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80th Indianapolis 500
Location Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Date May 26, 1996
Winner Buddy Lazier
Average speed 147.956 mph
Pole position Tony Stewart
Pole speed 233.718 mph
Fastest qualifier Arie Luyendyk (236.986 mph)
Rookie of the Year Tony Stewart
Most laps led Roberto Guerrero (47)
Pre-race ceremonies
National anthem Florence Henderson
Back Home Again in Indiana Jim Nabors
Starting command Mary F. Hulman
Pace car Dodge Viper GTS
Pace car driver Robert Lutz
Honorary starter
Attendance 300,000 (estimated)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Paul Page, Sam Posey, and Bobby Unser
Nielsen Ratings
Market share
Chronology
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The 80th Indianapolis 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 26, 1996. This was the first Indy 500 contested by the Indy Racing League, under the overall sanctioning umbrella of USAC. It was the third and final race of the 1996 IRL season.

Most of the top teams and drivers in Indy car racing chose to boycott the race, protesting a perceived lockout of CART teams by the IRL.[1] Rival teams instead staged a competing race the same day, the U.S. 500 at Michigan. Particpants in the 1996 Indy 500 included several familiar Indy car teams such as Foyt, Dick Simon, and Menard. However, many of the drivers were inexperienced rookies from an obscure range of backgrounds, giving the impression of a field of replacement drivers.[1]

Media attention of the open wheel "split" was highly critical going into the race, as the IRL participants were often ridiculed and the prestige of the Indianapolis 500 itself was brought into question.[1][2] However, the race itself was found to be competitive and entertaining,[1][2] while the rival U.S. 500 suffered a humiliating multi-car pile on the opening-lap.[1][2]

During practice, the month was marred by the death of pole position winner Scott Brayton, who was killed in a crash testing a back-up car.[1] The month was also plagued by constant rain. In Indianapolis, May 1996 was the fifth-wettest month of May on record, and the 4th wettest month of May in Indy 500 history.[3]

Contents

Background

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IRL/CART split

Boycott by CART teams

On December 18, 1995[4] CART teams, convinced they were being deliberately locked out from the 1996 Indy 500, and the victims of a "power grab" by Tony George,[5] announced their intentions to boycott the event. They jointly announced plans for a new race, the Inaugural U.S. 500, to be held at Michigan International Speedway the same day.[5]

The official reaction from IMS/IRL was one of disappointment and dismay, suggesting that CART was preparing to do considerable damage to Indy car racing.[4] CART participants were convinced of the opposite. The only CART teams that entered were Galles and Walker, but neither fielded their regular full-time CART drivers. Galles fielded an Ilmor Mercedes (the only Mercedes entered) in a one-off entry for Davy Jones, while Walker entered a car in the race for Mike Groff.

Defending Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve signed with Williams over the offseason, and irrespective of the "split," would not return to Indy for 1996. It marked the second year in a row the defending champion would not race in the 500. A year earlier, 1994 winner Al Unser, Jr. failed to qualify. With the recent retirements of several Indy legends, as well as active drivers Bobby Rahal, Emerson Fittipaldi and Unser Jr., at Michigan, the only former Indy winner entered as a driver would be Arie Luyendyk.

Rules for 1996

For the 1996 IRL season, USAC implemented a rules freeze, and adopted 1995 rules with few changes. The move made such that the race would be contested with 1992-1995 model year CART chassis.

The two-year old Indy car "tire war" was embraced by the IRL. Both Goodyear and Firestone provided tires.

The minimum age rule for drivers in 1996 was changed from 21 to 18.

Locked-in entries

For the 1996 Indy 500, 25 (of 33) starting grid positions were set aside for the top 25 cars in 1996 season IRL points standings.[6] The arrangement was a controversial rule, known as the "25/8 Rule," and was a key issue that led the CART teams to boycott the race.[7]

The format (similar in practice to NASCAR's Top 35 rule introduced years later) provided that the top 25 entries (not drivers) in owner points were guaranteed a "locked-in" starting position, and could not be bumped,[6] provided they completed a four-lap qualifying run over a minimum prescribed speed. Officials set 220 mph as the minimum.[8] The grid would still be arranged by speed rank.[6][9] The pole position would still be the fastest car on the first day of qualifying (or first trip through the qualifying order), regardless of "locked-in" status.[8][9] The remaining eight positions would be filled by non-top 25 "at-large" entries, and bumping could only occur amongst those participants.

