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The 2006 IRL IndyCar Series began on March 26 and concluded on September 10. Sam Hornish, Jr. won his third IndyCar Series championship. Hornish also won the 90th Indianapolis 500, passing rookie Marco Andretti on the final lap less than 500 feet (150 m) from the finish line. The title chase was very dramatic between Penske drivers Hornish and Hélio Castroneves battling Ganassi drivers Dan Wheldon and Scott Dixon. The four drivers occupied the first four positions in the final race at Chicagoland Speedway, with Wheldon leading Dixon home for a Ganassi 1-2 but Hornish finishing third, edging out reigning champion Wheldon on a tiebreak. Third would have been enough to catapult fourth-place finisher Castroneves to take the title, but he instead ended up two points behind Hornish and Wheldon. Dixon was also in strong title contention, finishing a mere 15 points adrift of the championship.

2006 IndyCar season
IndyCar Series
Season
Races14
Start dateMarch 26
End dateSeptember 10
Awards
Drivers' championUnited States Sam Hornish, Jr.
Rookie of the YearUnited States Marco Andretti
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited States Sam Hornish, Jr.
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Sam Hornish, Jr. (left) won his third Drivers' Championship while Dan Wheldon (right) finished second in the championship on tiebreaker because Hornish had four race wins compared to Wheldon who had two race wins.

The season was marred by the death of Paul Dana during practice at Homestead.

CommentatorsEdit

Off season changesEdit

2006 for the Indy Racing League was much different from 2005. The biggest change being the withdrawal of Chevrolet- and Toyota-powered cars from the series, leaving Honda as the only engine manufacturer. There was much speculation after this announcement that because there would not be nearly as much money provided to teams by engine providers as in previous years, many of them would scale back. To some extent, this was true: Ganassi Racing pared its team from three to two cars and Panther Racing and Cheever Racing from two to one. However, Tony George and Patrick Dempsey's Vision Racing added a car for displaced Tomas Scheckter. Honda also reduced the costs of both year-long and Indy-only engine leases, promised that all teams would be provided with identical engines and technical support, and that engines would last two races between scheduled rebuilds—all significant cost-cutting measures compared to previous years.

The chassis situation is little changed from 2005, the largest change being Ganassi Racing's switch from Panoz to Dallara. The full-season runners using the Panoz in 2006 were Rahal Letterman Racing's three cars and Delphi Fernandez Racing's Scott Sharp.

2006 also sees the elimination of three rounds of the championship from the 2005 season. The Phoenix International Raceway race was cancelled because of scheduling conflicts. The California Speedway round was not retained because the IRL wanted to move its date earlier in the season so as to not conflict with the NFL season, but a date that was available for both the speedway and the league could not be found. Both the IRL and California Speedway hope that a race there will return for 2007. The Pikes Peak International Raceway was eliminated from the 2006 schedule as the track was sold by its owners and subsequently closed. Further explanation for this new schedule was given by the league as being more "compact" and "exciting" and as a method of avoiding lost television ratings and race attendance by finishing their race season before the NFL season. Many critics viewed this shortened schedule as a definite setback for the series, not an improvement.

There were also a handful of significant driver moves, most important of which was 2005 series champion Dan Wheldon moving to Ganassi Racing from Andretti Green Racing, where he was replaced by Marco Andretti. Additionally, Tomas Scheckter moved from Panther Racing to a new car at Vision Racing and Vitor Meira moved from Rahal Letterman to Scheckter's seat at Panther. Paul Dana and his personal sponsor filled Meira's spot at Rahal Letterman. Eddie Cheever announced that he would return to the role of owner-driver of his single car team for the first four races, including the Indianapolis 500, and Michael Andretti announced he would return to the cockpit to drive alongside his son in the "500". A. J. Foyt IV, who left for NASCAR, was replaced by Felipe Giaffone in Foyt Enterprises' car, while Buddy Lazier returned to a full-time ride in the series by replacing the struggling Roger Yasukawa at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. Hemelgarn Racing signed P. J. Chesson late in the offseason with backing from Carmelo Anthony to replace the outgoing Paul Dana.

