1992 PPG Indy Car World Series

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1992 CART season
PPG Indy Car World Series
Bobby Rahal 2004.jpg
Bobby Rahal
Season
Races 17
Start date March 22
End date October 18
Awards
Drivers' champion United States Bobby Rahal
Constructors' Cup United Kingdom Lola
Manufacturers' Cup United States Chevrolet
Nations' Cup United States United States
Rookie of the Year Sweden Stefan Johansson
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Al Unser, Jr.
← 1991
1993 →

The 1992 PPG Indy Car World Series season was the 14th national championship season of American open wheel racing sanctioned by CART (d.b.a "IndyCar"). The season consisted of 16 races. Bobby Rahal was the national champion, his third career CART title. Stefan Johansson was named the Rookie of the Year. The 1992 Indianapolis 500 was sanctioned by USAC, but counted towards the CART points championship. Al Unser, Jr. won the Indy 500 in the closest finishing in the history of that event.

Starting in 1992, and continuing through 1996, the CART organization began operating under the name IndyCar. The term IndyCar was a registered trademark of IMS, Inc., and was licensed to CART from 1992-1996. The use of the term "CART" was curtailed in the series and in the media in favor of IndyCar during this period.

The circuit welcomed a new venue in 1992, New Hampshire International Speedway.

Bobby Rahal, who was in his first season as an owner/driver, won four races and three poles en route to the title. Rahal's three oval wins included a dominating wire-to-wire victory at Phoenix, where he led all 200 laps. Rahal fielded the "tried and true" Lola/Ilmor Chevrolet "A" combination. It was the final championship for the Ilmor Chevy A engine. Rahal managed to outperform the newer engines that joined the series in 1992, the Ford/Cosworth XB, as well as the Ilmor Chevy "B" engine, which was used by the Penske team. For the third time, Michael Andretti finished runner-up to Rahal in the points.

Drivers and constructors[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1992 Indy Car World Series season.