Going into the race, the 25 entries that were eligible for a "locked-in" starting position were[8]

The following three entries practiced limitedly, but made no attempts to qualify:

The following entry did not take any practice laps:

  • #17 Leigh Miller Racing (no driver named)

Since four of the "locked-in" entries made no attempt to qualify, only 21 of the positions were initially "locked-in." After Scott Brayton withdrew his already-qualified car on pole day, he forfeited his "locked-in" status, and qualified as an "at-large" entry. Therefore, only 20 of the 33 starting positions were "locked-in." The field included 13 "at-large" entries.

Practice (week 1)

Saturday May 4

Rain washed out the entire first day of practice.

Sunday May 5

Opening day was reserved for rookie orientation, largely due to the overwhelming number of Indy 500 rookies entered. A cool morning saw only a half hour of practice amongst nine cars. Rain closed the track for the day at 9:35 a.m.[10] Rookie Tony Stewart led the abbreviated session with a lap of 193.957 mph.[11]

Monday May 6

Rain hampered practice for the third day in a row, however, activity was heavy throughout the day, with many drivers looking to finish their rookie tests. At 9:19 a.m., Tony Stewart ran the fastest lap ever at the Speedway by a rookie, at 231.774 mph.[12] Later in the day, he upped the fastest lap of the month to 237.336 mph, which broke the existing unofficial track record.[12][13]

Several drivers completed all four phases of their rookie tests, including Stewart, Mark Dismore, Buzz Calkins, Michel Jourdain, Jr., Michele Alboreto, Richie Hearn, Racin Gardner, Randy Tolsma, Dan Drinan, Brad Murphey, and Jim Guthrie.[12]

Off the track, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana against CART to protect the "IndyCar" trademark. IMS officials deemed that CART, who was organizing the rival U.S. 500, was failing to comply with the license agreement under which they received permission to use the "IndyCar" trademark.[12]

Tuesday May 7

Rain once again fell at the Speedway, and opening of the practice was delayed until 2:30 p.m. Veterans took to the track for the first time, with Menard teammates Scott Brayton and Eddie Cheever quickly setting the pace at over 235 mph and 233 mph, respectively.[14]

Johnny Unser and Paul Durant both competed their rookie tests, bringing the total to 13 rookies.[14]

Late in the day, Arie Luyendyk moved up to the top five, with a lap of 232.162 mph.[14] The Menard team, however, swept the top three on the speed chart, when Tony Stewart topped 236.121 mph.[15]

Wednesday May 8

Rain washed out practice for the day, the second day of the month lost to weather.[16]

Thursday May 9

A windy but warm day saw heavy action. Arie Luyendyk ran the fastest practice lap in Speedway history, 237.774 mph. The three Menard entries (Stewart, Cheever, and Brayton) were all over 234 mph. Several other drivers cracked the 230 mph barrier, including Buddy Lazier, Davy Jones, and Scott Sharp.[17][18]

Friday May 10

"Fast Friday," the final day of practice before time trials saw the fastest laps turned in Indy history. Shortly after the track opened, Scott Brayton ran his fastest lap of the month, 235.688 mph.[8] Tony Stewart ran a 236.004 mph, while Scott Sharp ran a 235.300 mph lap.[8]

At 12:29 p.m., Arie Luyendyk completed a lap at 238.045 mph, the fastest lap thus far during the month.[8] A half hour later, he ran the fastest practice lap in Speedway history, 239.260 mph (37.616 seconds).[8][19] Luyendyk lap was 0.106 seconds shy of the elusive 240 mph barrier, and as of 2009, still stands as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway one-lap unofficial track record.

