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1987 CART PPG Indy Car World Series

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1987 CART season
PPG Indy Car World Series
Bobby Rahal 2004.jpg
Defending champion Bobby Rahal
Start dateApril 4
End dateNovember 1
Drivers' championUnited States Bobby Rahal
Constructors' CupUnited Kingdom March 87C
United Kingdom March 86C
Manufacturers' CupUnited Kingdom Cosworth DFX
Nations' CupUnited States United States
Rookie of the YearItaly Fabrizio Barbazza
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited States Al Unser
← 1986
1988 →

The 1987 CART PPG Indy Car World Series season was the 9th national championship season of American open wheel racing sanctioned by CART. The season consisted of 16 races, and one non-points exhibition event. Bobby Rahal was the national champion, winning his second-consecutive title. The rookie of the year was Fabrizio Barbazza. The 1987 Indianapolis 500 was sanctioned by USAC, but counted towards the CART points championship. Al Unser won the Indy 500, his record-tying fourth victory at Indy.

Defending series champion and defending Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal and his Truesports team made a highly publicized switch from the March chassis to the up-and-coming Lola chassis.[1] Truesports, however, stayed with the proven Cosworth engine. For 1987, the Ilmor Chevrolet Indy V-8 expanded its participation, fielding cars with Penske Racing, Newman/Haas and Patrick. Mario Andretti scored the engine's first Indy car victory in the season opener at Long Beach. Also joining the series full-time was the Judd AV V-8 (badged initially as the Brabham-Honda), and later in the season Porsche made their Indy car debut. Penske resumed their in-house chassis program, but after dismal results with the PC-16, the cars were parked during practice at Indy in favor of the March 86C.

Roberto Guerrero won the second race of the season (Phoenix), starting from last position on the grid. Mario Andretti dominated the Indianapolis 500, leading 171 of the first 177 laps, but dropped out with engine failure with only 23 laps to go. Guerrero took the lead, but stalled during his final pit stop. Al Unser led the final 18 laps to win, one of the biggest upsets in Indy 500 history. Though Guerrero faltered at Indy, he would be a factor through most of the season. After winning at Mid-Ohio in September, however, he was sidelined with head injuries due to a testing crash. He was third in points at the time.

For the second year in a row, the championship battle came down to Bobby Rahal and Michael Andretti. Rahal took the points lead after back-to-back wins at Portland and the Meadowlands. Andretti won the Michigan 500, and drew within 9 points of Rahal. At Mid-Ohio, Rahal was dominating until he tangled with a backmarker. Andretti had a chance to make up ground in the points, but blew his engine two laps later.

Michael Andretti rebounded, winning in dominating fashion at Nazareth. But Rahal charged to finish second, and with two races left, held a 25-point lead. In the next-to-last race of the season at Laguna Seca, Andretti dropped out with alternator trouble, and Rahal mathematically clinched the championship. It was Rahal's second-consecutive CART title, and Michael Andretti finished runner-up in points for the second year in a row.

Teams and drivers

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1987 Indy Car World Series season. All cars used Goodyear tires.[2]

