2002 CART season

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2002 CART season
FedEx Championship Series
Season
Races 19
Start date March 10
End date November 17
Awards
Drivers' champion Brazil Cristiano da Matta
Constructors' Cup United Kingdom Lola
Manufacturers' Cup Japan Toyota
Nations' Cup Brazil Brazil
Rookie of the Year Mexico Mario Domínguez
Chronology
Previous season Next season
2001 2003

The 2002 FedEx Championship Series season, the twenty-fourth in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 19 races, beginning in Monterrey, Mexico on March 10 and concluding in Mexico City, Mexico on November 17. The FedEx Championship Series Drivers' Champion was Cristiano da Matta. Rookie of the Year was Mario Domínguez.

Drivers and teams[edit]

Bridgestone became the exclusive tire supplier for CART, replacing Firestone, an association that would continue until the final Champ Car season in 2007.[1] The 2002 season was last to feature multiple engine manufacturers.

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2002 CART Championship Series season.

Team Chassis Engine No Drivers Races
United States Newman/Haas Racing Lola B2/00 Toyota 1 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 17-19
6 1-16
11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi All
United States Team Player's Reynard 02i Ford-Cosworth 32 Canada Patrick Carpentier All
33 Canada Alex Tagliani All
United States Team KOOL Green Reynard 02i/Lola B2/00 Honda 26 Canada Paul Tracy All
27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti All
United States Team Rahal Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 8 United States Jimmy Vasser All
9 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. All
United States Sigma Autosport Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 22 Italy Max Papis 1-5
Mexico Herdez Competition Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 16 Mexico Mario Domínguez 1-4
55 5-19
United States Patrick Racing Reynard 02i/Lola B2/00 Toyota 20 United States Townsend Bell 1-9
Spain Oriol Servià 10-19
United States Walker Racing Reynard 02i Toyota 5 Japan Toranosuke Takagi All
United States PWR Championship Racing Lola B2/00 Toyota 7 New Zealand Scott Dixon 1-3
17 Spain Oriol Servià 1-3
United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing Lola B2/00 Toyota 4 Brazil Bruno Junqueira All
12 Sweden Kenny Bräck All
44 New Zealand Scott Dixon 4-19
United States Mo Nunn Racing Reynard 02i Honda 10 Brazil Tony Kanaan All
Mexico Fernández Racing Lola B2/00 Honda 51 Mexico Adrián Fernández 1-10, 12-17
Italy Max Papis 11, 18
Mexico Luis Díaz 19
52 Japan Shinji Nakano All
United States Team Motorola Reynard 02i/Lola B2/00 Honda 39 United States Michael Andretti All
United Kingdom Team St. George
United States Dale Coyne Racing
Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 19 United Kingdom Darren Manning 15
Germany André Lotterer 19

Team changes[edit]

The biggest change to the team lineup in the 2002 CART season was the defection of Team Penske to the rival Indy Racing League.[2] The departure of Team Penske, a CART stalwart from its earliest days, was an early sign of a major shift in the CART-IRL rivalry. Several other major CART powers would follow Penske to the IRL for the 2003 season. Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Mo Nunn Racing both set up separate IRL teams in 2002, but continued to compete in CART for the time being, though Mo Nunn downsized his team to a single car. They would be among the teams to leave CART for the IRL in 2003. Blair Racing also left CART for IRL.[3] Patrick Racing downsized their effort to a single car, while Forsythe Racing shutdown their third car driven by Bryan Herta in 2001 for lack of sponsorship.[4]

Driver changes[edit]

1996 series champion Jimmy Vasser, one of two former champions in the 2002 field (the other being Michael Andretti), left Patrick Racing for Team Rahal.[5] Joining him at Rahal was Michel Jourdain Jr. who left Herdez Competition.[6] Rahal's 2001 drivers, Kenny Bräck and Max Papis moved to Target Chip Ganassi Racing[7] and Sigma Autosport.[8] Papis took the seat previously occupied by Oriol Servià, who replaced the retiring Maurício Gugelmin at PWR Championship Racing. The 2002 season started with two rookies. 2001 Dayton Indy Lights champion Townsend Bell led a one car effort at Patrick Racing.[9] Mario Domínguez signed on for another single car effort with Herdez Competition.[10]

In-season changes[edit]

Races[edit]

