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The 1996 PPG Indy Car World Series season, the eighteenth in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 16 races, beginning in Homestead, Florida on March 3 and concluding in Monterey, California on September 8. Rookie of the Year was Alex Zanardi. This was the first season after the split with the Indy Racing League and the last year that CART operated as "IndyCar," with the trademark reverting to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Indianapolis 500 was replaced by the U.S. 500, held in Brooklyn, Michigan.

1996 CART IndyCar season
PPG Indy Car World Series
Season
Races16
Start dateMarch 3
End dateSeptember 8
Awards
Drivers' championUnited States Jimmy Vasser
Constructors' CupUnited Kingdom Reynard
Manufacturers' CupJapan Honda
Nations' CupUnited States United States
Rookie of the YearItaly Alex Zanardi
← 1995
1997 (CART) →

The PPG Indy Car World Series Drivers' Champion was Jimmy Vasser, whose Honda/Reynard won four of the first six races, including the inaugural US 500. The competition soon starting catching up to Vasser, who had to fend off two late challenges from veterans: Al Unser Jr.'s consistent performance saw him come close to tying Vasser late in the season, but his hopes evaporated after a last-lap crash at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and an engine failure while leading on the final turn at Road America. Michael Andretti's resulting victory there and in Vancouver put him in contention at the final race, but a disappointing result at Laguna Seca gave Vasser the championship.

Rookie driver Jeff Krosnoff and a course worker died in an accident at the Toronto round, one week later Emerson Fittipaldi was in a serious accident at the start of the Marlboro 500 and had to retire.

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Teams and driversEdit

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1996 Indy Car World Series season.

Team Chassis Engine Tires No Drivers Rounds Primary Sponsor
Brahma Sports Team Reynard 96I Ford Cosworth XD G 1   Raul Boesel All Brahma
Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC-25 Mercedes IC 108C G 2   Al Unser, Jr. All Marlboro
3   Paul Tracy 1-12, 14-16
  Jan Magnussen 13
Target/Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 96I Honda F 4   Alex Zanardi  R  All Target
12   Jimmy Vasser All
Walker Racing Reynard 96I Ford Cosworth XD G 5   Robby Gordon All Valvoline
Reynard 96I Ford Cosworth XB G 15   Scott Goodyear 1-2, 11, 15-16 Valvoline DuraBlend
  Mike Groff 5
  Fredrik Ekblom 6
Newman/Haas Racing Lola T96/00 Ford Cosworth G 6   Michael Andretti All Texaco-Havoline
11   Christian Fittipaldi All Budweiser
Team Scandia Lola T96/00 Ford Cosworth XB G 7   Marco Greco 1-2 Int. Sports/Perry Ellis
  Eliseo Salazar 7, 9, 12-13 Cristal
22   Carlos Guerrero 1-3 Herdez
  Michel Jourdain, Jr.  R  4, 7-9, 15-16
Hall Racing Reynard 96I Honda G 8   Gil de Ferran All Pennzoil
Hogan Penske Racing Penske PC-25 Mercedes IC 108C G 9   Emerson Fittipaldi 1-12 Mobil 1
  Jan Magnussen  R  14-16
Galles Racing International Lola T96/00 Mercedes IC 108C G 10   Eddie Lawson  R  1-11 Delco Electronics
  Davy Jones 12-16
Bettenhausen Motorsports Reynard 96I Mercedes IC 108C G 16   Stefan Johansson All Alumax
Penske PC-23 Mercedes IC 108C G 26   Gary Bettenhausen 6 Alumax
PacWest Racing Group Reynard 96I Ford Cosworth XB G 17   Maurício Gugelmin All Hollywood Cigrettes
21   Mark Blundell  R  1-2, 6-16 VISA
  Teo Fabi 3-5
Team Rahal Reynard 96I Mercedes IC 108C G 18   Bobby Rahal All Miller
28   Bryan Herta All Shell
Payton/Coyne Racing Lola T96/00 Ford Cosworth XB F 19   Hiro Matsushita All Panasonic
34   Roberto Moreno All Data Control
Patrick Racing Lola T96/00 Ford Cosworth XD F 20   Scott Pruett All Firestone
Arciero-Wells Racing Reynard 96I Toyota F 25   Jeff Krosnoff  R  1-11 Arciero-Wells Racing 6
MCI 8
  Max Papis  R  13-14, 16
Tasman Motorsports Group Lola T96/00 Honda F 31   André Ribeiro All LCI International
32   Adrián Fernández All Tecate
All American Racers Eagle MK-V Toyota G 36   Juan Manuel Fangio II  R  All Castrol
98   P. J. Jones  R  6-16
Della Penna Motorsports Reynard 95I Ford Cosworth XB G 44   Richie Hearn  R  4, 11, 16 Ralphs
Brix Comptech Racing Reynard 96I Honda F 49   Parker Johnstone All Motorola
Project Indy Reynard 95I Ford Cosworth XB G 64   Dennis Vitolo 4 SmithKline Beecham
Player's/Forsythe Racing Reynard 96I Mercedes IC 108C F 99   Greg Moore  R  All Player's