At 3:25 p.m., rain closed the track for the day.[8]

Time trials (weekend 1)

Pole Day - Saturday May 11

Pole day dawned cold and rainy. The track opened for practice at 11:55 a.m., with 24 cars taking to the track. Johnny Parsons crashed in turn 3, while Arie Luyendyk stalled with engine trouble. Tony Stewart ran the fastest practice lap of the morning, at 235.719 mph.[20]

Pole day time trials began at 2 p.m. Lyn St. James was the first car to qualify, completing her four-lap run at 224.594 mph. Buddy Lazier then grabbed the provisional pole at 231.468 mph. Twenty minutes later, Davy Jones broke the 1 and 4 lap track records, completing a run at 232.882 mph. The speed broke Roberto Guerrero's 1992 track record.[20]

Tony Stewart bumped Jones off the pole with another new track record, 233.100 mph. Stewart became the first rookie to hold both the 1 and 4 lap track records since Teo Fabi in 1983.[20] His Menard teammates Eddie Cheever (231.781 mph) and Scott Brayton (231.535 mph) also put in repectable runs, but neither were fast enough for the pole. Eliseo Salazar just missed making the front row at 232.684 mph.[20]

By 5 p.m., the field was filled to 20 cars, 15 of which were "locked-in" entries. With 33 minutes left in the day, Arie Luyendyk took to the track, and set new all-time track records. A one-lap record of 234.742 mph, and a four-lap average of 233.390 mph.[20] With no other contenders in line, it appeared Luyendyk had secured his second Indy 500 pole. Stewart and Jones tentatively rounded out the front row.

Suddenly, Team Menard began scrambling, and Scott Brayton was back on pit road. The team withdrew their already-qualified car #2, and Brayton was preparing to re-qualify in a back-up car.[20] By withdrawing car #2, the team forfeited their "locked-in" position, however, Brayton would now be again eligible for the pole. Brayton's four-lap average of 233.718 mph was fast enough to take the pole position, and set yet another 4-lap track record. Luyendyk's one-lap record of 234.742 mph, however, still stood. At the 6 o'clock gun, Scott Brayton officially accepted his second straight Indy 500 pole position award.[20] Luyendyk and Stewart now rounded out the front row.[21]

At 7:45 p.m., USAC chief steward Keith Ward announced that Arie Luyendyk's car failed post-qualifying inspection.[20] The car was 7 pounds underweight, and was disqualified. The ruling elevated Tony Stewart to second place, and nullified Luyendyk's standing one-lap track record. Scott Brayton's fast lap of 233.851 mph now stood as the official one-lap record, alongside his 4-lap record of 233.718 mph.[20]

Second Day - Sunday May 12

After being disqualified the night before, Arie Luyendyk returned to the track on the second day of time trials. He set track records on all four laps.[20]

  • Lap 1: 38.097 seconds, 236.239 mph (new 1-lap track record)
  • Lap 2: 37.983 seconds, 236.948 mph (new 1-lap track record)
  • Lap 3: 37.933 seconds, 237.260 mph (new 1-lap track record)
  • Lap 4: 37.895 seconds, 237.498 mph (all-time 1-lap track record)
  • Total- 2:31.908, 236.986 mph (all-time 4-lap track record)

Luyendyk's run made him the fastest qualifier in the field, however, as a second-day qualifier, he was forced to line up 20th (behind the first-day qualifiers). Luyendyk's one and four lap track records still stand as of 2009.[22][23][24]

By the end of the day, the field was filled to 26 cars. Of the 24 now cars eligible for "locked-in" positions, 18 had completed qualifying runs.[20] Among the second day qualifiers were Scott Sharp and Robbie Buhl.

Practice (week 2)

Monday May 13

A light day of activity saw Tony Stewart lead the speed chart at 235.837 mph.[25] Johnny O'Connell (216.024 mph) led the non-qualified cars.[26]

Tuesday May 14

Brad Murphey led the non-qualified cars with a fast lap of 228.612 mph. Arie Luyendyk led all cars with a lap of 238.493 mph,[27] faster than his official track record, and the second-fastest practice lap in Indy history.[28]

Rookies Billy Boat and Andy Michner took their first practice laps of the month.

Wednesday May 15

Rain washed out practice for the day. It marked the third entire day lost to rain, and the eighth overall hampered by the weather.

Thursday May 16

A fairly busy day saw 22 cars take nearly 900 laps. Scott Harrington and Billy Boat passed their rookie tests, but Harrington later crashed in turn three.

