1996–97 Indy Racing League season

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1996–1997 Indy Racing League season
1996-97 Indy Racing League
Indy Racing League
Season
Races 10
Start date August 18, 1996
End date October 11, 1997
Awards
Drivers' champion United States Tony Stewart
Indianapolis 500 winner Netherlands Arie Luyendyk
Chronology
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1996 1998

The 1996–97 Indy Racing League season was a result of the league abandoning the concept of ending each season with the Indianapolis 500. The 1996–97 season would ultimately comprise the events following the Indy 500 in 1996, and all events contested in the calendar year of 1997.

The 1996–97 season was originally scheduled to begin at New Hampshire in August 1996 and end with the Indianapolis 500 in May 1997. At some point in 1996, the consensus regarding the unusual split-calendar season was decidedly unfavorable. Omitting the normal winter offseason caused potential difficulty with driver contracts, sponsor contracts, and equipment purchasing, which all traditionally followed a calendar-based schedule. In addition, the months of November, December, and the remainder of January were not expected to be filled with race dates, since few suitable venues, outside of Orlando, were available for the IRL in warm-weather locations.

Following the 1996 races at New Hampshire and Las Vegas, on October 9, 1996, the Indy Racing League announced that the league would revert to a calendar-based schedule for 1998. To prevent from awarding four championships in less than two and a half years, all events contested in the calendar year of 1997 were added to the last two races in 1996. Now combined, a single seventeen-month 1996–1997 championship would be awarded in October 1997.

