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1997 CART PPG World Series

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The 1997 CART PPG World Series season, the nineteenth in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 17 races, beginning in Homestead, Florida on March 2 and concluding in Fontana, California on September 28. The PPG CART World Series Drivers' Champion was Alex Zanardi. Rookie of the Year was Patrick Carpentier.

1997 CART season
PPG CART World Series
1997 CART season
Season
Races17
Start dateMarch 2
End dateSeptember 28
Awards
Drivers' championItaly Alex Zanardi
Constructors' CupUnited Kingdom Reynard
Manufacturers' CupGermany Mercedes
Nations' CupUnited States United States
Rookie of the YearCanada Patrick Carpentier
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After a settlement with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, CART relinquished its license of the "IndyCar" trademark for 1997 and beyond. As a result, the series was renamed for the first time since 1980. The CART term, which had been mostly eschewed since 1992, was brought back and embraced, a new logo was unveiled, and participants were encouraged to refer to the machines of the CART series as "Champ Cars". The revival of the historic term (and curtailing the use of the mostly generic term "Indy cars") helped to differentiate the machines from those of the rival Indy Racing League, and was part of a concerted and necessary effort to distance the series from the Indianapolis 500, to which it no longer had any link.[1] This was also the last year of title sponsorship by PPG Industries, although the Driver's Championship continued to be known as the PPG Cup until 1999.

Drivers and constructorsEdit

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1997 CART World Series season.

Team Chassis Engine Tires No Drivers Rounds Primary Sponsors
  Target Chip Ganassi Reynard 97i Honda F 1   Jimmy Vasser All Target
4   Alex Zanardi 1-16
  Arie Luyendyk 17
  Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC-26-97 Ilmor-Mercedes-Benz
IC108D
G 2   Al Unser Jr. All Marlboro
3   Paul Tracy All
  Walker Racing Reynard 97i Honda G 5   Gil de Ferran All Valvoline
  Newman-Haas Racing Swift 007.i Ford XD G 6   Michael Andretti All Texaco-Havoline
11   Christian Fittipaldi 1-2, 9-17 Budweiser
  Roberto Moreno 3-8
  Team Rahal Reynard 97i Ford XD G 7   Bobby Rahal All Miller Lite
8   Bryan Herta All Shell
  Hogan Racing Reynard 97i Mercedes-Benz F 9   Dario Franchitti (R) 1-16 Hogan Racing
  Robby Gordon 17
  Bettenhausen Racing Reynard 97i Mercedes-Benz G 16   Patrick Carpentier (R) 1-14, 17 Alumax
  Roberto Moreno 15-16
  PacWest Reynard 97i Mercedes-Benz F 17   Maurício Gugelmin All Hollywood Cigarettes
18   Mark Blundell All Motorola
  Payton/Coyne Racing Reynard 97i Ford XD G 19   Michel Jourdain Jr. 11, 14, 16 Herdez
Lola T97/00 1-10, 12-13, 15, 17
34   Roberto Moreno 1 Data Control
  Paul Jasper (R) 2-7 Hype
  Christian Danner 8-9 Payton/Coyne Racing
  Charlie Nearburg (R) 10, 13 Nearburg Exploration
  Dennis Vitolo 11-12 Payton/Coyne Racing
Reynard 97i   Charlie Nearburg (R) 14, 16 Nearburg Exploration
  Christian Danner 15 Payton/Coyne Racing
  Dennis Vitolo 17 SmithKline Beecham
  Patrick Racing Reynard 97i Ford XB F 20   Scott Pruett All Brahma
Ford XD 40   Raul Boesel All
  Della Penna Motorsports Lola T97/00 Ford XD G 21   Richie Hearn All Ralphs
  Arciero-Wells Racing Reynard 97i Toyota F 24   Hiro Matsushita All Panasonic
25   Max Papis All MCI
  Team KOOL Green Reynard 97i Honda F 27   Parker Johnstone All KOOL
  Tasman Motorsports Reynard 97i Honda F 31   André Ribeiro 10-17 LCI
Lola T97/00 1-9
32   Adrian Fernández All Tecate
  All American Racing Reynard 96i
Reynard 97i
Toyota G 36   Juan Manuel Fangio II All Castrol
98   P. J. Jones All
  Project Indy Lola T97/00 Ford XD G 64   Dennis Vitolo 1, 3-4, 15-16 SmithKline Beecham
  Arnd Meier (R) 2, 5-6, 8-14, 17 Hasseröder
  Davis Racing Reynard 97i Ford XD G 77   Gualter Salles (R) All Davis Racing 2
Indusval 15
  Forsythe Racing Reynard 97i Mercedes-Benz F 99   Greg Moore All Player's

