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The 2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series was another season that saw a high level of parity, as only one driver, champion Buddy Lazier, won more than a single race. It also saw the beginning of the jump from CART as Al Unser Jr. moved to the series full-time and Chip Ganassi Racing came over to run the Indy 500, which it won with driver Juan Pablo Montoya. It was also the final season for the Riley & Scott chassis, which also saw its first series win in 2000.

2000 Indy Racing League season
Indy Racing Northern Light Series
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2000 Indy Racing League
Season
Races10 9
Start dateJanuary 29
End dateOctober 15
Awards
Drivers' championUnited States Buddy Lazier
Indianapolis 500 winnerColombia Juan Pablo Montoya
← 1999
2001 →
Buddy Lazier (left) won his first and only Drivers' Championship while Scott Goodyear (right) finished second in the championship.

A planned race at Cleveland was cancelled on September 9, 2000, and reverted to a CART event.

Contents

Team and driver chartEdit

Team Chassis Engine No. Drivers Rounds
  Team Menard Dallara Oldsmobile 1   Greg Ray All
  Galles Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 3   Al Unser Jr. All
  Panther Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 4   Scott Goodyear All
  Treadway Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 5   Robby McGehee All
55   Jason Leffler 3
  Raul Boesel 4
  Shigeaki Hattori 5-9
  Tri Star Motorsports Dallara Oldsmobile 6   Jeret Schroeder All
  Dick Simon Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 7   Stéphan Grégoire All
  Kelley Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 8   Scott Sharp All
28   Mark Dismore All
  A. J. Foyt Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 11   Eliseo Salazar All
14   Jeff Ward All
  Bradley Motorsports Dallara Oldsmobile 12   Buzz Calkins All
  Walker Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 15   Sarah Fisher 2-9
  Team Xtreme G-Force Oldsmobile 16   John Hollansworth, Jr. 1
  Davey Hamilton 2-8
  Jaques Lazier 9
88   Airton Daré All
  PDM Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 18   Sam Hornish, Jr. 1-6, 8-9
  Hubbard-Immke Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 20   Tyce Carlson 1-3, 5-9
  Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 24   Robbie Buhl All
  Blueprint Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 27   Niclas Jönsson 1
  Jimmy Kite 2-9
  Byrd-McCormack Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 30   Jon Herb 1
  Ronnie Johncox 2-3
  J.J. Yeley 7-9
Riley & Scott   Robby Unser 5-6
  Truscelli Team Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 33   Jaques Lazier 1, 3-6
  Bobby Regester 2
  Mid America Motorsports Dallara Oldsmobile 43   Doug Didero 1-3, 5-6
  Scott Harrington 7
  Jaques Lazier 8
  Davey Hamilton 9
  Team Cheever Dallara Infiniti Indy 51   Eddie Cheever All
  Team Pelfrey Dallara Oldsmobile 81   Billy Boat 1-3, 5-9
  Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 91   Buddy Lazier All
  Cahill Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 98   Donnie Beechler All
Part Time and Indy 500 Entries
  Tri Star Motorsports Dallara Oldsmobile 9   Robby Unser 1
21   Dr. Jack Miller 3
  Zak Morioka 9
  Target Chip Ganassi Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 9   Juan Pablo Montoya 4
10   Jimmy Vasser 4
  Logan Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 10   Stevie Reeves 7
19   Billy Roe 5
  Stevie Reeves 8-9
  Nienhouse Motorsports G-Force Oldsmobile 17   Niclas Jönsson 2
  Scott Harrington 3
  Indy Regency Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 22   Johnny Unser 4
  Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 23   Steve Knapp 4
  Team Menard Dallara Oldsmobile 32   Robby Gordon 4
  Team Coulson Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 40   Roberto Guerrero 8
  A. J. Foyt Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 41   Billy Boat 4
  Sinden Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 44   Davey Hamilton 1
  Hillenburg Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 48   Andy Hillenburg 4
  Treadway Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 50   Jason Leffler 4
  Pagan Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 75   Richie Hearn 4
  Dick Simon Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 90   Lyn St. James 4
  Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 92   Stan Wattles 4

Race summariesEdit

Delphi Indy 200Edit

This race was held January 29 at Walt Disney World Speedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 24- Robbie Buhl
  2. 91- Buddy Lazier
  3. 51- Eddie Cheever
  4. 4- Scott Goodyear
  5. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  6. 98- Donnie Beechler
  7. 14- Jeff Ward
  8. 12- Buzz Calkins
  9. 81- Billy Boat
  10. 55- Robby McGehee