Team Chassis Engine Tyres No Drivers Rounds
Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford XB G 1 United States Michael Andretti All
2 United States Mario Andretti 1-4, 6-16
Italy Teo Fabi 5
Chip Ganassi Racing Lola FordXB G 6 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 4, 10
United States Robby Gordon 5-7, 9, 11-13
Belgium Didier Theys 16
9 United States Eddie Cheever All
Marlboro Team Penske Penske Chevrolet G 4 United States Rick Mears 1-4, 6-8, 10
Canada Paul Tracy 5, 9, 11-13, 16
United States Al Unser 15
5 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi All
7 Canada Paul Tracy 2, 4, 10, 14-15
Galles-Kraco Racing Galmer Chevrolet G 3 United States Al Unser, Jr. All
18 United States Danny Sullivan All
Walker Motorsport Lola FordXB
Chevrolet
G 15 Canada Scott Goodyear All
17 United States A. J. Foyt 1
Finland Tero Palmroth 2
United States Johnny Rutherford 4
Switzerland Jon Beekhuis 10
United States Mike Groff 4-5, 12
United States Dennis Vitolo 14
United States Willy T. Ribbs 16
Rahal-Hogan Racing Lola Chevrolet G 12 United States Bobby Rahal All
Simon Racing Lola Chevrolet G 11 Japan Hiro Matsushita 1-3, 11-16
Brazil Raul Boesel 4-8, 10
22 United States Scott Brayton 1-10
23 Brazil Raul Boesel 9, 11-16
90 United States Lyn St. James 4
Racing Team VDS Lola Chevrolet G 8 United States John Andretti All
Dale Coyne Racing Lola Cosworth G 19 Belgium Éric Bachelart 1-7, 9-15
United States Dennis Vitolo 10, 15-16
39 Canada Ross Bentley 1, 5-6, 9-13
United States Dennis Vitolo 2
United States Brian Bonner 4, 7-8, 14
Belgium Éric Bachelart 16
Bettenhausen Racing Penske Chevrolet G 16 United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 1-4, 6-7, 10
Sweden Stefan Johansson 5, 8-9, 11-16
Arciero Racing Lola Buick G 30 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza 1-4
United States Johnny Parsons 4
United States Jeff Wood 5-10
Canada Jacques Villeneuve Sr. 11-12
Canada John Jones 13-15
Finland Tero Palmroth 16
34 United States Jeff Wood 4
Euromotorsport Lola Cosworth G 42 Italy Nicola Marozzo 1
Italy Vinicio Salmi 6, 9, 12-13, 16
United States Steve Chassey 7-8, 10
Finland Tero Palmroth 11
United States Jeff Wood 14
Italy Guido Daccò 15
50 Philippines Jovy Marcelo 1-4
Germany Christian Danner 5, 9, 11-16
Italy Nicola Marozzo 6
United States Mike Groff 7-8
United States George Snider 10
Hayhoe Racing Lola FordXB
Chevrolet
G 17 United States Jimmy Vasser 6, 11, 13
47 1-4, 9, 14, 16
Leader Card Racing Lola Buick G 21 United States Buddy Lazier 1-7, 9-16
Hemelgarn Racing Lola Buick G 81 United States Pancho Carter 4
91 United States Stan Fox 4
P.I.G. Enterprises Lola Chevrolet G 31 United States Ted Prappas 1, 3-9, 11-16
Truesports Truesports Chevrolet G 10 United States Scott Pruett All
Gilmore Racing Lola Chevrolet G 14 Switzerland Gregor Foitek 1, 3
United States George Snider 2
United States A.J. Foyt 2, 4
United States Brian Bonner 5
United States Ross Cheever 6-7, 11-13
United States Pancho Carter 8, 10
Switzerland Jon Beekhuis 9
United States Mike Groff 14-16
48 United States Jeff Andretti 4
RAL Group Truesports Judd G 24 United States Brian Till 3, 5-6, 8-9, 11-12, 14, 16
Quaker State Lola Buick G 26 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 3
United Kingdom Jim Crawford 4
Menard Racing Lola Buick G 27 United States Al Unser 4
51 United States Gary Bettenhausen 4
59 United States Tom Sneva 4
D.B. Mann Development Lola Buick G 93 United States John Paul, Jr. 4
Burns Racing Lola Chevrolet G 28 United States Dominic Dobson 4
Buick United States Jay Hill 5
Cosworth Italy Tony de Tommaso 16
Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Lola Chevrolet G 44 France Philippe Gache 4
Patrick Racing Lola Buick G 92 United States Gordon Johncock 4
King Racing Lola Buick G 36 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 4
Pennzoil Lola Chevrolet G 38 Belgium Didier Theys 4
Teamkar Lola Chevrolet G 88 Japan Kenji Momota 4
Concept Motorsports Lola Buick G 66 United States Mark Dismore 4

Schedule[edit]

Rnd Date Race Name Circuit City/Location
1 March 22 Australia Daikyo IndyCar Grand Prix Surfers Paradise Street Circuit (R) Surfers Paradise, Australia
2 April 5 United States Valvoline 200 Phoenix International Raceway (O) Phoenix, Arizona
3 April 12 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach (R) Long Beach, California
4 May 24 United States 76th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (O) Speedway, Indiana
5 June 7 United States ITT Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit The Raceway on Belle Isle Park (R) Detroit, Michigan
6 June 21 United States Budweiser/G.I.Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway (R) Portland, Oregon
7 June 28 United States Miller Genuine Draft 200 Milwaukee Mile (O) West Allis, Wisconsin
8 July 5 United States New England 200 New Hampshire International Speedway (O) Loudon, New Hampshire
9 July 19 Canada Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place (R) Toronto, Ontario
10 August 2 United States Marlboro 500 Michigan International Speedway (O) Brooklyn, Michigan
11 August 9 United States Budweiser Grand Prix of Cleveland Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (R) Cleveland, Ohio
12 August 23 United States Texaco/Havoline 200 Road America (R) Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
13 August 30 Canada Molson Indy Vancouver Streets of Vancouver (R) Vancouver, British Columbia
14 September 13 United States Pioneer Electronics 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (R) Lexington, Ohio
NC October 3 United States Marlboro Challenge Nazareth Speedway (O) Nazareth, Pennsylvania
15 October 4 United States Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Nazareth Speedway (O) Nazareth, Pennsylvania
16 October 18 United States Toyota Monterey Grand Prix Laguna Seca Raceway (R) Monterey, California
  • (R) Road Course/Street Circuit, (O) Oval/Speedway, NC Non-championhip race
  • Indianapolis was USAC-sanctioned but counted towards the CART title.