The two remaining races in 1996 (New Hampshire and Las Vegas) were contested with the same equipment as the 1996 season. All races that took place in 1997, starting with the race at Orlando, were contested with all new purpose-built oval chassis from G-Force and Dallara with stock block naturally aspirated 4.0 liter V8's from Oldsmobile and Infiniti. Only seven drivers competed in all ten races of this seventeen-month-long marathon schedule.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Chassis Engine Tires No. Drivers Round(s)
United States ABF Motorsports Lola T92 Buick Goodyear 96 United States Joe Gosek (R) 1
United States Dave Steele (R) 2
United States A. J. Foyt Enterprises Lola T95[N 1]
Dallara IR7[N 2]
G Force GF01
Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Oldsmobile
Goodyear 1 United States Scott Sharp[N 3] 1–4, 7
United States Paul Durant (R)[N 4][N 5] 5
United States Billy Boat (R) 6, 8–10
11 5
14 United States Davey Hamilton All
United States Arizona Motorsports[N 6]
United States Sinden Racing Services
Lola T95 Ford Cosworth Goodyear
Firestone[N 7]
40 Brazil Marco Greco[N 8] 1–2
Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile
Infiniti[N 9]
United States Jack Miller (R) 3–10
44 United States Steve Kinser (R) 5
United States Allen May (R) 6
United States Beck Motorsports Lola T94 Ford Cosworth Firestone 54 United States Robbie Buhl 1–2
Dallara IR7 Infiniti United States Dennis Vitolo 5
United States Blueprint Racing Lola T93[N 1]
Dallara IR7
Menard[N 10]
Buick[N 11]
Oldsmobile
Firestone 16 United States Johnny Parsons 2
United States Sam Schmidt (R) 4–6
27 United States Jim Guthrie (R)[N 5] All
72 Canada Claude Bourbonnais (R) 5
United States Bradley Motorsports Reynard 95I[N 1]
G Force GF01
Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Oldsmobile
Firestone[N 1]
Goodyear
12 United States Buzz Calkins[N 12] 1–7, 9–10
United States Byrd-Cunningham Racing Reynard 95I[N 1]
G Force GF01
Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Infiniti[N 13]
Oldsmobile
Firestone 10 United States Mike Groff[N 14] 1–5, 8
United States Johnny Unser 6–7, 9
United States Paul Durant (R) 10
United States Chastain Motorsports G Force GF01 Oldsmobile Goodyear 77 France Stephan Gregoire 3–5, 7–10
United States Chitwood Motorsports Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile Goodyear 17 United States Danny Ongais 3
Brazil Affonso Giaffone (R) 4–10
United States Della Penna Motorsports Reynard 95I Ford Cosworth Goodyear 4 United States Richie Hearn 1–2
Italy EuroInternational Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile Firestone 50 United States Billy Roe (R) 4–5
United States Galles Racing G Force GF01 Oldsmobile Goodyear 4 United States Jeff Ward (R)[N 15] 3
Sweden Kenny Brack (R) 4–10
70 Brazil Marco Greco 7–10
United States Hemelgarn Racing Reynard 94I Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Infiniti
Oldsmobile[N 16]
Firestone 9 Australia Brad Murphey 1–2
Reynard 95I[N 1]
Dallara IR7
United States Johnny Unser 5, 10
90 United States Lyn St. James 5
91 United States Buddy Lazier All
United States ISM Racing Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile Goodyear 35 United States Jeff Ward (R)[N 17] 10
United States IZ Racing Dallara IR7 Infiniti Goodyear 95 United States Tyce Carlson (R) 10
Sweden Johansson Motorsports G Force GF01 Infiniti Firestone 36 United States Scott Harrington (R) 5
United States Kelley Racing Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile Goodyear 28 United States Mark Dismore 5–10
United States Knapp Motorsports Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile Firestone 97 United States Greg Ray (R)[N 18] 5–8, 10
United States LP Racing Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile Firestone 99 United States Sam Schmidt (R) 8–10
United States McCormack Motorsports Lola T94 Ford Cosworth Goodyear 30 United States Stan Wattles (R) 1–2
G Force GF01 Oldsmobile United States Jeret Schroeder (R) 3–4
United States Robbie Groff (R) 5–10
United States Metro Racing Systems Riley & Scott V003 Oldsmobile Goodyear 19 United States Stan Wattles (R) 10
United States Nienhouse Motorsports Riley & Scott V004 Oldsmobile Goodyear 23 United States Mike Shank (R) 10
United States Pagan Racing Reynard 95I[N 10]
Reynard 94I[N 11]
Dallara IR7
Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Infiniti[N 19]
Oldsmobile
Goodyear 21 Colombia Roberto Guerrero All
United States PDM Racing Lola T93[N 1]
Dallara IR7
G Force GF01[N 20]
Menard[N 1]
Oldsmobile
Goodyear 18 United States John Paul, Jr.[N 21] 1–4, 8–10
United States Tyce Carlson (R) 5–6
United States Billy Boat (R) 7
28 United States Tyce Carlson (R) 1–2
United States Project Indy Reynard 95I Ford Cosworth Goodyear 64 United States Johnny Unser 1–2
United States Roe Racing Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile Firestone 24 United States Billy Roe (R) 10
United States Team Cheever Lola T95[N 1]
G Force GF01
Menard[N 1]
Oldsmobile
Goodyear 51 United States Eddie Cheever All
52 United States Jeff Ward (R) 5
United States Team Menard Lola T95[N 1]
G Force GF01
Menard[N 1]
Oldsmobile
Firestone 2 United States Tony Stewart All
3 United States Mark Dismore 1–2
United States Robbie Buhl[N 22] 4–6, 9–10
United States Team SABCO G Force GF01 Oldsmobile Goodyear 42 United States Robby Gordon 5
United States Team Scandia Lola T95[N 1]
Reynard 95I[N 23]
Lola T94[N 24]
Dallara IR7
Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Oldsmobile
Goodyear 7 Chile Eliseo Salazar[N 25] 1–2, 5–10
8 France Stephan Gregoire 2
Italy Vincenzo Sospiri (R) 5–6
22 France Stephan Gregoire 1
Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. 2
Brazil Marco Greco 3–6
Italy Vincenzo Sospiri (R) 7–10
33 Italy Michele Alboreto 1–2
Spain Fermín Vélez (R)[N 5] 3–6
United States Jimmy Kite (R) 7–10
34 Brazil Affonso Giaffone (R) 2
Italy Alessandro Zampedri 5–6
United States Tempero/Giuffre Racing Lola T93 Buick Goodyear 15 United States David Kudrave 1
Chile Juan Carlos Carbonell (R) 2
United States Treadway Racing Reynard 95I[N 1]
Reynard 94I[N 26]
G Force GF01
Ford Cosworth[N 1]
Oldsmobile
Firestone 5 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk All
6 United States Johnny O'Connell 2
Canada Scott Goodyear 3–10
United States Walker Racing Reynard 95I Ford Cosworth Goodyear 50 United States Robby Gordon 2

