Team Menard

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Team Menard
Owner(s) John Menard, Jr.
Base Indianapolis, Indiana
Series NASCAR Cup Series
Car numbers #3, 13
Race drivers Robby Gordon, P.J. Jones
Sponsors Turtle Wax, Menard's
Manufacturer Ford
Opened 1999
Closed 2001
Career
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 0

Team Menard was an auto racing team in the NASCAR Cup Series, Indianapolis 500 and Indy Racing League owned by John Menard, Jr. From 1991 to 1996 they modified their own Buick V6 engines for racing. This combination won pole for the 500 with Scott Brayton in 1995 and 1996; Tony Stewart used this combination for the first part of his 1996-1997 IRL Championship. With more stringent regulations, the team continued to shine winning the 1999 Championship with Greg Ray. However, with the influx of former CART teams to the IRL in the early 2000s, Team Menard struggled to compete for wins and the team merged in 2004 with Panther Racing, although their car continued to carry Menard's colors and be driven first by Mark Taylor, who was then replaced by Townsend Bell. In 2005, Menard's was an associate sponsor for another team and the former Menard No. 2 car driven by Tomáš Enge carried no identification to its Menard lineage. For 2006, the No. 2 car was dropped by Panther and all vestiges of the once dominant Team Menard lineage disappeared until the spring of 2008 when Menards became a primary sponsor on the No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara driven by Ed Carpenter in the IndyCar Series.

The Menards sponsored cars in of Paul Menard and Matt Crafton (NASCAR) as well as Frank Kimmel (ARCA) currently use the "Team Menard" name in some sponsorship-related materials, while TeamMenard.com was a portal to information on these drivers and their sponsor, however, Team Menard is not the name of any of their race teams and none of those cars are owned by John Menard. The URL currently redirects to the Menards home page.

Menard also had a NASCAR team running the No. 13 car. Robby Gordon ran a majority of the races in 2000.

Complete IRL IndyCar Series results[edit]

(key) (Results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
1996 Lola T95/00 Menard WDW PHX INDY
United States Scott Brayton 2 15 18 DNS
United States Eddie Cheever 3 10 Wth 11
United States Tony Stewart 20 2 11 24
United States Mark Dismore 30 19
United States Danny Ongais 32 7
1996–97 Lola T95/00 Menard NHA LSV WDW PHX INDY TXS PPIR CLT NHA LSV
United States Mark Dismore 3 20 17
United States Tony Stewart 2 12* 21
G-Force GF01 Oldsmobile 10* 2* 5* 5* 1* 7* 14 11
United States Robbie Buhl 3 18 8 16 1 3
1998 Dallara IR8 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 WDW PHX INDY TXS NHA DOV CLT PPIR ATL TXS LSV
United States Tony Stewart 1 33 14 1* 3 20* 14
G-Force GF01 1* 2* 8 21 5
United States Robbie Buhl 3 20 11
Dallara IR8 12 31 6 10 2 7 7
1999 Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 WDW PHX INDY TXS PPIR ATL DOV PPIR LSV TXS
United States Greg Ray 2 21 21 21 2* 1* 23 1 1* 21 3
United States Robby Gordon 14 4
2000 Dallara IR-00 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 WDW PHX LVS INDY TXS PPIR ATL KTY TXS
United States Greg Ray 1 17 19 9 33 15 20 1* 7 26
United States Robby Gordon 14 6
2001 Dallara IR-01 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 PHX HMS ATL INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH KTY GAT CHI TXS
United States Greg Ray 11 22 21 1* 17 11* 18 DNS 14 18 13
United States Jaques Lazier 16 1* 20
2002 Dallara IR-02 Chevrolet Indy V8 HMS PHX FON NAZ INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MCH KTY GAT CHI TXS
United States Jaques Lazier 2 18 6 2 20
United States P. J. Jones DNQ
Brazil Raul Boesel 21 13
United States Mark Dismore 11 11 20 18 18
Brazil Vitor Meira 15 9 8 3
United States Robby Gordon 31 8
2003 Dallara IR-03 Chevrolet Indy V8 HMS PHX MOT INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MCH GAT KTY NAZ CHI FON TXS
United States Jaques Lazier 2 20 6 12 29
United States Richie Hearn 14
Brazil Vitor Meira 12 16 22 20 19 21 9 DNS 11 4
22 12
1 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.

Drivers who have driven for Team Menard[edit]