Team Chassis Engine No. Driver(s) Rounds Notes
A. J. Foyt Enterprises Lola T8700 Cosworth DFX 14 United States A. J. Foyt 3-4, 9-10, 13, 15
March 86C 41 United States Stan Fox 3
United States Davy Jones  R  9, 13, 15
44 3
Chevy V-6 84 United States George Snider 3
Alex Morales Motorsports March 87C Cosworth DFX 21 United States Johnny Rutherford All
American Racing March 86C Buick V-6 2 United Kingdom Jim Crawford 3 1
United States Gordon Johncock
Arciero Racing March 87C Cosworth DFX 12 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza  R  1-13, 15 2
Canada Ludwig Heimrath Jr.  R  14-15
March 85C
New Zealand Graham McRae 15
Bettenhausen Motorsports March 86C Cosworth DFX 16 United States Tony Bettenhausen Jr. 1-5, 7-12
Centerline Wheels March Pontiac 59 United States Sammy Swindell 3
Curb March 87C
March 86C
Cosworth DFX 33 United States Tom Sneva 1-9 3
United States John Andretti  R  10-15
98 United States Ed Pimm 3, 9
Dale Coyne Racing March 86C Chevy
Cosworth DFX
19 United States Dale Coyne 1-2, 4-15 4
Dick Simon Racing Lola T8700 Cosworth DFX 22 United States Dick Simon 1-10, 13
United States Wally Dallenbach Jr.  R  11
Canada Ludwig Heimrath Jr.  R  12
United States John Richards  R  14
United States Jeff Wood  R  15
23 Canada Ludwig Heimrath Jr.  R  1-10
United States Jeff Wood  R  11-14
Italy Fulvio Ballabio  R  15
Lola T8600
Lola T8700
27 United States John Richards  R  5-8 5
Lola T8600 United Kingdom Ian Ashley 15
Doug Shierson Racing March 87C Cosworth DFX 30 United States Al Unser Jr. All
Galles Racing March 87C
Lola T8700
Cosworth DFX
11 United States Jeff MacPherson All 6
March 87C Judd 15 Australia Geoff Brabham All
Gohr Racing March 86C Cosworth DFX 56 United States Rocky Moran 1
United States Gary Bettenhausen 2-4, 9-10
March 87C
March 86C
Canada Scott Goodyear  R  6-8, 11-12, 14-15 7
Granatelli Racing March 87C Cosworth DFX 4 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 1-12
United States Al Unser 13
Brazil Raul Boesel 14-15
Hemelgarn Racing March 87C Cosworth DFX 71 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk All
Buick V-6 81 United States Rich Vogler 3
Cosworth DFX 91 United States Scott Brayton 3, 5-6, 9-10
March 86C Buick V-6 United States Johnny Parsons 3
Interscope Racing Penske PC-16
March 86C
Chevy 265A
Cosworth DFX
25 United States Danny Ongais 3, 9, 13, 15 8
Intersport March 86C Cosworth DFX 17 Germany Dominic Dobson 3
JP Racing March 86C Cosworth DFX 35 United States Spike Gehlhausen 3
Kraco Racing March 87C Cosworth DFX 18 United States Michael Andretti All
Leader Cards Racing March 87C Cosworth DFX 24 United States Randy Lewis All
Los Angeles Drywall March 85C Cosworth DFX 19 United States Dick Ferguson 3
27 9
Machinists Union Racing March 87C Cosworth DFX 29 United States Pancho Carter 3, 9-15
March 86C 44 United States Chip Robinson 1, 6, 13
United States Tom Sneva 15
March 87C 55 Mexico Josele Garza All
March 86C 59 United States Mike Nish 1-2
March 86C
March 87C
United States Rick Miaskiewicz 5, 7-8, 12 9
Newman Teamworks Lola T8600 Cosworth DFX 51 Belgium Didier Theys  R  1, 11
United States Davy Jones  R  12
Newman/Haas Racing Lola T8700 Chevy 265A 5 United States Mario Andretti All
NFW Racing March 86C Cosworth DFX 36 New Zealand Graham McRae 11-12
Pace Racing March 87C Buick V-6 77 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly 3
Patrick Racing March 87C Chevy 265A 7 United States Kevin Cogan 1-4, 6-15
20 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi All
Penske Racing Penske PC-16
March 86C[3]
Chevy 265A 3 United States Danny Sullivan All 10
8 United States Rick Mears All 11
March 86C Cosworth DFX 6 United States Al Unser 9-10
Penske PC-16 Chevy 265A 9 15
March 86C Cosworth DFX 25 3
Porsche Porsche Porsche 6 United States Al Unser 14
United States Al Holbert 15
Raynor Lola T8700 Cosworth DFX 10 United States Dennis Firestone 1-3
Lola T8600 United States Phil Krueger 3
Lola T8700 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly 4-15
Truesports Lola T8700 Cosworth DFX 1 United States Bobby Rahal All
2 Belgium Didier Theys  R  15
United Oil March 87C Cosworth DFX 87 United States Steve Chassey 3
Walther March 86C Cosworth DFX 76 United States Rocky Moran 3
WENS March 86C Cosworth DFX 97 United States Rick Miaskiewicz 3