Schedule[edit]

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rd Date Race Name Track City TV
1 August 18 True Value 200 New Hampshire International Speedway Loudon, New Hampshire ABC
2 September 15 1996 Las Vegas 500K Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nevada ABC
3 January 25 Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Walt Disney World Speedway Bay Lake, Florida ABC
4 March 23 Dura Lube 200 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona ABC
5 May 26–27 81st Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana ABC
6 June 7 True Value 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas ESPN2
7 June 29 Samsonite 200 Pikes Peak International Raceway Fountain, Colorado ABC
8 July 27 VisionAire 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, North Carolina CBS
9 August 17 Pennzoil 200 New Hampshire International Speedway Loudon, New Hampshire ABC
10 October 11 1997 Las Vegas 500K Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nevada ABC

Race results[edit]

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Race Winner Report
Driver Team
1 New Hampshire 1 United States Richie Hearn United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart United States Scott Sharp A.J. Foyt Enterprises Report
2 Las Vegas 1 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk United States Richie Hearn United States Richie Hearn United States Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports Report
3 Walt Disney World United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart United States Eddie Cheever Team Cheever Report
4 Phoenix United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart United States Jim Guthrie Blueprint Racing Report
5 Indianapolis Netherlands Arie Luyendyk United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Treadway Racing Report
6 Texas United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Treadway Racing Report
7 Pikes Peak United States Scott Sharp United States Jimmy Kite United States Tony Stewart United States Tony Stewart Team Menard Report
8 Charlotte United States Tony Stewart United States Billy Boat United States Tony Stewart United States Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn Racing Report
9 New Hampshire 2 Brazil Marco Greco Italy Vincenzo Sospiri United States Eddie Cheever United States Robbie Buhl Team Menard Report
10 Las Vegas 2 United States Billy Boat United States Billy Boat Chile Eliseo Salazar Chile Eliseo Salazar Team Scandia Report

Race summaries[edit]

Round 1: New Hampshire 1[edit]

This race took place August 18, 1996 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Richie Hearn won the pole. Tony Stewart had led 165 laps and had a nearly three-lap lead over second place, but coasted into the pits with 18 laps to go. Scott Sharp took over the lead, and stretched his fuel to the finish. The win was Sharp's first in an Indycar, and the first win for A. J. Foyt Enterprises since Pocono in 1981.

Top ten results

  1. 1 - Scott Sharp
  2. 12 - Buzz Calkins
  3. 33 - Michele Alboreto
  4. 10 - Mike Groff
  5. 14 - Davey Hamilton
  6. 21 - Roberto Guerrero
  7. 40 - Marco Greco
  8. 22 - Stephan Gregoire
  9. 7 - Eliseo Salazar
  10. 18 - John Paul, Jr.

Round 2: Las Vegas 1[edit]

This race took place September 15, 1996 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Arie Luyendyk won the pole. This race was carried live on ABC, but a slow pace caused by several cautions saw the broadcast run late, and was ultimately cut off before the conclusion of the race.

Top ten results

  1. 4 - Richie Hearn
  2. 22 - Michel Jourdain, Jr.
  3. 10 - Mike Groff
  4. 21 - Roberto Guerrero
  5. 33 - Michele Alboreto
  6. 12 - Buzz Calkins
  7. 7 - Eliseo Salazar
  8. 54 - Robbie Buhl
  9. 40 - Marco Greco
  10. 34 - Affonso Giaffone

Round 3: Walt Disney World[edit]

This race took place January 25, 1997 at Walt Disney World Speedway. It was the first race with the new chassis and 4000 cc naturally aspirated engines. Race shortened due to rain, originally scheduled for 200 laps. Tony Stewart won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 51 - Eddie Cheever, Jr.
  2. 10 - Mike Groff
  3. 6 - Scott Goodyear
  4. 1 - Scott Sharp
  5. 91 - Buddy Lazier
  6. 27 - Jim Guthrie
  7. 14 - Davey Hamilton
  8. 22 - Marco Greco
  9. 33 - Fermin Velez
  10. 2 - Tony Stewart

Round 4: Phoenix[edit]

This race took place March 23, 1997 at Phoenix International Raceway. Tony Stewart won the pole.