Rnd Race Name Circuit City/Location Date
1 Mexico Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey Fundidora Park Monterrey, Mexico March 10
2 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California April 14
3 Japan Bridgestone Potenza 500 Twin Ring Motegi Motegi, Japan April 27
4 United States Miller Lite 250 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin June 2
5 United States Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Shell 300 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California June 9
6 United States G.I. Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon June 16
7 United States CART Grand Prix of Chicago Chicago Motor Speedway Cicero, Illinois June 30
8 Canada Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario July 7
9 United States Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio July 14
10 Canada Molson Indy Vancouver Streets of Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia July 28
11 United States CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio August 11
12 United States The Grand Prix at Road America featuring the Motorola 220 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin August 18
13 Canada Molson Indy Montreal Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Montreal, Quebec August 25
14 United States Shell Grand Prix of Denver Streets of Denver Denver, Colorado September 1
15 United Kingdom Sure For Men Rockingham 500 Rockingham Motor Speedway Corby, United Kingdom September 14
16 United States Grand Prix Americas Miami Bayfront Park Street Circuit Miami, Florida October 6
17 Australia Honda Indy 300 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Australia October 27
18 United States The 500 Presented by Toyota California Speedway Fontana, California November 3
19 Mexico Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante Presented by Banamex/Visa Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Mexico City, Mexico November 17
  Oval/Speedway
  Road Course/Street Circuit

Full series results[edit]

Race results[edit]

Rnd Race Name Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 Mexico Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey Mexico Adrián Fernández Brazil Cristiano da Matta Brazil Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Report
2 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach United States Jimmy Vasser Brazil Bruno Junqueira United States Michael Andretti Team Motorola Report
3 Japan Bridgestone Potenza 500 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Brazil Tony Kanaan Brazil Bruno Junqueira Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
4 United States Miller Lite 250 Mexico Adrián Fernández Sweden Kenny Bräck Canada Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green Report
5 United States Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Shell 300 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Brazil Cristiano da Matta Brazil Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Report
6 United States G.I. Joe's 200 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Brazil Bruno Junqueira Brazil Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Report
7 United States CART Grand Prix of Chicago United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Canada Paul Tracy Brazil Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Report
8 Canada Molson Indy Toronto Brazil Cristiano da Matta Brazil Cristiano da Matta Brazil Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Report
9 United States Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank Brazil Cristiano da Matta Canada Paul Tracy Canada Patrick Carpentier Team Player's Report
10 Canada Molson Indy Vancouver Brazil Cristiano da Matta Brazil Cristiano da Matta United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green Report
11 United States CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Canada Patrick Carpentier Brazil Cristiano da Matta Canada Patrick Carpentier Team Player's Report
12 United States The Grand Prix at Road America featuring the Motorola 220 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Brazil Bruno Junqueira Brazil Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Report
13 Canada Molson Indy Montreal Brazil Cristiano da Matta United Kingdom Dario Franchitti United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green Report
14 United States Shell Grand Prix of Denver Brazil Bruno Junqueira Sweden Kenny Bräck Brazil Bruno Junqueira Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
15 United Kingdom Sure For Men Rockingham 500 Sweden Kenny Bräck United States Jimmy Vasser United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green Report
16 United States Grand Prix Americas Brazil Tony Kanaan Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Brazil Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Report
17 Australia Honda Indy 300 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Brazil Cristiano da Matta Mexico Mario Domínguez Herdez Competition Report
18 United States The 500 Presented by Toyota Brazil Tony Kanaan Spain Oriol Servià United States Jimmy Vasser Team Rahal Report
19 Mexico Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante Presented by Banamex/Visa Brazil Bruno Junqueira Japan Shinji Nakano Sweden Kenny Bräck Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
  Oval/Speedway
  Road Course/Street Circuit

