Firestone Indy 225

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Firestone Indy 225
Nazareth Speedway.PNG
IndyCar Series
Venue Nazareth Speedway
Corporate sponsor Firestone
First race 1987
First ICS race 2002
Last race 2004
Distance 225 miles (362 km)
Laps 225
Previous names Nazareth 100 (1968-1969, 1982)
Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix (1987-1996)
Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota (1997-2000)
Lehigh Valley Grand Prix (2001)
Firestone Indy 225 (2002-2004)
Most wins (driver) Emerson Fittipaldi (3)
Most wins (team) Penske Racing (7)

The Firestone Indy 225 was an IndyCar racing event held at Nazareth Speedway from 1987-2004. From 1987-2001, the event was sanctioned by CART. In 2002, the race switched to the Indy Racing League.

From 1987-1996, the race was scheduled for 200 laps. In 1997, the race was lengthened to 225 laps. Rising speeds had led to the races being completed very quickly, and CART officials worried that the fans were not getting their money's worth.

The race was discontinued after the track closed permanently in 2004.

Nazareth also hosted the Marlboro Challenge all-star event in 1990 and 1992.

Past winners[edit]

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
USAC Champ Car history
1968 July 13 United States Al Unser Dunlop Offy 100 100 (160.934) 1:00:21 100.068 Report
1969 July 12 United States Mario Andretti Kuzma Offy 100 100 (160.934) 0:56:45 105.719 Report
1970

1981
Not held
1982 Dec 4 United States Keith Kauffman Gambler Chevrolet 54* 54 (86.904) Report
1983

1986
Not held
CART Champ Car history
1987 Sept 20 United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing March Cosworth 200 200 (321.868) 1:33:02 129.026 Report
1988 Sept 25 United States Danny Sullivan Penske Racing Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor 200 200 (321.868) 1:20:47 148.526 Report
1989 Sept 24 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor 200 200 (321.868) 1:29:02 134.767 Report
1990 Oct 7 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Penske Racing Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor 200 200 (321.868) 1:46:28 112.17 Report
1991 Oct 6 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Granatelli Racing Team Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor 200 200 (321.868) 1:31:23 131.31 Report
1992 Oct 4 United States Bobby Rahal Rahal/Hogan Racing Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor 200 200 (321.868) 1:33:07 128.848 Report
1993 Sept 19 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 200 200 (321.868) 1:15:37 158.686 Report
1994 Sept 18 Canada Paul Tracy Penske Racing Penske Ilmor 200 200 (321.868) 1:31:30 131.141 Report
1995 April 23 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Penske Racing Penske Mercedes-Benz-Ilmor 200 200 (321.868) 1:31:23 131.305 Report
1996 April 28 United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 200 200 (321.868) 1:25:08 140.953 Report
1997 April 27 Canada Paul Tracy Penske Racing Penske Mercedes-Benz-Ilmor 225 225 (362.102) 1:53:31 118.919 Report
1998 April 26 United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 225 225 (362.102) 1:57:20 108.839 Report
1999 May 2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 225 225 (362.102) 1:46:13 120.225 Report
2000 May 27* Brazil Gil de Ferran Penske Racing Reynard Honda 225 225 (362.102) 2:06:10 101.219 Report
2001 May 6 New Zealand Scott Dixon PacWest Racing Reynard Toyota 225 225 (362.102) 1:51:12 114.84 Report
IRL IndyCar Series history
2002 April 21 United States Scott Sharp Kelley Racing Dallara Chevrolet 225 225 (362.102) 2:14:35 93.789 Report
2003 Aug 24 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara Toyota 225 225 (362.102) 1:42:07 123.606 Report
2004 Aug 29 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 225 225 (362.102) 1:46:11 118.874 Report
  • 1982: Race shortened due to rain.
  • 2000: Originally scheduled for April 9; postponed due to snow.

Lights & Atlantics winners[edit]

Season Date Winning Driver Season Date Winning Driver
CART Indy Lights SCCA & CART Atlantic Championship
1987 September 20 United States Mike Groff
1988 September 25 United Kingdom Calvin Fish
1989 September 24 United States Mike Groff
1990 October 7 United States Robbie Groff
1991 October 6 United States Robbie Buhl 1991 October 6 Philippines Jovy Marcelo
1992 October 4 United States Robbie Buhl 1992 October 3 Norway Harald Huysman
1993 September 19 United States Bryan Herta 1993 September 18 Canada Claude Bourbonnais
1994 September 18 Canada Greg Moore 1994 September 17 United States Mark Dismore
1995 April 23 Canada Greg Moore 1995 April 22 Canada Patrick Carpentier
1996 April 28 United States David DeSilva 1996 April 27 Canada Patrick Carpentier
1997 April 27 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 1997 April 26 United States Alex Barron
1998 April 27 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 1998 April 25 United States Buddy Rice
1999 May 2 Brazil Airton Daré 1999 May 1 United States Anthony Lazzaro
2000* No race 2000* No race
2001 May 5 United States Tony Ave
  • 2000: Originally scheduled for April 9, postponed due to snow. Indy Lights and Atlantic races were not made up.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ San Marino, Goody's 500, Nazareth, Driving Today, April 10, 2000, retrieved 2009-11-08 

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