Arie Luyendyk once again led the speed chart, at 234.540 mph. Brad Murphey (225.875 mph) was the fastest of the non-qualified cars, with Johnny O'Connell also over 225 mph.[29]

Friday May 17 - Death of Scott Brayton

At 12:17 p.m., Scott Brayton, testing a back-up car,[30] did a half-spin in the middle of turn two, and crashed hard into the outside wall exiting the turn.[30] The car slid 600 feet to a stop down the backstrech. Brayton was found unconscious[31] in the car, and was transported immediately to Methodist Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 12:50 p.m. EST.[31] Brayton was killed instantly of basilar skull fracture.[31][32]

The tragic death cast a pall over the Speedway, and the entire racing community.[31] It was determined that Brayton likely ran over a piece of debris in turn four or the mainstrech,[31] which punctured his right rear tire. Unaware of the debris, he completed the lap at 228.606 mph,[30] then drove into turn one. The tire suffered rapid deflation[30][33] in the southchute and in turn two, causing the car to lose control.

The official report of fatality was not announced until 4 p.m.[33] In the meantime, unaware of Brayton's condition, some other drivers resumed practice for a time. Arie Luyendyk posted the fastest lap overall at 234.870 mph, and Brad Murphey (228.548 mph) was the fastest of the non-qualified cars. When the news was released, nearly all particpants stopped for the day.

Time trials (weekend 2)

Third Day - Saturday May 18

Track activity resumed after Friday's tragedy, with Day 3 time trials. Billy Boat (221.824 mph) became the first driver to complete a run, in the #99 Pagan Racing "at-large" entry.[34] By the end of the day, the field was filled to 31 cars.

Bump Day - Sunday May 19

Team Menard announced that Danny Ongais will drive the #2 entry, vacated after the death of Scott Brayton[35] Due to the replacement, the car will be moved to the back of the field, elevating Tony Stewart to the pole position.

With two positions open, veteran Hideshi Matsuda arrived at the track for the first time all month, and was quickly practicing over 227 mph. At 4 p.m., Matsuda driving an "at-large" entry, put his car safely in the field at 226.859 mph.

Late in the day, Billy Boat was practicing in the #84 Foyt entry. Boat had already qualified the #99 Pagan entry, but was the slowest car in the field and had no "locked-in" berth. At 5:24 p.m., he crashed in turn 1, and suffered a leg injury. he would not be able to re-qualify if his car was bumped.

With 23 minutes to go, Scott Harrington filled the field with a run of 222.185 mph. That put the injured Billy Boat (221.824 mph) on the bubble. Minutes later, Joe Gosek bumped Boat out with a run of 222.793 mph. That dropped Harrington to the bubble spot. In the closing minutes, Tyce Carlson made two attempts, but was to slow to bump his way into the field.

Despite the controversey regarding the "locked-in" entries, the fastest 33 cars did manage to make the field, and one bump did occur. None of the "locked-in" entries qualified slower than their "at-large" counterparts, nor did any fail to meet the 220 mph requirement.

Carburation Day & race week

Starting Grid

Row Inside Middle Outside
1 United States Tony Stewart (R) United States Davy Jones Chile Eliseo Salazar
2 United States Eddie Cheever United States Buddy Lazier Colombia Roberto Guerrero
3 Italy Alessandro Zampedri Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. (R) United States Buzz Calkins (R)
4 United States Davey Hamilton (R) United States Mike Groff Italy Michele Alboreto (R)
5 France Stephan Gregoire United States Mark Dismore (R) United States Richie Hearn (R)
6 United States Johnny Unser (R) United States John Paul, Jr. United States Lyn St. James
7 United States Jim Guthrie (R) Netherlands Arie Luyendyk (W) United States Scott Sharp
8 Brazil Marco Greco United States Robby Buhl (R) United States Paul Durant (R)
9 United States Racin Gardner (R) Australia Brad Murphey (R) United States Johnny Parsons
10 Spain Fermín Velez (R) United States Johnny O'Connell (R) Japan Hideshi Matsuda
11 United States Joe Gosek (R) United States Scott Harrington (R) United States Danny Ongais
     Scott Brayton officially qualified for the pole position, but was killed in a practice crash on May 17. Danny Ongais substituted in the car on race day; in accordance with USAC rules Ongais had to start at the rear of the field.

