2001 Indy Lights season

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2001 Indy Lights season
PPG/Dayton Indy Lights Championship Powered by Buick
Season
Races 12
Start date March 11
End date November 4
Awards
Drivers' champion United States Townsend Bell
Teams' champion United States Dorricott Racing
Rookie of the Year United Kingdom Dan Wheldon[1]
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The 2001 CART PPG/Dayton Indy Lights Championship Powered By Buick consisted of 12 races. It was dominated by Townsend Bell who captured six victories on his way to the championship. It was the last Indy Lights season, as the series organizer, CART, decided to drop the Indy Lights series and concentrate its efforts on the Toyota Atlantic Championship.[2] Most former Indy Lights teams that wished to stay in business went either to the Atlantic series, which replaced Indy Lights as the support race at most CART events, or the new Infiniti Pro Series, which ran in support of Indy Racing League events.

Drivers and teams[edit]

All teams utilized Lola T97/20 chassis with Buick V6 engines.

Team No. Drivers Sponsor Notes
United States Brian Stewart Racing 2 United States Larry Mason King Taco/Trench Shoring Long Beach only
3 New Zealand Andy Booth Long Beach only
United States Conquest Racing 11 Denmark Kristian Kolby Rounds 1–8
New Zealand Matt Halliday in No. 11 for Fontana
21 Mi-Jack Rounds 4–11
Brazil Nilton Rossoni Monterrey only
United States Dorricott Racing 30 United States Townsend Bell DirecWay
31 Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner
32 United States Jon Fogarty Thomas Fogarty Winery Suffered herniated disc before Portland round, returned at Road Atlanta & Laguna Seca[3][4]
United States Geoff Boss Injury replacement at Toronto & Mid-Ohio
United States Indy Regency Racing 12 United States Cory Witherill WSA Healthcare, Casino Morongo Missed Texas round
Mexico Mexpro Racing 15 Mexico Rudy Junco, Jr. Starlight Diamonds
16 Republic of Ireland Derek Higgins Starlight Diamonds
United States PacWest Lights 1 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Gemstart
17 Mexico Mario Domínguez del Valle, Corona
Mexico Roquin Motorsports 64 Mexico Rolando Quintanilla Telmex
65 Mexico Luis Díaz Telmex

Calendar[edit]

Rnd Date Track Location Pole position Fastest race lap Most laps led Winning driver Winning team
1 March 11 Mexico Fundidora Park Monterrey, Mexico Republic of Ireland Derek Higgins Mexico Mario Domínguez Republic of Ireland Derek Higgins Republic of Ireland Derek Higgins Mexpro Racing
2 April 8 United States Long Beach street circuit Long Beach, California Mexico Mario Domínguez United States Townsend Bell United Kingdom Dan Wheldon United States Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing
3 April 28 United States Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner United States Jon Fogarty Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing
4 June 3 United States Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin United States Townsend Bell United States Townsend Bell United States Townsend Bell United States Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing
5 June 24 United States Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon United States Townsend Bell United States Townsend Bell Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing
6 July 8 United States Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kansas Mexico Mario Domínguez Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner United States Townsend Bell Denmark Kristian Kolby Conquest Racing
7 July 15 Canada Exhibition Place Toronto, Canada United States Townsend Bell United States Townsend Bell United States Townsend Bell United States Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing
8 August 12 United States Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio United States Townsend Bell United States Townsend Bell United States Townsend Bell United States Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing
9 August 26 United States Gateway International Raceway Madison, Illinois United States Townsend Bell United Kingdom Dan Wheldon United States Townsend Bell United Kingdom Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights
10 October 5 United States Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia United States Townsend Bell United States Jon Fogarty United States Townsend Bell United Kingdom Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights
11 October 14 United States Laguna Seca Raceway Monterey, California United States Townsend Bell Mexico Luis Díaz United States Townsend Bell United States Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing
12 November 4 United States California Speedway Fontana, California United States Townsend Bell Mexico Mario Domínguez United States Townsend Bell United States Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing

Race summaries[edit]

Monterrey[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 16 Republic of Ireland Derek Higgins Mexpro Racing 35 54:48.128 35 22
2 3 30 United States Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 35 +0.179 0 16
3 5 32 United States Jon Fogarty Dorricott Racing 35 +5.799 0 14
4 4 17 Mexico Mario Domínguez PacWest Lights 35 +6.334 0 12
5 10 1 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 35 +9.437 0 10
Race average speed: 80.625 mph (129.753 km/h)
Lead changes: 0
Cautions: 0

Long Beach[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 6 30 United States Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 38 57:13.430 5 20
2 3 1 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 38 +3.775 33 17
3 5 16 Republic of Ireland Derek Higgins Mexpro Racing 38 +5.342 0 14
4 1 17 Mexico Mario Domínguez PacWest Lights 38 +5.862 0 13
5 7 11 Denmark Kristian Kolby Conquest Racing 38 +12.326 0 10
Race average speed: 78.412 mph (126.192 km/h)
Lead changes: 1 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 11 laps

