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The Penske PC-22 was a CART Penske Racing car which competed in the 1993 season. It raced in all sixteen events, scoring eight wins, three with Emerson Fittipaldi and five with Paul Tracy. The most remarkable success of the PC-22 was the 1993 Indianapolis 500 win by Fittipaldi, placed 2nd at the end of the season, missing the championship by only 8 points. The car was designed by Nigel Bennett as a radical departure from the basic concept of the previous Penske cars.[1]

Penske PC-22
Penske PC-22 Emerson Fittipaldi 1993.jpg
CategoryCART IndyCar
ConstructorPenske Cars Ltd.
Designer(s)Nigel Bennett
PredecessorPenske PC-21
SuccessorPenske PC-23
Technical specifications
Suspension (front)pushrod
Suspension (rear)pushrod
EngineIlmor-Chevrolet 265C 2,647 cc (161.5 cu in) V8 80° turbocharged Mid-engined, longitudinally mounted
Transmissionmanual
FuelMethanol, supplied by Mobil
TyresGoodyear Eagle Speedway Special Radial 25.5in x 9.5in x 15in (front)
27in x 14.5in x 15in (rear)
Competition history
Notable entrantsPenske Racing
Notable drivers4 Emerson Fittipaldi
12 Paul Tracy
Debut1993 Australian FAI IndyCar Grand Prix
RacesWinsPoles
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Racing historyEdit

The PC-22 debuted at 1993 Australian FAI IndyCar Grand Prix, noted for the sensational debut win of Nigel Mansell, qualifying 2nd with Fittipaldi and 3rd with Tracy. In the race, Fittipaldi scored a 2nd place finish, while Tracy retired for electrical problems. At Phoenix, the first oval race of the season, both Penskes went off, while in Long Beach Tracy scored the first win for the PC-22. In Indianapolis, Fittipaldi qualified 9th (220.150 mph),[2] and won the event exploiting Mansell's inexperience on oval racing and Andretti's handling problems, after their dominating runs. After two races, Milwaukee and Detroit, with only one podium finish, the Penske come back to victory in Portland, with Fittipaldi 1st and Tracy 3rd. Two 1-2 wins followed, in Cleveland and Toronto, with Tracy 1st and Fittipaldi 2nd in both occasions. Nigel Mansell scored two wins at Michigan and New Hampshire as a major push for his championship bid, while Fittipaldi and Tracy at New Hampshire scored a 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Tracy won at Road America and Fittipaldi at Mid-Ohio, but Mansell clinched the title with his 5th season win at Nazareth.[3] Tracy scored a 1st place at the final race of season in Laguna Seca.[4]

LegacyEdit

The highly successful PC-23 that competed in the 1994 IndyCar season.[1] was modeled after its predecessor, the PC-22. The Penske PC-23 was one of the most dominant open wheel race cars ever developed. It won both the 1994 CART season, and the 1994 Indianapolis 500 with Al Unser Jr., together with Emerson Fittipaldi and Paul Tracy scoring 12 wins out of 16 in total,[5] collecting 10 pole positions and 28 podium finishes, in a season that saw Penske also take the Constructor's Cup, and the Manufacturer's Cup with the Ilmor-Mercedes-Benz engine.

Complete Indy Car World Series resultsEdit

(key) (Results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Engine Tyres Driver No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points D.C.
1993 Marlboro Team Penske Chevrolet 265C V8t G SFR PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH NHA ROA VAN MDO NAZ LAG
  Emerson Fittipaldi 4 2 14 13 1 3 23 1 2 2 13 3 5 7 1 5 2 183 2nd
  Paul Tracy 12 21 16 1 30 20 9 3 1 1 19 2 1 13 25 3 1 157 3rd
Bettenhausen Motorsports Chevrolet 265C V8t G
  Stefan Johansson 16 12 21 26 11 25 20 26 4 24 23 14 21 3 26 7 6 43 13th
  Scott Sharp 33 22 0 48th
  Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 76 20 0 47th
1994 Bettenhausen Motorsports Ilmor 265D V8t G SFR PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH MDO NHA VAN ROA NAZ LAG
  Stefan Johansson 16 5 4 10 15 26 22 8 5 14 14 12 23 26 8 5 12 57 11th
Ilmor 265C V8t   Gary Bettenhausen 61 DNQ - NC
Ilmor 265D V8t
Ilmor 265C V8t
  Gary Brabham 76 24 0 51st
  Robbie Groff 13 13 0 34th
Rahal-Hogan Racing Ilmor 265D V8t G   Bobby Rahal 4 3 59* 10th*
Ilmor 265C V8t   Mike Groff 10 31 17* 20th*

*Includes points scored by other cars.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Mercedosaurus Rex at Indianapolic Park, Part 10: Penske PC23 - a home for the engine". forix.autosport.com.
  2. ^ "Emerson Fittipaldi". www.race-database.com.
  3. ^ "Mansell, Nigel (GB)". Silhouette Racing.
  4. ^ "1993 CART PPG IndyCar World Series results". race-database.com.
  5. ^ "Year-by-Year Highlights". Penske Racing.

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