1.^ Crawford was injured on Pole Day, and replaced by Johncock.[4]
2.^ All three drivers listed as entries at Miami.[5]
3.^ Curb used March 86C Chassis at round 3 only.
4.^ Coyne used a Cosworth engine at round 7 only.
5.^ Richards used a Lola T8700 at round 6 only.
6.^ MacPherson used a Lola T8600 at rounds 11 and 12 only, and used Cosworth at rounds 10, 13-15 only.
7.^ Goodyear used a March 86C at round 7 only.
8.^ Ongais practiced at round 3 with a PC-16/Chevy A combo, but did not attempt to qualify due to injury.
9.^ Miaskiewicz used a March 87C at round 7 only.
10.^ Sullivan used a PC-16 at rounds 1-2, 5-6 only while he used a March 86C at the other rounds.[6]
11.^ Mears used a PC-16 at rounds 1-2, 5-8 only while he used a March 86C at the other rounds.[7]

Season Summary


One notable change is that there would only be one race at Phoenix International Raceway from this season forward.

Rd Date Race Name Track City
1 April 5 Grand Prix of Long Beach  S  Long Beach Street Circuit Long Beach, California
2 April 12 Checker 200  O  Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona
3 May 24 Indianapolis 500  O  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana
4 May 31 Miller American 200  O  Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin
5 June 14 Budweiser/G.I.Joe's 200  R  Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon
6 June 28 Meadowlands Grand Prix  S  Meadowlands Street Circuit East Rutherford, New Jersey
7 July 5 Budweiser Grand Prix of Cleveland  S  Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio
8 July 19 Molson Indy Toronto  S  Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario
9 August 2 Marlboro 500  O  Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan
10 August 16 Quaker State 500  O  Pocono International Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania
11 August 30 Living Well-Provimi 200  R  Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
12 September 6 Escort Radar Warning 200  R  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio
13 September 20 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix  O  Nazareth Speedway Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
14 October 11 Champion Spark Plug 300k  R  Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California
NC October 31 Marlboro Challenge  S  Tamiami Park Miami, Florida
15 November 1 Nissan Indy Challenge  S  Tamiami Park Miami, Florida

- Miami was supposed to run for 200 miles (322 kilometers) but was shortened due to rain.
 O  Oval/Speedway
 R  Dedicated road course
 S  Temporary street circuit
NC Non-championship event

  • Indianapolis was USAC-sanctioned but counted towards the CART title.

Race summaries

Long Beach

Mario Andretti started on the pole position and dominated the Long Beach Grand Prix, his third win in four years at the circuit. It marked the first-ever victory in Indy car competition for the Ilmor Chevrolet Indy V-8 engine. Emerson Fittipaldi was a close second until he dropped out with turbocharger failure.


Roberto Guerrero qualified third, but failed post-qualifying inspection for being 2.5 pounds underweight. He was forced to start last on the grid. Guerrero quickly charged through the field, and was in the top five by lap 46. He dueled with Bobby Rahal for the lead on lap 62, and dominated the second half. Even a stop-and-go penalty for hitting a tire in the pits did not slow Guerrero's run.

Guerrero won by 8 seconds over Rahal, becoming only the fourth driver in modern Indy car history to win a race from the last starting position.

Indianapolis 500

Mario Andretti dominated the entire month of May at Indy. He ran the fastest practice laps, won the pole position, the pit stop contest, and led 170 of the first 177 laps. With only 23 laps to go, Andretti suddenly slowed with a broken valve spring which led to fueling and engine failure. Roberto Guerrero, the winner at Phoenix, stalled in the pits while leading due to a failing clutch, and came home second while Al Unser, who had entered the month without a ride took the lead with 18 laps to go, and recorded one of the biggest upsets in Indy history.[8]


While leading the race on lap 149, Mario Andretti broke a rear wing, sending the car hard into the outside and inside walls. He was taken to the hospital with relatively minor injuries. Mario's son Michael Andretti took the lead after the accident, locked in a duel with Roberto Guerrero.

On lap 177, Guerrero suddenly blew his engine, leaving Michael Andretti in the lead. A late-race caution allowed Bobby Rahal to close the gap, but Michael held on for the victory. Rahal finished second.


Bobby Rahal won his first race of the season, passing Michael Andretti for the lead on lap 70 of 104. Rahal built up a 22-second lead late in the race, but slowed to conserve fuel over the final 10 laps. Andretti closed to within 6 seconds, but managed only second place.