MCI WorldCom Indy 200Edit

This race was held March 19 at Phoenix International Raceway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 4- Scott Goodyear
  3. 98- Donnie Beechler
  4. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  5. 8- Scott Sharp
  6. 81- Billy Boat
  7. 24- Robbie Buhl
  8. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  9. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  10. 51- Eddie Cheever

Vegas Indy 300Edit

This race was held April 22 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mark Dismore won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  2. 28- Mark Dismore
  3. 18- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 6- Jeret Schroeder
  5. 24- Robbie Buhl
  6. 5- Robby McGehee
  7. 81- Billy Boat
  8. 20- Tyce Carlson
  9. 1- Greg Ray
  10. 33- Jaques Lazier

84th Indianapolis 500Edit

The Indy 500 was held May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Greg Ray sat on pole.

Top ten results

  1. 9- Juan Pablo Montoya
  2. 91- Buddy Lazier
  3. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  4. 14- Jeff Ward
  5. 51- Eddie Cheever
  6. 32- Robby Gordon
  7. 10- Jimmy Vasser
  8. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  9. 4- Scott Goodyear
  10. 8- Scott Sharp

Casino Magic 500Edit

This race was held June 11 at Texas Motor Speedway. Buddy Lazier won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 8- Scott Sharp
  2. 5- Robby McGehee
  3. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  4. 12- Buzz Calkins
  5. 4- Scott Goodyear
  6. 28- Mark Dismore
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  9. 51- Eddie Cheever
  10. 88- Airton Daré

Radisson 200Edit

This race was held June 18 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 51- Eddie Cheever
  2. 88- Airton Daré
  3. 8- Scott Sharp
  4. 28- Mark Dismore
  5. 98- Donnie Beechler
  6. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  7. 6- Jeret Schroeder
  8. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  9. 33- Jaques Lazier
  10. 3- Al Unser, Jr.

Midas 500 ClassicEdit

This race was held July 15 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 1- Greg Ray
  2. 91- Buddy Lazier
  3. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  4. 5- Robby McGehee
  5. 98- Donnie Beechler
  6. 24- Robbie Buhl
  7. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  8. 81- Billy Boat
  9. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  10. 11- Eliseo Salazar

Belterra Resort Indy 300Edit

This race was held August 27 at Kentucky Speedway. Scott Goodyear won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 4- Scott Goodyear
  3. 15- Sarah Fisher
  4. 51- Eddie Cheever
  5. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  6. 14- Jeff Ward
  7. 1- Greg Ray
  8. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  9. 18- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  10. 98- Donnie Beechler

Excite 500Edit

This race was held October 15 at Texas Motor Speedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Scott Goodyear
  2. 51- Eddie Cheever
  3. 81- Billy Boat
  4. 91- Buddy Lazier
  5. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  6. 98- Donnie Beechler
  7. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  8. 14- Jeff Ward
  9. 12- Buzz Calkins
  10. 16- Jaques Lazier

ScheduleEdit

Season summaryEdit

Race resultsEdit

Rnd Race Pole position Fastest lap Most Laps Led Winner
1 Walt Disney World   Greg Ray   Mark Dismore   Robbie Buhl   Robbie Buhl
2 MCI WorldCom Indy 200   Greg Ray   Tyce Carlson   Scott Sharp   Buddy Lazier
3 Vegas Indy 300   Mark Dismore   Mark Dismore   Mark Dismore   Al Unser, Jr.
4 84th Indianapolis 500   Greg Ray   Buddy Lazier   Juan Pablo Montoya   Juan Pablo Montoya
5 Casino Magic 500   Buddy Lazier   Eddie Cheever   Al Unser, Jr.   Scott Sharp
6 Radisson 200   Greg Ray   Buzz Calkins   Scott Sharp   Eddie Cheever
7 Midas 500 Classic   Greg Ray   Donnie Beechler   Greg Ray   Greg Ray
8 Belterra Resort Indy 300   Scott Goodyear   Buddy Lazier   Scott Goodyear   Buddy Lazier
9 Excite 500   Greg Ray   Jaques Lazier   Al Unser, Jr.   Scott Goodyear