ScheduleEdit

Rnd Date Race Name Circuit Location
1 March 3   Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Homestead-Miami Speedway (O) Homestead, Florida
2 March 17   IndyCar Rio 400 Autódromo de Jacarepaguá (O) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3 March 31   Australian Indy Car Grand Prix Surfers Paradise Street Circuit (S) Surfers Paradise, Australia
4 April 14   Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach (S) Long Beach, California
5 April 28   Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Nazareth Speedway (O) Nazareth, Pennsylvania
6 May 26   U.S. 500 Michigan International Speedway (O) Brooklyn, Michigan
7 June 2   Miller 200 Milwaukee Mile (O) West Allis, Wisconsin
8 June 9   ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix The Raceway on Belle Isle Park (S) Detroit, Michigan
9 June 23   Budweiser/G. I. Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway (R) Portland, Oregon
10 June 30   Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (S) Cleveland, Ohio
11 July 14   Molson Indy Exhibition Place (S) Toronto, Ontario
12 July 28   Marlboro 500 Michigan International Speedway (O) Brooklyn, Michigan
13 August 11   Miller 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (R) Lexington, Ohio
14 August 18   Texaco/Havoline 200 Road America (R) Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
15 September 1   Molson Indy Vancouver Streets of Vancouver (S) Vancouver, British Columbia
16 September 8   Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey Laguna Seca Raceway (R) Monterey, California

- Toronto was scheduled to run 170 miles, but was shortened due to the fatal accident of Jeff Krosnoff.

(R) Dedicated road course, (O) Oval/Speedway, (S) Temporary street circuit

Season SummaryEdit

Race resultsEdit

Rnd Race Pole position Fastest lap Race Winner Race time Report
Driver Team Chassis Engine
1   Homestead-Miami   Paul Tracy   Greg Moore   Jimmy Vasser Target Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 1:51:23 Report
2   Rio   Alex Zanardi   Gil de Ferran   André Ribeiro Tasman Motorsports Lola Honda 2:06:08 Report
3   Surfers Paradise   Jimmy Vasser   Jimmy Vasser   Jimmy Vasser Target Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 2:00:46 Report
4   Long Beach   Gil de Ferran   Paul Tracy   Jimmy Vasser Target Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 1:44:02 Report
5   Nazareth   Paul Tracy   Emerson Fittipaldi   Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford 1:25:08 Report
6   Michigan 1   Jimmy Vasser   Alex Zanardi   Jimmy Vasser Target Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 3:11:48 Report
7   Milwaukee   Paul Tracy   Michael Andretti   Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford 1:33:32 Report
8   Belle Isle   Scott Pruett   Christian Fittipaldi   Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford 2:00:44 Report
9   Portland   Alex Zanardi   Alex Zanardi   Alex Zanardi Target Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 1:50:25 Report
10   Cleveland   Jimmy Vasser   Jimmy Vasser   Gil de Ferran Jim Hall Racing Reynard Honda 1:35:39 Report
11   Toronto   André Ribeiro   Alex Zanardi   Adrián Fernández Tasman Motorsports Lola Honda 1:41:59 Report
12   Michigan 2   Jimmy Vasser   Adrián Fernández   André Ribeiro Tasman Motorsports Lola Honda 3:16:33 Report
13   Mid-Ohio   Alex Zanardi   Alex Zanardi   Alex Zanardi Target Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 1:46:49 Report
14   Road America   Alex Zanardi   Paul Tracy   Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford 1:56:33 Report
15   Vancouver   Alex Zanardi   Alex Zanardi   Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford 1:48:16 Report
16   Laguna Seca   Alex Zanardi   Alex Zanardi   Alex Zanardi Target Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 1:48:32 Report

