1990 American Racing Series season

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The 1990 Firestone American Racing Series Championship consisted of 14 races. Paul Tracy won nine times and captured seven poles on his way to the championship.

Calendar[edit]

Race No Track State Date Laps Distance Time Speed Winner Pole Position Most Leading Laps Fastest Race Lap
1 Phoenix Arizona April 7, 1990 100 1.6093=160.93 km 1'02:25.213 154.690 km/h Paul Tracy Mark Smith Paul Tracy ?
2 Long Beach California April 22, 1990 43 1.834602=78.887886 km 0'51:49.703 91.326 km/h Paul Tracy Paul Tracy Paul Tracy ?
3 Milwaukee Wisconsin June 3, 1990 87 1.6607976=144.489391 km 0'49:03.020 176.744 km/h Paul Tracy Robbie Buhl Paul Tracy ?
4 Detroit Michigan June 17, 1990 24 4.02325=96.558 km 0'58:28.764 99.069 km/h Tommy Byrne Paul Tracy Paul Tracy ?
5 Portland Oregon June 24, 1990 40 3.0930746=123.722984 km 0'46:01.151 161.311 km/h Paul Tracy Paul Tracy Paul Tracy ?
6 Cleveland Ohio July 8, 1990 32 3.8124317=121.9978144 km 0'37:52.520 193.262 km/h Paul Tracy Paul Tracy Paul Tracy ?
7 Meadowlands New Jersey July 15, 1990 63 1.9585181=123.38664 km 0'48:32.089 152.534 km/h Paul Tracy Paul Tracy Paul Tracy ?
8 Toronto  Canada July 22, 1990 42 2.8709912=120.58163 km 0'51:50.015 139.579 km/h Paul Tracy Ted Prappas Paul Tracy ?
9 Denver Colorado August 26, 1990 25 3.05767=76.44175 km 0'46:41.156 98.242 km/h Mark Rodrigues P. J. Jones Robbie Buhl ?
10 Vancouver  Canada September 2, 1990 44 2.8500703=125.4030932 km 0'52:28.220 143.399 km/h Vinicio Salmi Paul Tracy Paul Tracy ?
11 Lexington Ohio September 16, 1990 29.5 3.86232=113.45565 km 0'53:43.000 126.727 km/h Brian Till Robbie Buhl Paul Tracy ?
12 Elkhart Lake Wisconsin September 23, 1990 19 6.4372=122.3068 km  ?  ? km/h Paul Tracy Mike Snow Paul Tracy ?
13 Nazareth Pennsylvania October 7, 1990 75 1.5223978=114.179835 km 0'33:55.189 201.970 km/h Robbie Groff Robbie Buhl Robbie Groff ?
14 Monterey California October 21, 1990 34 3.5629902=121.1416668 km 0'55:03.40 132.018 km/h Ted Prappas Paul Tracy Ted Prappas ?

Race summaries[edit]

Phoenix race[edit]

Held April 7 at Phoenix International Raceway. Mark Smith won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Paul Tracy
  2. Mark Smith
  3. Éric Bachelart
  4. Ted Prappas
  5. Marty Roth

Long Beach race[edit]

Held April 22 at Long Beach, California Street Course. Paul Tracy won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Paul Tracy
  2. Mark Smith
  3. Tommy Byrne
  4. Steve Shelton
  5. Johnny O'Connell

Milwaukee race[edit]

Held June 3 at The Milwaukee Mile. Robbie Buhl won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Paul Tracy
  2. Robbie Buhl
  3. Robbie Groff
  4. Ted Prappas
  5. P. J. Jones

Detroit race[edit]

Held June 17 at the Detroit street circuit. Paul Tracy won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Tommy Byrne
  2. Éric Bachelart
  3. Mike Snow
  4. Justin Bell
  5. Ted Prappas

Portland race[edit]

Held June 24 at Portland International Raceway. Paul Tracy won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Paul Tracy
  2. P. J. Jones
  3. Mike Snow
  4. Mitch Thieman
  5. Ted Prappas

Cleveland race[edit]

Held July 8 at Burke Lakefront Airport. Paul Tracy won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Paul Tracy
  2. P. J. Jones
  3. Éric Bachelart
  4. Mark Smith
  5. Ted Prappas

Meadowlands race[edit]

Held July 15 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Paul Tracy won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Paul Tracy
  2. Ted Prappas
  3. Mike Snow
  4. Robbie Buhl
  5. Cathy Muller

Toronto race[edit]

Held July 22 at Exhibition Place. Ted Prappas won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Paul Tracy
  2. Ted Prappas
  3. P. J. Jones
  4. Vinicio Salmi
  5. Cathy Muller

Denver race[edit]

Held August 26 at the Denver, Colorado street circuit. P. J. Jones won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Mark Rodrigues
  2. Robbie Buhl
  3. Vinicio Salmi
  4. Marty Roth
  5. Roberto Quintanilla

Vancouver race[edit]