Note: All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Final points standingsEdit

Pos Driver WDW
PHX
LSV
INDY
TXS
PIK
ATL
KTY
TXS
Pts
1   Buddy Lazier 2 1 22 2 7 26 2 1 4 290
2   Scott Goodyear 4 2 12 9 5 16 11 2* 1 272
3   Eddie Cheever 3 10 11 5 9 1 21 4 2 257
4   Eliseo Salazar 5 4 18 3 17 6 10 25 5 210
5   Mark Dismore 16 16 2* 11 6 4 18 11 14 202
6   Donnie Beechler 6 3 26 12 22 5 5 10 6 202
7   Scott Sharp 15 5* 27 10 1 3* 16 24 24 196
8   Robbie Buhl 1* 7 5 26 18 23 6 13 18 190
9   Al Unser, Jr. 25 9 1 29 3* 10 3 27 17* 188
10   Billy Boat 9 6 7 15 23 18 8 18 3 181
11   Jeff Ward 7 11 21 4 19 15 19 6 8 176
12   Robby McGehee 10 24 6 21 2 13 4 14 24 174
13   Greg Ray 17 19 9 33 15 20 1* 7 26 172
14   Stéphane Grégoire 18 8 28 8 11 8 7 5 20 171
15   Buzz Calkins 8 23 25 18 4 12 23 12 9 145
16   Airton Daré  RY  11 22 14 25 10 2 25 19 12 142
17   Jeret Schroeder  R  19 12 4 14 21 7 24 26 16 136
18   Sarah Fisher  R  13 17 31 12 25 14 3 11 124
19   Tyce Carlson 13 15 8 DNQ 13 11 13 22 23 124
20   Jaques Lazier 23 10 13 14 9 20 10 112
21   Sam Hornish, Jr.  R  20 17 3 24 20 19 9 27 110
22   Shigeaki Hattori  R  DNP 8 17 9 8 7 109
23   Davey Hamilton 26 18 20 20 24 14 15 16 19 98
24   Jimmy Kite 26 16 30 16 24 12 17 21 79
25   Juan Pablo Montoya 1* 54
26   Doug Didero  R  14 25 19 DNQ 27 22 43
27   Ronnie Johncox 14 13 DNQ DNS 33
28   J. J. Yeley 17 15 25 33
29   Robby Gordon 6 28
30   Jason Leffler  R  15 17 28
31   Niclas Jönsson  R  12 21 27
32   Jimmy Vasser 7 26
33   Stevie Reeves  R  22 21 22 25
34   Robby Unser 24 DNQ 26 21 19
35   Scott Harrington 23 DNQ 20 17
36   Zak Morioka  R  15 15
37   Raul Boesel 16 14
38   Steve Knapp 19 11
39   Bobby Regester  R  20 10
40   John Hollansworth, Jr. 21 9
41   Jon Herb  R  22 8
42   Johnny Unser 22 8
43   Stan Wattles 23 DNP 7
44   Roberto Guerrero DNQ 23 7
45   Dr. Jack Miller 24 DNQ 6
46   Billy Roe 25 DNP 5
47   Richie Hearn 27 3
48   Andy Hillenburg  R  28 2
49   Lyn St. James 32 1
-   Ross Cheever DNQ 0
-   Dan Drinan DNQ 0
-   Wim Eyckmans DNP 0
-   Russ Gamester DNS 0
-   Memo Gidley DNQ 0
-   Davy Jones DNQ 0
-   Hideshi Matsuda DNQ 0
-   Casey Mears DNP 0
-   Andy Michner Wth Wth 0
-   David Pook DNP 0
-   Guy Smith 0
-   Tony Stewart DNP 0
Pos Driver WDW
PHX
LSV
INDY
TXS
PIK
ATL
KTY
TXS
Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th-10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
(Ret)
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
(2 points)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(1 point)
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns all the points
had they taken part.
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie
  • Ties in points broken by number of wins, followed by number of 2nds, 3rds, etc., and then by number of pole positions, followed by number of times qualified 2nd, etc.

Additional points were awarded to the pole winner (3 points), the second best qualifier (2 points), the third best qualifier (1 point) and to the driver leading the most laps (2 point).

See alsoEdit