1993 PPG Indy Car World Series season was the 15th national championship season of American open wheel racing sanctioned by CART ( d.b.a "IndyCar"). The season consisted of 16 races. Nigel Mansell was the national champion as well as the Rookie of the Year. The 1993 Indianapolis 500 was sanctioned by USAC, but counted towards the CART points championship. Emerson Fittipaldi won the Indy 500, his second career victory in that event.
The biggest story going into the season involved
Newman/Haas Racing. Nigel Mansell, the reigning Formula One World Champion switched from Formula One to the CART IndyCar Series. Mansell joined Newman/Haas Racing as teammate to Mario Andretti, taking the seat formerly held by Michael Andretti, who departed for one year to McLaren. Mansell came to the American open wheel series with considerable fanfare and huge media attention. He won the season-opener at Surfers Paradise, the first CART "rookie" to win his first start. At Phoenix, Mansell crashed during practice and was forced to sit out the race due to a back injury. At Indianapolis, he was leading the race with 16 laps to go when he was passed on a restart by Emerson Fittipaldi and Arie Luyendyk, and wound up third. He still won the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year award. Despite having missed the race at Phoenix, Mansell won five races (four of which were on ovals) en route to the CART championship.
After winning his third CART championship in 1992,
Bobby Rahal entered the 1993 season driving the R/H chassis (formerly the Truesports chassis). He finished second at Long Beach, but struggled to get his car up to speed, and shockingly, was bumped from the field at Indianapolis.
Drivers and constructors [ edit ]
A. J. Foyt Enterprises
Lola T93/00 Lola T92/00
A. J. Foyt
Used the T92/00 chassis at S. Paradise, Phoenix, Michigan, Vancouver and Laguna Seca.
Used the T92/00 chassis.
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Withdrew at Indianapolis and raced with Team Menard
7–9, 11–12, 14–16
Al Unser, Jr.
3, 5–6, 12, 16
Willy T. Ribbs
Rahal-Hogan RH-001 Lola T93/00
Switched to the Lola T93/00 at Milwaukee.
5–7, 11–12, 14
Used the T93/00 chassis at Road America and Mid-Ohio.
Dick Simon Racing
Lola T93/00 Lola T92/00
FordXB Chevrolet Buick
Used the T92/00 chassis at S. Paradise, Phoenix and Detroit.
Used the T92/00 chassis.
Used the T92/00 chassis and Buick engine.
Used the T92/00 chassis and Chevrolet engine.
Lyn St. James
2–4, 6–8, 10
Used the T92/00 chassis at Phoenix and Long Beach
Dale Coyne Racing
Lola T92/00 Lola T91/00
1–6, 8, 12, 14–16
Used the T91/00 chassis at Milwaukee. Used the Buick engine at Indianapolis.
7, 9, 11, 13
Used the Buick engine at Indianapolis
Tony Bettenhausen, Jr.
1–4, 6–9, 12–16
Budweiser King Racing
Switched numbers with Kudrave (#50) at Michigan, New Hampshire and Nazareth.
1, 6, 9, 13
2–3, 5, 7, 10–11, 14–15
Switched numbers with Wood (#42) at Michigan, New Hampshire and Nazareth.
8, 12, 16
Lola T91/00 Lola T92/00
1–6, 8, 10–12, 14–16
Used the T92/00 chassis at Michigan and New Hampshire. Used the Buick engine at Indianapolis, Milwaukee and from Road America onwards.
1–7, 9, 11, 13–14, 16
Used the Ford engine at Indianapolis and from Toronto onwards.
2–4, 6, 9, 14, 16
Indy Regency Racing
John Paul, Jr.
Schedule [ edit ]
Australian FAI IndyCar Grand Prix (S)
Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
Surfers Paradise, Australia
Valvoline 200 (O)
Phoenix International Raceway
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (S)
Streets of Long Beach
Long Beach, California
77th Indianapolis 500 (O)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Miller Genuine Draft 200 (O)
West Allis, Wisconsin
ITT Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit (S)
The Raceway on Belle Isle Park
Budweiser/G. I. Joe's 200 (R)
Portland International Raceway
Budweiser Grand Prix of Cleveland (S)
Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport
Molson Indy Toronto (S)
Marlboro 500 (O)
Michigan International Speedway
New England 200 (O)
New Hampshire International Speedway
Loudon, New Hampshire
Texaco/Havoline 200 (R)
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Molson Indy Vancouver (S)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Pioneer Electronics 200 (R)
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix (O)
Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey (R)
Laguna Seca Raceway
(R) Dedicated road course, (O) Oval/Speedway, (S) Temporary street circuit
Indianapolis was USAC-sanctioned but counted towards the CART title.
Season Summary [ edit ]
Race Results [ edit ]
Final Drivers standings [ edit ]
Finished (Outside Top 12)
Did not finish
Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not start (DNS)
Did not participate (DNP)
Ran fastest race lap
Led most race laps
Rookie of the Year
Nation's Cup [ edit ]
Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Engine Manufacturer's Cup [ edit ]
Driver Breakdown [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
With his title victory, Nigel Mansell became the first driver to win the CART Series in his rookie season. He also became the first man in history to be the
Formula One champion and the CART IndyCar champion at the same time.
References [ edit ]