Held September 2 at Pacific Place. Paul Tracy won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Vinicio Salmi
  2. Mark Smith
  3. Marty Roth
  4. Tom Christoff
  5. Paul Tracy

Mid-Ohio race[edit]

Held September 16 at The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Robbie Buhl won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Paul Tracy
  2. Robbie Buhl
  3. Robbie Groff
  4. Tom Christoff
  5. Mark Rodrigues

Elkhart Lake race[edit]

Held September 23 at Road America. Mike Snow won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Paul Tracy
  2. Robbie Buhl
  3. Mark Smith
  4. Éric Bachelart
  5. Robbie Groff

Nazareth race[edit]

Held October 7 at Nazareth Speedway. Robbie Buhl won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Robbie Groff
  2. Robbie Buhl
  3. Ted Prappas
  4. Mark Rodrigues
  5. Mark Smith

Laguna Seca race[edit]

Held October 21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Paul Tracy won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Ted Prappas
  2. Mike Snow
  3. Robbie Groff
  4. Vinicio Salmi
  5. Mark Smith

Final points standings[edit]

Driver[edit]

For every race the points were awarded: 20 points to the winner, 16 for runner-up, 14 for third place, 12 for fourth place, 10 for fifth place, 8 for sixth place, 6 seventh place, winding down to 1 points for 12th place. Additional points were awarded to the pole winner (1 point) and to the driver leading the most laps (1 point).

Place Name Country Team Total Points United States United States United States United States United States United States United States Canada United States Canada United States United States United States United States
1 Paul Tracy  Canada Landford Racing 214 21 22 21 5 22 22 22 21 - 12 21 21 3 1
2 Ted Prappas  United States P.I.G. Racing 135 12 5 12 10 10 10 16 17 2 3 2 1 14 21
3 Mark Smith  United States Evergreen Racing 128 17 16 4 2 8 12 3 8 4 16 4 14 10 10
4 Robbie Buhl  United States Leading Edge Motorsport 118 - - 17 - 4 8 12 2 17 8 17 16 17 -
5 Robbie Groff  United States Groff Motorsports 104 5 8 14 6 1 4 4 - 3 - 14 10 21 14
6 Mike Snow  United States Bradley Motorsports 89 - - 1 14 14 6 11 - 5 1 8 6 4 16
7 Mark Rodrigues  United States Leading Edge Motorsport 89 3 - 6 - - 2 5
McNeill Motorsports 4 20 6 10 8 12 -
8 P. J. Jones  United States P.I.G. Racing 68 - - 10 1 16 16 1 14 2 2 1 - 5 -
Vinicio Salmi  Italy Genoa Racing 68 - - - - 5 - 2 12 14 20 - 3 - 12
10 Éric Bachelart  Belgium Ganassi-Stimola Racing ARS 63 14 2 17 16 - 14 - - - 5 - 12 - -
11 Marty Roth  Canada Stuart Moore Racing 59 10 - - 8 - - 6 6 12 14 3 - - -
Tom Christoff  Canada Landford Racing 59 - - 3 - - 3 8 - 8 12 12 4 8 1
13 Tommy Byrne  Ireland Genoa Racing 52 4 14 8 20 6 - - - - - - - - -
14 Roberto Quintanilla  Mexico Roquin Motorsports 38 - - 2 - 2 - - - 10 4 6 6 - 8
15 Justin Bell  United Kingdom Ganassi-Stimola Racing ARS 29 - 4 - 12 - 5 - 3 - - 5 - - -
16 Cathy Muller  France McNeill Motorsports 28 1 6
Stuart Moore Racing - - - 1 10 10 - - - - - -
17 Steve Sheldon  United States Stuart Moore Racing 21 8 12 - - - - -
McNeill Motorsports 1 - - - - - -
18 Hunter Jones  Canada Baci Racing 17 6 1 5 - - - - 5 - - - - - -
19 Johnny O'Connell  United States R & K Racing 16 - 10 - - - - - - - - - - -
Essex Racing 6
20 Mitch Thieman  United States Thieman Racing 12 - - - - 12 - - - - - - - - -
21 Colin Trueman  United States TrueSports Racing 7 - - - 4 3 - - - - - - - - -
22 John Brooks  United States Baci Racing 6 - - - - - - - - 6 - - - - -
Cheryl Glass  United States Glass Racing 6 - - - - - - - - - - - - 6 -
24 Dave Kudrave  United States Dave White Motorsports 5 2 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Brian Bonner  United States TEAMKAR International 5 - - - 5 - - - - - - - - - -
John Marconi  United States Leading Edge Motorsport 5 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5
27 E. J. Lenzi  United States Baci Racing 4 - - - - - - - - - - - 2 2 -
Mark Ritchey  United States P.I.G. Racing 4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4
29 Bob Dorricott, Jr.  United States Cameron-McGee Motorsports 3 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3
30 Dale Evans  United States Bradley Motorsports 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2

Note:

Race 13 not all points were awarded (not enough competitors).

