1983 CART PPG Indy Car World Series

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1983 CART season
PPG Indy Car World Series
Season
Races 13
Start date April 17
End date October 29
Awards
Drivers' champion United States Al Unser
Constructors' Cup United Kingdom March
Manufacturers' Cup United Kingdom Cosworth
Nations' Cup United States United States
Rookie of the Year Italy Teo Fabi
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Tom Sneva
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1982 1984

The 1983 CART PPG Indy Car World Series season was the 5th national championship season of American open wheel racing sanctioned by CART. The season consisted of 13 races. Al Unser, Sr. was the national champion, and the rookie of the year was Teo Fabi. The 1983 Indianapolis 500 was sanctioned by USAC, but an arrangement was made such that it counted towards the CART points championship. Tom Sneva won the Indy 500, after three previous runner-up finishes.

Al Unser, Sr. jumped out to the early points lead, with second-place finishes in the first three races of the season. Unser, Sr. finished second at Indianapolis to Tom Sneva, but not without some controversy. Rookie Al Unser, Jr. was accused of blocking for his father, but Sneva prevailed, making the winning pass with ten laps to go. Unser won at Cleveland, finished second at the Michigan 500, and third at Road America. After 6 of 13 races, Unser, Sr. had a 35-point lead over Tom Sneva in the standings.

Rookie Teo Fabi made headlines at Indianapolis, becoming the first rookie to win the pole since 1950. His car dropped out, however, with a failed fuel o-ring. After a mixed start to the year, Fabi's season came alive in July, winning his first career race at the Pocono 500. Fabi jumped from 8th in points to as high as second following his win at Mid-Ohio. Fabi began to whittle away at Unser's point lead. Unser was running consistently, and had no finish worse than 11th.

In the next-to-last race of the season at Laguna Seca, Fabi dominated. He won the pole position and led 95 of 98 laps, winning his third race of the season. With only one race to go, Unser's point lead was down to 15 points. At the season finale in Phoenix, Fabi put in another dominating performance. He won the pole and led 138 of 150 laps. Fabi's championship hopes, however, fell just short as Al Unser came home 4th. Al Unser won the title by a mere 5 points over Fabi.

Other top stories from 1983 included Newman/Haas Racing joining the series with driver Mario Andretti, and the rookie debut of Al Unser, Jr. Though Unser, Jr. did not win any races, he had ten top-10 finishes en route to 7th in points.

Race results[edit]

Rd Date Race Name Circuit City/Location Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 April 17 Kraco Dixie 200 Atlanta Motor Speedway Hampton, Georgia United States Rick Mears 26.730 United States Gordon Johncock Patrick Racing Report
2 May 29 Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Italy Teo Fabi 2:53.582 United StatesTom Sneva Bignotti-Cotter Racing Report
3 June 12 Dana-Rex Mays 150 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Italy Teo Fabi 26.259 United States Tom Sneva Bignotti-Cotter Racing Report
4 July 3 Budweiser Cleveland 500 Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio United States Mario Andretti 1:13.516 United States Al Unser Penske Racing Report
5 July 17 Michigan 500 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan Italy Teo Fabi 35.621 United States John Paul, Jr. VDS Racing Report
6 July 31 Promi Veal 200 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin United States Mario Andretti 1:58.898 United States Mario Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
7 August 14 Domino's Pizza 500 Pocono International Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania United States Tom Sneva 46.912 Italy Teo Fabi Forsythe Racing Report
8 August 28 LA Times/Budweiser 500 Riverside International Raceway Riverside, California Italy Teo Fabi 1:30.887 United States Bobby Rahal Truesports Report
9 September 11 Escort Radar Warning 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio United States Bobby Rahal 1:21.364 Italy Teo Fabi Forsythe Racing Report
10 September 28 Detroit News Grand Prix Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan United States Bobby Rahal 35.075 United States Rick Mears Penske Racing Report
11 October 8 Caesars Palace Grand Prix Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nevada United States John Paul, Jr. 34.888 United States Mario Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
12 October 23 Cribari Wines 300k Laguna Seca Raceway Monterey, California Italy Teo Fabi 56.920 Italy Teo Fabi Forsythe Racing Report
13 October 29 Miller High Life 150 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona Italy Teo Fabi 24.947 Italy Teo Fabi Forsythe Racing Report
  Oval/Speedway
  Road Course/Street Circuit
  • Indianapolis was USAC-sanctioned but counted towards the CART title.
Logo of the series for this year

Final points standings[edit]