Final driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver MTY Mexico LBH United States MOT Japan MIL United States LAG United States POR United States CHI United States TOR Canada CLE United States VAN Canada MDO United States ROA United States MTL Canada DEN United States ROC United Kingdom MIA United States SUR Australia FON United States MEX Mexico Pts
1 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 1* 8 13 11 1* 1* 1* 1* 16 12 13 1 2 3 2 1* 8* 11 2 237
2 Brazil Bruno Junqueira 11 17 1 10 4 2 2 14 13 9 4 3 13 1* 5 5 14 9 3 164
3 Canada Patrick Carpentier 7 19 4 15 5 5 16 10 1* 5 1* 7 15 17 3 16 2 3 4 157
4 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 2 9 3 12 19 3 3 13 14 1 17 12 1* 18 1 10 7 10 5 148
5 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 3 13 12 4 2 13 14 3 12 13 2 6 7 5 17 2 11 7 15 122
6 Sweden Kenny Bräck 18 5 17 8 3 15 18 2 4 18 6 14 18 7 8* 13 4 12 1 114
7 United States Jimmy Vasser 20 2 20 9 8 16 17 6 6 17 8 5 5 10 7 3 12 1* 11 114
8 Canada Alex Tagliani 5 16 2 19 10 12 7 7 5 7 7 2 11 12 18 4 6 8 10 111
9 United States Michael Andretti 12 1* 16 7 11 9 15 11 2 6 3 10 8 13 10 8 9 2 17 110
10 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. 4 4 5 5 9 6 10 12 9 4 11 9 6 9 11 6 10 13 13 105
11 Canada Paul Tracy 8 7 19 1* 17 17 9 16 3 2* 18 13* 4 8 19 12 3 17 16 101
12 Brazil Tony Kanaan 16 20 15* 16 12 8 8 17 8 3 14 4 3 6 15 9 5 4 8* 99
13 New Zealand Scott Dixon 6 18 9 6 6 7 6 5 15 16 5 17 10 2 12 18 15 6 7 97
14 Mexico Adrián Fernández 13 10 7 2 18 14 13 9 11 8 18 12 4 14 7 DNS 59
15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi 14 6 8 14 16 18 4 8 7 15 12 15 14 15 6 15 DNS 18 6 53
16 Spain Oriol Servià 10 11 6 14 10 16 16 11 4 17 16 5 9 44
17 Japan Shinji Nakano 15 12 10 18 14 11 5 4 10 11 9 11 9 16 16 14 13 15 14 43
18 Mexico Mario Domínguez 17 14 11 17 15 10 11 18 17 10 16 8 17 14 13 11 1 16 18 37
19 Italy Max Papis 9 3 18 3 13 15 14 32
20 United States Townsend Bell 19 15 14 13 7 4 12 15 18 19
21 United Kingdom Darren Manning 9 4
22 Germany André Lotterer 12 1
23 Mexico Luis Díaz 19 0
Pos Driver MTY Mexico LBH United States MOT Japan MIL United States LAG United States POR United States CHI United States TOR Canada CLE United States VAN Canada MDO United States ROA United States MTL Canada DEN United States ROC United Kingdom MIA United States SUR Australia FON United States MEX Mexico 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 Fastest Friday Qualifying Lap
  • 1 For Fastest Saturday Qualifying Lap
  • 1 For Leading The Most Laps Of The Race

Nation's Cup[edit]

  • Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Pos Country MTY Mexico LBH United States MOT Japan MIL United States LAG United States POR United States CHI United States TOR Canada CLE United States VAN Canada MDO United States ROA United States MTL Canada DEN United States ROC United Kingdom MIA United States SUR Australia FON United States MEX Mexico Pts
1 Brazil Brazil 1 8 1 4 1 1 1 1 8 3 2 1 2 1 2 1 5 4 2 325
2 Canada Canada 5 7 2 1 5 5 7 7 1 2 1 2 4 8 3 4 2 3 4 247
3 United States United States 12 1 14 7 7 4 12 6 2 6 3 5 5 10 7 3 9 1 11 164
4 United Kingdom United Kingdom 2 9 3 12 19 3 3 13 14 1 17 12 1 18 1 10 7 10 5 148
5 Mexico Mexico 4 4 5 2 9 6 10 9 9 4 11 8 6 4 11 6 1 13 13 142
6 Sweden Sweden 18 5 17 8 3 15 18 2 4 18 6 14 18 7 8 13 4 12 1 113
7 New Zealand New Zealand 6 18 9 6 6 7 6 5 15 16 5 17 10 2 12 18 15 6 7 96
8 Japan Japan 14 6 8 14 14 11 4 4 7 11 9 11 9 15 6 14 13 15 6 73
9 Spain Spain 10 11 6 14 10 16 16 11 4 17 16 5 9 44
10 Italy Italy 9 3 18 3 13 15 14 32
11 Germany Germany 12 1
Pos Country MTY Mexico LBH United States MOT Japan MIL United States LAG United States POR United States CHI United States TOR Canada CLE United States VAN Canada MDO United States ROA United States MTL Canada DEN United States ROC United Kingdom MIA United States SUR Australia FON United States MEX Mexico Pts

Chassis Constructor's Cup[edit]

Pos Chassis Pts
1 United Kingdom Lola 401
2 United Kingdom Reynard 235
Pos Chassis Pts