Complete Overview[edit]

first column of every race 10 = grid position
second column of every race 10 = race result

R15=retired, but classified NS=did not start (11)=place after practice, but grid position not held free

Place Name Country Team United States United States United States United States United States United States United States Canada United States Canada United States United States United States United States
1 Paul Tracy  Canada Landford Racing 3 1 1 1 2 1 1 10 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 R15 1 5 2 1 2 1 5 R10 1 R15
2 Ted Prappas  United States P.I.G. Racing 7 4 2 R8 9 4 4 5 6 5 6 5 2 2 1 2 2 R11 2 R10 3 R11 8 R12 3 3 2 1
3 Mark Smith  United States Evergreen Racing 1 2 4 2 12 9 14 R11 7 6 5 4 6 10 8 6 4 R9 3 2 4 R9 4 3 4 5 8 5
4 Robbie Buhl  United States Leading Edge Motorsport 15 R22 11 13 1 2 9 R18 8 9 10 6 9 4 5 R11 6 2 4 6 1 2 5 2 1 2 3 R16
5 Robbie Groff  United States Groff Motorsports 4 8 15 6 3 3 11 7 11 R12 7 9 8 R9 (11) NS 7 R10 - - 6 3 6 5 2 1 5 3
6 Mike Snow  United States Bradley Motorsports 26 R20 25 21 8 12 12 3 3 3 3 7 5 3 9 R14 5 8 10 R12 9 6 1 8 6 R9 6 2
7 Mark Rodrigues  United States Leading Edge Motorsport 16 10 17 18 11 7 15 R19 14 R16 12 11 12 8
McNeill Motorsports 14 9 10 1 12 7 12 5 10 6 7 4 12 R14
8 P. J. Jones  United States P.I.G. Racing 11 13 6 17 5 5 2 R12 2 2 4 2 3 R12 3 3 1 R12 9 R11 7 R12 11 R13 11 8 4 R13
Vinicio Salmi  Italy Genoa Racing - - - - - - - - 12 8 - - 11 R11 4 4 8 3 6 1 - - 3 10 - - 7 4
10 Éric Bachelart  Belgium Ganassi-Stimola Racing ARS 6 3 14 11 4 15 6 2 - - 2 3 - - - - - - 5 R8 - - 7 4 - - - -
11 Marty Roth  Canada Stuart Moore Racing 10 5 10 R24 10 16 18 6 13 14 14 14 10 7 11 7 11 4 7 3 5 10 - - - - - -
Tom Christoff  Canada Landford Racing 18 15 19 15 7 10 13 R13 10 13 11 10 13 6 13 R13 15 6 8 4 11 4 12 9 8 6 11 R12
13 Tommy Byrne  Ireland Genoa Racing 17 9 3 3 6 6 3 1 5 7 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Roberto Quintanilla  Mexico Roquin Motorsports 22 16 12 14 15 11 16 R15 16 11 - - - - - - 13 5 11 9 10 7 13 7 - - 10 6
15 Justin Bell  United Kingdom Ganassi-Stimola Racing ARS - - 16 9 17 13 5 4 - - 9 8 7 R13 6 10 9 R13 - - 8 8 - - - - - -
16 Cathy Muller  France McNeill Motorsports 14 12 13 7
Stuart Moore Racing 14 R17 7 R16 9 R15 8 12 4 5 10 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Steve Sheldon  United States Stuart Moore Racing 8 6 5 4 - - - - - - - - - -
McNeill Motorsports 12 R12 - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Hunter Jones  Canada Baci Racing 2 7 20 12 13 8 8 R17 - - - - - - 7 8 - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Johnny O'Connell  United States R & K Racing - - 9 5 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Essex Racing 9 7
20 Mitch Thieman  United States Thieman Racing 20 14 8 R25 - - - - 4 4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Colin Trueman  United States TrueSports Racing 23 18 22 16 - - 19 9 15 10 13 13 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 John Brooks  United States Baci Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 14 7 - - - - - - - - - -
Cheryl Glass  United States Glass Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9 7 17 NS
24 Dave Kudrave  United States Dave White Motorsports 13 11 7 10 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Brian Bonner  United States TEAMKAR International - - - - - - 17 8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
John Marconi  United States Leading Edge Motorsport - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 14 8
27 E. J. Lenzi  United States Baci Racing - - - 23 R22 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9 R11 10 11 - -
Mark Ritchey  United States P.I.G. Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 16 9
29 Bob Dorricott, Jr.  United States Cameron-McGee Motorsports - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15 R10
30 Dale Evans  United States Bradley Motorsports - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13 R11
- Jay Cochran  United States Essex Racing 21 R24 18 R23 16 14 10 R14 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Rusty Scott  United States Leading Edge Motorsport - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12 R14 - - - - - - - - - -
- Kenji Momota  Japan TEAMKAR International 24 17 24 20 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Peter Lockhart  Canada Leading Edge Motorsport 19 R23 21 19 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Steve Barclay  United States R & K Racing 9 R19 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Arthur Abrahams  Australia Baci Racing 12 R21 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -