Galles Racing

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Al Unser, Jr.'s 1992 Indy 500 winning Galmer.

Galles Racing is a former auto racing team owned by Rick Galles that competed in the CART series, Can-Am and the Indy Racing League. The team won the 1990 CART championship as well as the 1992 Indianapolis 500 with driver Al Unser, Jr. The team won a total of 21 Indy car races along its history. In addition to Unser's 1992 victory, the team finished second at Indianapolis on three separate occasions (1989, 1990, 1996).

In 1992, the team notably fielded their own in-house Galmer chassis. The team achieved two victories with the car during its very brief foray into the sport.

History[edit]

1980s[edit]

The team first competed in a partial CART season in 1980, then was away from CART until 1983 when it fielded a car for rookie Al Unser, Jr.. Unser left the team after the 1984 season.

For 1985, Galles fielded the Buick V-6 engine at the Indy 500, with driver Pancho Carter winning the pole position. Carter, however, dropped out early and finished last.

In 1986-1987, Galles Racing became the primary support team for the new Brabham-Honda engine (later known as the Judd AV). Geoff Brabham and Jeff MacPherson fielded the engine at Indy in 1987, with MacPherson finishing a respectable 8th. Later in the season, Brabham scored second-place finishes at the Pocono 500 and at Road America.

In 1988, Al Unser, Jr. returned to the team, and the entry was granted a lease for the Ilmor Chevrolet Indy-V-8 engine. In 1989, Unser, Jr. then driving his familiar Valvoline-sponsored Chevy machine, nearly won the Indy 500, finishing second after crashing out with just over a lap to go in a famous duel with Emerson Fittipaldi.

Bobby Rahal driving the Galles-Kraco car at Laguna Seca Raceway in 1991

Championship years[edit]

After the 1989 season, Galles merged teams with Maurice Kranes (who had fielded Kraco-sponsored cars for Michael Andretti and then Bobby Rahal). Kranes brought Rahal and Kraco with him, while Unser, Jr. remained in the Valvoline-sponsored machine. The team competed as Galles-Kraco Racing from 1990 to 1992 and Unser won the 1990 CART Championship with five wins. The Galles-Kraco duo of Unser and Bobby Rahal was one of the top teams in CART during that period. Unser and Rahal teamed up for three 1-2 finishes, including the 1990 Michigan 500. The two drivers finished on the podium in the same race six times. Rahal himself earned an impressive, yet frustrating, eleven second-place finishes for the team in 1990-1991. Rahal finished fourth in the championship in 1990 and second in the championship in 1991, winning one race in 1991.

Unser, Jr. finished third in points in both 1991 and 1992.

Rahal was replaced in 1992 by veteran Danny Sullivan as the team introduced their new proprietary Galmer chassis. Unser won the 1992 Indianapolis 500 in a Galmer in what would be the closest finish in race history. Despite winning, the Galmer chassis was scrapped after only one season. Sullivan won the race at Long Beach, after being involved in a controversial incident with less than four laps to go. Unser Jr. was leading the race, and Sullivan was running second. The two cars tangled, and Unser was sent spinning into a tire barrier, while Sullivan went on to win. The incident created friction inside the team.

Unser and Sullivan retained their seats in 1993, and were joined by Kevin Cogan and Mexican rookie Adrián Fernández, who would share a third car for selected races throughout the season. At the 1993 Indy 500, Sullivan was the first to retire from the race after a crash, but Unser finished in 8th place and Cogan finished 14th. After a lackluster season that saw only three podium finishes, Unser would leave for Penske Racing, and Sullivan moved into semi-retirement (he raced stock cars in 1994, and raced for PacWest in 1995). Sullivan won the final two races of his career, but it was later revealed that internal friction inside the team led to Sullivan being fired.

For 1994, Fernández was the team's lone entry, as the team reverted to its Galles Racing name. Fernández was joined by Brazilian journeyman Marco Greco for 1995, with a 3rd place for Fernández at the Michigan 500 being their best finish for the season.

