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1986 CART PPG Indy Car World Series

The 1986 CART PPG Indy Car World Series season was the 8th national championship season of American open wheel racing sanctioned by CART. The season consisted of 17 races, and one non-points exhibition event. Bobby Rahal was the national champion, and the rookie of the year was Chip Robinson. The 1986 Indianapolis 500 was sanctioned by USAC, but counted towards the CART points championship. Bobby Rahal won the Indy 500, and would later become the first driver since 1980 to win Indy and the CART championship in the same season.

1986 CART season
PPG Indy Car World Series
Indy500winningcar1986.JPG
Bobby Rahal
Season
Races17
Start dateApril 6
End dateNovember 11
Awards
Drivers' championUnited States Bobby Rahal
Constructors' CupUnited Kingdom March
Manufacturers' CupUnited Kingdom Cosworth
Nations' CupUnited States United States
Rookie of the YearUnited States Chip Robinson
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited States Bobby Rahal
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1987 →

The first two races of the season were won by Kevin Cogan (Phoenix) and Michael Andretti (Long Beach), respectively, the first career wins for both drivers on the CART circuit. Rain delayed the Indianapolis 500, postponing it for six days. Bobby Rahal, driving for Truesports, passed Kevin Cogan with two laps to go, and won for car owner Jim Trueman, who was stricken with cancer. Trueman died less than two weeks later.

The season would shape up as a two-man battle between Rahal and Michael Andretti. Andretti won at Milwaukee, which put him in the points lead for the first time. On Father's Day, Andretti was leading on the final lap at Portland. His car ran out of fuel on the final turn of the final lap, and his father Mario beat him to the finish line by 0.07 seconds. It would go down in lore as one of the most shocking finishes in Indy car history, as well as the closest finish in Indy car history on a road course (until 1997).

Rahal was back in victory lane in July, winning the inaugural Molson Indy Toronto, but Michael Andretti still held the points lead. Rahal won four out of five races during a stretch in August and September, and emerged with a 9-point lead in the standings with two races left. Michael Andretti won a key victory at the second-to-last race of the season at Phoenix, while Rahal finished 3rd.

Going into the season finale at Tamiami Park, Rahal held a scant 3-point lead over Andretti. Neither driver was a factor at Miami, and just past the halfway point, Andretti dropped out with a broken halfshaft. Rahal effectively clinched the championship when Andretti dropped out. Roberto Guerrero won the pole and dominated the race, leading the first 111 laps. But on the final lap, his car sputtered and he ran out of fuel. Al Unser, Jr. slipped by to steal the victory, his lone win of 1986. Unser, Jr. won from 19th starting position, the furthest back any driver had won a CART road/street course race at the time.

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Drivers and TeamsEdit

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1986 Indy Car World Series season. All cars used Goodyear tires.

Team Chassis Engine No* Drivers Rounds
Cotter March 86C Cosworth TC 2 (5)   Roberto Guerrero All
Curb March 86C Cosworth TC 33   Tom Sneva All
66   Ed Pimm All except 8, 11-12, 14
  Derek Daly 8, 11-12, 14
Dick Simon Racing Lola T86/00 Cosworth TC 22   Raúl Boesel All
23   Dick Simon 3, 10, 12
  Chip Robinson 6-7, 17
  Ian Ashley 8, 11, 14
Galles Racing Lola T86/00March 86C Cosworth TC

Honda

8   Geoff Brabham All
Lola T86/00 Cosworth TC 9   Roberto Moreno 4-11, 13-17
  Pancho Carter 12
15 3, 9-10
Hemelgarn Racing March 86C Cosworth TC

Buick (3)