Texas[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 31 Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 67 39:35.632 65 22
2 4 16 Republic of Ireland Derek Higgins Mexpro Racing 67 +0.349 1 16
3 3 11 Denmark Kristian Kolby Conquest Racing 67 +0.529 0 14
4 7 65 Mexico Luis Díaz Roquin Motorsports 67 +0.737 0 12
5 10 64 Mexico Rolando Quintanilla Roquin Motorsports 67 +1.127 0 10
Race average speed: 150.491 mph (242.192 km/h)
Lead changes: 3 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 8 laps

Milwaukee[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 30 United States Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 100 43:27.503 100 21
2 6 17 Mexico Mario Domínguez PacWest Lights 99 -1 lap 0 16
3 5 1 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 98 -2 laps 0 14
4 9 65 Mexico Luis Díaz Roquin Motorsports 97 -3 laps 0 12
5 8 15 Mexico Rudy Junco, Jr. Mexpro Racing 97 -3 laps 0 10
Race average speed: 142.481 mph (229.301 km/h)
Lead changes: none
Cautions: 1 for 4 laps

Portland[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 3 31 Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 38 58:58.791 16 21
2 8 15 Mexico Rudy Junco, Jr. Mexpro Racing 38 +16.134 0 16
3 7 13 Republic of Ireland Derek Higgins Mexpro Racing 38 +20.501 0 14
4 10 21 New Zealand Matt Halliday Conquest Racing 38 28.936 0 12
5 9 64 Mexico Rolando Quintanilla Roquin Motorsports 38 +28.936 0 10
Race average speed: 76.116 mph (122.497 km/h)
Lead changes: 1 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 8 laps

Kansas[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 6 11 Denmark Kristian Kolby Conquest Racing 67 40:25.322 19 20
2 7 31 Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 67 +0.001 0 16
3 4 1 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 67 +0.213 0 14
4 3 21 New Zealand Matt Halliday Conquest Racing 67 +0.962 3 12
5 2 30 United States Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 67 +0.017‡ 27 11
Race average speed: 151.323 mph (243.531 km/h)
Lead changes: 9 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 7 laps

‡Townsend Bell was penalized two positions for aggressive driving.

Toronto[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 30 United States Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 43 51:18.593 43 22
2 1 17 Mexico Mario Domínguez PacWest Lights 43 +7.002 0 16
3 4 31 Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 43 ? 0 14
4 9 21 New Zealand Matt Halliday Conquest Racing 43 +8.333 0 12
5 6 65 Mexico Luis Díaz Roquin Motorsports 43 +10.658 0 10
Race average speed: 88.959 mph (143.166 km/h)
Lead changes: none
Cautions: 3 for 6 laps

Mid-Ohio[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 30 United States Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 34 50:19.940 34 22
2 2 1 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 34 +0.235 0 16
3 3 31 Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 34 +0.466 0 14
4 4 11 Denmark Kristian Kolby Conquest Racing 34 +1.771 0 12
5 5 21 New Zealand Matt Halliday Conquest Racing 34 +2.148 0 10
Race average speed: 91.518 mph (147.284 km/h)
Lead changes: none
Cautions: 3 for 9 laps

Gateway[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 3 1 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 80 43:31.081 11 20
2 4 17 Mexico Mario Domínguez PacWest Lights 80 +23.822 0 16
3 8 21 New Zealand Matt Halliday Conquest Racing 80 +624.573 0 14
4 5 16 Republic of Ireland Derek Higgins Mexpro Racing 79 -1 lap 0 12
5 2 31 Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 79 -1 lap 0 10
Race average speed: 140.080 mph (225.437 km/h)
Lead changes: 1 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 1 for 6 laps

Road Atlanta[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 6 1 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 29 42:57.299 1 20
2 1 30 United States Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 29 +0.256 28 18
3 3 31 Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 29 +2.536 0 14
4 5 17 Mexico Mario Domínguez PacWest Lights 29 +4.780 0 12
5 2 32 United States Jon Fogarty Dorricott Racing 29 +5.791 0 10
Race average speed: 102.889 mph (165.584 km/h)
Lead changes: 1 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 1 for 4 laps

Laguna Seca[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 30 United States Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 34 44:34.521 34 22
2 2 32 United States Jon Fogarty Dorricott Racing 34 +2.963 0 16
3 4 65 Mexico Luis Díaz Roquin Motorsports 34 +9.974 0 14
4 6 31 Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 34 +16.433 0 12
5 5 1 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 34 +17.532 0 10
Race average speed: 102.423 mph (164.834 km/h)
Lead changes: none
Cautions: none

Fontana[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 30 United States Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 44 29:22.667 44 21
2 5 1 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 44 +0.051 0 16
3 7 11 New Zealand Matt Halliday Conquest Racing 44 +17.354 0 14
4 8 16 Republic of Ireland Derek Higgins Mexpro Racing 44 +17.356 0 12
5 9 17 Mexico Mario Domínguez PacWest Lights 44 +17.361 0 10
Race average speed: 182.334 mph (293.438 km/h)
Lead changes: none
Cautions: 1 for 3 laps

Final points standings[edit]