After leading 85 laps, Tony Stewart along with Davey Hamilton, trailed Jim Guthrie on lap 154. On lap 180, a crash involving Sam Schmidt and Kenny Brack brought out a lengthy yellow flag. Guthrie stayed out, looking to stretch his fuel over the final 82 laps. Going into the race, Guthrie, the fledgling owner/driver of tiny Blueprint Racing, was forced to take out a second mortgage on his home to purchase his chassis.

During the final yellow, only 9 cars were still running, with only three on the lead lap. Tony Stewart pitted twice under the caution, once for tires and once for a wing adjustment, in an effort to run down Guthrie after the restart. With ten laps to go, the green came out, and Stewart closed the gap. Guthrie held him off, and won by 0.854 seconds. The $170,100 payoff for the victorious Guthrie helped settle his debts, and he later secured the sponsorship of Jacuzzi for Indianapolis. The race went down in Indy car lore as one of the biggest upsets in series history, with Guthrie one of the biggest underdogs ever to win an Indy car event.

Top ten results

  1. 27 - Jim Guthrie
  2. 2 - Tony Stewart
  3. 14 - Davey Hamilton
  4. 22 - Marco Greco
  5. 77 - Stephan Gregoire
  6. 10 - Mike Groff
  7. 21 - Roberto Guerrero
  8. 12 - Buzz Calkins
  9. 18 - John Paul, Jr.
  10. 16 - Sam Schmidt

Round 5: Indianapolis 500[edit]

The Indianapolis 500 was scheduled for May 25, 1997. Rain postponed the start until the following day, Monday, May 26. After 15 laps were run on Monday, rain fell again, halting the race, and postponing it for another day. It was resumed and run to conclusion Tuesday May 27. Arie Luyendyk sat on pole.

With just over two laps to go, Arie Luyendyk led teammate Scott Goodyear. Tony Stewart brushed the outside wall in turn 4, which brought out the yellow light. The pace car did not enter the track, however, to pick up the leader. Under caution pace, the field came down to complete the 199th lap. Without warning, the green and white flag were displayed at the starter's stand, signifying the field was back to racing conditions. None of the cars in the field were prepared for the restart, and yellow lights remained illuminated for many seconds afterwards. Luyendyk held on to win, but controversy about the officials' poor handling of the situation erupted afterwards.

Top ten results

  1. 5 - Arie Luyendyk
  2. 6 - Scott Goodyear
  3. 52 - Jeff Ward
  4. 91 - Buddy Lazier
  5. 2 - Tony Stewart
  6. 14 - Davey Hamilton
  7. 11 - Billy Boat
  8. 3 - Robbie Buhl
  9. 30 - Robbie Groff
  10. 33 - Fermin Velez

Round 6: Texas[edit]

This race took place June 7, 1997 at Texas Motor Speedway. It marked the first American open-wheel superspeedway night race. Tony Stewart won the pole. Tony Stewart was scored as the leader in the waning laps, and appeared to have nearly a one-lap lead over second place Billy Boat. Stewart was looking for his first career Indycar win, and the first win for Team Menard in Indy car racing. However, as Stewart crossed the line for two laps to go, he blew his engine. The car spun in turn 1, and he crashed into the outside wall. Billy Boat caught up, and appeared to take the lead. Race officials presented the checkered flag to Billy Boat as winner of the race, but Arie Luyendyk stormed to victory lane claiming he had won the race. Boat's owner A.J. Foyt slapped Luyendyk and told him to leave. The race tape was reviewed and it was determined that laps where Luyendyk, and in fact some other drivers, passed through pit road were not properly counted by the scoring system. Officially Luyendyk was declared the winner the following day. The entire top ten was shuffled about when the final official results were posted. Foyt, however refused to return the trophy and retains the original to this day. A duplicate was awarded to Luyendyk.

In the wake of the Texas scoring scandal, and the restart problems two weeks earlier at Indianapolis, USAC was immediately removed from sanctioning the series. The league switched to in-house sanctioning starting with the next event.

