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2001 Indy Racing League

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The 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series saw the addition of five races and loss of one to bring the total to 13. Chip Ganassi Racing returned to the Indy 500 with four cars and were joined on the grid by Penske Racing and Team Kool Green. Sam Hornish, Jr. won 3 races on his way to the championship while the less consistent Buddy Lazier won four races on his way to second place in his title defense.

2001 Indy Racing League season
Indy Racing Northern Light Series
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2000 Indy Racing League
Season
Races 13
Start date March 18
End date October 6
Awards
Drivers' champion United States Sam Hornish, Jr.
Indianapolis 500 winner Brazil Hélio Castroneves
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Sam Hornish, Jr. (left) won his first Drivers' Championship (second straight title) while Buddy Lazier (right) finished second in the championship.

Contents

Team and driver chartEdit

Team Chassis Engine No. Drivers Round(s)
  Team Menard Dallara IR-01 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 2   Greg Ray 1-10
  Jaques Lazier 11-13
  Galles Racing G-Force GF05B Oldsmobile 3   Al Unser Jr. All
32   Didier André (R) All
  Panther Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 4   Sam Hornish Jr. All
  Kelley Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 8   Scott Sharp All
28   Mark Dismore All
  Cahill Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 10   Robby McGehee 1-5, 8-13
  A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Oldsmobile 11   Donnie Beechler 4-12
  Greg Ray 13
14   Eliseo Salazar All
  Bradley Motorsports Dallara Oldsmobile 12   Buzz Calkins All
  Walker Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 15   Sarah Fisher All
  Treadway-Hubbard Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 21   Felipe Giaffone (R) All
  Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G-Force Nissan Infiniti VRH35ADE V8 24   Robbie Buhl All
  Heritage Motorsports G-Force Oldsmobile 35   Jeff Ward All
  Team Cheever Dallara Nissan 51   Eddie Cheever All
  Vertex-Cunningham Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 55   Shigeaki Hattori All
  Zali Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 81   John Paul Jr. 4
  Billy Roe 5-13
  Team Xtreme G-Force Oldsmobile 88   Airton Daré All
  Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 91   Buddy Lazier All
  Curb-Agajanian-Beck Motorsports Dallara Oldsmobile 98   Billy Boat All
  Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Oldsmobile 99   Davey Hamilton 1-5
  Richie Hearn 6, 12
  Jaques Lazier 7-10
  Alex Barron 11
Part Time and Indy 500 Entries
  Treadway-Hubbard Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 5   Arie Luyendyk 4
  Rick Treadway (R) 10, 12-13
  Tri-Star Motorsports Dallara Oldsmobile 6   Tyce Carlson 1
60 4
  Richie Hearn 4
9   Jeret Schroeder 1-5, 7-8
18   Jon Herb (R) 2-4, 8
  Dick Simon Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 7   Stéphan Grégoire 1-4
  Roberto Guerrero 4
17 4
  Cahill Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 11   Dr. Jack Miller 3-4
  Indy Regency Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 16   Cory Witherill (R) 3-4
  Truscelli Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 18   Johnny Unser 4
  PDM Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 18   Jon Herb (R) 12-13
  Blueprint Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 27   John Hollansworth Jr. 2
  Jim Guthrie 4
  McCormack Motorsports G-Force Oldsmobile 30   Brandon Erwin (R) 1-5
  Jimmy Kite 4
  Galles Racing G-Force GF05B Oldsmobile 31   Casey Mears (R) 1-4
  Chip Ganassi Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 33   Tony Stewart 4
44   Jimmy Vasser 4
49   Nicolas Minassian 4
50   Bruno Junqueira 4
  Conquest Racing Dallara Nissan 34   Laurent Rédon 12-13
  Heritage Motorsports G-Force Oldsmobile 36   Stéphan Grégoire 4
  Brayton Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 37   Steve Knapp 4
61   Memo Gidley 4
  Team Motorola Dallara Oldsmobile 39   Michael Andretti 4
  A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Oldsmobile 41   Robby Gordon 4
  Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Oldsmobile 44   Anthony Lazzaro (R) 11, 13
  Team Cheever Dallara Nissan 52   Scott Goodyear 4
  Team Penske Dallara Oldsmobile 66   Gil de Ferran 1, 4
68   Hélio Castroneves 1, 4
  Team Xtreme G-Force Oldsmobile 77   Jaques Lazier 4-6
  Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Oldsmobile 92   Stan Wattles 1-3
  Chris Menninga (R) 11-13
93   Steve Knapp 4
94   Stan Wattles 4