71   Scott Brayton 1, 3, 9-10, 13
Cosworth TC   Jacques Villeneuve 2, 4-8, 11-12, 14-17
81 3
Kraco Racing March 86C Cosworth TC 18   Michael Andretti All
Leader Card Racing March 86C Cosworth TC 24   Gary Bettenhausen 1, 3-4, 9-10, 12-13, 16
  Dominic Dobson 2, 5-8, 11, 14-15, 17
March 85C 42   Phil Krueger 3
Machinists Union Racing March 86C Cosworth TC 55   Josele Garza 1-11, 17
  Johnny Parsons 12-13, 16
  Desiré Wilson 14-15
59 11
  Chip Ganassi 1, 3
  Johnny Parsons 4, 7, 9-10
95 3
Alex Morales Racing March 86C Cosworth TC 6   Rich Vogler 3
21   Johnny Rutherford All
Newman/Haas Racing Lola T86/00 Cosworth TC 5 (2)   Mario Andretti All
Patrick Racing March 86C Cosworth TC 7   Kevin Cogan All
20   Emerson Fittipaldi All
Penske Racing March 86C Penske PC-15 Cosworth TC/ Chevy A 1/ 86 (4)   Rick Mears All
March 86C Penske PC-15 (17) 4 (1)   Danny Sullivan All
March 86C (9-10, 17)

Penske PC-15 (1, 3)

Chevy A 11   Al Unser 1, 3, 9-10, 17
Doug Shierson Racing Lola T86/00 Cosworth TC 30   Al Unser, Jr. All
Truesports March 86C Cosworth TC 3   Bobby Rahal All
Part-time entries
A. J. Foyt Enterprises March 86C Cosworth TC 14   A. J. Foyt 1, 3-4, 9-10, 13, 16-17
Chevy V6 44   Mike Nish 3
Cosworth TC 84   George Snider 3, 9
  Sammy Swindell 10
Arciero Racing March 86C

March 85C (11, 13)

Cosworth TC 12   Randy Lanier 1-9
  Steve Chassey 11, 14-16
  Eddie Cheever 17
  Jeff MacPherson 13
Bettenhausen Motorsports March 86C Cosworth TC 16   Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 3
Lola T86/00/ March 86C 61   Arie Luyendyk All except 5 and 12
Dale Coyne Racing Coyne DC-1 Chevy 19   Dale Coyne All except 3-4
Gohr Racing March 86C Buick (Until Mid-Ohio)

Cosworth TC

56   Steve Chassey 3-4, 9
  Rocky Moran 6-7, 10-11, 13-17
  John Morton 8
March 85C Buick 65   Rupert Keegan 3
J.P. Racing Lola T900 Cosworth TC 10   Spike Gehlhausen 3, 9-10, 13
March Engineering March 86C Buick 25   Danny Ongais 3
31   Jim Crawford 3
Mosquito Autosport March 85C Cosworth TC 16 (19)   Rick Miaskiewicz 2-4, 6-8
Pace Racing Lola T86/00 Cosworth TC 36   Randy Lewis 2, 6-8, 11, 14-15, 17
  Dennis Firestone 3, 9-10, 12, 13, 16
Team Menard March 86C Cosworth TC 28   Herm Johnson 3
  • - The number in parenthesis is the number the car used at the Indianapolis 500, if a different number was used.

Season SummaryEdit

ScheduleEdit

Rd Date Name Circuit Location
1 April 6   Dana 200 for Special Olympics  O  Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona
2 April 13   Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach  S  Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California
3 May 31*   Indianapolis 500  O  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis, Indiana
4 June 8   Miller American 200 in Honor of Rex Mays  O  Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin
5 June 15   Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200  R  Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon
6 June 29   Chase Grand Prix at the Meadowlands  S  Meadowlands Sports Complex East Rutherford, New Jersey
7 July 6   Budweiser Cleveland Grand Prix  S  Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio
8 July 20   Molson Indy Toronto  S  Streets of Toronto Toronto, Ontario
9 August 2   Michigan 500  O  Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan
10 August 17   Domino's Pizza 500  O  Pocono International Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania
11 August 31   Escort Radar Warning 200  R  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio
12 September 7   Molson Indy Montreal  O  Sanair Super Speedway Saint-Pie, Quebec
13 September 28   Pepsi Cola 250  O  Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan
14 October 4**   Race For Life 200  R  Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
15 October 12   Champion Spark Plug 300k  R  Laguna Seca Raceway Monterey, California
16 October 19   Circle K/Fiesta Bowl 200  O  Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona
17 November 9   Nissan Indy Challenge  S  Tamiami Park Miami, Florida
O Oval/Speedway
R/S Road Course/Street Circuit