Failed to qualify

Driver # C E T Entrant
United Kingdom Justin Bell (R) 15 L B G Tempero-Giuffre Racing
United States Billy Boat (R) 84 L F G A.J. Foyt Enterprises
87 L B G Pagan Racing
99 R F G Pagan Racing
United States Butch Brickell (R) 77 L M G Brickell Racing Group
United States Tyce Carlson (R) 36 L B G Loop Hole Racing
77 L M G Brickell Racing Group
United States Dan Drinan (R) 36 L B G Loop Hole Racing
United States Dave Kudrave (R) 15 L B G Tempero-Giuffre Racing
United States Andy Michner (R) 36 L B G Loop Hole Racing
United States Randy Tolsma (R) 24 L F G McCormack Motorsports
45 L F F Zunne' Group
New Zealand Rob Wilson (R) 46 L F G Project Indy

(R)-Indianapolis 500 Rookie, (W)-Former Indianapolis 500 Winner

Race summary

Start

Morning rain threatened to delay the start, but the track was dried, and the schedule was only pushed back by about 5 minutes. Mary Fendrich Hulman gave the starting command just before 11 a.m. EST, and after some hesitation, the field pulled away for the pace laps. It would be the final time Hulman would give the starting command for the "500." Danny Ongais (driving Scott Brayton's car) lagged behind the field, and drove one memorial parade lap alone to salute Brayton's memory.

During the first parade lap, Hideshi Matsuda stalled on the frontstrech, and was pushed to the pits. He would re-join the field for the pace lap. On the second parade lap, Johnny Unser coasted into the pits with a transmission failure, and dropped out before the green flag.

A conservative, slow, ragged start saw Tony Stewart take the lead into turn one. Mark Dismore did a half-spin in turn one, and kicked up mud from the infield. Most of the field completed the first lap at a slow pace, but Stewart completed the lap over 208 mph. After two laps, Stewart was running a record pace of 221.965 mph. Mark Dismore ducked into the pits to check the car over. The racing was short-lived, as debris from the Dismore incident brought out the yellow on lap 3.

Under the yellow, Scott Harrington was catching up to the tail-end of the field down the backstrech, but approached too quickly. He locked up the brakes, nearly hit three cars, and spun undamaged into the warm-up lane.

First half

Arie Luyendyk began charging through the field, and by lap 10, was already amongst the top ten. Two spins slowed the early running. Paul Durant blew an engine down the backstrech on lap 11, ducked into the warm-up lane, but spun in his own fluid. On the restart, Danny Ongais lost control, and spun harmlessly through turn four.

Tony Stewart set a rookie record by leading the first 31 laps. His day ended on lap 82, however, when he lost an engine, due to a bad pop-off valve.[2] Despite not finishing, he secured the rookie of the year award.

Roberto Guerrero came to the lead after Stewart dropped out. During his second pit stop, however, the fuel nozzle malfunctioned, and his stop lasted over a minute.[2] Luyendyk, battling pushing condition, brushed the wall on lap 62,[2] but still picked his way to the front, running second to Buddy Lazier.

On lap 94, the caution came out after a crash by Brad Murphey, and the leaders headed to the pits. Buddy Lazier existed first, while Arie Luyendyk stalled. Luyendyk lost a few seconds as he refired. As he entered the warm-up lane he was side-by-side with Eliseo Salazar. In turn one, Salazar intentionally turned down on Luyendyk,[2] the cars touched, and Salazar went spinning wildly through the grass and out onto the track itself. Luyendyk suffered a damaged nosecone, broken suspension, broken bodywork, and eventually dropped out of the race.[2] Salazar's car also suffered damage, but he was repaired, and continued a couple laps down.[2]

With Luyendyk, the lone former winner, out of the race, the race would be won by a first-time winner.

Second half

Davy Jones, Buddy Lazier, and Roberto Guerrero took command of the race in the second half.[2] Attrition started dwindling the field, with several cars dropping out with mechanical trouble.

