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The 2002 Indy Racing League (IRL) was one of transition, with two reigning CART championship teams, Team Penske and Target Chip Ganassi Racing, joining the series with full time entries. The Oldsmobile engine was rebranded as a Chevrolet, and both Honda and Toyota announced their participation in the series starting in 2003 while Infiniti announced its withdrawal.

2002 Indy Racing League season
Indy Racing League
2002 Indy Racing League
Season
Races15
Start dateMarch 2
End dateSeptember 15
Awards
Drivers' championUnited States Sam Hornish Jr.
Indianapolis 500 winnerBrazil Hélio Castroneves
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Sam Hornish, Jr. (left) won his second Drivers' Championship (second straight title) while Hélio Castroneves (right) finished second in the championship.

Sam Hornish Jr. won 5 races on his way to his second straight championship ahead of Penske juggernaut Hélio Castroneves, winner of three races including a second straight Indy 500, on his way to second in the championship.

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Team and driver chartEdit

Team Chassis Engine # Drivers Rounds
  Team Menard Dallara Chevrolet 2   Jaques Lazier 1-4
  P. J. Jones 5
  Raul Boesel 5-6
  Mark Dismore 7-11
  Vitor Meira (R) 12-15
  Marlboro Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet 3   Hélio Castroneves All
6   Gil de Ferran 1-14
  Max Papis 15
  Panther Racing Dallara Chevrolet 4   Sam Hornish Jr. All
  Kelley Racing Dallara Chevrolet 7   Al Unser Jr. 1-9, 12-15
  Tony Renna (R) 10-11
8   Scott Sharp All
  Target Chip Ganassi Racing G-Force Chevrolet 9   Jeff Ward All
  A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Chevrolet 11   Eliseo Salazar 1-3, 10-15
  Richie Hearn 4
  Greg Ray 5-9
  Donnie Beechler 5
14   Airton Daré All
  Bradley Motorsports Dallara Infiniti 12   Shigeaki Hattori 2-7
  Raul Boesel 9-15
  Racing Professionals G-Force
Dallara
Chevrolet 16   Jon Herb 1-8
  Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Chevrolet 20   Richie Hearn 5, 7-12
  Greg Ray 14-15
  Anthony Lazzaro (R) 13
99 1-2, 4-5
  Richie Hearn 3, 6
  Mark Dismore 5
  Jimmy Kite 5
  Mo Nunn Racing G-Force Chevrolet 21   Felipe Giaffone All
  Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G-Force Infiniti 24   Robbie Buhl 1-2, 5-15
  Memo Gidley 3
  Sarah Fisher 4
  310 Racing G-Force Chevrolet 31   George Mack (R) All
  Conquest Racing Dallara Infiniti 34   Laurent Redon (R) All
  Blair Racing Dallara Chevrolet 44   Alex Barron All
  Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara Infiniti 51   Eddie Cheever All
52   Tomas Scheckter (R) 1-12
  Buddy Rice (R) 13-15
  Treadway Racing G-Force Chevrolet 55   Rick Treadway (R) 1-4, 6, 9
  Arie Luyendyk 5, 11
  Will Langhorne (R) 12, 14-15
  Robby McGehee 13
  Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Chevrolet 91   Buddy Lazier All
  CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports Dallara Chevrolet
Infiniti
98   Billy Boat All
Part Time and Indy 500 Entries
  Treadway Racing G-Force Chevrolet 5   Rick Treadway (R) 5
67 15
  Cahill Racing Dallara Chevrolet 10   Robby McGehee 1-5
  Walker Racing Dallara Chevrolet 15   Oriol Servià 5
  Panther Racing Dallara Chevrolet 15   Dan Wheldon (R) 14-15
  Mo Nunn Racing G-Force Chevrolet 17   Tony Kanaan 5
  PDM Racing Dallara Chevrolet 18   Tyce Carlson 1-2
  Jeret Schroeder 3
  John de Vries (R) 6
  Cory Kruseman (R) 15
  Team Rahal Dallara Chevrolet 19   Jimmy Vasser 3, 5
  Convergent Racing G-Force Chevrolet 20   Hideki Noda (R) 1-3
  Indy Regency Racing 28 13-15
  Target Chip Ganassi Racing G-Force Chevrolet 22   Kenny Bräck 5
33   Bruno Junqueira 5
  Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G-Force Infiniti 23   Sarah Fisher 5, 8-15
  Team Green Dallara Chevrolet 26   Paul Tracy 5
27   Dario Franchitti 5
39   Michael Andretti 5
  Team Menard Dallara Chevrolet 31   Robby Gordon 5
  Duesenberg Brothers Racing Dallara Chevrolet 32   Memo Gidley 5
  Johnny Herbert 5
  Brayton Racing Dallara Chevrolet 37   John de Vries (R) 1-5
  Scott Harrington 5, 11
  A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Chevrolet 41   Greg Ray 10-13
  Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara Infiniti 53   Max Papis 5
  Buddy Rice 10-11
  Robby McGehee 15
  CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports Dallara Chevrolet 54   Robby McGehee 7-9
  Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Chevrolet 55   Anthony Lazzaro (R) 7
  Kelley Racing Dallara Chevrolet 78   Tony Renna (R) 12-15
  Zali Racing G-Force Chevrolet 81   Billy Roe 1, 5

