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1993 Australian FAI IndyCar Grand Prix

The 1993 Australian FAI IndyCar Grand Prix was the opening round of the 1993 CART World Series season, held on 21 March 1993 on the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, Australia. The race was won by series débutant Nigel Mansell, the reigning Formula One World Champion from 1992. Mansell also became the first person to win their first IndyCar race since Graham Hill had won the 1966 Indianapolis 500.

Australia 1993 Surfers Paradise
Race details
Race 1 of 16 in the 1993 IndyCar season
Surfers Paradise Street Circuit.svg
Map of the track
Date21 March, 1993
Official name1993 Australian FAI IndyCar Grand Prix
LocationSurfers Paradise Street Circuit
Queensland, Australia
CourseTemporary Street Circuit
2.794 mi / 4.496 km
Distance65 laps
181.610 mi / 292.240 km
Pole position
DriverNigel Mansell (Newman-Haas Racing)
Time1:38.555
Fastest lap
DriverNigel Mansell (Newman-Haas Racing)
Time1:39.67 (on lap of 65)
Podium
FirstNigel Mansell (Newman-Haas Racing)
SecondEmerson Fittipaldi (Marlboro Team Penske)
ThirdRobby Gordon (Copenhagen Racing)

Due to the appearance of Mansell in the CART World Series, over 800 press passes were given out by the race organisers. This was second only in number for the series to the amount of press at the Indianapolis 500.

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos Nat Name Team Car Time
1   Nigel Mansell Newman-Haas Racing Lola T93/06 Ford XB Cosworth 1:38.555
2   Emerson Fittipaldi Team Penske Penske PC-22-93 Chevrolet-Ilmor C 1:38.882
3   Paul Tracy Team Penske Penske PC-22-93 Chevrolet-Ilmor C 1:39.171
4   Robby Gordon AJ Foyt Enterprises Lola T92/00 Ford XB Cosworth 1:39.435
5   Arie Luyendyk Chip Ganassi Racing Lola T93/06 Ford XB Cosworth 1:39.635
6   Mario Andretti Newman-Haas Racing Lola T93/06 Ford XB Cosworth 1:39.739
7   Scott Goodyear Walker Motorsport Lola T93/06 Ford XB Cosworth 1:40.127
8   Raul Boesel Dick Simon Racing Lola T93/06 Ford XB Cosworth 1:40.488
9   Jimmy Vasser Hayhoe Racing Lola T92/00 Chevrolet-Ilmor A 1:40.645
10   Scott Brayton Dick Simon Racing Lola T93/06 Ford XB Cosworth 1:40.980
11   Mark Smith Arciero Racing Penske PC21-92 Chevrolet-Ilmor B 1:40.992
12   Teo Fabi Racing Team VDS Lola T93/07 Chevrolet-Ilmor C 1:41.066
13   Bobby Rahal Rahal-Hogan Racing Rahal-Hogan RH-001 Chevrolet-Ilmor C 1:41.096
14   Al Unser, Jr. Galles Racing Lola T93/07 Chevrolet-Ilmor C 1:41.180
15   Roberto Guerrero King Racing Lola T93/07 Chevrolet-Ilmor C 1:41.481
16   Eddie Cheever Turley Motorsports Penske PC21-92 Chevrolet-Ilmor B 1:41.848
17   Robbie Buhl Dale Coyne Racing Lola T92/00 Chevrolet-Ilmor A 1:43.311
18   Stefan Johansson Bettenhausen Motorsports Penske PC-22-93 Chevrolet-Ilmor C 1:43.908
19   Andrea Chiesa Euromotorsport Lola T92/00 Cosworth DFS 1:43.985
20   Gary Brabham Split Cycle Racing Lola T92/00 Chevrolet-Ilmor A 1:44.351
21   Danny Sullivan Galles Racing Lola T93/07 Chevrolet-Ilmor C 1:44.958
22   Ross Bentley Dale Coyne Racing Lola T92/00 Chevrolet-Ilmor A 1:45.213
23   Andrea Montermini Dale Coyne Racing Lola T92/00 Chevrolet-Ilmor A 1:46.224
24   Hiro Matsushita Walker Motorsport Lola T93/06 Ford XB Cosworth 1:46.342
25   Buddy Lazier Leader Cards Racing Lola T91/00 Chevrolet-Ilmor A 1:46.970
26   Marco Greco International Sport Lola T92/00 Chevrolet-Ilmor A 1:48.068

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Nigel Mansell Newman-Haas Racing 65 1:52:02.886 1 21
2 4   Emerson Fittipaldi Team Penske 65 +5.1 secs 2 17
3 14   Robby Gordon AJ Foyt Enterprises 65 +10.7 secs 4 14
4 6   Mario Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 65 +25.4 secs 6 12
5 10   Arie Luyendyk Chip Ganassi Racing 65 +25.4 secs 5 10
6 1   Bobby Rahal Rahal-Hogan Racing 64 + 1 lap 13 8
7 69   Eddie Cheever Turley Motorsports 64 + 1 lap 13 6
8 9   Raul Boesel Dick Simon Racing 64 + 1 lap 8 5
9 8   Teo Fabi Racing Team VDS 64 + 1 lap 12 4
10 2   Scott Goodyear Walker Motorsport 63 + 2 laps 7 3
11 15   Hiro Matsushita Walker Motorsport 63 + 2 laps 24 2
12 16   Stefan Johansson Bettenhausen Racing 63 + 2 laps 18 1
13 18   Danny Sullivan Galles Racing 62 + 3 laps 21
14 90   Gary Brabham Split Cycle Racing 62 + 3 laps 20
15 3   Al Unser, Jr. Galles Racing 62 + 3 laps 14
16 22   Scott Brayton Dick Simon Racing 61 + 4 laps 14
17 39   Ross Bentley Dale Coyne Racing 56 + 9 laps 22
18 25   Mark Smith Arciero Racing 50 + 15 laps 11
19 40   Roberto Guerrero King Racing 49 Transmission 15
20 20   Buddy Lazier Leader Cards Racing 35 Suspension 25
21 12   Paul Tracy Team Penske 30 Electrical 3
22 25   Marco Greco International Sport 18 Contact 26
23 19   Robbie Buhl Dale Coyne Racing 15 Transmission 17
24 18   Jimmy Vasser Hayhoe Racing 12 Contact 9
25 50   Andrea Montermini Dale Coyne Racing 9 Fuel pressure 23
26 42   Andrea Chiesa Euromotorsport 2 Electrical 19

NotesEdit

  • Average Speed 97.284 mph

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