1996 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix

The 1996 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix was a CART race which happened at the Nazareth Speedway on April 28, 1996. It was the 5th round of the 1996 IndyCar season.

United States 1996 Nazareth
Race details
Race 5 of 16 in the 1996 IndyCar season
Map of Nazareth Speedway
DateApril 28, 1996
Official nameBosch Spark Plug Grand Prix
LocationNazareth, Pennsylvania, United States
1.000 mi / 1.609 km
Distance200 laps
200.000 mi / 321.869 km
Pole position
DriverPaul Tracy (Penske Racing)
Fastest lap
DriverEmerson Fittipaldi (Hogan Penske Racing)
Time20.388 (on lap 2 of 200)
FirstMichael Andretti (Newman/Haas Racing)
SecondGreg Moore (Forsythe Racing)
ThirdAl Unser Jr. (Penske Racing)



Penske Racing driver Paul Tracy set the a mph speed of 190.737 mph, and also, the pole. It was a New Track Record.



Start - Lap 95


At lap 15, the first caution came out as Hiro Matsushita collided with Juan Manuel Fangio II. The restart came out at lap 22. The top ten at lap 25 were: 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 first 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 hit three mechanics in one move then after that he was able to stop his car in his pit stall. 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 six at lap 95 was: Michael Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Greg Moore, Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal and Christian Fittipaldi.

Lap 115- Lap 141


At lap 115, the second caution came out, as Roberto Moreno lost one of his rear wheels. At the following lap, Gil de Ferran retired after having suspension problems due to colliding with Adrian Fernandez in the pits. The restart came out at lap 128. At lap 141, the top twelve 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 go


With 33 laps to go, the third caution came out as Robby Gordon hit the wall at turn one. 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 and no problems happened to him as he won the race.

Final results

  1. Michael Andretti
  2. Greg Moore
  3. Al Unser Jr.
  4. Emerson Fittipaldi
  5. Paul Tracy
  6. Bobby Rahal
  7. Jimmy Vasser
  8. Scott Pruett
  9. Christian Fittipaldi
  10. Adrian Fernandez
  11. Bryan Herta
  12. André Ribeiro
  13. Alex Zanardi
  14. Mike Groff
  15. Maurício Gugelmin
  16. Teo Fabi
  17. Eddie Lawson
  18. Jeff Krosnoff
  19. Stefan Johansson
  20. Parker Johnstone

Did not finish


21. Raul Boesel engine

22. Robby Gordon contact

23. Gil de Ferran suspension

24. Roberto Moreno lost wheel

25. Juan Manuel Fangio II engine

26. Hiro Matsushita suspension

Points Standings after 5 races

  1. Jimmy Vasser 73 points
  2. Al Unser Jr. 53 points
  3. Scott Pruett 49 points
  4. Greg Moore 36 points
  5. Gil de Ferran 33 points
  6. Christian Fittipaldi 32 points


  1. Last race - Teo Fabi
  2. After this race, Mark Blundell, who broke his foot in Brazil was cleared by CART officials to race in the next round: The US 500.
  3. For the last time CART decided to run a 200 lap race in Nazareth Speedway. For 1997 until 2002 when CART had its final race there, it was a 225 lap race. After 2002, the race went to Indy Racing League, but it was still a 225 lap race.