Race summariesEdit

Grand Prix of MiamiEdit

This race was held on March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sam Hornish Jr. won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish Jr.
  2. 6- Gil de Ferran
  3. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  4. 9- Jeff Ward
  5. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  6. 52- Tomas Scheckter
  7. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  8. 44- Alex Barron
  9. 99- Anthony Lazzaro
  10. 14- Airton Daré

Bombardier ATV 200Edit

This race was held on March 17 at Phoenix International Raceway. Hélio Castroneves won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  2. 6- Gil de Ferran
  3. 4- Sam Hornish Jr.
  4. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  5. 7- Al Unser Jr.
  6. 2- Jaques Lazier
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 98- Billy Boat
  9. 55- Rick Treadway
  10. 20- Hideki Noda

Yamaha Indy 400Edit

This race was held on March 24 at California Speedway. Eddie Cheever won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish Jr.
  2. 2- Jaques Lazier
  3. 34- Laurent Rédon
  4. 6- Gil de Ferran
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  6. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 19- Jimmy Vasser
  10. 9- Jeff Ward

Firestone Indy 225Edit

This race was held on April 21 at Nazareth Speedway. Gil de Ferran won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 8- Scott Sharp
  2. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  3. 6- Gil de Ferran
  4. 24- Sarah Fisher
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  6. 44- Alex Barron
  7. 51- Eddie Cheever
  8. 98- Billy Boat
  9. 99- Anthony Lazzaro
  10. 12- Shigeaki Hattori

86th Indianapolis 500Edit

The Indy 500 was held on May 26 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bruno Junqueira sat on pole. The race end was one of the most controversial in history as Paul Tracy passed Hélio Castroneves just as the yellow was coming out for a crash. Race officials ruled that the pass occurred after the yellow.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  2. 26- Paul Tracy
  3. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  4. 44- Alex Barron
  5. 51- Eddie Cheever
  6. 20- Richie Hearn
  7. 39- Michael Andretti
  8. 31- Robby Gordon
  9. 9- Jeff Ward
  10. 6- Gil de Ferran

Boomtown 500Edit

This race was held on June 8 at Texas Motor Speedway. Tomas Scheckter won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 9- Jeff Ward
  2. 7- Al Unser Jr.
  3. 14- Airton Daré
  4. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  5. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  6. 12- Shigeaki Hattori
  7. 98- Billy Boat
  8. 91- Buddy Lazier
  9. 99- Richie Hearn
  10. 44- Alex Barron

Radisson Indy 225Edit

This race was held on June 16 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Gil de Ferran won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 6- Gil de Ferran
  2. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  3. 4- Sam Hornish Jr.
  4. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  5. 8- Scott Sharp
  6. 7- Al Unser Jr.
  7. 34- Laurent Rédon
  8. 51- Eddie Cheever
  9. 14- Airton Daré
  10. 44- Alex Barron

SunTrust Indy ChallengeEdit

This race was held on June 29 at Richmond International Raceway. Gil de Ferran won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish Jr.
  2. 6- Gil de Ferran
  3. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  4. 52- Tomas Scheckter
  5. 7- Al Unser Jr.
  6. 14- Airton Daré
  7. 20- Richie Hearn
  8. 9- Jeff Ward
  9. 54- Robby McGehee
  10. 44- Alex Barron

Ameristar Casino Indy 200Edit

This race was held on July 7 at Kansas Speedway. Tomas Scheckter won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 14- Airton Daré
  2. 4- Sam Hornish Jr.
  3. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  4. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  5. 6- Gil de Ferran
  6. 8- Scott Sharp
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 44-Alex Barron
  9. 98- Billy Boat
  10. 20- Richie Hearn

