1996 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix
|Race 5 of 16 in the 1996 IndyCar season|
Map of Nazareth Speedway
|Date||April 28, 1996|
|Official name||Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix|
|Location||Nazareth, Pennsylvania, United States|
1.000 mi / 1.609 km
200.000 mi / 321.869 km
|Driver||Paul Tracy (Penske Racing)|
|Driver||Emerson Fittipaldi (Hogan Penske Racing)|
|Time||20.388 (on lap 2 of 200)|
|First||Michael Andretti (Newman/Haas Racing)|
|Second||Greg Moore (Forsythe Racing)|
|Third||Al Unser, Jr. (Penske Racing)|
Start - Lap 95Edit
At lap 15, 1st caution came out as Hiro Matsushita collided with Juan Manuel Fangio II. The restart came out at lap 22. The top 10 at lap 25: Paul Tracy, Emerson Fittipaldi, Scott Pruett, Michael Andretti, Jimmy Vasser, Al Unser, Jr., Bobby Rahal, Robby Gordon, Greg Moore and Christian Fittipaldi. At lap 53, Hiro Matsushita was the 1st driver to retire. At lap 79, Andretti stalled his car after a 13.4 pitstop. He continued in the race. At the following lap, the race leader Paul Tracy had hit three mechanics in one move after stop his car in his pit area. The mechanics were not badly injured, but were taken to the hospital. At lap 89, Paul Tracy received a black flag penalty because of the incident with his mechanics. The top 6 at lap 95 was: Michael Andretti, Al Unser, Jr., Greg Moore, Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal and Christian Fittipaldi.
Lap 115- Lap 141Edit
At lap 115, 2nd caution came out, as Roberto Moreno lost one of his rear wheels. At the following lap, Gil de Ferran retired after having suspension problems. He collided with Adrian Fernandez in the pits. Restart came out at lap 128. At lap 141, the top 12 was: Michael Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser, Jr., Greg Moore, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Scott Pruett, Christian Fittipaldi, Raul Boesel, Robby Gordon and Adrian Fernandez.
Closing stages. 33 laps to goEdit
With 33 laps to go, 3rd caution came out as Robby Gordon hit the wall at turn 1. He retired. When the restart would come out, Raul Boesel's engine blew up. The restart came out with 23 laps to go. Andretti's lead was growing up and any problem happened to him as he won the race.
- Michael Andretti
- Greg Moore
- Al Unser, Jr.
- Emerson Fittipaldi
- Paul Tracy
- Bobby Rahal
- Jimmy Vasser
- Scott Pruett
- Christian Fittipaldi
- Adrian Fernandez
- Bryan Herta
- André Ribeiro
- Alex Zanardi
- Mike Groff
- Maurício Gugelmin
- Teo Fabi
- Eddie Lawson
- Jeff Krosnoff
- Stefan Johansson
- Parker Johnstone
Did not finishEdit
Points Standings after 5 racesEdit
- Last race - Teo Fabi
- After this race, Mark Blundell, who broke his foot in Brazil was in good conditions to race in the next round: The US 500.
- For the last time CART decided to run a 200 lap race in Nazareth Speedway. For 1997 until the last time CART raced there, it was a 225 lap race. After 2002, the race went to Indy Racing League, but it was still a 225 lap race.