Race summariesEdit

Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200Edit

This race was held March 18 at Phoenix International Raceway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  3. 91- Buddy Lazier
  4. 8- Scott Sharp
  5. 98- Billy Boat
  6. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  7. 35- Jeff Ward
  8. 10- Robby McGehee
  9. 12- Buzz Calkins
  10. 88- Airton Daré

Infiniti Grand Prix of MiamiEdit

This race was held April 8 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jeff Ward won the pole. Sarah Fisher's second place was the highest finish in an Indy car race by a female driver at the time.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 15- Sarah Fisher
  3. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  4. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  5. 35- Jeff Ward
  6. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  7. 28- Mark Dismore
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 51- Eddie Cheever
  10. 32- Didier André

zMax 500Edit

This race was held April 28 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Greg Ray won the pole. A huge 11-car pileup occurred on lap 54, sending Dr. Jack Miller to the hospital with a concussion. It would be Miller's final race. This is also the final Indy car race held at Atlanta to-date.

Top ten results

  1. 2- Greg Ray
  2. 8- Scott Sharp
  3. 12- Buzz Calkins
  4. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  5. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  6. 91- Buddy Lazier
  7. 35- Jeff Ward
  8. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  9. 88- Airton Daré
  10. 21- Felipe Giaffone

85th Indianapolis 500Edit

The Indy 500 was held May 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scott Sharp sat on pole. Sharp crashed on the opening lap, and finished last. Team Penske returned to Indy after failing to qualify in 1995 and boycotting the race due to the IRL/CART "split" from 1996-2000. Penske finishes 1st-2nd with Hélio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran, Roger Penske's first-ever 1-2 at Indy as an owner.

Top ten results

  1. 68- Hélio Castroneves
  2. 66- Gil de Ferran
  3. 39- Michael Andretti
  4. 44- Jimmy Vasser
  5. 50- Bruno Junqueira
  6. 33- Tony Stewart
  7. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  8. 88- Airton Daré
  9. 98- Billy Boat
  10. 21- Felipe Giaffone

Casino Magic 500Edit

This race was held June 9 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mark Dismore won the pole. Scott Sharp stole the win after Eddie Cheever and Greg Ray crashed hard on the backstretch while battling for the victory in the final laps. Robby McGehee, who was running many laps down, was also caught up in the mishap; McGehee suffered leg and head injuries and missed several races. A more serious crash on lap 56 involved Davey Hamilton, who lost control after Jeret Schroeder blew an engine, and Hamilton drove in the oil. Hamilton then crashed hard into the turn 2 wall, causing serious injuries to both legs and feet. The crash effectively ended Hamilton's full-time racing career.

Top ten results

  1. 8- Scott Sharp
  2. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  3. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 91- Buddy Lazier
  5. 98- Billy Boat
  6. 11- Donnie Beechler
  7. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  8. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  9. 77- Jaques Lazier
  10. 55- Shigeaki Hattori

Radisson Indy 200Edit

This race was held June 17 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 24- Robbie Buhl
  4. 98- Billy Boat
  5. 88- Airton Daré
  6. 51- Eddie Cheever
  7. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 99- Richie Hearn
  10. 15- Sarah Fisher

