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The 2002 FedEx Championship Series season, the twenty-fourth in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 19 races, beginning in Monterrey, Mexico on March 10 and concluding in Mexico City, Mexico on November 17. The FedEx Championship Series Drivers' Champion was Cristiano da Matta. Rookie of the Year was Mario Domínguez.

2002 CART season
FedEx Championship Series
Season
Races20 19
Start dateMarch 10
End dateNovember 17
Awards
Drivers' championBrazil Cristiano da Matta
Constructors' CupUnited Kingdom Lola
Manufacturers' CupJapan Toyota
Nations' CupBrazil Brazil
Rookie of the YearMexico Mario Domínguez
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Sports television channel ESPN dropped CART coverage for the 2002 season. CBS and Speed Channel took its place for two seasons.[1]

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Drivers and teamsEdit

Bridgestone became the exclusive tire supplier for CART, replacing Firestone, an association that would continue until the final Champ Car season in 2007.[2] The 2002 season was last to feature multiple engine manufacturers.

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2002 CART Championship Series season.

Team Chassis Engine No Drivers Races Primary Sponsors
  Target Chip Ganassi Racing Lola B2/00 Toyota 4   Bruno Junqueira All Target
Coors Light 1
12   Kenny Bräck All
44   Scott Dixon 4-19
  Walker Racing Reynard 02i Toyota 5   Toranosuke Takagi All Pioneer
  Newman/Haas Racing Lola B2/00 Toyota 6   Cristiano da Matta All Havoline 12
Chevron 7
11   Christian Fittipaldi All Eli Lilly
  Team Rahal Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 8   Jimmy Vasser All Shell
9   Michel Jourdain, Jr. All Gigante
  Mo Nunn Racing Reynard 02i Honda 10   Tony Kanaan 1-3 Pioneer
Lola B2/00 4-19
  Herdez Competition Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 16   Mario Domínguez 1-4 Herdez
55 5-19
  Patrick Racing Reynard 02i Toyota 20   Townsend Bell 1-9 Visteon
  Oriol Servià 10-19
  Team KOOL Green Reynard 02i Honda 26   Paul Tracy 1-2 KOOL 18
Team Green 1
27   Dario Franchitti 1-3
Lola B2/00 26   Paul Tracy 3-19
27   Dario Franchitti 4-19
  Team Player's Reynard 02i Ford-Cosworth 32   Patrick Carpentier All Player's 18
It's Your World 1
33   Alex Tagliani All
  Team Motorola Reynard 02i Honda 39   Michael Andretti 1-2 Motorola
Lola B2/00 3-19
  Fernández Racing Lola B2/00 Honda 51   Adrián Fernández 1-10, 12-17 Tecate
  Max Papis 11, 18
  Luis Díaz 19
52   Shinji Nakano All Alpine
Part Time Entries
  PWR Championship Racing Lola B2/00 Toyota 7   Scott Dixon 1-3 PWR Championship Racing
17   Oriol Servià 1-3 Air Eight
  Team St. George
  Dale Coyne Racing
Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 19   Darren Manning 15 RAC AutoWindscreens
  André Lotterer 19 J.A.G. Sports
  Sigma Autosport Lola B2/00 Ford-Cosworth 22   Max Papis 1-5 Rockwell FirstPoint

Team changesEdit

The biggest change to the team lineup in the 2002 CART season was the defection of Team Penske to the rival Indy Racing League.[3] The departure of Team Penske, a CART stalwart from its earliest days, was an early sign of a major shift in the CART-IRL rivalry. Several other major CART powers would follow Penske to the IRL for the 2003 season. Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Mo Nunn Racing both set up separate IRL teams in 2002, but continued to compete in CART for the time being, though Mo Nunn downsized his team to a single car. They would be among the teams to leave CART for the IRL in 2003. Blair Racing also left CART for IRL.[4] Patrick Racing downsized their effort to a single car, while Forsythe Racing shutdown their third car driven by Bryan Herta in 2001 for lack of sponsorship.[5]

Driver changesEdit

1996 series champion Jimmy Vasser, one of two former champions in the 2002 field (the other being Michael Andretti), left Patrick Racing for Team Rahal.[6] Joining him at Rahal was Michel Jourdain Jr. who left Herdez Competition.[7] Rahal's 2001 drivers, Kenny Bräck and Max Papis moved to Target Chip Ganassi Racing[8] and Sigma Autosport.[9] Papis took the seat previously occupied by Oriol Servià, who replaced the retiring Maurício Gugelmin at PWR Championship Racing. The 2002 season started with two rookies. 2001 Dayton Indy Lights champion Townsend Bell led a one car effort at Patrick Racing.[10] Mario Domínguez signed on for another single car effort with Herdez Competition.[11]