Season Summary[edit]

Race results[edit]

Rnd Race Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 Australia Surfers Paradise United States Al Unser, Jr. Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Marlboro Team Penske Report
2 United States Phoenix United States Michael Andretti United States Rick Mears United States Bobby Rahal Rahal-Hogan Racing Report
3 United States Long Beach United States Michael Andretti Unknown United States Danny Sullivan Galles-Kraco Racing Report
4 United States Indianapolis Colombia Roberto Guerrero United States Michael Andretti United States Al Unser, Jr. Galles-Kraco Racing Report
5 United States Belle Isle United States Michael Andretti Unknown United States Bobby Rahal Rahal-Hogan Racing Report
6 United States Portland Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Unknown United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
7 United States Milwaukee United States Bobby Rahal Unknown United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
8 United States New Hampshire United States Bobby Rahal United States Michael Andretti United States Bobby Rahal Rahal-Hogan Racing Report
9 Canada Toronto United States Bobby Rahal Unknown United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
10 United States Michigan United States Mario Andretti Unknown Canada Scott Goodyear Walker Motorsport Report
11 United States Cleveland Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Unknown Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Marlboro Team Penske Report
12 United States Road America Canada Paul Tracy Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Marlboro Team Penske Report
13 Canada Vancouver United States Michael Andretti Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
14 United States Mid-Ohio United States Michael Andretti Unknown Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Marlboro Team Penske Report
United States Marlboro Challenge United States Michael Andretti Unknown Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Marlboro Team Penske Report
15 United States Nazareth United States Michael Andretti United States Bobby Rahal United States Bobby Rahal Rahal-Hogan Racing Report
16 United States Laguna Seca United States Michael Andretti Unknown United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report