*The Indianapolis 500 was scheduled for May 25, but postponed due to rain.
**The Road America race was started on September 21, but stopped after a few laps due to rain, the rest was run on October 4.

Race resultsEdit

Rd Event Name Pole Position Winner Winning team Race time
1 Dana 200 for Special Olympics   Mario Andretti   Kevin Cogan Patrick Racing 1:39:42
2 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach   Danny Sullivan   Michael Andretti Kraco Racing 1:57:34
3 Indianapolis 500   Rick Mears   Bobby Rahal Truesports 2:55:43
4 Miller American 200 in Honor of Rex Mays   Michael Andretti   Michael Andretti Kraco Racing 1:42:45
5 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200   Emerson Fittipaldi   Mario Andretti Newman/Haas Racing 1:50:53
6 Chase Grand Prix at the Meadowlands   Michael Andretti   Danny Sullivan Team Penske 1:49:17
7 Budweiser Cleveland Grand Prix   Danny Sullivan   Danny Sullivan Team Penske 1:43:01
8 Molson Indy Toronto   Emerson Fittipaldi   Bobby Rahal Truesports 2:05:50
9 Michigan 500   Rick Mears   Johnny Rutherford Alex Morales Motorsports 3:38:45
10 Domino's Pizza 500   Michael Andretti   Mario Andretti Newman/Haas Racing 3:17:13
11 Escort Radar Warning 200   Mario Andretti   Bobby Rahal Truesports 1:56:18
12 Molson Indy Montreal   Rick Mears   Bobby Rahal Truesports 1:48:05
13 Pepsi Cola 250   Rick Mears   Bobby Rahal Truesports 1:22:33
14 Race for Life 200   Bobby Rahal   Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing 2:26:42
15 Champion Spark Plug 300k   Mario Andretti   Bobby Rahal Truesports 1:33:20
16 Circle K/Fiesta Bowl 200   Bobby Rahal   Michael Andretti Kraco Racing 1:29:06
17 Nissan Indy Challenge   Roberto Guerrero   Al Unser, Jr. Doug Shierson Racing 1:52:45
  • Indianapolis was USAC-sanctioned but counted towards the CART title.