ScheduleEdit

Rnd Date Race Name Circuit Location
1 March 2   Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Homestead-Miami Speedway (O) Homestead, Florida
2 April 6   Sunbelt Indy Carnival Surfers Paradise Street Circuit (S) Surfers Paradise, Australia
3 April 13   Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach (S) Long Beach, California
4 April 27   Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Nazareth Speedway (O) Nazareth, Pennsylvania
5 May 11   Rio 400K Autódromo de Jacarepaguá (O) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6 May 24   Motorola 300 Gateway International Raceway (O) Madison, Illinois
7 June 1   Miller 200 Milwaukee Mile (O) West Allis, Wisconsin
8 June 8   ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix The Raceway on Belle Isle Park (S) Detroit, Michigan
9 June 22   Budweiser/G. I. Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway (R) Portland, Oregon
10 July 13   Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (S) Cleveland, Ohio
11 July 20   Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place (S) Toronto, Ontario
12 July 27   U.S 500 Michigan International Speedway (O) Brooklyn, Michigan
13 August 10   Miller 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (R) Lexington, Ohio
14 August 17   Texaco/Havoline 200 Road America (R) Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
15 August 31   Molson Indy Vancouver Streets of Vancouver (S) Vancouver, British Columbia
16 September 7   Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey Laguna Seca Raceway (R) Monterey, California
17 September 28   Marlboro 500 California Speedway (O) Fontana, California

- The Australian Indy Grand Prix was supposed to run 182 miles, but was shortened due to time constraints.

- Portland was supposed to be 193 miles, but was shortened due to rain.

Season summaryEdit

Race resultsEdit

Rnd Race Pole position Fastest lap Race Winner Race time Report
Driver Team Chassis Engine
1   Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami   Alex Zanardi   Michael Andretti   Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Swift Ford 1:38:45 Report
2   Sunbelt Indy Carnival Australia   Alex Zanardi   Alex Zanardi   Scott Pruett Patrick Racing Reynard Ford 2:01:04 Report
3   Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach   Gil de Ferran   Alex Zanardi   Alex Zanardi Target Chip Ganassi Reynard Honda 1:46:17 Report
4   Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix   Paul Tracy   Paul Tracy   Paul Tracy Marlboro Team Penske Penske Mercedes 1:53:31 Report
5   Hollywood Rio 400k   Maurício Gugelmin   Gil de Ferran   Paul Tracy Marlboro Team Penske Penske Mercedes 2:10:47 Report
6   Motorola 300   Raul Boesel   Dario Franchitti   Paul Tracy Marlboro Team Penske Penske Mercedes 2:37:54 Report
7   Miller 200   Paul Tracy   Paul Tracy   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing Reynard Mercedes 1:43:32 Report
8   ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix   Gil de Ferran   Dario Franchitti   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing Reynard Mercedes 1:52:45 Report
9   Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200   Scott Pruett   Raul Boesel   Mark Blundell PacWest Reynard Mercedes 2:00:12 Report
10   Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland   Alex Zanardi   Alex Zanardi   Alex Zanardi Target Chip Ganassi Reynard Honda 1:41:40 Report
11   Molson Indy   Dario Franchitti   Mark Blundell   Mark Blundell PacWest Reynard Mercedes 1:45:43 Report
12   U.S. 500   Scott Pruett   Maurício Gugelmin   Alex Zanardi Target Chip Ganassi Reynard Honda 2:59:35 Report
13   Miller 200   Bryan Herta   Alex Zanardi   Alex Zanardi Target Chip Ganassi Reynard Honda 1:41:16 Report
14   Texaco/Havoline 200   Maurício Gugelmin   Alex Zanardi   Alex Zanardi Target Chip Ganassi Reynard Honda 1:57:54 Report
15   Molson Indy Vancouver   Alex Zanardi   Alex Zanardi   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Reynard Mercedes 1:47:17 Report
16   Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey   Bryan Herta   Mark Blundell   Jimmy Vasser Target Chip Ganassi Reynard Honda 1:41:38 Report
17   Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota   Maurício Gugelmin   Greg Moore   Mark Blundell PacWest Reynard Mercedes 3:02:42 Report