Bobby Rahal made it back-to-back victories, winning for the second time of the season at the Meadowlands. Rahal also took over the points lead.


Emerson Fittipaldi and Bobby Rahal pitted for the final time on lap 53, both hoping to stretch their fuel to the finish. Fittipaldi pulled out to an 18-second lead, and despite the fuel light flashing over the final five laps, held on to win his first race of the season.

Rahal finished a strong second, and increased his lead in the points standings.


Emerson Fittipaldi looked to win his second race in a row, but a final lap mishap almost cost him the race. With Danny Sullivan running second on the final lap, Fittipaldi led by about 4 seconds at the white flag. Down the Lake Shore Drive backstretch on the final lap, however, Fittipaldi became mired in traffic. Through the hairpin, the track was essentially blocked by three backmarkers, which allowed Sullivan to dramatically close the gap. With two turns to go, Sullivan dove below Fittipaldi for the lead, but the two cars touched wheels. Fittipaldi's car stayed straight, but Sullivan spun out.

Fittipaldi went on to win, while Sullivan limped across the finish line to hold on to second. Bobby Rahal came home third and padded his championship lead.

Michigan 500

Just as at Indianapolis, Mario Andretti dominated the race. Taking the lead on lap 43, he led the next 114 laps and had a 1 lap lead on his son Michael, in second place, and a 2 lap lead on the rest of the field. But, just as at Indianapolis, his engine blew on lap 156, ending his day.[9]

With 8 laps to go, Michael Andretti led Indy 500 winner Al Unser and Bobby Rahal. Andretti needed to make his final pit stop, but a faulty clutch nearly cost him dearly. Andretti's car sputtered and nearly stalled as he pulled away, and he lost several seconds.

Back on the track, Michael maintained a 9-second lead to the finish, with Unser finishing second. Third place Rahal maintained a 9-point advantage over Michael in the points championship.

Pocono 500

Mario Andretti started from the pole and led 22 laps, but gets too low in turn one on lap 89, and crashed hard into the outside wall. He suffers a separated shoulder, his second injury of the season. The rough apron of turn one was stained by lime, which caused Andretti's car to lose traction.[10]

Rick Mears, who had not won a race in two years, led Geoff Brabham late in the race, but was low on fuel. Mears' car sputtered on the final lap, but he crossed the line under power to take the victory. It was the first 500-mile race victory for the Ilmor Chevy Indy V-8 engine. Brabham, meanwhile, scored a career-best second place, and the best finish yet for the new Brabham-Honda engine. Roberto Guerrero, who led with 17 laps to go, dropped to third when he was forced to pit for fuel five laps from the end.

Points leader Bobby Rahal came home 5th, and maintained a championship lead of 14 points over Michael Andretti.

Road America

After four months of disappointments and injuries, Mario Andretti finally found the winner's circle for the first time since the season opener. Despite recovering from a separated shoulder, Andretti won the pole and dominated the race wire-to-wire, leading all 50 laps. Geoff Brabham scored his second runner-up finish in a row.

The top two drivers in the points standings, Bobby Rahal and Michael Andretti, both finished out of the points.


Bobby Rahal was leading by half a lap and looking for his third consecutive victory at Mid-Ohio. With about 12 laps to go, however, Rahal tangled with the lapped car of Rick Miaskiewicz, forcing him to pit with a punctured tire.

Roberto Guerrero blew by the limping car of Rahal to take the lead on lap 74, and Michael Andretti swept into second. Andretti had a golden opportunity to make up ground in the championship hunt, but a few laps later, blew his engine. Rahal climbed back up to second, while Guerrero won his second race of the season.

Four days later, Guerrero would be injured during a tire test at Indianapolis. He was struck in the head by a tire, leaving him in a coma, and sidelined for the remainder of the season.


CART made its debut at the newly reconstructed Pennsylvania International Raceway in Nazareth. Hometown driver Michael Andretti led 150 laps, looking to make up as much ground as possible in the championship hunt against Bobby Rahal.

