1993 PPG Indy Car World Series
|1993 CART season|
|PPG Indy Car World Series|
|Start date||March 21|
|End date||October 3|
|Drivers' champion||Nigel Mansell|
|Rookie of the Year||Nigel Mansell|
|Indianapolis 500 winner||Emerson Fittipaldi|
The 1993 PPG Indy Car World Series season was the 15th national championship season of American open wheel racing sanctioned by CART under the name "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 failed to qualify at Indianapolis. He would run the remainder of the season with a 1993 Lola chassis, but with no victories. He did however finish 4th in points.
Drivers and constructors
- All teams competed with Goodyear tires.
|Newman/Haas Racing||Lola T93/00||FordXB||5||Nigel Mansell||All||Withdrawn from Phoenix due to injury|
|A. J. Foyt Enterprises||Lola T93/00
|FordXB||14||A. J. Foyt||4||Retired before Indianapolis race on pole day.|
|Robby Gordon||1–3, 5–16||Used the T92/00 chassis at S. Paradise, Phoenix, Michigan, Vancouver and Laguna Seca.|
|84||John Andretti||4||Used the T92/00 chassis.|
|Chip Ganassi Racing Teams||Lola T93/00||FordXB||10||Arie Luyendyk||All|
|Turley Motorsports||Penske PC-21||Chevrolet||69||Eddie Cheever||1–2||Withdrew at Indianapolis and raced with Team Menard|
|Brian Till||7–9, 11–12, 14–16|
|Team Penske||Penske PC-22||Chevrolet||4||Emerson Fittipaldi||All|
|Galles Racing||Lola T93/00||Chevrolet||3||Al Unser Jr.||All|
|7||Danny Sullivan||1–9, 11–16||Missed round 10 (Michigan 500) due to the flu.|
|Adrián Fernández||10||CART did not allow Adrian to race Michigan due to lack of experience.|
|11||3, 5–6, 12, 16|
|Kevin Cogan||4, 7–9|
|Walker Motorsport||Lola T93/00||FordXB||2||Scott Goodyear||All|
|Lola T92/00||75||Willy T. Ribbs||4–16|
|Rahal/Hogan Racing||Rahal-Hogan RH-001
|Chevrolet||1||Bobby Rahal||All||Switched to the Lola T93/00 at Milwaukee after failing to qualify at Indianapolis.|
|26||Mike Groff||5–7, 11–12, 14||Used the T93/00 chassis at Road America and Mid-Ohio.|
|Dick Simon Racing||Lola T93/00
|22||Scott Brayton||All||Used the T92/00 chassis at S. Paradise, Phoenix and Detroit.|
|23||Didier Theys||16||Used the T92/00 chassis.|
|36||Stéphan Grégoire||4||Used the T92/00 chassis and Buick engine.|
|44||John Brooks||16||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|
|Maurício Gugelmin||14, 16|
|Hall/VDS Racing||Lola T93/00||Chevrolet||8||Teo Fabi||All|
|Dale Coyne Racing||Lola T92/00
|19||Robbie Buhl||1–6, 8, 12, 14–16||Used the T91/00 chassis at Milwaukee.|
Used the Buick engine at Indianapolis and failed to qualify at Indianapolis.
|Johnny Unser||7, 9, 11, 13|
|32||Éric Bachelart||4||Used the Buick engine at Indianapolis and both failed to qualify at Indianapolis.|
|39||Ross Bentley||1–10, 12–16|
|Bettenhausen Motorsports||Penske PC-22||Chevrolet||16||Stefan Johansson||All|
|76||Tony Bettenhausen Jr.||4|
|Arciero Racing||Penske PC-21||Chevrolet||25||Mark Smith||1–4, 6–9, 12–16||Failed to qualify at Indianapolis.|
|Budweiser King Racing||Lola T93/00||Chevrolet||40||Roberto Guerrero||1–13|
|Euromotorsport||Lola T91/00||Cosworth||42||Andrea Chiesa||1|
|Jeff Wood||2–3, 5–16||Switched numbers with Kudrave (#50) at Michigan, New Hampshire and Nazareth.|
|Lola T92/00||Chevrolet||50||Andrea Montermini||1, 6, 9, 13|
| David Kudrave
||2–3, 5, 7, 10–11, 14–15||Switched numbers with Wood (#42) at Michigan, New Hampshire and Nazareth.|
|Christian Danner||8, 12, 16|
|20||Buddy Lazier||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. Failed to qualify at Indianapolis.
|International Sport||Lola T92/00||Chevrolet||30||Marco Greco||All|
|Lola T91/00||Buick||43||Rocky Moran||4||Failed to qualify at Indianapolis.|
|Hayhoe Racing||Lola T92/00||Chevrolet
|18||Jimmy Vasser||1–7, 9, 11, 13–14, 16||Used the Ford engine at Indianapolis and from Toronto onwards.|
|ProFormance Motorsports||Lola T91/00||Chevrolet||45||Scott Pruett||2–4, 6, 9, 14, 16||Failed to qualify at Indianapolis.|
|Indy Regency Racing||Lola T92/00||Chevrolet||29||Olivier Grouillard||4–16||Failed to qualify at Indianapolis.|
|Menard Racing||Lola T93/00||Menard||27||Geoff Brabham||4|
|Lola T92/00||Buick||59||Eddie Cheever||4|
|Lola T93/00||Menard||77||Nelson Piquet||4|
|Hemelgarn Racing||Lola T91/00||Buick||91||Stan Fox||4|
|Lola T92/00||92||Didier Theys||4|
|Burns Motor Sports||Galmer 92B||Chevrolet||66||Dominic Dobson||4|
|Mann Motorsports||Lola T91/00||Buick||93||John Paul Jr.||4||Failed to qualify at Indianapolis.|
|Pagan||Lola T92/00||Buick||21||Jeff Andretti||4|
|Nu-Tech||Lola T91/00||Chevrolet||28||Brian Bonner||8|
|PacWest Racing||Galmer 92B||Chevrolet||17||Dominic Dobson||13–14, 16|
R Dedicated road course
S Temporary street circuit
- Indianapolis was USAC-sanctioned but counted towards the PPG Indy Car title.
Final Drivers standings
- Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Chassis Constructor's Cup
Engine Manufacturer's Cup
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.
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