Transition to IRL[edit]

1996 saw several drivers in Galles cars as the team was one of the few CART teams to cross over and compete in the rival Indy Racing League's first Indianapolis 500 with driver Davy Jones who finished second. Jones also drove a partial schedule in CART while rookie and former Motorcycle champion Eddie Lawson drove Galles' full-time CART entry. In 1997 the team moved full-time to the IRL with rookie Kenny Bräck. Bräck switched to A. J. Foyt Enterprises for 1998 and the team again ceased operations. Galles returned in 1999 with veteran Davey Hamilton. Hamilton was replaced in 2000 by a returning Al Unser, Jr., who was switching over from CART after being released from Penske Racing. Unser was one of the first CART stars to switch full-time to the IRL. The team's final year was 2001 where Unser was joined by rookies Didier André and Casey Mears.

Summary[edit]

Throughout the team's 22-year history, their drivers captured 21 wins - 18 by Al Unser, Jr. (6 in 1990, 4 in 1988, 2 in 1991 and 1 each in 1984, 1989, 1992, 1993, 2000, and 2001), two by Danny Sullivan (1 each in 1992 and 1993), and one by Bobby Rahal in 1991 in addition to capturing the 1990 CART championship and 1992 Indianapolis 500 with Unser.

Former drivers[edit]

CART[edit]

IRL[edit]

Racing Results[edit]

Complete CART results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts Pos Pos
Galles Racing
1983 ATL INDY MIL CLE MCH ROA POC RIV MDO MCH CPL LAG PHX
Eagle 83 Cosworth DFX United States Al Unser, Jr. (R) 17 6 9 7 2 4* 18 10 10 4 8 7th 89
19 10
March 83C 17 13 2
1984 LBH PHX INDY MIL POR MEA CLE MCH ROA POC MDO SAN MCH PHX LAG CPL
March 84C Cosworth DFX United States Al Unser, Jr. 7 Ret Ret Ret 3 1* 4 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 6 6 2 4 4 6th 103
United States Tom Gloy 77 17 Ret Ret 40th 0
United States Pancho Carter 6 7 11 21st 22
1985 LBH INDY MIL POR MEA CLE MCH ROA POC MDO SAN MCH LAG PHX MIA
March 85C Buick 3300 V6 tc United States Pancho Carter 6 13 33 16th 37
Cosworth DFX 5 13 16 16 12 2 10 7
Brazil Roberto Moreno (R) 28 16 25 16 5 28th 10
Australia Geoff Brabham 7 6 19 12 14 24 2 29 15 19 13 4 16 10 12 22 15th 41
1986 PHX LBH INDY MIL POR MEA CLE TOR MCH POC MDO SAN MCH ROA LAG PHX MIA
Lola T86/00 Cosworth DFX Australia Geoff Brabham 8 10 3 12 21 11 11 6 8 5 12th 64
Brabham-Honda 7 22 14 14 4 12 20 22
Cosworth DFX Brazil Roberto Moreno 9 20 6 19 13 18 18 25 18 6 10 16 6 16 20 10 17 16th 30
United States Pancho Carter 15 19th 28
15 16 3 3
1987 LBH PHX INDY MIL POR MEA CLE TOR MCH POC ROA MDO NAZ LAG MIA
March 87C Brabham-Honda United States Jeff MacPherson 11 10 13 8 8 13 21 17 22 23 19th 21
Cosworth DFX 20 9 9 24
Lola T86/00 Brabham-Honda 25 21
March 87C Australia Geoff Brabham 15 16 8 24 12 9 4 22 DNS 8 2 2 7 12 5 3 8th 90
1988 PHX LBH INDY MIL POR CLE TOR MEA MCH POC MDO ROA NAZ LAG MIA
March 88C Chevrolet 265A V8t United States Al Unser, Jr. 3 18 1* 13 20 4 4 1* 1 21 2 4 7 19 6 1* 2nd 149
1989 PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MCH POC MDO ROA NAZ LAG
Lola T89/00 Chevrolet 265A V8t United States Al Unser, Jr. 2 2 1* 2 8 21 10 7 5 20 4 9 2 20 4 3 5th 136
Galles-Kraco Racing
1990 PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MCH DEN VAN MDO ROA NAZ LAG
Lola T90/00 Chevrolet 265A V8t United States Al Unser, Jr. 5 3 1* 4 1 27 3 15* 11 1* 1 1* 1* 3 4 16 2 1st 210
United States Bobby Rahal 18 2 12 2 4 2 11 2 25 22 2 3 8 6 7 3 5 4th 153
1991 SFR LBH PHX INDY MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MCH DEN VAN MDO ROA NAZ LAG
Lola T91/00 Chevrolet 265A V8t United States Al Unser, Jr. 1 16* 1* 6 4 19 4 4 4 2 23 3 1* 3 5 2 4 2 3rd 197
United States Bobby Rahal 18 2 2 2 19 4 2 3 3 1* 3 11 20 2 3 4 2 24 2nd 200
1992 SFR PHX LBH INDY DET POR MIL NHA TOR MCH CLE ROA VAN MDO NAZ LAG
Galmer G92 Chevrolet 265A V8t United States Al Unser, Jr. 3 4 5 4* 1 9 3 7 8 7 4 3 2 2 3 11 9 3rd 169
United States Danny Sullivan 18 5 12 1 5 5 12 12 9 3 8 20 7 7 8 17 7 7th 99
Galles Racing
1993 SFR PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH NHA ROA VAN MDO NAZ LAG
Lola T93/07 Chevrolet 265C V8t United States Al Unser, Jr. 3 15 4 21 8 5 6 5 19 5 8 8 25 1 8 25 5 7th 100
United States Danny Sullivan 7 13 23 8 33 16 1* 14 14 3 Wth 22 26 10 27 20 27 12th 43
Mexico Adrian Fernández (R) DNS 24th 7
11 23 21 7 29
United States Kevin Cogan 14 27 13 15 35th 0
1994 SFR PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH MDO NHA VAN ROA NAZ LAG
Reynard 94i Ilmor D Mexico Adrian Fernández 7 13 10 8 28 16 23 10 7 13 23 6 8 22 5 21 7 13th 46
1995 MIA SFR PHX LBH NAZ INDY MIL DET POR ROA TOR CLE MCH MDO NHA VAN LAG
Lola T95/00 Ilmor-Mercedes Benz IC108 Mexico Adrian Fernández 10 11 26 12 18 9 21 10 6 9 6 7 12 3 4 26 22 10 12th 66
Brazil Marco Greco 55 13 21 DNQ 13 11 23 20 15 22 20 25 23 29th 2
1996 MIA RIO SFR LBH NAZ 500 MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH MDO ROA VAN LAG
Lola T96/00 Ilmor-Mercedes Benz IC10C United States Eddie Lawson (R) 10 15 21 7 9 17 6 20 6 15 24 15 20th 26
United States Davy Jones 12 16 24 14 14 31st 1