Drivers points standingsEdit

Pos Driver PHX1   LBH   INDY   MIL   POR   MEA   CLE   TOR   MIC1   POC   MDO   SAN   MIC2   ROA   LAG   PHX2   MIA   Pts
1   Bobby Rahal 16 18 1 6 20 3 15 1 10* 14 1 1* 1 5 1* 3 8 179
2   Michael Andretti 15* 1* 6 1* 2* 20 2 19 11 11* 10 6 2* 2* 3 1* 18 171
3   Danny Sullivan 4 11 9 11 11 1 1* 2 25 16 3* 5 12 6 2 2 26 147
4   Al Unser Jr. 12 2 5 8 3 9 8 4* 8 6 5 2 21 11 23 6 1 137
5   Mario Andretti 7 5 32 5 1 24 3 3 21 1 24 8 10 9 4 4 11 136
6   Kevin Cogan 1 17 2 12 14 21 23 5 22 2 4 4 4 20 9 14 4 115
7   Emerson Fittipaldi 3 16 7 24 12 2 13 17 20 19 21 3 3 1 7 5 20 103
8   Rick Mears 19 20 3* 3 16 19 4 8 12 8 17 18 8 3 17 20 3 89
9   Roberto Guerrero 8 DNS 4 18 13 4* 17 20 24 21 2 17 22 4 5 12 2* 87
10   Tom Sneva 2 4 DNS 2 4 17 5 9 18 15 12 13 5 12 22 18 22 82
11   Johnny Rutherford 5 9 8 4 15 7 10 10 1 18 8 16 9 14 12 9 12 78
12   Geoff Brabham 10 3 12 21 7 22 14 14 4 12 20 11 11 22 6 8 5 64
13   Raúl Boesel 13 19 13 14 8 23 6 7 5 5 7 9 15 8 14 13 19 54
14   Josele Garza 23 7 18 7 17 8 7 23 2 7 14 24 45
15   Jacques Villeneuve 8 20 15 5 5 19 24 11 19 10 19 16 6 38
16   Roberto Moreno 20 6 19 13 18 18 25 18 6 10 16 6 16 20 10 17 30
17   Arie Luyendyk 6 15 15 9 16 24 6 23 17 18 13 7 10 15 21 29
18   Ed Pimm 22 22 17 10 6 12 15 24 7 11 7 10 29
19   Pancho Carter 16 3 3 15 28
20   Randy Lanier 11 13 10 20 9 6 9 21 19 21
21   A. J. Foyt 17 24 19 9 4 16 22 23 16
22   Jan Lammers 9 14 DNQ 8 23 9 13
23   Derek Daly DNQ 6 10 13 11
24   Johnny Parsons 27 22 21 16 29 7 23 11 8
25   Randy Lewis 10 10 20 11 15 24 18 14 8
26   Chip Robinson  RY  14 7 6
27   Spike Gehlhausen DNQ 7 22 18 6
28   Ian Ashley 15 9 23 4
29   Sammy Swindell 9 4
30   Mike Nish  R  DNQ DNS 10 24 22 3
31   Dominic Dobson  R  12 19 11 18 16 19 18 21 13 3
32   Rick Miaskiewicz  R  21 DNQ 16 15 11 13 DNS 2
33   Gary Bettenhausen 21 11 23 26 13 21 20 19 2
34   Dale Coyne DNQ 23 21 DNQ 12 DNQ DNQ 26 23 12 DNQ 17 DNS DNQ 25 2
35   John Morton 12 1
36   Rocky Moran  R  13 16 25 25 DNQ 21 15 21 16 0
37   Jeff MacPherson 22 15 13 DNQ 0
38   Desiré Wilson 13 19 16 0
39   Scott Brayton 24 30 13 27 19 0
40   Dennis Firestone DNQ 17 28 14 14 17 0
41   Al Unser 18 22 14 20 15 0
42   Dick Simon 14 22 23 20 0
43   Chip Ganassi 14 21 0
44   Steve Chassey DNQ 17 28 17 0
45   Danny Ongais 23 0
46   Tom Phillips 24 0
47   Rich Vogler 25 0
48   George Snider 26 27 0
49   Eddie Cheever 27 0
50   Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 28 0
51   Jim Crawford 29 0
52   Phil Krueger 31 0
-   Rupert Keegan  R  DNQ -
-   Herm Johnson DNQ -
-   John Paul, Jr. DNQ -
-   Steve Bren DNP -
-   Pete Halsmer DNP -
Pos Driver PHX1   LBH   INDY   MIL   POR   MEA   CLE   TOR   MIC1   POC   MDO   SAN   MIC2   ROA   LAG   PHX2   MIA   Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th-6th place
Light Blue 7th–12th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 12)
Purple Did not finish
(Ret)
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrew
(WD)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Driver
replacement
(Rpl)
Injured
(Inj)
Race not held
(NH)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie

ReferencesEdit

  • Åberg, Andreas. "PPG Indy Car World Series 1986". Driver Database. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  • "1986 PPG Indy Car World Series". Champ Car Stats. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  • "Official Box Score: 70th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  • "Champ Car > Standings after Beatrice Indy Challange [sic]". Champ Car World Series. October 22, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-10-22. Retrieved June 11, 2013.

See alsoEdit