There were also ongoing rumors during the offseason that Tony George and Champ Car principal Kevin Kalkhoven had been meeting and discussing a potential merger, or a new series that would re-unite open wheel racing in America. The two men have admitted to meeting and enjoying each other's company in skiing and golf, and in separate March 2006 interviews with the Los Angeles Times admitted that they were in fact discussing the prospects of combining the two series [1].

Mid-season changesEdit

Following Paul Dana's death in a crash before the first race, Rahal-Letterman hired Jeff Simmons to drive the #17 car two races later at Motegi. Following an Indy 500 where both Hemelgarn cars crashed into each other and finished in the last two positions, Hemelgarn Racing, which had been running full-time with P. J. Chesson, ceased operations. After the Kansas Speedway race, Cheever Racing ceased operations due to lack of sponsorship and Foyt Enterprises replaced Felipe Giaffone with Jeff Bucknum. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing also announced that Ryan Briscoe, who drove their car to a third place at Watkins Glen, would drive their car in the remaining short oval and road course races instead of Buddy Lazier and that Sarah Fisher would race the car at the remaining 1.5-mile (2.4 km) tracks, Kentucky and Chicagoland. Marty Roth returned to the series after crashing in Indy 500 practice and missing the race to drive his own Roth Racing machine in the final 3 oval races of the season (Michigan, Kentucky, and Chicagoland).

Team and driver chartEdit

Team Chassis No Drivers Rounds
  Vision Racing Dallara 2   Tomas Scheckter All
20   Ed Carpenter 1, 3-14
  Roberto Moreno 2
  Marlboro Team Penske Dallara 3   Hélio Castroneves All
6   Sam Hornish, Jr. All
  Panther Racing Dallara 4   Vitor Meira All
  Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara 5   Buddy Lazier 1-4, 6-8, 11
  Ryan Briscoe 5, 9-10, 13
  Sarah Fisher 12, 14
  Andretti Green Racing Dallara 7   Bryan Herta All
11   Tony Kanaan All
26   Marco Andretti (R) All
27   Dario Franchitti 1-13
  A. J. Foyt IV 14
 /  Aguri-Fernández Racing Dallara
Panoz
8   Scott Sharp All
55   Kosuke Matsuura All
  Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara
Panoz
9   Scott Dixon All
10   Dan Wheldon All
  A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara 14   Felipe Giaffone 1-8
  Jeff Bucknum 9-14
  Rahal Letterman Racing Panoz/Dallara 15   Buddy Rice All
16   Danica Patrick All
17   Paul Dana (R) 1
  Jeff Simmons (R) 3-14
  Cheever Racing Dallara 51   Eddie Cheever 1-2, 4-8
  Tomáš Enge 3
Part Time and Indy 500 Entries
  Andretti Green Racing Dallara 1   Michael Andretti 4
  Playa del Racing Panoz 12   Roger Yasukawa 4
21   Jaques Lazier 4
  PDM Racing Panoz 18   Thiago Medeiros (R) 4
  Roth Racing Dallara 25   Marty Roth (R) 4, 11-12, 14
  Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara 31   Al Unser, Jr. 4
  A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara 41   Larry Foyt (R) 4
  Cheever Racing Dallara 52   Max Papis 4
  Luyendyk Racing Panoz 61   Arie Luyendyk Jr. 4
  Sam Schmidt Motorsports Panoz 88   Airton Daré 4
  Vision Racing Dallara 90   Townsend Bell 4
  Hemelgarn Racing Dallara 91   P. J. Chesson (R) 1-4
92   Jeff Bucknum 4
  Team Leader Motorsports Panoz 97   Stéphan Grégoire 4
98   P. J. Jones 4

Race summariesEdit

Toyota Indy 300Edit

This race held at Homestead-Miami Speedway was run on March 26 and covered by ABC. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole.

The race was marred by a violent crash in the final practice session. Paul Dana was killed in the crash and teammates Danica Patrick and Buddy Rice withdrew from the race to honor his memory. He was the third driver to lose his life in the IRL. Ed Carpenter was also injured and would miss this race plus the next race.