Firestone Indy 200Edit

This race was held on July 20 at Nashville Superspeedway. Billy Boat won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 44- Alex Barron
  2. 6- Gil de Ferran
  3. 4- Sam Hornish Jr.
  4. 20- Richie Hearn
  5. 12- Raul Boesel
  6. 51- Eddie Cheever
  7. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  10. 7- Tony Renna

Michigan Indy 400Edit

This race was held on July 28 at Michigan International Speedway. Tomas Scheckter won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 52- Tomas Scheckter
  2. 53- Buddy Rice
  3. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  4. 7- Tony Renna
  5. 6- Gil de Ferran
  6. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  7. 4- Sam Hornish Jr.
  8. 23- Sarah Fisher
  9. 8- Scott Sharp
  10. 20- Richie Hearn

Belterra Casino Indy 300Edit

This race was held on August 11 at Kentucky Speedway. Sarah Fisher won the pole, the first by a female driver in a major open wheel series.

Top ten results

  1. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  2. 4- Sam Hornish Jr.
  3. 91- Buddy Lazier
  4. 8- Scott Sharp
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  6. 7- Al Unser Jr.
  7. 78- Tony Renna
  8. 23- Sarah Fisher
  9. 44- Alex Barron
  10. 24- Robbie Buhl

Gateway Indy 250Edit

This race was held on August 25 at Gateway International Raceway. Gil de Ferran won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 6- Gil de Ferran
  2. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  3. 44- Alex Barron
  4. 52- Buddy Rice
  5. 4- Sam Hornish Jr.
  6. 24- Robbie Buhl
  7. 7- Al Unser Jr.
  8. 12- Raul Boesel
  9. 2- Vitor Meira
  10. 51- Eddie Cheever

Delphi Indy 300Edit

This race was held on September 8 at Chicagoland Speedway. Sam Hornish Jr. won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish Jr.
  2. 7- Al Unser Jr.
  3. 91- Buddy Lazier
  4. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  5. 51- Eddie Cheever
  6. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  7. 8- Scott Sharp
  8. 2- Vitor Meira
  9. 52- Buddy Rice
  10. 15- Dan Wheldon

Chevy 500Edit

This race was held on September 15 at Texas Motor Speedway. Vitor Meira won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish Jr.
  2. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  3. 2- Vitor Meira
  4. 8- Scott Sharp
  5. 44- Alex Barron
  6. 52- Buddy Rice
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 51- Eddie Cheever
  9. 78- Tony Renna
  10. 34- Laurent Rédon

ScheduleEdit

Season summaryEdit

Race resultsEdit

Rnd Race Pole position Fastest lap Most Laps Led Winner
1 Homestead   Sam Hornish Jr.   Jeff Ward   Sam Hornish Jr.   Sam Hornish Jr.
2 Phoenix   Hélio Castroneves   Robbie Buhl   Sam Hornish Jr.   Hélio Castroneves
3 Fontana   Eddie Cheever   Tomas Scheckter   Sam Hornish Jr.   Sam Hornish Jr.
4 Nazareth   Gil de Ferran   Tomas Scheckter   Gil de Ferran   Scott Sharp
5 Indianapolis   Bruno Junqueira   Tomas Scheckter   Tomas Scheckter   Hélio Castroneves
6 Texas 1   Tomas Scheckter   Eddie Cheever   Tomas Scheckter   Jeff Ward
7 Pikes Peak   Gil de Ferran   Felipe Giaffone   Gil de Ferran   Gil de Ferran
8 Richmond   Gil de Ferran   Buddy Lazier   Gil de Ferran   Sam Hornish Jr.
9 Kansas   Tomas Scheckter   Tomas Scheckter   Tomas Scheckter   Airton Daré
10 Nashville   Billy Boat   Tomas Scheckter   Sam Hornish Jr.   Alex Barron
11 Michigan   Tomas Scheckter   Tomas Scheckter   Tomas Scheckter   Tomas Scheckter
12 Kentucky   Sarah Fisher   Tomas Scheckter   Felipe Giaffone   Felipe Giaffone
13 Gateway   Gil de Ferran   Sam Hornish Jr.   Hélio Castroneves   Gil de Ferran
14 Chicagoland   Sam Hornish Jr.   Buddy Rice   Sam Hornish Jr.   Sam Hornish Jr.
15 Texas 2   Vitor Meira   Buddy Rice   Hélio Castroneves   Sam Hornish Jr.