In-season changesEdit

RacesEdit

Rnd Race Name Circuit City/Location Date
1   Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey Fundidora Park (S) Monterrey, Mexico March 10
2   Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach (S) Long Beach, California April 14
3   Bridgestone Potenza 500 Twin Ring Motegi (O) Motegi, Japan April 27
4   Miller Lite 250 Milwaukee Mile (O) West Allis, Wisconsin June 2
5   Grand Prix of Monterey Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (R) Monterey, California June 9
6   G.I. Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway (R) Portland, Oregon June 16
7   Grand Prix of Chicago Chicago Motor Speedway (O) Cicero, Illinois June 30
8   Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place (S) Toronto, Ontario July 7
9   Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (S) Cleveland, Ohio July 14
10   Molson Indy Vancouver Streets of Vancouver (S) Vancouver, British Columbia July 28
11   Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (R) Lexington, Ohio August 11
12   Grand Prix of Road America Road America (R) Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin August 18
13   Molson Indy Montreal Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (R) Montreal, Quebec August 25
14   Shell Grand Prix of Denver Streets of Denver (S) Denver, Colorado September 1
15   Rockingham 500 Rockingham Motor Speedway (O) Corby, United Kingdom September 14
-   German 500 (Cancelled) EuroSpeedway Lausitz (O) Klettwitz, Germany September 21
16   Grand Prix Americas Miami Bayfront Park Street Circuit (S) Miami, Florida October 6
17   Honda Indy 300 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit (S) Surfers Paradise, Australia October 27
18   The 500 Presented by Toyota California Speedway (O) Fontana, California November 3
19   Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez (R) Mexico City, Mexico November 17

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

Season summaryEdit

Race resultsEdit

Rnd Race Name Pole position Fastest lap Lead most laps Winning driver Winning team Report
1   Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey   Adrián Fernández   Cristiano da Matta   Cristiano da Matta   Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Report
2   Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach   Jimmy Vasser   Bruno Junqueira   Michael Andretti   Michael Andretti Team Motorola Report
3   Bridgestone Potenza 500   Bruno Junqueira   Tony Kanaan   Tony Kanaan   Bruno Junqueira Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
4   Miller Lite 250   Adrián Fernández   Kenny Bräck   Paul Tracy   Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green Report
5   Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Shell 300   Cristiano da Matta   Cristiano da Matta   Cristiano da Matta   Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Report
6   G.I. Joe's 200   Cristiano da Matta   Bruno Junqueira   Cristiano da Matta
  Kenny Bräck
  Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Report
7   CART Grand Prix of Chicago   Dario Franchitti   Paul Tracy   Cristiano da Matta   Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Report
8   Molson Indy Toronto   Cristiano da Matta   Cristiano da Matta   Cristiano da Matta   Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Report
9   Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank   Cristiano da Matta   Paul Tracy   Patrick Carpentier   Patrick Carpentier Team Player's Report
10   Molson Indy Vancouver   Cristiano da Matta   Cristiano da Matta   Paul Tracy   Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green Report
11   CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio   Patrick Carpentier   Cristiano da Matta   Patrick Carpentier   Patrick Carpentier Team Player's Report
12   The Grand Prix at Road America featuring the Motorola 220   Bruno Junqueira   Bruno Junqueira   Paul Tracy   Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Report
13   Molson Indy Montreal   Cristiano da Matta   Dario Franchitti   Dario Franchitti   Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green Report
14   Shell Grand Prix of Denver   Bruno Junqueira   Kenny Bräck   Bruno Junqueira   Bruno Junqueira Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
15   Sure for Men Rockingham 500   Kenny Bräck   Jimmy Vasser   Kenny Bräck   Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green Report
16   Grand Prix Americas   Tony Kanaan   Christian Fittipaldi   Cristiano da Matta   Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Report
17   Honda Indy 300   Cristiano da Matta   Cristiano da Matta   Cristiano da Matta   Mario Domínguez Herdez Competition Report
18   The 500 Presented by Toyota   Tony Kanaan   Oriol Servià   Jimmy Vasser   Jimmy Vasser Team Rahal Report
19   Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante Presented by Banamex/Visa   Bruno Junqueira   Shinji Nakano   Tony Kanaan   Kenny Bräck Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report