Final driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver MIA   RIO   SUR   LBH   NAZ   US500   MIL   DET   POR   CLE   TOR   MIC   MDO   ROA   VAN   LAG   Pts
1   Jimmy Vasser 1 8 1* 1 7 1 10 12 13 10 8 9 2 6 7 4 154
2   Michael Andretti 9 22 19 7 1* 23 1 1 11 19 22 22 3 1 1* 9 132
3   Alex Zanardi  RY  24 4* 21 24 13 17* 13 11 1* 2 2* 21 1* 3 26 1* 132
4   Al Unser, Jr. 8 2 9 3 3 8 2* 22 4 4 13 4 13 10* 5 16 125
5   Christian Fittipaldi 6 5 5 21 9 12 6 2* 3 7 7 10 7 16 3 10 110
6   Gil de Ferran 2 10 11 5* 23 9 9 3 2 1* 18 19 17 25 4 25 104
7   Bobby Rahal 5 6 20 14 6 19 7 21 6 15 3 24 5 2 2 7 102
8   Bryan Herta 10 13 17 12 11 15 14 13 26 5 6 2 4 5 6 2 86
9   Greg Moore  R  7 18 3 22 2 13 5 20 25 3 4 17 9 23 25 6 84
10   Scott Pruett 4 3 2 11 8 26 12 10 23 8 10 13 21 7 20 3 82
11   André Ribeiro 16 1 8 27 12 4 8 24 7 20 21 1* 8 19 21 19 76
12   Adrián Fernández 11 14 23 6 10 DNS 11 4 12 6 1 20 6 13 8 11 71
13   Paul Tracy 23* 19 22 4 5 7 3 17 27 9 5 DNS 12 18 29 60
14   Maurício Gugelmin 26 25 4 15 15 2 15 16 16 21 12 3 26 21 24 5 53
15   Stefan Johansson 19 23 6 19 19 16 27 7 9 12 17 5 11 4 17 21 43
16   Mark Blundell  R  17 27 5 22 5 8 11 11 6 10 20 12 24 41
17   Parker Johnstone DNS 16 24 2 20 11 16 14 5 25 26 18 12 11 11 13 33
18   Robby Gordon 3 15 16 13 22 20 17 26 10 18 9 8 18 17 10 15 29
19   Emerson Fittipaldi 13 11 25 20 4 10 4 25 20 22 14 25 29
20   Eddie Lawson  R  15 21 7 9 17 6 20 6 15 24 15 26
21   Roberto Moreno 27 9 12 8 24 3 25 23 19 14 23 23 23 22 27 12 25
22   Raul Boesel 14 7 13 16 21 24 26 8 28 26 24 7 22 14 23 20 17
23   Juan Manuel Fangio II 21 17 15 25 25 22 19 18 14 13 28 14 20 8 19 28 5
24   Jan Magnussen  R  14 26 22 8 5
25   Scott Goodyear 12 DNS 19 9 18 5
26   P. J. Jones  R  Wth 24 9 24 23 20 16 25 18 13 27 4
27   Max Papis  R  24 9 22 4
28   Hiro Matsushita 18 24 10 28 26 14 28 19 21 17 27 15 19 15 15 23 3
29   Richie Hearn  R  10 25 17 3
30   Eliseo Salazar 21 18 11 15 2
31   Davy Jones 12 16 24 14 14 1
32   Marco Greco 25 12 1
33   Carlos Guerrero 20 20 14 0
34   Mike Groff 14 0
35   Jeff Krosnoff  R  22 26 18 26 18 18 18 15 17 16 161 0
36   Teo Fabi 18 16 Wth 0
37   Michel Jourdain, Jr.  R  23 23 DNS 22 16 26 0
38   Dennis Vitolo 17 0
39   Gary Bettenhausen 21 0
40   Fredrik Ekblom  R  25 0
Pos Driver MIA   RIO   SUR   LBH   NAZ   US500   MIL   DET   POR   CLE   TOR   MIC   MDO   ROA   VAN   LAG   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
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie

Note: 1 Jeff Krosnoff died in an accident at the Molson Indy Toronto.