Top ten results

  1. 5 - Arie Luyendyk
  2. 1 - Billy Boat
  3. 14 - Davey Hamilton
  4. 6 - Scott Goodyear
  5. 2 - Tony Stewart
  6. 51 - Eddie Cheever, Jr.
  7. 7 - Eliseo Salazar
  8. 97 - Greg Ray
  9. 8 - Vincenzo Sospiri
  10. 10 - Johnny Unser

Round 7: Pikes Peak[edit]

This race took place June 29, 1997 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Scott Sharp won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 2 - Tony Stewart
  2. 77 - Stephan Gregoire
  3. 14 - Davey Hamilton
  4. 51 - Eddie Cheever, Jr.
  5. 12 - Buzz Calkins
  6. 22 - Vincenzo Sospiri
  7. 6 - Scott Goodyear
  8. 91 - Buddy Lazier
  9. 17 - Affonso Giaffone
  10. 30 - Robbie Groff

The win represented Tony Stewart's first Indycar victory.

Round 8: Charlotte[edit]

This race took place July 26, 1997 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Tony Stewart won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91 - Buddy Lazier
  2. 1 - Billy Boat
  3. 6 - Scott Goodyear
  4. 17 - Affonso Giaffone
  5. 4 - Kenny Brack
  6. 51 - Eddie Cheever, Jr.
  7. 2 - Tony Stewart
  8. 77 - Stephan Gregoire
  9. 70 - Marco Greco
  10. 7 - Eliseo Salazar

Round 9: New Hampshire 2[edit]

This race took place August 17, 1997 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Marco Greco won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 3 - Robbie Buhl
  2. 22 - Vincenzo Sospiri
  3. 5 - Arie Luyendyk
  4. 7 - Eliseo Salazar
  5. 4 - Kenny Brack
  6. 21 - Roberto Guerrero
  7. 18 - John Paul, Jr.
  8. 1 - Billy Boat
  9. 51 - Eddie Cheever, Jr.
  10. 30 - Robbie Groff

Round 10: Las Vegas 2[edit]

This race took place October 11, 1997 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Billy Boat won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 7 - Eliseo Salazar
  2. 6 - Scott Goodyear
  3. 3 - Robbie Buhl
  4. 27 - Jim Guthrie
  5. 28 - Mark Dismore
  6. 33 - Jimmy Kite
  7. 14 - Davey Hamilton
  8. 19 - Stan Wattles
  9. 77 - Stephan Gregoire
  10. 70 - Marco Greco

Final points standings[edit]