Final driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver MTY   LBH   MOT   MIL   LAG   POR   CHI   TOR   CLE   VAN   MDO   ROA   MTL   DEN   ROC   MIA   SUR   FON   MEX   Pts
1   Cristiano da Matta 1* 8 13 11 1* 1* 1* 1* 16 12 13 1 2 3 2 1* 8* 11 2 237
2   Bruno Junqueira 11 17 1 10 4 2 2 14 13 9 4 3 13 1* 5 5 14 9 3 164
3   Patrick Carpentier 7 19 4 15 5 5 16 10 1* 5 1* 7 15 17 3 16 2 3 4 157
4   Dario Franchitti 2 9 3 12 19 3 3 13 14 1 17 12 1* 18 1 10 7 10 5 148
5   Christian Fittipaldi 3 13 12 4 2 13 14 3 12 13 2 6 7 5 17 2 11 7 15 122
6   Kenny Bräck 18 5 17 8 3 15 18 2 4 18 6 14 18 7 8* 13 4 12 1 114
7   Jimmy Vasser 20 2 20 9 8 16 17 6 6 17 8 5 5 10 7 3 12 1* 11 114
8   Alex Tagliani 5 16 2 19 10 12 7 7 5 7 7 2 11 12 18 4 6 8 10 111
9   Michael Andretti 12 1* 16 7 11 9 15 11 2 6 3 10 8 13 10 8 9 2 17 110
10   Michel Jourdain, Jr. 4 4 5 5 9 6 10 12 9 4 11 9 6 9 11 6 10 13 13 105
11   Paul Tracy 8 7 19 1* 17 17 9 16 3 2* 18 13* 4 8 19 12 3 17 16 101
12   Tony Kanaan 16 20 15* 16 12 8 8 17 8 3 14 4 3 6 15 9 5 4 8* 99
13   Scott Dixon 6 18 9 6 6 7 6 5 15 16 5 17 10 2 12 18 15 6 7 97
14   Adrián Fernández 13 10 7 2 18 14 13 9 11 8 18 12 4 14 7 DNS 59
15   Toranosuke Takagi 14 6 8 14 16 18 4 8 7 15 12 15 14 15 6 15 DNS 18 6 53
16   Oriol Servià 10 11 6 14 10 16 16 11 4 17 16 5 9 44
17   Shinji Nakano 15 12 10 18 14 11 5 4 10 11 9 11 9 16 16 14 13 15 14 43
18   Mario Domínguez  RY  17 14 11 17 15 10 11 18 17 10 16 8 17 14 13 11 1 16 18 37
19   Max Papis 9 3 18 3 13 15 14 32
20   Townsend Bell  R  19 15 14 13 7 4 12 15 18 19
21   Darren Manning  R  9 4
22   André Lotterer  R  12 1
23   Luis Díaz  R  19 0
Pos Driver MTY   LBH   MOT   MIL   LAG   POR   CHI   TOR   CLE   VAN   MDO   ROA   MTL   DEN   ROC   MIA   SUR   FON   MEX   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 MTY   LBH   MOT   MIL   LAG   POR   CHI   TOR   CLE   VAN   MDO   ROA   MTL   DEN   ROC   MIA   SUR   FON   MEX   Pts
1   Brazil 1 8 1 4 1 1 1 1 8 3 2 1 2 1 2 1 5 4 2 325
2   Canada 5 7 2 1 5 5 7 7 1 2 1 2 4 8 3 4 2 3 4 247
3   United States 12 1 14 7 7 4 12 6 2 6 3 5 5 10 7 3 9 1 11 164
4   United Kingdom 2 9 3 12 19 3 3 13 14 1 17 12 1 18 1 10 7 10 5 148
5   Mexico 4 4 5 2 9 6 10 9 9 4 11 8 6 4 11 6 1 13 13 142
6   Sweden 18 5 17 8 3 15 18 2 4 18 6 14 18 7 8 13 4 12 1 113
7   New Zealand 6 18 9 6 6 7 6 5 15 16 5 17 10 2 12 18 15 6 7 96
8   Japan 14 6 8 14 14 11 4 4 7 11 9 11 9 15 6 14 13 15 6 73
9   Spain 10 11 6 14 10 16 16 11 4 17 16 5 9 44
10   Italy 9 3 18 3 13 15 14 32
11   Germany 12 1
Pos Country MTY   LBH   MOT   MIL   LAG   POR   CHI   TOR   CLE   VAN   MDO   ROA   MTL   DEN   ROC   MIA   SUR   FON   MEX   Pts

