Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America

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Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America
Road America.svg
Champ Car World Series
Venue Road America
First race 1982
Last race 2007
Previous names
Road America 200 (1982, 1987, 1989)
Provimi Veal 200 (1983-1985)
Race for Life 200 (1986)
Briggs & Stratton 200 (1988)
Texaco/Havoline 200 (1990-1999)
Motorola 220 (2000-2002)
Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America (2003)
Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America (2004)
Grand Prix of Road America (2006)
Generac Grand Prix (2007)
Most wins (driver) Mario Andretti (3)
Emerson Fittipaldi (3)
Most wins (team) Newman/Haas Racing (10)
Most wins (manufacturer) Lola (12)

The Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America was an open wheel car race held on the Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. It was a round of the PPG Indy Car World Series for most of CART's existence, the first race being held in 1982. Prior to its cancellation in 2008 with the absorption of the Champ Car circuit into the rival Indy Racing League, the race at Road America had been held annually every year since with the exception of 2005.

2003 event[edit]

The 2003 event almost didn't take place. Mario Andretti was instrumental in keeping Champ Car racing at Road America. CART had severed its ties with the track as a legal resolution of payment issues from the prior year's race and for the upcoming 2003 event. Andretti acted as an intermediary between CART President Chris Pook and Road America President George Bruggenthies. After six weeks of negotiations both sides came to terms and signed a two year contract in April 2003. The 2003 event was named the "Mario Andretti Grand Prix of Road America" in honor of Andretti's efforts.[1] It was not the end of troubles, though. Champ Car and Road America were unable to arrange a race in 2005,[2] but the track returned to the schedule in 2006.[3]

Race results[edit]

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1982 Sept 19 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Forsythe Racing March Cosworth 50 200 (321.868) 1:49:56 109.156 Report
1983 July 31 United States Mario Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Cosworth 50 200 (321.868) 2:00:42 99.41 Report
1984 Aug 5 United States Mario Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Cosworth 50 200 (321.868) 1:43:08 116.347 Report
1985 Aug 4 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Canadian Tire Racing March Cosworth 50 200 (321.868) 1:45:12 114.066 Report
1986 Oct 4 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing March Cosworth 50 200 (321.868) 2:26:42 81.8 Report
1987 Aug 30 United States Mario Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet 50 200 (321.868) 1:39:52 120.155 Report
1988 Sept 11 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing Lola Chevrolet 50 200 (321.868) 1:38:11 122.215 Report
1989 Sept 10 United States Danny Sullivan Penske Racing Penske Chevrolet 50 200 (321.868) 1:37:43 123.05 Report
1990 Sept 23 United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet 50 200 (321.868) 1:53:00 106.192 Report
1991 Sept 22 United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet 50 200 (321.868) 1:35:05 126.205 Report
1992 Aug 23 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Penske Racing Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor 50 200 (321.868) 1:48:26 110.656 Report
1993 Aug 22 Canada Paul Tracy Penske Racing Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor 50 200 (321.868) 1:41:20 118.408 Report
1994 Sept 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Forsythe/Green Racing Reynard Ford-Cosworth 50 200 (321.868) 1:42:37 116.922 Report
1995 July 9 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Team Green Reynard Ford-Cosworth 50 200 (321.868) 1:55:29 103.901 Report
1996 Aug 18 United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 50 200 (321.868) 1:56:33 102.947 Report
1997 Aug 17 Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 50 202.4 (325.731) 1:57:54 102.995 Report
1998 Aug 16 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green Reynard Honda 50 202.4 (325.731) 1:35:30 127.145 Report
1999 July 11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Newman/Haas Racing Swift Ford-Cosworth 55 222.64 (358.304) 1:37:00 137.697 Report
2000 Aug 20 Canada Paul Tracy Team Green Reynard Honda 55 222.64 (358.304) 1:37:53 136.457 Report
2001 Aug 19 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Chip Ganassi Racing Lola Toyota 45* 182.16 (293.158) 2:00:28 90.721 Report
2002 Aug 18 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Lola Toyota 60 242.88 (390.877) 1:56:43 124.856 Report
2003 Aug 3 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 34* 137.632 (221.497) 1:35:28 86.493 Report
2004 Aug 8 Canada Alex Tagliani Rocketsports Lola Ford-Cosworth 48* 194.304 (312.701) 1:45:07 110.903 Report
2005 Not held
2006 Sept 23 United States A. J. Allmendinger Forsythe Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 51 206.448 (332.245) 1:54:43 107.967 Report
2007 Aug 12 France Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Panoz Cosworth 53 214.544 (345.275) 1:40:58 127.481 Report
  • 2001 & 2004: Race shortened due to time limit.
  • 2003: Race shortened due to darkness after 2 rain delays.

Support race winners[edit]

American Racing Series
Season Date Winning Driver
1986 September 20 United States Mike Groff
1987 Not held
1988 September 11 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio II
1989 September 10 Republic of Ireland Tommy Byrne
1990 September 23 Canada Paul Tracy
Atlantic Championship
Season Date Winning Driver
1978 July 23 United States Howdy Holmes
1979 July 22 United States Bob Earl
1980 July 19 United States Bob Earl
1981 July 26 United States Whitney Ganz
1982 July 24 United States John David Briggs
1983 July 16 Brazil Roberto Moreno
1984–1985: Not held
1986 July 26 Canada Scott Goodyear
1987 August 29 United States Ted Prappas
1988 July 17 United States Colin Trueman
1989 September 10 Canada Claude Bourbonnais
1990 September 23 United States Jimmy Vasser
19911995: Not held
1996 August 17 Canada Patrick Carpentier
1997 August 17 United States Alex Barron
1998 August 16 United States Anthony Lazzaro
1999 July 11 Canada Andrew Bordin
2000 August 20 United States Buddy Rice
2001 August 19 Brazil Hoover Orsi
2002 August 18 Mexico Luis Díaz
2003: Not held
2004 August 8 United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
2005 August 21 Estonia Tõnis Kasemets
2006 September 24 United States Jonathan Bomarito
2007 August 12 France Franck Perera
2008 August 9 United States Jonathan Bomarito
August 10 United States Jonathan Summerton

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Road America back on CART schedule". USA Today. 2003-04-23. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  2. ^ "Champ Cars iffy for Road America". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 2005-01-14. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  3. ^ "Champ Cars returning to Road America". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 2005-11-29. Retrieved 2010-06-06.