Al Unser drove substitution for the injured Roberto Guerrero, charging to as high as second place late in the race. With seven laps to go, Unser touched wheels with Jeff MacPherson, and smacked the outside wall coming out of turn 4. Rahal, who had lost a lap after nearly stalling in the pits, moved up to second at the checkered flag. With two races remaining, Rahal held a 25-point lead.

Laguna Seca

With the championship down to two drivers, Bobby Rahal and Michael Andretti, Rahal needed to finish the final two races to hold on to his second-consecutive CART title. Rahal had won the Laguna Seca event three years in a row, going for four.

When Michael Andretti dropped out on lap 36 with alternator trouble, Rahal clinched the championship title, regardless of his finish at the final race in Miami. Later in the race, Mario Andretti dropped out, enabling Rahal to take the lead and win at Laguna Seca for a record fourth year in a row. Rahal celebrated in victory lane both the race win and the CART championship title.

Also making news at Laguna Seca was the debut of the Porsche Indy car team led by Al Holbert. A week after substituting for Roberto Guerrero, Al Unser was back on the track in another car, this time behind the wheel of the new Porsche. The effort started out on a sour note, however. The car was slow and dropped out after only seven laps with a broken water pump. It would be Unser's lone race with the team, and the only event the chassis would race. The following year the Porsche team would switch to March chassis.

Tamiami Park

With the championship title already decided, Michael Andretti dominated en route to victory, but still finished second in the points standings.

Rahal, who had won the exhibition Marlboro Challenge a day earlier, finished 7th.

Race results

Rd Name Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning driver Winning team Race time Report
1 Grand Prix of Long Beach United States Mario Andretti 1:05.886 United States Mario Andretti Newman/Haas Racing 1:51:33 Report
2 Checker 200 United States Mario Andretti 21.832 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Vince Granatelli Racing 1:26:26 Report
3 Indianapolis 500 United States Mario Andretti 2:47.139 United States Al Unser Penske Racing 3:04:59 Report
4 Miller American 200 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 23.544 United States Michael Andretti Kraco Racing 1:47:17 Report
5 Budweiser/G.I.Joe's 200 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 59.207 United States Bobby Rahal Truesports 1:50:02 Report
6 Meadowlands Grand Prix United States Mario Andretti 1:01.097 United States Bobby Rahal Truesports 1:57:18 Report
7 Cleveland Grand Prix Colombia Roberto Guerrero 1:05.509 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing 1:32:40 Report
8 Molson Indy Toronto United States Bobby Rahal Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing 1:54:35 Report
9 Marlboro 500 United States Michael Andretti 33.406 United States Michael Andretti Kraco Racing 2:54:56 Report
10 Quaker State 500 United States Mario Andretti 44.795 United States Rick Mears Penske Racing 3:11:50 Report
11 Provimi Veal 200 United States Mario Andretti 1:52.687 United States Mario Andretti Newman/Haas Racing 1:39:52 Report
12 Escort Radar Warning 200 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 1:15.585 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Vince Granatelli Racing 1:51:58 Report
13 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix United States Michael Andretti 21.926 United States Michael Andretti Kraco Racing 1:33:02 Report
14 Champion Spark Plugs 300k United States Mario Andretti 52.926 United States Bobby Rahal Truesports 1:33:58 Report
NC Marlboro Challenge Brazil Raul Boesel United States Bobby Rahal Truesports 0:41:20 Report
15 Miami Indy Challenge United States Mario Andretti 1:54.630 United States Michael Andretti Kraco Racing 1:56:12 Report