SunTrust Indy ChallengeEdit

This race was held June 30 at Richmond International Raceway. Jaques Lazier won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  4. 32- Didier Andre
  5. 8- Scott Sharp
  6. 28- Mark Dismore
  7. 11- Donnie Beechler
  8. 35- Jeff Ward
  9. 24- Robbie Buhl
  10. 12- Buzz Calkins

Ameristar Casino Indy 200Edit

This race was held July 8 at Kansas Speedway. Scott Sharp won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 51- Eddie Cheever
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 11- Donnie Beechler
  4. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  5. 91- Buddy Lazier
  6. 88- Airton Daré
  7. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  8. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  9. 98- Billy Boat
  10. 10- Robby McGehee

Harrah's 200Edit

This race was held July 21 at Nashville Superspeedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 98- Billy Boat
  3. 99- Jaques Lazier
  4. 10- Robby McGehee
  5. 8- Scott Sharp
  6. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  7. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  8. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  9. 12- Buzz Calkins
  10. 11- Donnie Beechler

Belterra Resort Indy 300Edit

This race was held August 12 at Kentucky Speedway. Scott Sharp won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 8- Scott Sharp
  3. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  5. 11- Donnie Beechler
  6. 98- Billy Boat
  7. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  8. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  9. 24- Robbie Buhl
  10. 35- Jeff Ward

Gateway Indy 250Edit

This race was held August 26 at Gateway International Raceway. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  2. 28- Mark Dismore
  3. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 51- Eddie Cheever
  5. 24- Robbie Buhl
  6. 98- Billy Boat
  7. 35- Jeff Ward
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 88- Airton Daré
  10. 10- Robby McGehee

Delphi Indy 300Edit

This race was held September 2 at Chicagoland Speedway. Jaques Lazier won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 2- Jaques Lazier
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 51- Eddie Cheever
  4. 35- Jeff Ward
  5. 11- Donnie Beechler
  6. 99- Richie Hearn
  7. 34- Laurent Rédon
  8. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  9. 12- Buzz Calkins
  10. 21- Felipe Giaffone

Chevy 500Edit

This race was held October 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 8- Scott Sharp
  3. 24- Robbie Buhl
  4. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  5. 5- Rick Treadway
  6. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  7. 88- Airton Daré
  8. 11- Greg Ray
  9. 18- Jon Herb
  10. 12- Buzz Calkins

ScheduleEdit

Season summaryEdit

Race resultsEdit

Rnd Race Pole position Fastest lap Most Laps Led Winner
1 Phoenix   Greg Ray   Billy Boat   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Sam Hornish, Jr.
2 Homestead-Miami   Jeff Ward   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Sam Hornish, Jr.
3 Atlanta   Greg Ray   Greg Ray   Greg Ray   Greg Ray
4 Indianapolis   Scott Sharp   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Hélio Castroneves   Hélio Castroneves
5 Texas 1   Mark Dismore   Eddie Cheever   Greg Ray   Scott Sharp
6 Pikes Peak   Greg Ray   Billy Boat   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Buddy Lazier
7 Richmond   Jaques Lazier   Buddy Lazier   Buddy Lazier   Buddy Lazier
8 Kansas   Scott Sharp   Mark Dismore   Eddie Cheever   Eddie Cheever
9 Nashville   Greg Ray   Buddy Lazier   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Buddy Lazier
10 Kentucky   Scott Sharp   Mark Dismore   Scott Sharp   Buddy Lazier
11 Gateway   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Robbie Buhl   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Al Unser, Jr.
12 Chicagoland   Jaques Lazier   Robbie Buhl   Jaques Lazier   Jaques Lazier
13 Texas 2   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Felipe Giaffone   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Sam Hornish, Jr.