Chassis Constructor's CupEdit

Pos Chassis Pts
1   Lola 401
2   Reynard 235
Pos Chassis Pts

Engine Manufacturer's CupEdit

Pos Engine Pts
1   Toyota 332
2   Honda 283
3   /   Ford-Cosworth 259
Pos Engine Pts

Driver breakdownEdit

Pos Driver Team Entries Wins Podiums Top 5s Top 10s Poles Laps Led Points
1   da Matta   Newman-Haas Racing 19 7 11 11 13 7 619 237
2   Junqueira   Target Chip Ganassi Racing 19 2 6 10 12 4 196 164
3   Carpentier   Team Player's 19 2 5 10 13 1 159 157
4   Franchitti   Team KOOL Green 19 3 7 8 11 1 252 148
5   Fittipaldi   Newman-Haas Racing 19 0 5 7 11 1 18 122
6   Bräck   Target Chip Ganassi Racing 19 1 3 6 10 1 268 114
7   Vasser   Team Rahal 19 1 3 5 12 1 162 114
8   Tagliani   Team Player's 19 0 2 5 12 0 115 111
9   Andretti   Team Motorola 19 1 3 3 11 0 90 110
10   Jourdain, Jr.   Team Rahal 19 0 0 5 14 0 24 105
11   Tracy   Team KOOL Green 19 1 4 5 9 0 314 101
12   Kanaan   Mo Nunn Racing 19 0 2 5 11 2 145 99
13   Dixon   PWR Championship Racing
  Target Chip Ganassi Racing
19 0 1 3 12 0 0 97
14   Fernández   Fernández Racing 16 0 1 2 6 2 15 57
15   Takagi   Walker Motorsport 19 0 0 1 7 0 0 53
16   Servià   PWR Championship Racing
  Patrick Racing
13 0 0 2 6 0 0 44
17   Nakano   Fernández Racing 19 0 0 2 6 0 10 43
18   Domínguez (R)   Herdez Competition 19 1 1 1 3 0 5 37
19   Papis   Sigma Autosport
  Fernández Racing
7 0 2 2 3 0 1 32
20   Bell (R)   Patrick Racing 9 0 0 1 2 0 0 19
21   Manning (R)   Team St. George 1 0 0 0 1 0 18 4
22   Lotterer (R)   Dale Coyne Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
23   Díaz (R)   Fernández Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

NotesEdit

  1. ^ CBS set for first CART broadcast in seven years - Crash.net
  2. ^ "Bridgestone set as tire for 2002". motorsport.com. 2001-10-31. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  3. ^ "Penske, a driving force behind the launch of CART leaves for IRL". motorsport.com. 2001-12-06. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  4. ^ "Blair Racing forms new team". motorsport.com. 2002-01-09. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  5. ^ "Forsythe Hilliard shop to shutdown, Herta out of ride". motorsport.com. 2001-11-13. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  6. ^ "Vasser signs with Team Rahal for 2002". motorsport.com. 2001-10-12. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  7. ^ "Michel Jourdain Jr., Gigante sign with Team Rahal". motorsport.com. 2002-01-30. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  8. ^ "Kenny Brack signs with Ganassi Racing for 2002". motorsport.com. 2001-08-16. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  9. ^ "Papis signs with Sigma for 2002 season". motorsport.com. 2002-01-21. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  10. ^ "Patrick Racing signs Townsend Bell". motorsport.com. 2002-12-20. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  11. ^ "Team Herdez names Dominguez as 2002 driver". motorsport.com. 2002-12-06. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  12. ^ "Dixon moves to Ganassi Racing". motorsport.com. 2002-05-29. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  13. ^ "PWR suspends operation of Servia's No. 17". motorsport.com. 2002-05-16. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  14. ^ "Portland: Sigma Autosport withdraws from event". motorsport.com. 2002-06-15. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  15. ^ "Servia replaces Bell at Patrick Racing". motorsport.com. 2002-07-23. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  16. ^ "Mid-Ohio: Papis to replace injured Fernandez". motorsport.com. 2002-08-05. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  17. ^ "Manning named Team St. George Rockingham driver". motorsport.com. 2002-09-06. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  18. ^ "Papis to substitute for Fernandez at Fontana". motorsport.com. 2002-10-29. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  19. ^ "Fernandez to sit out Mexico GP". motorsport.com. 2002-11-14. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  20. ^ "Dale Coyne to field car at Mexico City". motorsport.com. 2002-11-08. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-02-05.

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