Pos Driver ATL
INDY
MIL
CLE
MIC
ROA
POC
RIV
MDO
MIC
CPL
LAG
PHX
Pts
1 United States Al Unser 2 2 2 1* 2 3 11 11 4 5 4 11 4 151
2 Italy Teo Fabi 20 26 4 3 15 15 1* 2 1* 3 25 1* 1* 146
3 United States Mario Andretti 5 23 18 15 3 1 7 16 2 4 1* 2 2 133
4 United States Tom Sneva 14 1* 1* 5 25 4 12 5 7 21 15 18 3 96
5 United States Bobby Rahal 21 20 6 19 5 10* 5 1 3 2 9 7 DNQ 94
6 United States Rick Mears 8* 3 3 7 4 17 3 19 9 1* 13 21 17 92
7 United States Al Unser, Jr. 6 10 13 9 7 2 2 4* 18 10 10 4 8 89
8 United States John Paul, Jr. 3 DNQ 21 1* 5 29 3 20 7 2 26 11 84
9 United States Chip Ganassi 8 13 8 21 26 25 6 3 3 5 56
10 United States Pancho Carter 16 7 14 8 6 7 6 7 10 15 6 25 10 53
11 United States Pete Halsmer 4 DNQ 9 2 33 14 14 27 24 14 5 20 7 48
12 United States Roger Mears 7 28 8 6 DNQ 8 16 9 12 16 7 6 16 43
13 United States Howdy Holmes 9 6 7 12 32 16 13 13 8 8 17 5 21 39
14 United States Mike Mosley 13 13 5 4 17 25 4 24 DNQ 11 24 36
15 United States Kevin Cogan 15 5 20 25 27 19 15 21 6 20 16 22 6 26
16 United States Gordon Johncock 1 14 23 26 26 20
17 United States Chris Kneifel 12 27 9 26 8 22 13 24 8 9 15 19
18 United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 10 17 10 18 18 12 10 8 14 9 21 14 18 19
19 United States Steve Chassey 17 11 19 22 10 6 25 17 DNP 12 10 19 17
20 United States Danny Ongais 21 12 28 23 18 24 10 5 14
21 Australia Geoff Brabham 4 22 18 12 20 16 13
22 Mexico Josele Garza 25 17 19 11 9 20 23 17 11 12 9
23 United States Tom Klausler DNP 22 6 DNP DNQ 8
24 United States Jeff Wood 22 8 5
25 United States Scott Brayton 9 24 12 28 DNP 13 26 5
26 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly 22 19 DNS 9 22 18 23 22 4
27 United States Michael Andretti 19 24 9 4
28 South Africa Desiré Wilson DNQ 10 20 31 14 16 23 19 13 3
29 United States Dick Simon DNQ 15 11 14 13 25 15 19 14 23 2
30 United States Jim McElreath 11 13 23 DNP 2
31 United States Greg Leffler DNQ DNQ 24 15 11 2
32 United States Phil Krueger DNQ DNQ 17 11 27 2
33 United States Dick Ferguson DNQ 11 22 DNP 2
34 United States Jerry Karl DNQ 16 DNQ 21 32 12 1
35 United States Gary Bettenhausen DNQ 22 27 DNS 12 1
36 United States Doug Heveron 12 DNQ 1
37 United States Randy Lewis 13 0
38 United States Bill Alsup DNS DNQ 21 20 16 20 19 22 27 14 0
39 United States Tom Bigelow DNQ 15 DNQ 29 DNP 17 DNQ 0
40 United States Bill Whittington 18 15 19 DNP 0
41 Peru Jorge Koechlin DNP 15 0
42 United States Herm Johnson DNQ 16 24 DNQ 17 0
43 United States Mike Chandler 16 31 DNP 0
44 United States Patrick Bedard 30 28 17 0
45 United States Chet Fillip 19 33 DNQ 18 0
46 United States Johnny Rutherford 18 DNQ 21 DNP 23 24 20 0
47 United States Al Loquasto DNQ 18 0
48 United States Don Whittington, Jr. 27 20 33 0
49 United States Bill Tempero DNQ 23 DNQ 21 0
50 United States Johnny Parsons, Jr. 22 30 DNP 0
51 United States Phil Caliva DNQ 23 0
52 United States Drake Olson DNQ 23 0
53 Australia Dennis Firestone 24 0
54 United States Chip Mead DNP 26 25 0
55 United States Bob Ward[disambiguation needed] 26 DNQ DNS 0
56 United States Steve Krisiloff 29 DNQ 0
57 United States Chuck Ciprich DNQ DNP 30 0
58 United States A. J. Foyt 31 0
59 United States George Snider 32 0
60 United States Tom Bagley DNQ 34 0
- United States Richard Hubbard DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Barry Ruble DNQ DNQ DNP 0
- Belgium Teddy Pilette DNQ DNS 0
- Canada Harry MacDonald DNQ DNP 0
- United States Mark Alderson DNQ 0
- United States Jim Buick DNQ 0
- United States Larry Cannon DNQ 0
- United States Bob Frey DNQ 0
- United States Amber Furst DNQ 0
- United States Spike Gehlhausen DNQ 0
- United States Bob Harkey DNQ 0
- United States Sheldon Kinser DNQ 0
- United States Bob Lazier DNQ 0
- United States John Mahler DNQ 0
- United States Mack McClellan DNQ 0
- New Zealand Graham McRae DNQ 0
- United States Dave Peperak DNQ 0
- United States Roger Rager DNQ 0
- United States Ken Schrader DNQ 0
- United States Jerry Sneva DNQ 0
- United States Rich Vogler DNQ 0
- United States Bill Vukovich, Jr. DNQ 0
- United States John Morton DNQ 0
- United States Lee Kunzman DNP 0
- New Zealand Dave McMillan DNP 0
- United States Bobby Olivero DNP 0
- United States Bill Puterbaugh DNP 0
- United States Larry Rice DNP 0
- United States Dale Whittington DNP 0
- United States David Leslie DNP 0
Pos Driver ATL
INDY
MIL
CLE
MIC
ROA
POC
RIV
MDO
MIC
CPL
LAG
PHX
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
(1 point)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
(N/A)
* Led most race laps
(1 point)
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS)
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 Pole Position
  • 1 For Leading The Most Laps Of The Race

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