Driver Standings

Pos Driver LBH United States PHX United States INDY United States MIL United States POR United States MEA United States CLE United States TOR Canada MIC United States POC United States ROA United States MDO United States NAZ United States LAG United States MIA United States Pts[11]
1 United States Bobby Rahal 23 2 26 2 1* 1* 2 3 3 5 23 2* 2 1 7 188
2 United States Michael Andretti 4 4 29 1 2 5 6 5 1* 8 16 13 1* 22 1* 158
3 United States Al Unser Jr. 2 14 4 5 20 8 3 20 18 23 3 23 6 4 2 107
4 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 12 1* 2 16* 19 19 5* 4 14 3 7 1 106
5 United States Rick Mears 9 20 23 21 3 18 7 10 21 1* 9 4 3 3 5 102
6 United States Mario Andretti 1* 5 9* 17 10 2 10 15 19 19 1* 17 19 17* 4 100
7 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 14 3 18 4 16 6 19 7 5 4 4 11 4 6 11 98
8 Australia Geoff Brabham 16 8 24 12 9 4 22 DNS 8 2 2 7 12 5 3 90
9 United States Danny Sullivan 22 11 13 11 11 20 4 2 4 17 5 3 22 2 12 87
10 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 19 18 16 7 14 3 1 1* 7 18 18 6 21 20 10 78
11 Mexico Josele Garza 5 6 17 22 6 24 16 17 12 11 11 8 8 8 18 46
12 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza  RY  17 12 3 14 4 16 24 11 6 14 8 24 13 42
13 United States Al Unser 1 2 15 10 24 DNQ 39
14 United States Tom Sneva 3 17 14 13 21 7 8 6 30 9 37
15 Republic of Ireland Derek Daly 15 3 15 9 11 16 24 10 26 9 16 14 22 27
16 United States Kevin Cogan 18 21 31 18 12 21 13 27 9 19 5 5 18 21 25
17 United States John Andretti  R  6 10 11 7 8 24
18 United States Johnny Rutherford 23 9 11 9 7 11 9 21 28 26 24 12 20 15 16 23
19 United States Jeff MacPherson 10 13 8 8 13 21 17 22 23 20 25 21 9 9 24 21
20 United States Dick Simon 20 10 6 20 18 14 23 23 9 21 18 15
21 United States Randy Lewis 8 19 32 19 8 23 12 9 15 16 13 22 DNQ 19 19 15
22 United States Scott Brayton 12 5 10 22 25 14
23 United States A. J. Foyt 19 6 26 7 7 25 14
24 United States Gary Bettenhausen 16 5 15 13 13 10
25 United States Pancho Carter 27 20 6 14 14 17 12 14 9
26 United States Chip Robinson 6 25 15 8
27 Brazil Raul Boesel 16 6 8
28 Canada Scott Goodyear  R  22 15 8 20 18 11 15 7
29 United States Tony Bettenhausen Jr. 11 15 10 DNQ 13 20 DNQ 11 22 15 25 7
30 Belgium Didier Theys  R  7 22 17 6
31 Australia Dennis Firestone 21 7 DNQ 6
32 United States Stan Fox 7 6
33 United States Jeff Wood  R  10 15 DNQ 10 23 6
34 Canada Ludwig Heimrath Jr. 15 22 30 10 12 17 18 19 25 12 15 23 DNQ 5
35 United States Davy Jones  R  28 10 19 14 13 3
36 United States Rick Miaskiewicz DNQ 22 14 12 16 1
37 United States Wally Dallenbach Jr.  R  12 1
38 United States John Richards  R  26 13 14 13 0
39 United States Rocky Moran 13 DNQ 0
40 United States Dale Coyne DNS DNQ DNQ 17 15 25 18 DNS 24 17 20 DNQ 21 DNQ 0
41 United States Ed Pimm 21 16 0
42 United States Danny Ongais Inj 17 DNQ 27 0
43 United Kingdom Ian Ashley 20 0
43 United States Rich Vogler 20 0
45 New Zealand Graham McRae 21 DNQ DNQ 0
46 United States Gordon Johncock 22 0
47 United States Steve Chassey 25 0
48 Italy Fulvio Ballabio  R  26 0
49 United States Dick Ferguson DNQ 29 0
50 United States George Snider 33 0
United States Mike Nish DNQ DNQ -
United States Tom Bigelow DNQ -
Germany Dominic Dobson DNQ -
United States Spike Gehlhausen DNQ -
United States Phil Krueger DNQ DNQ -
United States Johnny Parsons DNQ -
United States Sammy Swindell DNQ -
United States Al Holbert DNQ -
United Kingdom Jim Crawford Inj -
Pos Driver LBH United States PHX United States INDY United States MIL United States POR United States MEA United States CLE United States TOR Canada MIC United States POC United States ROA United States MDO United States NAZ United States LAG United States MIA United States 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
Brown Withdrew
Black Disqualified
White Did not start
Blank Did not
Race not held
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie


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See also

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