On lap 160-161, the leaders began making green flag pit stops. Looking to possibly go the entire distance, Roberto Guerrero, followed by Jones, took on fuel and four tires. Jones' faster stop put him several seconds ahead. However, if the race stayed green, Jones and Guerrero were expected to run out of fuel in the final two laps. Moments later, Scott Harrington and Lyn St. James touched wheels in turn one, and crashed hard into the outside wall.

The caution brought some cars into the pits to top off the fuel. Buddy Lazier was able to make his final scheduled stop under yellow on lap 167, and would have new tires and plenty of fuel to make the distance. Guerrero also ducked into the pits to top the car off. The refueler inserted the nozzle awkwardly, fuel spilled, and the car caught fire, however, and he lost a lap. In the melee, his two-way radio became disconnected.[2] Jones stayed out, gambling on fuel, and took over the lead.

On lap 169, the field came out of turn four for a restart with Jones leading Alessandro Zampedri now second, Richie Hearn third, and Lazier (4th) the final car on the lead lap. Guerrero was now a lap down in 5th. The lapped car of Eliseo Salazar was lined up just in front of Jones. As the green came out, Salazar blocked Jones exiting turn four. Down the frontstrech, Jones attempted to pass Salazar, but Salazar swiped to the inside, forcing Jones to brush the inside wall. Zampedri (Salazar's teammate) quickly took over the lead.

In the pit area, owner Andy Evans admitted that Salazar's move was intentional, as he was blocking Jones to help Zampedri.[2] It was Salazar's second controversial, unsportsmanlike move of the race.

Finish

With just over ten laps to go, Alessandro Zampedri led Davy Jones and Buddy Lazier. All three cars ran close together. Zampedri began suffering handling problems, and Jones took the lead back on lap 190. One lap later, Lazier passed Zampedri on the outside going into turn three to take over second place. Lazier was now the fastest car on the track.

With less than 9 laps to go, Jones was forced to go lean and conserve fuel, and was nursing possible suspension damage from the Salazar incident. Lazier, however, was running full-rich, and reeled him in quickly. He passed Jones for the lead down the frontstrech with 8 laps to go. Lazier began to pull away, and ran a lap of 232.9 mph.

On lap 194, Eddie Cheever in one of the remaining Menard entries began smoking in turn two, which laid down fluid on the track. Two laps later, Scott Sharp spun, and crashed into the inside wall. The yellow came out with Lazier leading, and a lap car between he and Jones in second. Track crews quickly cleaned up the incident, and USAC displayed indicated they would go back to green for the final lap.

As the field came off of turn four on the 199th lap, the white flag and green flag were displayed at the starter's stand. Lazier accelerated into turn one. Jones passed the lap car of Jourdain down the backstrech. Lazier held off the challenge to win his first Indy 500 and first Indy car race.

As the leaders crossed the finish line, a serious crash occurred further back in the field. Fifth place Roberto Guerrero was running without a two-way radio (it became disconnected during his pit fire), and was not aware he was a lap ahead of 6th place. Running hard on the final lap, he spun in turn 4 and slid in front of the cars of Zampedri and Eliseo Salazar. Zampedri's car was pushed up, and flew up into the catch fence. Salazar slid underneath the Zampadri's car, and wrecked into the outside wall. Guerrero slid down the track, and came to rest in the pit area. Zampedri suffered serious injuries to his wrist and feet.