Top ten results

  1. 10- Dan Wheldon 200 laps
  2. 3- Hélio Castroneves +0.0147 (9th closest finish in IRL history)
  3. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +0.4744
  4. 27- Dario Franchitti +0.9401
  5. 9- Scott Dixon +1.1989
  6. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +2 laps
  7. 8- Scott Sharp +2 laps
  8. 14- Felipe Giaffone +2 laps
  9. 2- Tomas Scheckter +3 laps
  10. 51- Eddie Cheever +4 laps

IRL Video Synopsis of the Race

Annotated Video of Race Summary

Honda Grand Prix of St. PetersburgEdit

The Streets of St. Petersburg race was held on April 2 and covered by ESPN. Dario Franchitti won the pole, but was knocked out early due to mechanical failure. The race finished under the yellow flag after Tomas Scheckter and Buddy Rice hit the barrier with 4 laps to go. Roberto Moreno replaced Ed Carpenter for this race as Ed recovered from his injury's but finished 18th due to steering issues.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves 100 laps
  2. 9- Scott Dixon +0.1386
  3. 11- Tony Kanaan +0.6284
  4. 7- Bryan Herta +0.7813
  5. 4- Vitor Meira +2.5995
  6. 16- Danica Patrick +3.0433
  7. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +52.7172
  8. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +1 lap
  9. 14- Felipe Giaffone +1 lap
  10. 8- Scott Sharp +1 lap

Indy Japan 300Edit

The Twin Ring Motegi, Japan race was run on April 22 and covered (via tape delay) by ESPN. Qualifying was rained out and the field was set by entrant points. As a result, Hélio Castroneves sat on pole, and for the second race running, Castroneves won the race. This race also saw the return of Ed Carpenter after the accident at Homestead. Rahal Letterman Racing also returned the #17 car to competition after sitting out a second race, as Indy Pro Series driver Jeff Simmons moved up to the seat. While Simmons has two IndyCar Series races to his experience (one the 2004 Indianapolis 500), he is eligible for the Bombardier series Rookie of the Year contest for 2006. However on lap 42 Simmons was involved in a crash with Scott Sharp and P.J. Chesson which resulted in Simmons sliding along the track upside down. Simmons was uninjured.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves 200 laps
  2. 10- Dan Wheldon +6.3851
  3. 11- Tony Kanaan +8.6163
  4. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +9.0011
  5. 15- Buddy Rice +9.7491
  6. 7- Bryan Herta +13.8972
  7. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +14.7633
  8. 16- Danica Patrick +15.4456
  9. 9- Scott Dixon +1 lap
  10. 4- Vitor Meira +1 lap

90th Indianapolis 500Edit

The Indy 500 was run on May 28 and covered by ABC. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole with a 4-lap average of 228.985 mph (2:37.2155). It was Hornish's 10th pole of his short, but yet outstanding career. Hornish then went on to win the race, beating Marco Andretti in the second-closest finish in Indy 500 history. Dan Wheldon led most laps with 148.

Top ten results

  1. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. 200 laps
  2. 26- Marco Andretti +0.0635
  3. 1- Michael Andretti +1.0087
  4. 10- Dan Wheldon +1.2692
  5. 11- Tony Kanaan +1.6456
  6. 9- Scott Dixon +3.0566
  7. 27- Dario Franchitti +5.6249
  8. 16- Danica Patrick +5.7263
  9. 8- Scott Sharp +11.1252
  10. 4- Vitor Meira +17.9554

Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix presented by TissotEdit

The Watkins Glen International race was run on June 4 and covered by ABC. Qualifying was cancelled due to fog and the field was set based on Friday practice speeds. Hélio Castroneves sat on pole. The race was shortened to 55 laps from the scheduled 60 due to the 2 hour time limit. The race also made history as the first ever IRL race to be run in wet conditions. Scott Dixon won from Panther Racing's Vitor Meira and Australia's Ryan Briscoe, of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

Top ten results

  1. 9- Scott Dixon 55 laps
  2. 4- Vitor Meira +2.3311
  3. 5- Ryan Briscoe +2.7999
  4. 15- Buddy Rice +9.2284
  5. 14- Felipe Giaffone +11.4811
  6. 20- Ed Carpenter +12.4427
  7. 3- Hélio Castroneves +13.0455
  8. 16- Danica Patrick +13.3289
  9. 8- Scott Sharp +16.6462
  10. 2- Tomas Scheckter +48.4872