Pos Driver NH1
LV1
WDW
PHX
INDY
TXS
PIK
CMS
NH2
LV2
Pts
1 United States Tony Stewart 12* 21 10* 2* 5* 5* 1* 7* 14 11 278
2 United States Davey Hamilton 5 11 7 3 6 3 3 16 17 7 272
3 United States Eddie Cheever 15 25 1 12 23 6 4 6 9* 21 230
4 Brazil Marco Greco 7 9 8 4 16 26 13 9 20 10 230
5 Canada Scott Goodyear 3 17 2 4 7 3 16 2 226
6 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 13 20 12 22 1 1 15 21 3 25 223
7 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 6 4 17 7 27 13 18 17 6 14 221
8 United States Buddy Lazier 19 24 5 21 4 17 8 1 12 31 209
9 Chile Eliseo Salazar 9 7 24 7 12 10 4 1* 208
10 United States Buzz Calkins 2 6 11 8 11 19 5 21 28 204
11 France Stéphane Grégoire 8 26 19 5 31 2 8 15 9 192
12 United States Jim Guthrie 23 13 6 1 26 21 DNQ 12 24 4 186
13 United States Robbie Buhl 22 8 18 8 16 1 3 170
14 United States Mike Groff 4 3 2 6 12 Wth 14 Wth 169
15 United States John Paul, Jr. 10 15 18 9 Wth 11 7 12 163
16 Brazil Affonso Giaffone 10 13 32 20 9 4 18 15 159
17 United States Mark Dismore 20 17 28 11 11 19 11 5 158
18 United States Billy Boat 7 2 19 2 8 23 151
19 Sweden Kenny Bräck 11 33 18 14 5 5 20 139
20 United States Robbie Groff 9 15 10 13 10 18 135
21 Italy Vincenzo Sospiri 17 9 6 20 2 22 134
22 United States Scott Sharp 1 16 4 16 Wth 22 119
23 United States Dr. Jack Miller 15 20 20 24 16 23 19 29 114
24 United States Johnny Unser DNQ 22 18 10 21 13 19 107
25 United States Tyce Carlson 11 23 19 14 24 84
26 Spain Fermín Vélez 9 14 10 25 82
27 United States Jimmy Kite 20 15 23 6 76
28 United States Sam Schmidt 10 34 23 18 22 27 76
29 United States Greg Ray 25 8 17 22 30 73
30 United States Jeff Ward 16 3 17 69
31 United States Stan Wattles 16 18 8 63
32 Italy Michele Alboreto 3 5 62
33 United States Richie Hearn 14 1* 59
34 United States Billy Roe 15 22 13 55
35 United States Jeret Schroeder 14 19 37
36 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. 2 33
37 United States Robby Gordon 14 29 27
38 Australia Brad Murphey 18 27 25
39 Italy Alessandro Zampedri 35 12 24
40 United States Johnny O'Connell 12 Wth 23
41 United States Paul Durant 21 26 23
42 United States Danny Ongais 13 22
43 United States Lyn St. James 13 22
44 United States Steve Kinser 14 21
45 United States Dennis Vitolo 15 20
46 United States Mike Shank 16 19
47 United States Dave Kudrave 17 18
48 Chile Juan Carlos Carbonell 19 16
49 United States Joe Gosek 21 14
50 United States Allen May 22 13
51 United States Johnny Parsons 28 7
52 Canada Claude Bourbonnais 30 5
- United States Scott Harrington DNQ 0
- United States David Steele DNQ 0
- United States Davy Jones Wth 0
Pos Driver NH1
LV1
WDW
PHX
INDY
TXS
PIK
CMS
NH2
LV2
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
(Ret)
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
(2 points)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(1 point)
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns all the points
had they taken part.
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

In every race, points are awarded to drivers on the following basis:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35
Points 35 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1
  • Ties in points broken by number of wins, followed by number of 2nds, 3rds, etc., and then by number of pole positions, followed by number of times qualified 2nd, etc.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Used in the 1996 races.
  2. ^ Used at Walt Disney World. Billy Boat used it at the Indy 500 and Las Vegas 2, and Scott Sharp used it at Pikes Peak.
  3. ^ Injured in a practice crash at Indianapolis and at Pikes Peak.
  4. ^ He replaced Johnny O'Connell, who was named as a replacement for Scott Sharp, but also got injured in a practice crash.
  5. ^ a b c Not considered rookie for Indy 500
  6. ^ Official name of the team for the #40 entry for sponsorship reasons.
  7. ^ Used by Jack Miller.
  8. ^ Run in conjunction with Team Scandia.
  9. ^ Used by Jack Miller from Indianapolis onwards.
  10. ^ a b Used at New Hampshire 1.
  11. ^ a b Used at Las Vegas 1.
  12. ^ Injured in a testing crash at New Hampshire.
  13. ^ Used from Walt Disney World to Pikes Peak.
  14. ^ Injured in practice crashes at Texas and New Hampshire 2.
  15. ^ He replaced Davy Jones, who got injured in a practice crash.
  16. ^ Used by Buddy Lazier from Indianapolis onwards.
  17. ^ Run in conjunction with Sinden Racing Services.
  18. ^ #31 at Charlotte because of a technical/sponsorship deal with Richard Childress Racing.
  19. ^ Used from Walt Disney World to Texas.
  20. ^ Used at Las Vegas 2.
  21. ^ Injured in a practice crash at Indianapolis.
  22. ^ Injured in a testing crash prior to Pikes Peak.
  23. ^ Used by Michele Alboreto.
  24. ^ Used by Affonso Giaffone.
  25. ^ Injured in a practice crash at Walt Disney World.
  26. ^ Used by Johnny O'Connell.

References[edit]