Pos Name MTY
Mexico
LGB
United States
TEX
United States
MIL
United States
POR
United States
KAN
United States
TOR
Canada
MDO
United States
GTY
United States
ATL
United States
LAG
United States
FON
United States
Pts
1 United States Townsend Bell 2 1 8 1*1 6 5* 1* 1* R9*1 2* 1* 1*1 193
2 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 5 2* R10 3 R10 3 7 2 1 1 5 2 149
3 Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner 7 R13 1* 7 1* 2 3 3 5 3 4 7 141
4 Mexico Mario Domínguez 4 4 6 2 R11 R10 2 6 2 4 10 5 120
5 Republic of Ireland Derek Higgins 1* 3 2 DNS 3 R11 9 R12 4 6 6 4 113
6 New Zealand Matt Halliday 9 4 4 4 5 3 8 7 3 89
7 Mexico Luis Díaz 11 9 4 4 9 7 5 R11 6 7 3 6 88
8 Denmark Kristian Kolby 6 5 3 6 8 1 R10 4 80
9 Mexico Rudy Junco, Jr. 8 8 7 5 2 R9 7 7 9 8 67
10 Mexico Rolando Quintanilla 10 R11 5 8 5 8 8 9 8 9 8 9 62
11 United States Jon Fogarty 3 R12 R9 10 5 2 48
12 United States Cory Witherill 9 7 R11 7 6 R11 8 R10 R10 11 R10 44
13 United States Geoff Boss 6 10 11
14 New Zealand Andy Booth 6 8
15 United States Larry Mason 10 3
16 Brazil Nilton Rossoni R12 1
Pos Name MTY
Mexico
LGB
United States
TEX
United States
MIL
United States
POR
United States
KAN
United States
TOR
Canada
MDO
United States
GTY
United States
ATL
United States
LAG
United States
FON
United States
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
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
(1 point)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(1 points)
1 Qualifying cancelled
no bonus point awarded

Note: Race 4 no additional point for the qualifying was awarded due to rain, starting grid were determined by championship points standing. Race 9 no additional point for the qualifying was awarded due to rain, starting grid were determined by championship points standing.

Complete Overview[edit]

first column of every race 10 = grid position
second column of every race 10 = race result

R9=retired, but classified NS=did not start

Place Name Country Team Mexico United States United States United States United States United States Canada United States United States United States United States United States
1 Townsend Bell USA Dorricott Racing 3 2 6 1 2 8 1 1 1 6 2 5 1 1 1 1 1 R9 1 2 1 1 1 1
2 Dan Wheldon  United Kingdom PacWest Lights 10 5 3 2 5 R10 5 3 2 R10 4 3 3 7 2 2 3 1 6 1 5 5 5 2
3 Damien Faulkner  Ireland Dorricott Racing 6 7 4 R13 1 1 7 7 3 1 7 2 4 3 3 3 2 5 3 3 6 4 6 7
4 Mario Domínguez  Mexico PacWest Lights 4 4 1 4 6 6 6 2 5 R11 1 R10 2 2 7 6 4 2 7 4 3 10 9 5
5 Derek Higgins  Ireland Mexpro Racing 1 1 5 3 4 2 3 NS 7 3 9 R11 5 9 9 R12 5 4 8 6 7 6 8 4
6 Matt Halliday  New Zealand Conquest Racing 11 9 10 4 3 4 9 4 5 5 8 3 4 8 8 7 7 3
7 Luis Díaz  Mexico Roquin Motorsports 11 11 11 9 7 4 9 4 4 9 11 7 6 5 6 R11 7 6 5 7 4 3 10 6
8 Kristian Kolby  Denmark Conquest Racing 7 6 7 5 3 3 4 6 6 8 6 1 7 R10 4 4
9 Rudy Junco, Jr.  Mexico Mexpro Racing 8 8 12 8 9 7 8 5 8 2 8 R9 10 7 6 7 9 9 3 8
10 Rolando Quintanilla  Mexico Roquin Motorsports 12 10 10 R11 10 5 10 8 9 5 5 8 11 8 12 9 9 8 10 9 10 8 2 9
11 Jon Fogarty USA Dorricott Racing 5 3 2 R12 8 R9 2 10 2 5 2 2
12 Cory Witherill USA Indy Regency Racing 9 9 8 7 12 R11 11 7 10 6 10 R11 11 8 10 R10 9 R10 11 11 4 R10
13 Geoff Boss USA Dorricott Racing 8 6 8 10
14 Andy Booth  New Zealand Brian Stewart Racing 9 6
15 Larry Mason USA Brian Stewart Racing 13 10
16 Nilton Rossoni  Brazil Conquest Racing 2 R12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dan Wheldon wins Rookie of the Year award". Press release. DanWheldon.com. November 5, 2001. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "CART to drop Indy Lights, focus on Atlantic". Press release. CART. September 10, 2001. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jon Fogarty out for remainder of 2001". Press release. Dorricott Racing. August 13, 2001. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dorricott Racing season finale Fontana preview". Press release. Dorricott Racing. November 1, 2001. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 

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