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

Final driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver MIA   SUR   LBH   NAZ   RIO   GAT   MIL   DET   POR   CLE   TOR   MIC   MDO   ROA   VAN   LAG   FON   Pts
1   Alex Zanardi 7 4 1* 11 4 4 13 26 11 1 2 1* 1* 1 4 3 DNS 195
2   Gil de Ferran 22 5 21 4 11 3 7 3* 2 2* 25 3 6 3 3 5 6 162
3   Jimmy Vasser 3 12 9 5 9 5 3 4 19 13 7 24 5 8 2* 1* 2 144
4   Maurício Gugelmin 6 17 2 9 22 6 5 16 6* 15 6 6 7 2 1 9 4 132
5   Paul Tracy 2 19* 7 1* 1 1 6 Wth 7 7 10 4 27 28 28 26 26 121
6   Mark Blundell 14 8 13 19 8 24 12 17 1 9 1* 2 26 16* 7 2 1 115
7   Greg Moore 4 2 23 16 2 13 1* 1 5 24 23 27 2 18 17 24 13 111
8   Michael Andretti 1* 3 22 2 21 11* 2 2 8 23 4 21 8 26 16 27 19 108
9   Scott Pruett 5 1 3 10 3 19 9 24 17 8 5 14 9 5 18 16 7 102
10   Raul Boesel 17 7 8 8 5 14 4 6 3 16 8 18 4 21 6 8 20 91
11   Bryan Herta 10 22 6 7 6 22 15 7 21 3 17 5 24 11 8 6 21 72
12   Bobby Rahal 16 10 10 6 10* 20 11 9 24 5 9 17 3 6 24 19 5 70
13   Al Unser Jr. 27 27 4 3 7 18 20 8 25 4 20 20 22 7 5 11 22 67
14   André Ribeiro 12 6 14 26 15 10 26 25 13 14 3 23 10 22 10 4 17* 45
15   Christian Fittipaldi 26 28 4 6 11 16 21 4 9 21 9 42
16   Parker Johnstone 8 21 5 17 12 7 25 20 9 10 12 25 12 23 11 12 11 36
17   Patrick Carpentier  RY  9 15 15 12 28 2 8 15 16 12 16 15 15 27 DNS 27
18   Adrián Fernández 13 11 11 23 26 8 24 27 10 17 14 26 23 12 19 23 3 27
19   Roberto Moreno 24 24 14 18 25 10 5 15 10 16
20   Gualter Salles  R  15 24 18 24 19 12 22 21 23 19 18 10 20 13 26 7 14 10
21   Richie Hearn 11 13 27 18 14 9 23 23 14 28 27 22 13 9 22 25 15 10
22   Dario Franchitti  R  25 9 12 13 27 17 16 13 26 11 26 19 11 25 13 13 10
23   Juan Manuel Fangio II 20 20 26 15 20 23 21 10 22 21 19 11 25 10 12 15 27 9
24   Max Papis 19 14 25 22 13 26 19 11 28 27 15 8 14 15 20 14 12 8
25   Dennis Vitolo 23 Wth DNS 28 7 27 20 16 6
26   Robby Gordon 8 5
27   Hiro Matsushita 21 25 20 25 23 15 17 19 15 20 22 9 19 24 14 28 23 4
28   P. J. Jones 28 26 16 21 16 21 14 14 20 25 21 28 17 14 25 17 10 3
29   Michel Jourdain Jr. 18 18 17 20 17 16 27 22 12 18 13 13 18 20 21 22 18 1
30   Arnd Meier  R  16 25 DNS 18 18 22 24 12 16 19 25 1
31   Christian Danner 12 27 23 1
32   Charlie Nearburg  R  26 DNS 17 18 0
33   Paul Jasper  R  23 19 DNS 24 DNS 18 0
34   Arie Luyendyk 24 0
Pos Driver MIA   SUR   LBH   NAZ   RIO   GAT   MIL   DET   POR   CLE   TOR   MIC   MDO   ROA   VAN   LAG   FON   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

Nation's CupEdit

  • Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Pos Country Pts
1   United States 252
2   Brazil 238
3   Italy 198
4   Canada 190
5   England 115
6   Mexico 27
7   Scotland 10
8   Argentina 9
9   Japan 4
10   Germany 2
11   Netherlands 0
Pos Country Pts

Chassis Constructor's CupEdit

Pos Chassis Pts Wins
1   Reynard 97I/96I 346 13
2   Penske PC-26 156 3
3   Swift 007.i 143 1
4   Lola T9700 45 0
Pos Chassis Pts Wins

Engine Manufacturer's CupEdit

Pos Engine Pts Wins
1   Mercedes 316 9
2   Honda 290 6
3   Ford XD/XB 230 2
4   Toyota 15 0
Pos Engine Pts Wins

ReferencesEdit

  • Åberg, Andreas. "CART FedEx Champ Car World Series 1997 (sic)". Driver Database. Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  • "1997 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series (sic)". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  • "PPG Helps Penske Racing Go "Green" with ENVIROBASE High Performance Coatings" (Press release). PPG Industries. 2009-03-09. Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-05-20.
  • "Standings after California". Champ Car World Series. Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-05-19.

See alsoEdit