Box score

Finish Start No Name Qual Rank C E T Laps Status Entrant
1 5 91 United States Buddy Lazier 231.468 7 R F F 200 147.956 mph Hemelgarn Racing
2 2 70 United States Davy Jones 232.882 4 L MB G 200 +0.695 seconds Galles Racing
3 15 4 United States Richie Hearn (R) 226.520 20 R F G 200 +7.019 seconds Della-Penna Motorsports
4 7 8 Italy Alessandro Zampedri 229.595 10 L F G 199 Accident T4 Team Scandia
5 6 21 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 231.373 8 R F G 198 Accident T4 Pagan Racing
6 3 7 Chile Eliseo Salazar 232.684 5 L F G 197 Accident T4 Team Scandia
7 33 32 United States Danny Ongais 233.718 2 L M F 197 Running Team Menard
8 30 52 Japan Hideshi Matsuda 226.856 19 L F F 197 Running Beck Motorsports
9 23 54 United States Robbie Buhl (R) 226.217 21 L F F 197 Running Beck Motorsports
10 21 11 United States Scott Sharp 231.201 9 L F G 194 Accident A.J. Foyt Enterprises
11 4 3 United States Eddie Cheever 231.781 6 L M F 189 Running Team Menard
12 10 14 United States Davey Hamilton (R) 228.887 13 L F G 181 Running A.J. Foyt Enterprises
13 8 22 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. (R) 229.380 11 L F G 177 Running Team Scandia
14 18 45 United States Lyn St. James 224.594 26 L F F 153 Accident T1 Zunne Group
15 32 44 United States Scott Harrington (R) 222.185 33 R F G 150 Accident T1 Harrington Motorsports
16 20 5 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk (W) 236.985 1 R F F 149 Prev. Accident Jonathan Byrd/Treadway Racing
17 9 12 United States Buzz Calkins (R) 229.014 12 R F F 148 Rear Brakes Bradley Motorsports
18 19 27 United States Jim Guthrie (R) 222.394 31 L M F 144 Engine Team Blueprint Racing
19 14 30 United States Mark Dismore (R) 227.260 18 L M F 129 Engine Team Menard
20 11 60 United States Mike Groff 228.703 15 R F G 122 Fire Walker Racing
21 28 34 Spain Fermín Velez (R) 222.487 30 L F G 107 Engine Fire Team Scandia
22 31 43 United States Joe Gosek (R) 222.793 29 L F G 106 Radiator Team Scandia
23 26 10 Australia Brad Murphey (R) 226.053 23 R F F 91 Suspension Hemelgarn Racing
24 1 20 United States Tony Stewart (R) 233.100 3 L M F 82 Engine Team Menard
25 25 90 United States Racin Gardner (R) 224.453 27 L F G 76 Suspension Team Scandia
26 22 41 Brazil Marco Greco 228.841 14 L F G 64 Engine A.J. Foyt Enterprises
27 13 9 France Stéphane Grégoire 227.556 17 R F F 59 Coil Pack Fire Hemelgarn Racing
28 27 16 United States Johnny Parsons 223.843 28 L M F 48 Radiator Team Menard
29 29 75 United States Johnny O'Connell (R) 222.361 32 R F F 47 Fuel Pickup Cunningham Racing
30 12 33 Italy Michele Alboreto (R) 228.230 16 L F G 43 Gear Box Team Scandia
31 17 18 United States John Paul, Jr. 224.757 25 L M G 10 Ignition PDM Racing
32 24 96 United States Paul Durant (R) 225.404 24 L B G 9 Engine ABF Motorsports
33 16 64 United States Johnny Unser (R) 226.115 22 R F G 0 Transmission Project Indy
Lap Leaders
Laps Leader
1-31 United States Tony Stewart
32-37 Colombia Roberto Guerrero
38-41 United States Buddy Lazier
42-54 United States Tony Stewart
55-70 Colombia Roberto Guerrero
71-86 United States Davy Jones
87-97 United States Buddy Lazier
98-120 United States Davy Jones
121-133 United States Buddy Lazier
134-158 Colombia Roberto Guerrero
159-160 United States Davy Jones
161-167 United States Buddy Lazier
168-169 United States Davy Jones
170-189 Italy Alessandro Zampedri
190-192 United States Davy Jones
193-200 United States Buddy Lazier
Total laps led
Laps Leader
47 Colombia Roberto Guerrero
46 United States Davy Jones
44 United States Tony Stewart
43 United States Buddy Lazier
20 Italy Alessandro Zampedri
Cautions: 10 for 59 laps
Laps Reason
3-5 Debris
11-16 Durant spun in turn 3
18-20 Ongais spun in turn 3
50-55 Parsons smoking
69-73 Debris
94-105 Murphy crashed in turn 2
119-124 Velez engine fire
132-139 Dismore stalled on backstrech
162-168 Harrington & St. James crashed in turn 1
196-198 Sharp crashed in turn 2

See also

References

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