Video Synopsis of Race

  1. Annotated Version of IRL Race Summary

Bombardier Learjet 500Edit

The Texas race was run on June 10 and covered by ESPN. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole. Hélio Castroneves captured his second Texas win and third win of the season. Dan Wheldon had led most of the race and looked in control only for a short delay on his final pit stop to drop him back to third.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves 200 laps
  2. 9- Scott Dixon +0.2402
  3. 10- Dan Wheldon +0.2981
  4. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +14.5389
  5. 8- Scott Sharp +14.5895
  6. 4- Vitor Meira +15.9294
  7. 11- Tony Kanaan +16.1398
  8. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +22.3327
  9. 20- Ed Carpenter +22.9791
  10. 2- Tomas Scheckter +1 lap

IRL Race Summary

  1. Annotated Race Summary Video

SunTrust Indy ChallengeEdit

The Richmond International Raceway race was run on June 24 and covered by ESPN. Qualifying was rained out and Hélio Castroneves won the pole based on combined practice speeds. Sam Hornish, Jr. has won the race, leading 212 of 250 laps. The race finished in yellow flag at 4 laps to go due a blown tire from Hélio Castroneves which dropped him to 10th place.

Top Ten Results

  1. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. 250 laps
  2. 4- Vitor Meira +0.3907
  3. 27- Dario Franchitti +1.5895
  4. 26- Marco Andretti +6.5400
  5. 8- Scott Sharp +6.6677
  6. 7- Bryan Herta +10.9217
  7. 2- Tomas Scheckter +1 lap
  8. 20- Ed Carpenter +1 lap
  9. 10- Dan Wheldon +1 lap
  10. 3- Hélio Castroneves +1 lap

Kansas Lottery Indy 300Edit

The Kansas Speedway race was run on July 2 and covered by ABC. Dan Wheldon won the pole. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the race taking the lead from Wheldon with two laps to go. This was the 50th IRL race where 1st and 2nd were separated by less than a second.

Top ten results

  1. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. 200 laps
  2. 10- Dan Wheldon +0.0793
  3. 4- Vitor Meira +5.3892
  4. 9- Scott Dixon +5.5158
  5. 11- Tony Kanaan +5.7762
  6. 3- Hélio Castroneves +7.0432
  7. 2- Tomas Scheckter +9.6925
  8. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +9.9881
  9. 26- Marco Andretti +1 lap
  10. 17- Jeff Simmons +1 lap

Firestone Indy 200Edit

The Nashville Superspeedway race was run on July 15 and covered by ESPN. Dan Wheldon won the pole. Scott Dixon won his second race of the season and captured his first win on an oval since 2003.

Top ten results:

  1. 9- Scott Dixon 200 laps
  2. 10- Dan Wheldon +0.1176
  3. 4- Vitor Meira +1.2756
  4. 16- Danica Patrick +2.5019
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves +3.5647
  6. 27- Dario Franchitti +11.9449
  7. 17- Jeff Simmons +1 lap
  8. 26- Marco Andretti +1 lap
  9. 5- Ryan Briscoe +1 lap
  10. 20- Ed Carpenter +2 laps

ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225Edit

The Milwaukee Mile race was run on July 23 and covered by ESPN. Hélio Castroneves won the pole. Tony Kanaan led most of the race and gave Andretti Green Racing its first win of the season.

Top ten results

  1. 11- Tony Kanaan 225 laps
  2. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +1.8276
  3. 2- Tomas Scheckter +2.0114
  4. 16- Danica Patrick +8.4708
  5. 26- Marco Andretti +10.2611
  6. 27- Dario Franchitti +11.2373
  7. 7- Bryan Herta +14.1195
  8. 10- Dan Wheldon +1 lap
  9. 17- Jeff Simmons +2 laps
  10. 9- Scott Dixon +2 laps

