2002 Indy Racing League season

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2002 Indy Racing League season
2002 Indy Racing League
Indy Racing League
Season
Races 15
Start date March 2
End date September 15
Awards
Drivers' champion United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
Indianapolis 500 winner Brazil Hélio Castroneves
Chronology
Previous season Next season
2001 2003 (ICS)

The 2002 Indy Racing League (IRL) season was one of transition, with many CART teams participating in a partial IRL schedule while retaining "lame duck" status in their original series with their CART engine suppliers Toyota and Honda. On the IRL front, the Infiniti engine was in its "lame duck" year and the General Motors engine was now branded as a Chevrolet rather than an Oldsmobile as that marque was being phased out. Sam Hornish, Jr. won 5 races on his way to his second straight championship ahead of Penske Racing juggernaut Hélio Castroneves who won three races, including a second straight Indy 500, on his way to second in the championship.

2002 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 2 United States Grand Prix of Miami Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Jeff Ward United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
2 March 17 United States Bombardier ATV 200 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Robbie Buhl United States Sam Hornish, Jr. Brazil Hélio Castroneves
3 March 24 United States Yamaha Indy 400 California Speedway Fontana, California United States Eddie Cheever South Africa Tomas Scheckter United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
4 April 21 United States Firestone Indy 225 Nazareth Speedway Nazareth, Pennsylvania Brazil Gil de Ferran South Africa Tomas Scheckter Brazil Gil de Ferran United States Scott Sharp
5 May 26 United States 86th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Brazil Bruno Junqueira South Africa Tomas Scheckter South Africa Tomas Scheckter Brazil Hélio Castroneves
6 June 8 United States Boomtown 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas South Africa Tomas Scheckter United States Eddie Cheever South Africa Tomas Scheckter United States Jeff Ward
7 June 16 United States Radisson Indy 225 Pikes Peak International Raceway Fountain, Colorado Brazil Gil de Ferran Brazil Felipe Giaffone Brazil Gil de Ferran Brazil Gil de Ferran
8 June 29 United States SunTrust Indy Challenge Richmond International Raceway Richmond, Virginia Brazil Gil de Ferran United States Buddy Lazier Brazil Gil de Ferran United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
9 July 7 United States Ameristar Casino Indy 200 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kansas South Africa Tomas Scheckter South Africa Tomas Scheckter South Africa Tomas Scheckter Brazil Airton Daré
10 July 20 United States Firestone Indy 200 Nashville Superspeedway Lebanon, Tennessee United States Billy Boat South Africa Tomas Scheckter United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Alex Barron
11 July 28 United States Michigan Indy 400 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan South Africa Tomas Scheckter South Africa Tomas Scheckter South Africa Tomas Scheckter South Africa Tomas Scheckter
12 August 11 United States Belterra Casino Indy 300 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Kentucky United States Sarah Fisher South Africa Tomas Scheckter Brazil Felipe Giaffone Brazil Felipe Giaffone
13 August 25 United States Gateway Indy 250 Gateway International Raceway Madison, Illinois Brazil Gil de Ferran United States Sam Hornish, Jr. Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Gil de Ferran
14 September 8 United States Delphi Indy 300 Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, Illinois United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Buddy Rice United States Sam Hornish, Jr. United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
15 September 15 United States Chevy 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas Brazil Vitor Meira United States Buddy Rice Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Sam Hornish, Jr.

BOLD indicates a Superspeedways.

Team and Driver Chart[edit]

