IROC XXI

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1997 International Race of Champions season
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Mark Martin (seen in 1998), the IROC XXI champion

The twenty-first season of the International Race of Champions started on February 17, 1997. The series used identically prepared Pontiac Firebird Trans Am race cars, and contested races at Daytona International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, California Speedway, and Michigan International Speedway. Mark Martin won the IROC championship, his second straight and third in four seasons.

The roster of drivers and final points standings were as follows:[1]

Position Driver Points Winnings Series
1 United States Mark Martin 72 $225,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
2 United States Robby Gordon 63 $100,000 Indy Car
3 United States Randy LaJoie 58 $60,000 NASCAR Busch Series
4 United States Al Unser, Jr. 57 $50,000 Indy Car
5 United States Terry Labonte 43 $45,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
6 United States Jeff Gordon 39 $40,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
7 United States Dale Earnhardt 35 $40,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
8 United States Dale Jarrett 34 $40,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
9 United States Tommy Kendall 34 $40,000 SCCA Trans-Am Series
10 United States Jimmy Vasser 30 $40,000 Champcar
11 United States Darrell Waltrip 18 $40,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
12 Italy Alex Zanardi 17 $40,000 Champcar

Race results[edit]

Daytona International Speedway, Race One[edit]

  1. Al Unser, Jr.
  2. Mark Martin
  3. Dale Earnhardt
  4. Randy LaJoie
  5. Tommy Kendall
  6. Terry Labonte
  7. Dale Jarrett
  8. Robby Gordon
  9. Jeff Gordon
  10. Alex Zanardi
  11. Darrell Waltrip
  12. Jimmy Vasser

Charlotte Motor Speedway, Race Two[edit]

  1. Mark Martin
  2. Robby Gordon
  3. Jeff Gordon
  4. Jimmy Vasser
  5. Al Unser, Jr.
  6. Terry Labonte
  7. Randy LaJoie
  8. Dale Earnhardt
  9. Tommy Kendall
  10. Dale Jarrett
  11. Darrell Waltrip
  12. Alex Zanardi

California Speedway, Race Three[edit]

  1. Mark Martin
  2. Bobby Labonte 1
  3. Terry Labonte
  4. Randy LaJoie
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Al Unser, Jr.
  7. Tommy Kendall
  8. Dale Jarrett
  9. Dale Earnhardt
  10. Jimmy Vasser
  11. Darrell Waltrip
  12. Alex Zanardi

Michigan International Speedway, Race Four[edit]

  1. Randy LaJoie
  2. Robby Gordon
  3. Dale Jarrett
  4. Al Unser, Jr.
  5. Tommy Kendall
  6. Terry Labonte
  7. Dale Earnhardt
  8. Mark Martin
  9. Jeff Gordon
  10. Jimmy Vasser
  11. Darrell Waltrip
  12. Alex Zanardi

Notes[edit]

  1. Bobby Labonte drove for Robby Gordon in Race 3.

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