Engine Manufacturer's Cup[edit]

Pos Engine Pts
1 Japan Toyota 332
2 Japan Honda 283
3 United States / United Kingdom Ford-Cosworth 259
Pos Engine Pts

Driver breakdown[edit]

Pos Driver Team Entries Wins Podiums Top 5's Top 10's Poles Laps Led Points
1 Brazil da Matta United States Newman-Haas Racing 19 7 11 11 13 7 619 237
2 Brazil Junqueira United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing 19 2 6 10 12 4 196 164
3 Canada Carpentier United States Team Player's 19 2 5 10 13 1 159 157
4 United Kingdom Franchitti United States Team KOOL Green 19 3 7 8 11 1 252 148
5 Brazil Fittipaldi United States Newman-Haas Racing 19 0 5 7 11 1 18 122
6 Sweden Bräck United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing 19 1 3 6 10 1 268 114
7 United States Vasser United States Team Rahal 19 1 3 5 12 1 162 114
8 Canada Tagliani United States Team Player's 19 0 2 5 12 0 115 111
9 United States Andretti United States Team Motorola 19 1 3 3 11 0 90 110
10 Mexico Jourdain, Jr. United States Team Rahal 19 0 0 5 14 0 24 105
11 Canada Tracy United States Team KOOL Green 19 1 4 5 9 0 314 101
12 Brazil Kanaan United States Mo Nunn Racing 19 0 2 5 11 2 145 99
13 New Zealand Dixon United States PWR Championship Racing
United States Target Chip Ganassi Racing
19 0 1 3 12 0 0 97
14 Mexico Fernández Mexico Fernández Racing 16 0 1 2 6 2 15 57
15 Japan Takagi United States Walker Motorsport 19 0 0 1 7 0 0 53
16 Spain Servià United States PWR Championship Racing
United States Patrick Racing
13 0 0 2 6 0 0 44
17 Japan Nakano Mexico Fernández Racing 19 0 0 2 6 0 10 43
18 Mexico Domínguez (R) Mexico Herdez Competition 19 1 1 1 3 0 5 37
19 Italy Papis United States Sigma Autosport
Mexico Fernández Racing
7 0 2 2 3 0 1 32
20 United States Bell (R) United States Patrick Racing 9 0 0 1 2 0 0 19
21 United Kingdom Manning (R) United Kingdom Team St. George 1 0 0 0 1 0 18 4
22 Germany Lotterer (R) United States Dale Coyne Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
23 Mexico Díaz (R) Mexico Fernández Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Bridgestone set as tire for 2002". motorsport.com. 2001-10-31. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Penske, a driving force behind the launch of CART leaves for IRL". motorsport.com. 2001-12-06. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Blair Racing forms new team". motorsport.com. 2002-01-09. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  4. ^ "Forsythe Hilliard shop to shutdown, Herta out of ride". motorsport.com. 2001-11-13. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Vasser signs with Team Rahal for 2002". motorsport.com. 2001-10-12. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  6. ^ "Michel Jourdain Jr., Gigante sign with Team Rahal". motorsport.com. 2002-01-30. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  7. ^ "Kenny Brack signs with Ganassi Racing for 2002". motorsport.com. 2001-08-16. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  8. ^ "Papis signs with Sigma for 2002 season". motorsport.com. 2002-01-21. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  9. ^ "Patrick Racing signs Townsend Bell". motorsport.com. 2002-12-20. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  10. ^ "Team Herdez names Dominguez as 2002 driver". motorsport.com. 2002-12-06. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  11. ^ "Dixon moves to Ganassi Racing". motorsport.com. 2002-05-29. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  12. ^ "PWR suspends operation of Servia's No. 17". motorsport.com. 2002-05-16. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  13. ^ "Portland: Sigma Autosport withdraws from event". motorsport.com. 2002-06-15. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  14. ^ "Servia replaces Bell at Patrick Racing". motorsport.com. 2002-07-23. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  15. ^ "Mid-Ohio: Papis to replace injured Fernandez". motorsport.com. 2002-08-05. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  16. ^ "Manning named Team St. George Rockingham driver". motorsport.com. 2002-09-06. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  17. ^ "Papis to substitute for Fernandez at Fontana". motorsport.com. 2002-10-29. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  18. ^ "Fernandez to sit out Mexico GP". motorsport.com. 2002-11-14. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  19. ^ "Dale Coyne to field car at Mexico City". motorsport.com. 2002-11-08. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 

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