Team Chassis Engine No Drivers Sponsor(s) Notes
United States Ganassi Racing G-Force Chevrolet 9 United States Jeff Ward Target
22 Sweden Kenny Bräck Target Indy 500 only.
33 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Target Indy 500 only.
United States Panther Racing Dallara Chevrolet 4 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. Pennzoil Did not use the #1 team was entitled to using, choosing instead to keep minority partner Jim Harbaugh's number in the NFL, #4.
15 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Pennzoil Joliet and Texas 2 only.
United States Penske Racing Dallara Chevrolet 3 Brazil Helio Castroneves Marlboro
6 Brazil Gil de Ferran Marlboro Injured at Joliet.
Italy Max Papis Marlboro Replacing de Ferran at Texas 2.
United States Team Green Dallara Chevrolet 26 Canada Paul Tracy 7-Eleven Indy 500 only.
27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 7-Eleven Indy 500 only.
39 United States Michael Andretti Archipelago/Motorola Indy 500 only.
United States Kelley Racing Dallara Chevrolet 7 United States Al Unser, Jr. Corteco/Bryant
7/
78
United States Tony Renna Kruse Special Replaced Unser at Nashvile and Michigan with car #7.
8 United States Scott Sharp Delphi
United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Chevrolet 11 United States Richie Hearn A. J. Foyt Racing
Chile Eliseo Salazar Banco de Chile Nine Races
14 Brazil Airton Daré Harrah's
41 United States Greg Ray Harrah's
United States Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G-Force Nissan 22 United States Robbie Buhl Team Purex/Aventis
23 United States Sarah Fisher Team Purex/Aventis/Allegra/Smart Blade Missed Miami, Phoenix, Fontana, Texas, Pikes Peak.
24 Mexico Memo Gidley Team Purex/Aventis Fontana only.
United States Team Rahal Dallara Chevrolet 19 United States Jimmy Vasser Miller Lite Fontana and Indy 500 only.
United Kingdom Mo Nunn Racing G-Force Chevrolet 17 Brazil Tony Kanaan Hollywood cigarettes Indy 500 only.
21 Brazil Felipe Giaffone Hollywood cigarettes
United States Team Cheever Dallara Nissan 51 United States Eddie Cheever Red Bull
52 South Africa Tomas Scheckter Red Bull
53 Italy Max Papis Red Bull Indy 500 only.
United States 310 Racing G-Force Chevrolet 30 United States George Mack 310 Racing
United States Blair Racing Dallara Chevrolet 44 United States Alex Barron Rayovac
United States Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Chevrolet 91 United States Buddy Lazier Coors Light
United States Conquest Racing Dallara Nissan 34 France Laurent Redon Mi-Jack

Race summaries[edit]

Grand Prix of Miami[edit]

This race was held on March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 6- Gil de Ferran
  3. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  4. 9- Jeff Ward
  5. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  6. 52- Tomas Scheckter
  7. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  8. 44- Alex Barron
  9. 99- Anthony Lazzaro
  10. 14- Airton Daré

Bombardier ATV 200[edit]

This race was held on March 17 at Phoenix International Raceway. Hélio Castroneves won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  2. 6- Gil de Ferran
  3. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  5. 7- Al Unser, Jr.
  6. 2- Jaques Lazier
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 98- Billy Boat
  9. 55- Rick Treadway
  10. 20- Hideki Noda

Yamaha Indy 400[edit]

This race was held on March 24 at California Speedway. Eddie Cheever won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 2- Jaques Lazier
  3. 34- Laurent Rédon
  4. 6- Gil de Ferran
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  6. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 19- Jimmy Vasser
  10. 9- Jeff Ward

Firestone Indy 225[edit]

This race was held on April 21 at Nazareth Speedway. Gil de Ferran won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 8- Scott Sharp
  2. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  3. 6- Gil de Ferran
  4. 24- Sarah Fisher
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  6. 44- Alex Barron
  7. 51- Eddie Cheever
  8. 98- Billy Boat
  9. 99- Anthony Lazzaro
  10. 12- Shigeaki Hattori

86th Indianapolis 500[edit]

The Indy 500 was held on May 26 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bruno Junqueira sat on pole. The race end was one of the most controversial in history as Paul Tracy passed Hélio Castroneves just as the yellow was coming out for a crash. Race officials ruled that the pass occurred after the yellow.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  2. 26- Paul Tracy
  3. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  4. 44- Alex Barron
  5. 51- Eddie Cheever
  6. 20- Richie Hearn
  7. 39- Michael Andretti
  8. 31- Robby Gordon
  9. 9- Jeff Ward
  10. 6- Gil de Ferran

Boomtown 500[edit]

This race was held on June 8 at Texas Motor Speedway. Tomas Scheckter won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 9- Jeff Ward
  2. 7- Al Unser, Jr.
  3. 14- Airton Daré
  4. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  5. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  6. 12- Shigeaki Hattori
  7. 98- Billy Boat
  8. 91- Buddy Lazier
  9. 99- Richie Hearn
  10. 44- Alex Barron

