1995 Marlboro 500
|Race 13 of 17 in the 1995 CART season|
|Date||July 30, 1995|
|Official name||1995 Marlboro 500|
|Location||Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan, United States|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
2.000 mi / 3.219 km
500.000 mi / 804.672 km
|Weather||Cloudless and sunny with temperatures up to 88.9 °F (31.6 °C); wind speeds reaching up to 10.2 miles per hour (16.4 km/h)|
|Driver||Parker Johnstone (Comptech Racing)|
|Driver||Parker Johnstone (Comptech Racing)|
|Time||31.080 (on lap 115 of 250)|
|First||Scott Pruett (Patrick Racing)|
|Second||Al Unser Jr. (Team Penske)|
|Third||Adrian Fernández (Galles Racing)|
The 1995 Marlboro 500 was the thirteenth round of the 1995 PPG Indy Car World Series season. The race was held on July 30, 1995 at the 2.00 mi Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. The race is historically significant for Firestone's first IndyCar win since 1974. Patrick Racing driver Scott Pruett took his first win in American open-wheel competition after a late-race battle with defending series champion Al Unser Jr., winning by just over half a second. Adrian Fernández came in third place, one lap behind Pruett and Unser. Parker Johnstone earned his first pole position and fastest lap in the series but suffered brake problems that forced him to retire; rookie André Ribeiro led the first ever laps of his career, ultimately earning a point for leading the most laps during the race.
This was the first time the series competed on the newly-resurfaced circuit, which made the track smoother and easier to drive on. Nevertheless, the race still saw massive attrition knock out many of the front-runners over the grueling 500-mile distance. Many cars suffered problems with failing wheel bearings and blistering tires. By the halfway point in the race, it was essentially a two-horse race between Pruett and Unser while the rest of the field simply struggled to make it to the end. Points leader Jacques Villeneuve, despite spending extensive time on pit lane trying to diagnose an engine problem, managed to finish tenth and keep his substantial lead in the points standings.
|July 30, 1995 - Qualifying Speeds|
|1||Parker Johnstone||31.242||—||230.458||Comptech Racing|
|2||Teo Fabi||31.506||+0.264||228.526||Forsythe Racing|
|3||Michael Andretti||31.522||+0.280||228.413||Newman-Haas Racing|
|4||Jacques Villeneuve||31.546||+0.304||228.239||Team Green|
|5||Jimmy Vasser||31.582||+0.340||227.982||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|6||Maurício Gugelmin||31.601||+0.359||227.839||PacWest Racing|
|7||Bryan Herta||31.767||+0.525||226.652||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|8||Paul Tracy||31.782||+0.540||226.540||Newman-Haas Racing|
|9||Danny Sullivan||31.896||+0.654||225.732||PacWest Racing|
|10||André Ribeiro (R)||31.898||+0.656||225.722||Tasman Motorsports|
|11||Adrian Fernández||31.918||+0.676||225.579||Galles Racing|
|12||Scott Pruett||32.023||+0.781||224.841||Patrick Racing|
|13||Al Unser Jr.||32.100||+0.858||224.296||Team Penske|
|14||Raul Boesel||32.104||+0.862||224.266||Rahal-Hogan Racing|
|15||Gil de Ferran (R)||32.173||+0.931||223.787||Hall Racing|
|16||Bobby Rahal||32.180||+0.938||223.734||Rahal-Hogan Racing|
|17||Emerson Fittipaldi||32.198||+0.956||223.618||Team Penske|
|18||Eddie Cheever||32.208||+0.966||223.546||A.J. Foyt Enterprises|
|19||Carlos Guerrero (R)||32.218||+0.976||223.480||Dick Simon Racing|
|20||Buddy Lazier||32.610||+1.368||220.783||Payton-Coyne Racing|
|21||Stefan Johansson||32.692||+1.720||220.238||Bettenhausen Racing|
|22||Lyn St. James||32.750||+1.508||219.847||Dick Simon Racing|
|23||Eliseo Salazar (R)||32.846||+1.604||219.201||Dick Simon Racing|
|24||Alessandro Zampedri||32.998||+1.756||218.197||Payton-Coyne Racing|
|25||Christian Fittipaldi (R)||33.049||+1.807||224.649||Walker Racing|
|26||Hiro Matsushita||33.990||+2.748||218.245||Arciero-Wells Racing|
- Robby Gordon crashed during practice and was not cleared to participate in the rest of the weekend.
- 1– Includes one bonus point for leading the most laps.
- 2– Includes one bonus point for being the fastest qualifier.
- Lead changes: 18 among 8 drivers
Standings after the race
- Drivers' Championship standings
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for the standings.
- Weather information for the 1995 Marlboro 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
- "1995 Marlboro 500". Motorsport Magazine. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
- "1995 Marlboro 500 race results". Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
- Championship Auto Racing Teams (March 2001). "CART FedEx Championship Series - 2001 Rule Book". Archived from the original on 2016-05-28. Retrieved 2017-05-22.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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