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The 1996 Rio 400 was a CART race which happened at the Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway. It happened on March 17, 1996. It was the 2nd round of the 1996 IndyCar season.

Brazil 1996 Rio 400
Race details
Race 2 of 16 in the 1996 IndyCar season
DateMarch 17, 1996
Official nameIndyCar Rio 400
LocationEmerson Fittipaldi Speedway, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
CoursePermanent racing facility
1.864 mi / 3.000 km
Distance133 laps
247.912 mph mi / 398.976 km/h km
Pole position
DriverAlex Zanardi (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time167.084 mph
Fastest lap
DriverGil de Ferran (Jim Hall)
Time167.3 mph (on lap of 133)
FirstAndré Ribeiro (Tasman Motorsports)
SecondAl Unser, Jr. (Penske Racing)
ThirdScott Pruett (Patrick Racing)

Starting gridEdit


Lap 3Edit

First full course caution was out, as Juan Manuel Fangio II had slowed down. Green flag came out on lap 5.

Lap 11Edit

Second full course caution came out, as Mark Blundell had a serious crash in turn 4. He suffered a broken foot.

Lap 12Edit

Top 6: Alex Zanardi, Greg Moore, André Ribeiro, Gil de Ferran, Jimmy Vasser and Bobby Rahal. On lap 23, green flag came out once again.

Lap 40Edit

Third full course caution was out, as Adrian Fernandez spun and crashed in turn 1. Green flag came out on lap 44.

Lap 52Edit

Top 6: Zanardi, Moore, Ribeiro, Robby Gordon, de Ferran and Al Unser, Jr.

Some laps laterEdit

Fourth full course caution. Problems for Emerson Fittipaldi, as he slowed down. Green flag came out on lap 64.

Lap 80Edit

Gil de Ferran runs out of fuel. Fifth full course caution.

Lap 83Edit

Top 6: Moore, Michael Andretti, Gordon, Rahal, Raul Boesel and Parker Johnstone. Green flag came out on lap 91.

Lap 96Edit

Sixth full course caution as Carlos Guerrero had an expired engine. Green flag came out on lap 104.

Lap 113Edit

Top 6: Moore, Ribeiro, Gordon, Scott Pruett, Unser, Jr. and Rahal.

Lap 115Edit

Greg Moore retires with suspension problems. Ribeiro leads. Seventh full course caution. Few laps later, restart came out.

Lap 124Edit

Eighth and last full course caution of the race as Robby Gordon hits the wall in turn 1. Green flag came out on lap 129.

Final resultsEdit

Top 12

  1. André Ribeiro 133 laps
  2. Al Unser, Jr. +2.14 seconds
  3. Scott Pruett
  4. Alex Zanardi
  5. Christian Fittipaldi
  6. Bobby Rahal
  7. Raul Boesel
  8. Jimmy Vasser +1
  9. Roberto Moreno +1
  10. Gil de Ferran +2
  11. Emerson Fittipaldi +2
  12. Marco Greco +2

Drivers who did not complete the raceEdit

  1. Robby Gordon +9 Contact
  2. Parker Johnstone +15 Fuel
  3. Greg Moore +17 Contact
  4. Paul Tracy +31 Contact w/ Greco
  5. Carlos Guerrero +38 Engine
  6. Eddie Lawson +46 Broken drive line
  7. Michael Andretti +47 Engine
  8. Stefan Johansson +72 Cooling
  9. Hiro Matsushita +80 Header
  10. Maurício Gugelmin +84 Suspension
  11. Jeff Krosnoff +96 Engine
  12. Mark Blundell +123 Contact

Point standingsEdit

After 2 of 16 races

  1. Scott Pruett 26 points
  2. Jimmy Vasser 25 points
  3. Al Unser, Jr. 21 points
  4. André Ribeiro 20 points
  5. Gil de Ferran 19 points
  6. Bobby Rahal 18 points
Previous race:
1996 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami
IndyCar World Series
1996 season
Next race:
1996 Bartercard Indycar Australia

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1997 Hollywood Rio 400k