Firestone Indy 400Edit

The Michigan International Speedway race was run on July 30 and covered by ABC. The race start was delayed almost 3 hours and the race was aired tape delayed on ESPN2. Hélio Castroneves got his fourth race win of the season from the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves 200 laps
  2. 4- Vitor Meira +1.6229
  3. 10- Dan Wheldon +6.2259
  4. 11- Tony Kanaan +6.9874
  5. 2- Tomas Scheckter +27.9005
  6. 8- Scott Sharp +28.5560
  7. 20- Ed Carpenter +1 lap
  8. 26- Marco Andretti +1 lap
  9. 55- Kosuke Matsuura +1 lap
  10. 17- Jeff Simmons +1 lap

Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and SecretEdit

The Kentucky Speedway race was run on August 13 and covered by ABC. Hélio Castroneves won the pole. Sam Hornish, Jr. captured his 4th win of the year and re-took the points lead. This was also the second IRL race with two female drivers in the field, the first was the 2000 Indianapolis 500.

Top ten results:

  1. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. 200 laps
  2. 9- Scott Dixon +0.5866
  3. 3- Hélio Castroneves +0.6511
  4. 10- Dan Wheldon +1.8913
  5. 11- Tony Kanaan +2.3049
  6. 4- Vitor Meira +2.5191
  7. 2- Tomas Scheckter +2.8124
  8. 16- Danica Patrick +3.2408
  9. 27- Dario Franchitti +4.7070
  10. 7- Bryan Herta +4.7966

Indy Grand Prix of SonomaEdit

The Infineon Raceway race was run on August 27 and covered by ESPN. Scott Dixon won the pole. Marco Andretti became the youngest winner of a major open wheel race and the first new IRL winner since Adrian Fernandez in 2004.

Top ten results:

  1. 26- Marco Andretti 80 laps
  2. 27- Dario Franchitti +0.6557
  3. 4- Vitor Meira +10.6535
  4. 9- Scott Dixon +11.1867
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves +12.5049
  6. 10- Dan Wheldon +13.4493
  7. 17- Jeff Simmons +13.8754
  8. 16- Danica Patrick +15.7417
  9. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +16.3369
  10. 7- Bryan Herta +18.5571

Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. CleanEdit

The Chicagoland Speedway race was run on September 10 and covered by ABC. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole and clinched the championship by finishing third. Dan Wheldon won the race and tied Hornish in season points, but lost the title due to the tiebreaker (most wins).

Top ten results:

  1. 10- Dan Wheldon 200 laps
  2. 9- Scott Dixon +0.1897
  3. 6- Sam Hornish, Jr. +0.2323
  4. 3- Hélio Castroneves +2.6913
  5. 20- Ed Carpenter +1 lap
  6. 4- Vitor Meira +1 lap
  7. 11- Tony Kanaan +1 lap
  8. 17- Jeff Simmons +1 lap
  9. 8- Scott Sharp +1 lap
  10. 2- Tomas Scheckter +1 lap

Season summaryEdit

Race resultsEdit

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Pole position Fastest lap Most Laps Led Winner
1 March 26 Toyota Indy 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Scott Dixon   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Dan Wheldon
2 April 2 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Streets of St. Petersburg (S) St. Petersburg, Florida   Dario Franchitti   Tony Kanaan   Hélio Castroneves   Hélio Castroneves
3 April 22 Indy Japan 300 Twin Ring Motegi Motegi, Japan   Hélio Castroneves   Scott Dixon   Hélio Castroneves   Hélio Castroneves
4 May 28 90th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Scott Dixon   Dan Wheldon   Sam Hornish, Jr.
5 June 4 Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix
presented by Tissot
Watkins Glen International (S) Watkins Glen, New York   Hélio Castroneves   Marco Andretti   Dan Wheldon   Scott Dixon
6 June 10 Bombardier Learjet 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Dan Wheldon   Dan Wheldon   Hélio Castroneves
7 June 24 SunTrust Indy Challenge Richmond International Raceway Richmond, Virginia   Hélio Castroneves   Hélio Castroneves   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Sam Hornish, Jr.
8 July 2 Kansas Lottery Indy 300 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kansas   Dan Wheldon   Hélio Castroneves   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Sam Hornish, Jr.
9 July 15 Firestone Indy 200 Nashville Superspeedway Lebanon, Tennessee   Dan Wheldon   Dan Wheldon   Dan Wheldon   Scott Dixon
10 July 23 ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225 The Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin   Hélio Castroneves   Tomas Scheckter   Tony Kanaan   Tony Kanaan
11 July 30 Firestone Indy 400 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan   Hélio Castroneves   Kosuke Matsuura   Vitor Meira   Hélio Castroneves
12 August 13 Meijer Indy 300
presented by Coca-Cola and Secret
Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Kentucky   Hélio Castroneves   Bryan Herta   Dan Wheldon   Sam Hornish, Jr.
13 August 27 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Infineon Raceway (S) Sonoma, California   Scott Dixon   Tony Kanaan   Scott Dixon   Marco Andretti
14 September 10 Peak Antifreeze Indy 300
presented by Mr. Clean
Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, Illinois   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Sam Hornish, Jr.   Dan Wheldon   Dan Wheldon

