1996 ITT Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit
|Race 8 of 16 in the 1996 IndyCar season|
|Date||June 9, 1996|
|Official name||ITT Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit|
|Location||Belle Isle, Detroit, United States|
|Course||Temporary street course|
2.1 mi / 3.4 km
|Distance||77 (72 laps completed) laps|
mi / km
|Weather||Temperatures reaching up to 65.8 °F (18.8 °C); wind speeds up to 12.8 miles per hour (20.6 km/h)|
|Driver||Scott Pruett (Patrick Racing)|
|First||Michael Andretti (Newman/Haas Racing)|
|Second||Christian Fittipaldi (Newman/Haas Racing)|
|Third||Gil de Ferran (Jim Hall Racing)|
Top 6: Christian Fittipaldi, Gil de Ferran, Paul Tracy, Scott Pruett, Robby Gordon and Michael Andretti. First full course caution was out after Gordon had hit the tire wall. Green flag came out on lap 10.
Some laps later
Second full course caution, as Greg Moore and André Ribeiro crashed. Neither the Canadian, nor the Brazilian had retired. One lap later, Gil de Ferran spun after leaving the pits.
Top 6: Christian Fittipaldi, Michael Andretti, Paul Tracy, Gil de Ferran, Al Unser, Jr. and Bobby Rahal. Green flag came out on lap 31.
At the very same curve, Emerson Fittipaldi and André Ribeiro crashed, but not simultaneously. Fittipaldi brushed the wall on lap 36. Ribeiro would do the same on the following lap. Both drivers retired.
Shades of 1994 came out, as Al Unser, Jr. and Paul Tracy once again were involved into a crash. Two years before, both drivers collided, as Little Al went into the tyre barrier. The same fate happened on lap 46 of the 1996 race. Third caution was out. Green flag came out on lap 53.
Top 6: Christian Fittipaldi, Andretti, de Ferran, Rahal, Tracy and Pruett.
Fourth caution was out, as Bobby Rahal had a hard crash.
Green flag came out. Christian Fittipaldi went wide and Michael Andretti takes the lead. Meanwhile, Paul Tracy crashed very hard. Fifth full course caution. Few laps later, came the green flag.
1 lap after the restart
Scott Pruett caused the sixth full course caution as he crashed into the tyre barrier. Green flag came out with two minutes left.
As the race completed the 2-hour limit, Michael Andretti won the race on lap 72. 5 laps before the predicted laps.
- Michael Andretti 72 laps
- Christian Fittipaldi
- Gil de Ferran
- Adrian Fernandez
- Mark Blundell
- Eddie Lawson
- Stefan Johansson
- Raul Boesel
- P. J. Jones
- Scott Pruett
- Alex Zanardi +1
- Jimmy Vasser +1
Drivers who did not completed the race
- Bobby Rahal +12 Contact
- Al Unser, Jr. +26 Contact
- Roberto Moreno +31 Broken exhaust
- André Ribeiro +35 Contact
- Emerson Fittipaldi +36 Contact
- Robby Gordon +69 Contact
Did not started the race
- Michel Jourdain, Jr. Too slow
After 8 of 16 races
- Jimmy Vasser 98 points
- Al Unser, Jr. 75 points
- Michael Andretti 71 points
- Christian Fittipaldi 58 points
- Gil de Ferran 55 points
- Scott Pruett 54 points
- "1996 ITT Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit weather information". Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-07-13.