Radisson Indy 225[edit]

This race was held on June 16 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Gil de Ferran won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 6- Gil de Ferran
  2. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  3. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  5. 8- Scott Sharp
  6. 7- Al Unser, Jr.
  7. 34- Laurent Rédon
  8. 51- Eddie Cheever
  9. 14- Airton Daré
  10. 44- Alex Barron

SunTrust Indy Challenge[edit]

This race was held on June 29 at Richmond International Raceway. Gil de Ferran won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 6- Gil de Ferran
  3. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  4. 52- Tomas Scheckter
  5. 7- Al Unser, Jr.
  6. 14- Airton Daré
  7. 20- Richie Hearn
  8. 9- Jeff Ward
  9. 54- Robby McGehee
  10. 44- Alex Barron

Ameristar Casino Indy 200[edit]

This race was held on July 7 at Kansas Speedway. Tomas Scheckter won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 14- Airton Daré
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  4. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  5. 6- Gil de Ferran
  6. 8- Scott Sharp
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 44-Alex Barron
  9. 98- Billy Boat
  10. 20- Richie Hearn

Firestone Indy 200[edit]

This race was held on July 20 at Nashville Superspeedway. Billy Boat won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 44- Alex Barron
  2. 6- Gil de Ferran
  3. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 20- Richie Hearn
  5. 12- Raul Boesel
  6. 51- Eddie Cheever
  7. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  10. 7- Tony Renna

Michigan Indy 400[edit]

This race was held on July 28 at Michigan International Speedway. Tomas Scheckter won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 52- Tomas Scheckter
  2. 53- Buddy Rice
  3. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  4. 7- Tony Renna
  5. 6- Gil de Ferran
  6. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  7. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  8. 23- Sarah Fisher
  9. 8- Scott Sharp
  10. 20- Richie Hearn

Belterra Casino Indy 300[edit]

This race was held on August 11 at Kentucky Speedway. Sarah Fisher won the pole, the first by a female driver in a major open wheel series.

Top ten results

  1. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 91- Buddy Lazier
  4. 8- Scott Sharp
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  6. 7- Al Unser, Jr.
  7. 78- Tony Renna
  8. 23- Sarah Fisher
  9. 44- Alex Barron
  10. 24- Robbie Buhl

Gateway Indy 250[edit]

This race was held on August 25 at Gateway International Raceway. Gil de Ferran won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 6- Gil de Ferran
  2. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  3. 44- Alex Barron
  4. 52- Buddy Rice
  5. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  6. 24- Robbie Buhl
  7. 7- Al Unser, Jr.
  8. 12- Raul Boesel
  9. 2- Vitor Meira
  10. 51- Eddie Cheever

Delphi Indy 300[edit]

This race was held on September 8 at Chicagoland Speedway. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 7- Al Unser, Jr.
  3. 91- Buddy Lazier
  4. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  5. 51- Eddie Cheever
  6. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  7. 8- Scott Sharp
  8. 2- Vitor Meira
  9. 52- Buddy Rice
  10. 15- Dan Wheldon

Chevy 500[edit]

This race was held on September 15 at Texas Motor Speedway. Vitor Meira won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  3. 2- Vitor Meira
  4. 8- Scott Sharp
  5. 44- Alex Barron
  6. 52- Buddy Rice
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 51- Eddie Cheever
  9. 78- Tony Renna
  10. 34- Laurent Rédon

Final points standings[edit]