Nation's CupEdit

  • Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Pos Country Pts
1   United States 282
2   Brazil 206
3   Italy 120
4   Canada 111
5   Mexico 71
6   Sweden 43
7   United Kingdom 41
8   Argentina 5
9   Denmark 5
10   Japan 3
11   Chile 2
Pos Country Pts

Chassis Constructor's CupEdit

Pos Chassis Pts Wins
1   Reynard 96I 276 8
2   Lola T9600 260 8
3   Penske PC-25/PC-23 139 0
4   Eagle MK V/96 9 0
Pos Chassis Pts Wins

Engine Manufacturer's CupEdit

Pos Engine Pts Wins
1   Honda 271 11
2   Ford XD/XB 234 5
3   Mercedes 218 0
4   Toyota 9 0
Pos Engine Pts Wins

Drivers breakdownEdit

Pos ↓ Car Driver ↓ Team ↓ Starts ↓ Wins ↓ Podiums ↓ Top 5s ↓ Top 10s ↓ Poles ↓ Points ↓
1 12   Vasser   Target Ganassi Racing 16 4 5 6 14 4 154
2 6   Andretti   Newman Haas Racing 16 5 6 6 9 131
3 4   Zanardi   Target Ganassi Racing 16 3 6 7 7 6 130
4 2   Unser, Jr.   Marlboro Team Penske 16 0 4 8 12 124
5 11   C. Fittipaldi   Newman Haas Racing 16 0 3 5 13 110
6 8   de Ferran   Jim Hall Racing 16 1 4 6 9 1 104
7 18   Rahal   Team Rahal 16 0 3 5 10 102
8 28   Herta   Team Rahal 16 0 2 5 8 86
9 99   Moore   Forsythe Racing 16 0 3 5 8 84
10 20   Pruett   Patrick Racing 16 0 3 4 9 1 82
11 31   Ribeiro   Tasman Motorsports 16 2 2 3 7 1 76
12 32   Fernandez   Tasman Motorsports 15 1 1 2 7 71
13 3   Tracy   Marlboro Team Penske 14 0 1 4 6 3 60
14 17   Gugelmin   PacWest Racing 16 0 2 4 4 53
15 16   Johansson   Bettenhausen Racing 16 0 0 2 5 43
16 21   Blundell   PacWest Racing 13 0 0 2 5 41
17 49   Johnstone   Comptech Racing 15 0 1 2 2 33
18 5   Gordon   Walker Racing 16 0 1 1 5 29
18 9   E. Fittipaldi   Hogan Penske 12 0 0 2 3 29
20 10   Lawson   Galles Racing 11 0 0 0 4 26
21 34   Moreno   Payton/Coyne Racing 15 0 1 1 3 25
22 1   Boesel   Brahma Sports Team 16 0 0 0 3 17
23 36   Fangio   All American Racing 16 0 0 0 1 5
23 9   Magnussen   Hogan Penske 4 0 0 0 1 5
23 15   Goodyear   Walker Racing 4 0 0 0 1 5
26 98   P.J. Jones   All American Racing 10 0 0 0 1 4
26 25   Papis   Arciero-Wells Racing 3 0 0 0 1 4
28 19   Matsushita   Payton/Coyne Racing 16 0 0 0 1 3
28 44   Hearn   Della Penna Motorsports 3 0 0 0 1 3
30 7   Salazar   Dick Simon Racing 4 0 0 0 0 2
31 10   D. Jones   Galles Racing 5 0 0 0 0 1
31 7   Greco   Dick Simon Racing 2 0 0 0 0 1
33 25   Krosnoff   Arciero-Wells Racing 11 0 0 0 0 0
33 22   Jourdain   Della Penna Motorsports 5 0 0 0 0 0
33 22   Guerrero   Dick Simon Racing 3 0 0 0 0 0
33 21   Fabi   PacWest Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0
33 15   Ekblom   Walker Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0
33 15   Groff   Walker Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0
33 26   Bettenhausen   Bettenhausen Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0
33 64   Vitolo   Project Indy 1 0 0 0 0 0

ReferencesEdit

  • Åberg, Andreas. "PPG Indy Car World Series 1996". Driver Database. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  • "1996 PPG Indy Car World Series". Champ Car Stats. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  • "Standings after Laguna Seca". Champ Car World Series. Archived from the original on 22 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-19.

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