(S) Road Course/Street Circuit

Final driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver HMS STP MOT INDY WGL TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MIS KTY SNM CHI Pts
1   Sam Hornish, Jr. 3* 8 4 1 12 4 1* 1* 14 2 19 1 9 3 475
2   Dan Wheldon 1 16 2 4* 15* 3* 9 2 2* 8 3 4* 6 1* 475
3   Hélio Castroneves 2 1* 1* 25 7 1 10 6 5 14 1 3 5 4 473
4   Scott Dixon 5 2 9 6 1 2 11 4 1 10 16 2 4* 2 460
5   Vitor Meira 16 5 10 10 2 6 2 3 3 15 2* 6 3 6 411
6   Tony Kanaan 11 3 3 5 11 7 18 5 12 1* 4 5 11 7 384
7   Marco Andretti  RY  15 15 12 2 16 14 4 9 8 5 8 17 1 18 325
8   Dario Franchitti 4 19 11 7 14 13 3 12 6 6 12 9 2 311
9   Danica Patrick DNS 6 8 8 8 12 15 11 4 4 17 8 8 12 302
10   Tomas Scheckter 9 12 13 27 10 10 7 7 15 3 5 7 17 10 298
11   Bryan Herta 13 4 6 20 13 11 6 13 11 7 11 10 10 15 289
12   Scott Sharp 7 10 16 9 9 5 5 18 17 12 6 16 14 9 287
13   Kosuke Matsuura 6 7 7 15 18 8 12 8 13 17 9 19 13 11 273
14   Ed Carpenter DNS 20 11 6 9 8 16 10 16 7 11 12 5 252
15   Buddy Rice DNS 13 5 26 4 18 13 17 16 11 13 15 15 13 234
16   Jeff Simmons  R  18 23 19 15 19 10 7 9 10 14 7 8 217
17   Felipe Giaffone 8 9 15 21 5 16 17 19 142
18   Buddy Lazier 14 14 14 12 19 16 15 15 122
19   Eddie Cheever 10 11 13 17 17 14 14 114
20   Jeff Bucknum 32 18 13 14 13 18 17 97
21   Ryan Briscoe 3 9 18 16 83
22   P. J. Chesson  R  12 17 17 33 54
23   Marty Roth  R  DNQ 18 18 19 36
24   Michael Andretti 3 35
25   Sarah Fisher 12 16 32
26   A. J. Foyt IV 14 16
27   Max Papis 14 16
28   Roger Yasukawa 16 14
29   Jaques Lazier 17 13
30   Roberto Moreno 18 12
31   Airton Daré 18 12
32   Tomáš Enge 19 12
33   P. J. Jones 19 12
34   Townsend Bell 22 12
35   Al Unser, Jr. 24 12
36   Arie Luyendyk Jr. 28 10
37   Stéphan Grégoire 29 10
38   Larry Foyt  R  30 10
39   Thiago Medeiros  R  31 10
40   Paul Dana  R  DNS 6
Pos Driver HMS STP MOT INDY WGL TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MIS KTY SNM CHI 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
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(3 points)
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns half the points
had they taken part.
Fatal accident
Rookie of the Year  RY 
Rookie  R 
  • 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.
  • Paul Dana collided with Ed Carpenter's disabled car in the practice session at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Dana was transported to Hospital, where he died due to complications from his injuries sustained in the crash. He was 30 years old.

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