BOLD indicates a Superspeedway. Note: All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Final points standingsEdit

Pos Driver HOM
PHX
CAL
NAZ
INDY
TXS
PIK
RIR
KAN
NSH
MIS
KTY
GAT
CHI
TXS
Pts
1   Sam Hornish Jr. 1* 3* 1* 17 25 18 3 1 2 3* 7 2 5 1* 1 531
2   Hélio Castroneves 3 1 5 5 1 4 2 17 3 9 6 5 2* 4 2* 511
3   Gil de Ferran 2 2 4 3* 10 16 1* 2* 5 2 5 21 1 23 443
4   Felipe Giaffone 7 19 6 2 3 5 4 3 4 7 3 1* 21 6 17 432
5   Alex Barron 8 23 12 6 4 10 10 10 8 1 12 9 3 12 5 366
6   Scott Sharp 20 16 8 1 27 14 5 21 6 8 9 4 18 7 4 332
7   Al Unser Jr. 19 5 11 12 12 2 6 5 17 6 7 2 20 311
8   Buddy Lazier 22 7 7 23 15 8 15 18 7 12 13 3 15 3 7 305
9   Airton Daré 10 12 13 11 13 3 9 6 1 17 23 23 11 16 12 304
10   Eddie Cheever 25 15 20 7 5 19 8 14 16 6 22 11 10 5 8 280
11   Jeff Ward 4 18 10 19 9 1 20 8 12 11 25 16 13 21 25 268
12   Laurent Redon  RY  15 14 3 15 22 15 7 15 22 16 11 20 22 25 10 229
13   Billy Boat 16 8 18 8 18 7 14 22 9 14 14 19 23 19 24 225
14   Tomas Scheckter  R  6 24 24 21 26* 17* 16 4 15* 13 1* 22 Wth 210
15   Richie Hearn 14 14 6 9 12 7 10 4 10 24 204
16   George Mack  R  13 20 16 18 17 21 13 20 18 15 20 17 16 14 28 184
17   Robbie Buhl 12 13 DNS 16 20 23 13 21 21 24 10 6 20 18 177
18   Sarah Fisher 4 24 16 14 22 8 8 20 22 11 161
19   Raul Boesel 21 13 11 5 15 13 8 11 22 158
20   Eliseo Salazar 5 4 15 19 19 14 14 18 16 157
21   Robby McGehee 14 21 17 13 DNQ 17 9 13 12 13 142
22   Buddy Rice  R  2 12 4 9 6 140
23   Greg Ray 33 12 18 12 19 20 17 25 19 17 14 128
24   Tony Renna  R  10 4 7 24 15 9 121
25   Vitor Meira  R  15 9 8 3 96
26   Jaques Lazier 18 6 2 20 90
27   Shigeaki Hattori 25 26 10 20 6 19 78
28   Rick Treadway  R  24 9 22 16 29 23 23 19 76
29   Mark Dismore 32 11 11 20 18 18 73
30   Anthony Lazzaro  R  9 17 9 DNQ 22 DNS 70
31   Jon Herb DNS 11 19 22 DNQ 22 21 19 70
32   Hideki Noda  R  23 10 25 17 24 27 54
33   John de Vries  R  17 22 23 Wth DNQ 11 53
34   Paul Tracy 2 40
35   Will Langhorne  R  18 13 23 36
36   Dan Wheldon  R  10 15 35
37   Arie Luyendyk 14 16 30
38   Michael Andretti 7 26
39   Robby Gordon 8 24
40   Jimmy Vasser 9 30 23
41   Tyce Carlson 11 DNS 23
42   Kenny Bräck 11 19
43   Max Papis 23 21 16
44   Dario Franchitti 19 11
45   Billy Roe 21 DNQ 9
46   Memo Gidley 21 DNQ 9
47   Scott Harrington DNQ 21 9
48   Cory Kruseman  R  DNP 26 4
49   Jeret Schroeder 27 3
50   Tony Kanaan 28 2
51   Bruno Junqueira 31 1
-   Donnie Beechler DNS DNQ 0
-   Johnny Herbert DNQ 0
-   Davy Jones DNQ 0
-   P. J. Jones DNQ 0
-   Jimmy Kite DNQ 0
-   Oriol Servià DNQ 0
-   Scott Mayer DNQ 0
Pos Driver HOM
PHX
CAL
NAZ
INDY
TXS
PIK
RIR
KAN
NSH
MIS
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