Indy Racing League results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pts Pos Pos
1996 WDW PHX INDY
Lola T95/00 Ilmor-Mercedes Benz IC10C United States Davy Jones 70 2 26th 33
1996–97 NHA LSV WDW PHX INDY TXS PPIR CLT NHA LSV
G-Force GF01 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 United States Davy Jones 4 Wth 0
United States Jeff Ward (R) 16 30th 69
Sweden Kenny Bräck (R) 11 33 18 14 5 5 20 19th 139
Brazil Marco Greco 70 13 9 20 10 3rd 230
1999 WDW PHX CLT INDY TXS PPIR ATL DOV PPIR LSV TXS
G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 United States Davey Hamilton 9 8 4th 237
Dallara IR9 11 7 3 7 23 2 13 2
2000 WDW PHX LSV INDY TXS PPIR ATL KTY TXS
G-Force GF05 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 United States Al Unser, Jr. 3 25 9 1 29 3* 10 3 27 17* 9th 188
2001 PHX HMS ATL INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH KTY GAT CHI TXS
G-Force GF05 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 United States Al Unser, Jr. 3 23 6 17 30 8 11 3 20 14 4 1 8 6 7th 287
United States Casey Mears (R) 31 20 11 23 DNQ 31st 36
France Didier André (R) 32 27 10 13 DNQ 17 19 4 16 21 11 12 13 15 20th 188

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