Pos Driver HOM
United States
PHX
United States
CAL
United States
NAZ
United States
INDY
United States
TXS
United States
PIK
United States
RIR
United States
KAN
United States
NSH
United States
MIS
United States
KTY
United States
GAT
United States
CHI
United States
TXS
United States
Pts
1 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. 1* 3* 1* 17 25 18 3 1 2 3* 7 2 5 1* 1 531
2 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 3 1 5 5 1 4 2 17 3 9 6 5 2* 4 2* 511
3 Brazil Gil de Ferran 2 2 4 3* 10 16 1* 2* 5 2 5 21 1 23 443
4 Brazil Felipe Giaffone 7 19 6 2 3 5 4 3 4 7 3 1* 21 6 17 432
5 United States Alex Barron 8 23 12 6 4 10 10 10 8 1 12 9 3 12 5 366
6 United States Scott Sharp 20 16 8 1 27 14 5 21 6 8 9 4 18 7 4 332
7 United States Al Unser, Jr. 19 5 11 12 12 2 6 5 17 6 7 2 20 311
8 United States Buddy Lazier 22 7 7 23 15 8 15 18 7 12 13 3 15 3 7 305
9 Brazil Airton Daré 10 12 13 11 13 3 9 6 1 17 23 23 11 16 12 304
10 United States Eddie Cheever 25 15 20 7 5 19 8 14 16 6 22 11 10 5 8 280
11 United States Jeff Ward 4 18 10 19 9 1 20 8 12 11 25 16 13 21 25 268
12 France Laurent Redon 15 14 3 15 22 15 7 15 22 16 11 20 22 25 10 229
13 United States Billy Boat 16 8 18 8 18 7 14 22 9 14 14 19 23 19 24 225
14 South Africa Tomas Scheckter 6 24 24 21 26* 17* 16 4 15* 13 1* 22 Wth 210
15 United States Richie Hearn 14 14 6 9 12 7 10 4 10 24 204
16 United States George Mack 13 20 16 18 17 21 13 20 18 15 20 17 16 14 28 184
17 United States Robbie Buhl 12 13 DNS 16 20 23 13 21 21 24 10 6 20 18 177
18 United States Sarah Fisher 4 24 16 14 22 8 8 20 22 11 161
19 Brazil Raul Boesel 21 13 11 5 15 13 8 11 22 158
20 Chile Eliseo Salazar 5 4 15 19 19 14 14 18 16 157
21 United States Robby McGehee 14 21 17 13 DNQ 17 9 13 12 13 142
22 United States Buddy Rice 2 12 4 9 6 140
23 United States Greg Ray 33 12 18 12 19 20 17 25 19 17 14 128
24 United States Tony Renna 10 4 7 24 15 9 121
25 Brazil Vitor Meira 15 9 8 3 96
26 United States Jaques Lazier 18 6 2 20 90
27 Japan Shigeaki Hattori 25 26 10 20 6 19 78
28 United States Rick Treadway 24 9 22 16 29 23 23 19 76
29 United States Mark Dismore 32 11 11 20 18 18 73
30 United States Anthony Lazzaro 9 17 9 DNQ 22 DNS 70
31 United States Jon Herb DNS 11 19 22 DNQ 22 21 19 70
32 Japan Hideki Noda 23 10 25 17 24 25 54
33 Australia John de Vries 17 22 23 Wth DNQ 11 53
34 Canada Paul Tracy 2 40
35 United States Will Langhorne 18 13 23 36
36 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 10 15 35
37 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 14 16 30
38 United States Michael Andretti 7 26
39 United States Robby Gordon 8 24
40 United States Jimmy Vasser 9 30 23
41 United States Tyce Carlson 11 DNS 23
42 Sweden Kenny Bräck 11 19
43 Italy Max Papis 23 21 16
44 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 19 11
45 United States Billy Roe 21 DNQ 9
46 United States Memo Gidley 21 DNQ 9
47 United States Scott Harrington DNQ 21 9
48 United States Cory Kruseman DNP 26 4
49 United States Jeret Schroeder 27 3
50 Brazil Tony Kanaan 28 2
51 Brazil Bruno Junqueira 31 1
- United States Donnie Beechler DNS DNQ 0
- United Kingdom Johnny Herbert DNQ 0
- United States Davy Jones DNQ 0
- United States P. J. Jones DNQ 0
- United States Jimmy Kite DNQ 0
- Spain Oriol Servià DNQ 0
- United States Scott Mayer DNQ 0
Pos Driver HOM
United States
PHX
United States
CAL
United States
NAZ
United States
INDY
United States
TXS
United States
PIK
United States
RIR
United States
KAN
United States
NSH
United States
MIS
United States
KTY
United States
GAT
United States
CHI
United States
TXS
United States
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]