jaques Lazier
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 51- Eddie Cheever
  4. 35- Jeff Ward
  5. 11- Donnie Beechler
  6. 99- Richie Hearn
  7. 34- Laurent Rédon
  8. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  9. 12- Buzz Calkins
  10. 21- Felipe Giaffone

Chevy 500[edit]

This race was held October 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 8- Scott Sharp
  3. 24- Robbie Buhl
  4. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  5. 5- Rick Treadway
  6. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  7. 88- Airton Daré
  8. 11- Greg Ray
  9. 18- Jon Herb
  10. 12- Buzz Calkins

Final points standings[edit]

Pos Driver PHX
HOM
ATL
INDY
TXS
PIK
RIR
KAN
NSH
KTY
GAT
CHI
TXS
Pts
1 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. 1* 1* 4 14 3 2* 2 2 6* 3 3* 2 1* 503
2 United States Buddy Lazier 3 20 6 18 4 1 1* 5 1 1 13 11 17 398
3 United States Scott Sharp 4 8 2 33 1 8 5 17 5 2* 8 25 2 355
4 United States Billy Boat 5 13 14 9 5 4 18 9 2 6 6 12 12 313
5 Chile Eliseo Salazar 2 3 5 7 7 14 12 7 11 15 17 18 4 308
6 Brazil Felipe Giaffone 6 4 10 10 2 7 11 4 8 8 20 10 21 304
7 United States Al Unser, Jr. 23 6 17 30 8 11 3 20 14 4 1 8 6 287
8 United States Eddie Cheever 19 9 24 26 12 6 13 1* 15 21 4 3 18 261
9 United States Buzz Calkins 9 16 3 12 15 15 10 13 9 16 22 9 10 242
10 Brazil Airton Daré 10 23 9 8 19 5 15 6 17 20 9 19 7 239
11 United States Jeff Ward 7 5 7 24 16 12 8 Wth 20 10 7 4 24 238
12 United States Robbie Buhl 11 24 20 15 21 3 9 21 13 9 5 22 3 237
13 Japan Shigeaki Hattori 13 15 8 DNQ 10 DNS 14 8 7 7 15 21 16 215
14 United States Mark Dismore 25 7 26 16 20 13 6 11 16 22 2 17 23 205
15 United States Donnie Beechler 25 6 16 7 3 10 5 14 5 204
16 United States Robby McGehee 8 12 21 11 14 10 4 18 10 20 14 196
17 United States Jaques Lazier 22 9 17 19 18 3 12 16 1* 20 195
18 United States Greg Ray 22 21 1* 17 11* 18 DNS 14 18 13 8 193
19 United States Sarah Fisher 17 2 11 31 18 10 17 12 19 19 11 24 25 188
20 France Didier André 27 10 13 DNQ 17 19 4 16 21 11 12 13 15 188
21 United States Billy Roe 13 20 20 22 12 14 23 23 22 101
22 United States Jeret Schroeder 26 14 19 20 23 16 15 77
23 United States Jon Herb 25 16 27 DNS 19 15 9 70
24 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 18 1* 64
25 United States Rick Treadway 17 14 5 59
26 United States Davey Hamilton 12 19 18 23 24 54
27 United States Richie Hearn DNQ 9 6 50
28 Brazil Gil de Ferran 24 2 46
29 France Laurent Rédon 7 11 45
30 United States Brandon Erwin 14 17 27 DNQ 22 40
31 United States Casey Mears 20 11 23 DNQ 36
32 United States Stan Wattles 16 26 12 DNQ 36
33 United States Chris Menninga 19 16 19 36
34 United States Michael Andretti 3 35
35 France Stéphane Grégoire 21 22 15 28 DNQ 34
36 United States Jimmy Vasser 4 32
37 Brazil Bruno Junqueira 5 30
38 United States Anthony Lazzaro 18 13 29
39 United States Tony Stewart 6 28
40 United States Cory Witherill 22 19 19
41 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 13 17
42 United States Tyce Carlson 15 DNQ 15
43 United States John Hollansworth, Jr. 18 12
44 United States Alex Barron 21 9
45 United States Robby Gordon 21 9
46 United States Dr. Jack Miller 25 DNQ 5
47 France Nicolas Minassian 29 1
48 Canada Scott Goodyear 32 1
- United States Raul Boesel DNQ 0
- United States Memo Gidley DNQ 0
- Colombia Roberto Guerrero DNQ 0
- United States Jim Guthrie DNQ 0
- United States Jimmy Kite DNQ 0
- United States Steve Knapp DNQ 0
- United States John Paul, Jr. DNQ 0
- United States Lyn St. James DNQ 0
- United States Johnny Unser DNP 0
- United Kingdom Johnny Herbert DNP 0
Pos Driver PHX
HOM
ATL
INDY
TXS
PIK
RIR
KAN
NSH
KTY
GAT
CHI
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
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.

See also[edit]