Final driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver SUR Australia PHX United States LBH United States INDY United States DET United States POR United States MIL United States LOU United States TOR Canada MIC United States CLE United States ROA United States VAN Canada MDO United States NAZ United States LAG United States Pts
1 United States Bobby Rahal 3 1* 2 6 1 14 2 1* 2 11 4 3 22 24 1 3 196
2 United States Michael Andretti 17* 10 16 13* 4* 1* 1* 2 1* 18 2 4 1* 21* 2* 1* 192
3 United States Al Unser, Jr. 4 5 4* 1 9 3 7 8 7 4 3 2 2 3 11 9 169
4 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 1 3 3 24 8 2 4 21 19 13 1* 1* 19 1 7 19 151
5 Canada Scott Goodyear 9 18 5 2 22 8 8 3 6 1* 10 20 5 16 4 26 108
6 United States Mario Andretti 7 17 23 23 6 6 7 4 15 5 5 6 5 5 2 105
7 United States Danny Sullivan 5 12 1 5 5 12 12 9 3 8 20 7 7 8 17 7 99
8 United States John Andretti 6 6 20 8 21 5 9 5 5 6 12 6 15 4 18 5 94
9 Brazil Raul Boesel 7 2 9 10 18 22 3 6 8 11 7 6 6 80
10 United States Eddie Cheever 8 2 22 4 11 4 5 16 9 20 11 23 16 12 9 4 80
11 United States Scott Pruett 18 7 9 30 19 10 11 6 25 5 7 9 4 9 10 14 62
12 Canada Paul Tracy 4 20 16 21 2 19 17 23 2 3 16 59
13 United States Rick Mears 2 8 6 26 7 16 4 16 47
14 Sweden Stefan Johansson (RY) 3 10 11 9 19 3 6 21 11 47
15 United States Scott Brayton 20 9 17 22 12 22 3 17 17 10 21 12 8 10 8 10 39
16 United States Al Unser 3 12 15
17 United States Ted Prappas 10 14 16 14 15 15 20 23 13 10 9 11 19 18 12
18 Belgium Éric Bachelart (R) 22 13 8 32 7 16 13 24 22 17 21 DNS 20 DNQ 23 11
19 United States Buddy Lazier 16 14 12 14 24 25 17 15 7 23 13 10 22 15 21 10
20 United States Robby Gordon (R) 17 13 21 8 8 18 17 10
21 Italy Teo Fabi 6 8
22 United States Jimmy Vasser (R) 15 15 7 21 23 12 14 18 25 DNQ 12 8
23 United States Brian Till (R) 11 23 20 12 10 15 11 14 27 8
24 United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 13 11 15 DNQ 21 18 9 6
25 United States Mike Groff DNQ DNS 14 13 24 15 16 8 5
26 United States A. J. Foyt 23 DNQ 9 4
27 Japan Hiro Matsushita DNQ 16 10 DNQ 24 14 13 18 14 15 3
28 United States Brian Bonner (R) 19 10 DNS DNQ 17 3
29 United States John Paul, Jr. 10 3
30 Canada Ross Bentley (R) 11 20 17 14 23 18 DNS 14 2
31 United States Pancho Carter DNQ 11 17 2
32 United States Ross Cheever (R) 11 20 25 25 DNQ 2
33 United States Lyn St. James (R) 11 2
34 United States Jeff Wood DNQ 13 19 19 15 13 12 13 1
35 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza 12 20 21 DNQ 1
36 Canada John Jones 12 23 22 1
37 United States Dominic Dobson 12 1
38 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 13 33 1
39 Germany Christian Danner (R) 18 16 16 16 21 19 13 20 0
40 Belgium Didier Theys DNQ 13 0
41 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 15 14 0
42 United States Dennis Vitolo 21 DNS 14 DNS 20 17 0
43 Philippines Jovy Marcelo (R) 14 19 19 DNQ1 0
44 Italy Vinicio Salmi (R) 18 20 15 20 24 0
45 United States Jay Hill (R) 15 0
46 United States Gary Bettenhausen 17 0
47 Switzerland Gregor Foitek (R) 21 18 Wth 0
48 Switzerland Jon Beekhuis 18 21 0
49 United States Jeff Andretti 18 0
50 United States Steve Chassey 22 19 19 0
51 Italy Nicola Marozzo 19 24 0
52 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Sr. 22 22 0
53 United States George Snider 22 24 0
54 Italy Tony de Tommaso (R) 22 0
55 Italy Guido Daccò 23 0
56 United Kingdom Jim Crawford 25 0
57 United States Willy T. Ribbs 25 0
58 Finland Tero Palmroth DNQ DNS 26 28 0
59 United States Stan Fox 27 0
60 France Philippe Gache (R) 28 0
61 United States Gordon Johncock 29 0
62 United States Tom Sneva 31 0
United States Mark Dismore DNQ 0
Japan Kenji Momota DNQ 0
United States Rocky Moran DNQ 0
United States Johnny Parsons DNQ 0
Brazil Nelson Piquet DNQ 0
United States Johnny Rutherford DNQ 0
Pos Driver SUR Australia PHX United States LBH United States INDY United States DET United States POR United States MIL United States LOU United States TOR Canada MIC United States CLE United States ROA United States VAN Canada MDO United States NAZ United States LAG United States 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
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
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(RY): Rookie of the Year
(R): Rookie

Note: 1 Jovy Marcelo was killed in practice for the 1992 Indianapolis 500. He was 26 years old.

Nation's Cup[edit]

  • Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Pos Country Pts
1 United States United States 294
2 Brazil Brazil 190
3 Canada Canada 137
4 Sweden Sweden 47
5 Belgium Belgium 11
6 Italy Italy 9
7 Japan Japan 3
8 Colombia Colombia 1
9 Germany Germany 0
10 Netherlands Netherlands 0
11 Philippines Philippines 0
12 Switzerland Switzerland 0
13 Scotland Scotland 0
14 Finland Finland 0
15 France France 0
Pos Country Pts

Chassis Constructor's Cup[edit]

Pos Chassis Pts
1 United Kingdom Lola T9200/T9100/T9000 311
2 United States Penske PC-21/PC-20 218
3 United States Galmer G92 170
4 United States Truesports 92C/91C 68
Pos Chassis Pts

Engine Manufacturer's Cup[edit]

Pos Engine Pts
1 United States Chevrolet A 282
2 United States Ford XB 232
3 United States Chevrolet B 190
4 United States Buick 24
5 United Kingdom Judd 8
6 United Kingdom Cosworth DFS 2
Pos Engine Pts

References[edit]

See also[edit]