Note: All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Final points standingsEdit

Pos Driver PHX
HOM
ATL
INDY
TXS
PIK
RIR
KAN
NSH
KTY
GAT
CHI
TXS
Pts
1   Sam Hornish, Jr. 1* 1* 4 14 3 2* 2 2 6* 3 3* 2 1* 503
2   Buddy Lazier 3 20 6 18 4 1 1* 5 1 1 13 11 17 398
3   Scott Sharp 4 8 2 33 1 8 5 17 5 2* 8 25 2 355
4   Billy Boat 5 13 14 9 5 4 18 9 2 6 6 12 12 313
5   Eliseo Salazar 2 3 5 7 7 14 12 7 11 15 17 18 4 308
6   Felipe Giaffone  RY  6 4 10 10 2 7 11 4 8 8 20 10 21 304
7   Al Unser, Jr. 23 6 17 30 8 11 3 20 14 4 1 8 6 287
8   Eddie Cheever 19 9 24 26 12 6 13 1* 15 21 4 3 18 261
9   Buzz Calkins 9 16 3 12 15 15 10 13 9 16 22 9 10 242
10   Airton Daré 10 23 9 8 19 5 15 6 17 20 9 19 7 239
11   Jeff Ward 7 5 7 24 16 12 8 Wth 20 10 7 4 24 238
12   Robbie Buhl 11 24 20 15 21 3 9 21 13 9 5 22 3 237
13   Shigeaki Hattori 13 15 8 DNQ 10 DNS 14 8 7 7 15 21 16 215
14   Mark Dismore 25 7 26 16 20 13 6 11 16 22 2 17 23 205
15   Donnie Beechler 25 6 16 7 3 10 5 14 5 204
16   Robby McGehee 8 12 21 11 14 10 4 18 10 20 14 196
17   Jaques Lazier 22 9 17 19 18 3 12 16 1* 20 195
18   Greg Ray 22 21 1* 17 11* 18 DNS 14 18 13 8 193
19   Sarah Fisher 17 2 11 31 18 10 17 12 19 19 11 24 25 188
20   Didier André  R  27 10 13 DNQ 17 19 4 16 21 11 12 13 15 188
21   Billy Roe 13 20 20 22 12 14 23 23 22 101
22   Jeret Schroeder 26 14 19 20 23 16 15 77
23   Jon Herb  R  25 16 27 DNS 19 15 9 70
24   Hélio Castroneves 18 1* 64
25   Rick Treadway  R  17 14 5 59
26   Davey Hamilton 12 19 18 23 24 54
27   Richie Hearn DNQ 9 6 50
28   Gil de Ferran 24 2 46
29   Laurent Rédon  R  7 11 45
30   Brandon Erwin  R  14 17 27 DNQ 22 40
31   Casey Mears  R  20 11 23 DNQ 36
32   Stan Wattles 16 26 12 DNQ 36
33   Chris Menninga  R  19 16 19 36
34   Michael Andretti 3 35
35   Stéphane Grégoire 21 22 15 28 DNQ 34
36   Jimmy Vasser 4 32
37   Bruno Junqueira 5 30
38   Anthony Lazzaro  R  18 13 29
39   Tony Stewart 6 28
40   Cory Witherill  R  22 19 19
41   Arie Luyendyk 13 17
42   Tyce Carlson 15 DNQ 15
43   John Hollansworth, Jr. 18 12
44   Alex Barron 21 9
45   Robby Gordon 21 9
46   Dr. Jack Miller 25 DNQ 5
47   Nicolas Minassian 29 1
48   Scott Goodyear 32 1
-   Raul Boesel DNQ 0
-   Memo Gidley DNQ 0
-   Roberto Guerrero DNQ 0
-   Jim Guthrie DNQ 0
-   Jimmy Kite DNQ 0
-   Steve Knapp DNQ 0
-   John Paul, Jr. DNQ 0
-   Lyn St. James DNQ 0
-   Johnny Unser DNP 0
-   Johnny Herbert DNP 0
Pos Driver PHX
HOM
ATL
INDY
TXS
PIK
RIR
KAN
NSH
KTY
GAT
CHI
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.

See alsoEdit