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1995 PPG Indy Car World Series

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1995 CART IndyCar season
PPG Indy Car World Series
Start dateMarch 5
End dateSeptember 10
Drivers' championCanada Jacques Villeneuve
Constructors' CupUnited Kingdom Reynard
Manufacturers' CupUnited States Ford XB
Nations' CupUnited States United States
Rookie of the YearBrazil Gil de Ferran
Indianapolis 500 winnerCanada Jacques Villeneuve
← 1994
1996 (ICWS)
1996 (IRL) →

The 1995 PPG Indy Car World Series season, the seventeenth in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 17 races, beginning in Miami, Florida on March 5 and concluding in Monterey, California on September 10. The PPG Indy Car World Series Drivers' Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner was Jacques Villeneuve. Rookie of the Year was Gil de Ferran. This was the last season before the formation of the Indy Racing League by Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner, Tony George, and the last time the USAC-sanctioned Indianapolis 500 would appear in the Series.


1994 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Jacques Villeneuve won the season opener at Miami, a foreshadowing of things to come for the French Canadian. After a penalty to Scott Goodyear, Villeneuve won the Indianapolis 500 despite also receiving a penalty in the race that put Villeneuve down two laps. Villeneuve also won at Road America and Cleveland en route to the 1995 IndyCar Championship and an offer from Frank Williams to drive in Formula One in 1996. Though Marlboro Team Penske scored five wins (four by 1994 IndyCar champion Al Unser Jr.), they were nowhere near the juggernaut that they were in 1994, with a low point being that both team drivers (Unser Jr. and Emerson Fittipaldi) failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. The Honda engine that was abandoned at Indianapolis the previous year led most of the Indy 500 in 1995. Firestone Tire and Rubber Company returned to the series and Indianapolis for the first time since 1974. Danny Sullivan's racing career came to an end after a hard crash at Michigan.

Teams and drivers

Jacques Villeneuve racing in 1995 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Jacques Villeneuve racing in 1995 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Several teams went through complete overhauls during the 1994 offseason. At Newman-Haas Racing, Nigel Mansell left IndyCar and returned for good to Formula One, and Mario Andretti retired. The team signed Michael Andretti for the seat vacated by his father. Canadian Paul Tracy, who had harsh words about Michael Andretti (notably at Toronto) in 1994 while driving for Marlboro Team Penske, became Michael's teammate (and Mansell's replacement) at Newman-Haas when Marlboro Team Penske went from three cars to two. Gerry Forsythe and Barry Green, owners of Jacques Villeneuve's car in 1994, went their separate ways. Villeneuve stayed with the newly christened Team Green. Rahal-Hogan Racing released Mike Groff and signed Brazilian Raul Boesel and his Duracell sponsorship as a teammate to 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal. Target Chip Ganassi Racing lost both of its drivers from 1994, Michael Andretti and Brazilian Maurício Gugelmin. The team signed Jimmy Vasser from Hayhoe Racing and Bryan Herta from A.J. Foyt Racing. Eddie Cheever replaced Herta at A.J. Foyt Racing. PacWest Racing released both Dominic Dobson and Scott Sharp and signed 1985 Indianapolis 500 winner Danny Sullivan and Maurício Gugelmin, who came over from Ganassi Racing. Derrick Walker's team released Willy T. Ribbs and Mark Smith and signed Brazilian rookie Christian Fittipaldi to team with Robby Gordon. Dick Simon's team released Raul Boesel and Hiro Matsushita, signed Chilean rookie Eliseo Salazar, and added a second car at Phoenix for the rest of the season, driven primarily by Mexican rookie Carlos Guerrero. Hall Racing released Italian Teo Fabi and signed Brazilian rookie Gil de Ferran. Galles Racing added a second entry for Marco Greco from Long Beach until the end of the season to team with Adrian Fernandez. Payton/Coyne Racing signed Belgian Eric Bachelart as its second driver, teaming with Alessandro Zampedri.

Hayhoe Racing folded, and Jimmy Vasser signed with Chip Ganassi's team. King Racing folded, leaving Canadian Scott Goodyear without a full-time ride. Indy Regency Racing folded and returned to Indy Lights, leaving Dutchman Arie Luyendyk without a full-time ride. Euromotorsport also folded.

New teams

Tasman Motorsports, which had won the last two Indy Lights championships, moved up from Indy Lights and brought with them one of their Indy Lights drivers, 1994 Indy Lights championship runner-up Brazilian Andre Ribeiro. Patrick Racing returned to the grid full-time after a three-year absence and after spending all of the 1994 season testing the new Firestone tires with driver Scott Pruett. Arciero Racing signed Hiro Matsushita and his Panasonic sponsorship. Gerry Forsythe left Forsythe/Green Racing to form the other new full-time team to the grid, Forsythe Racing, which signed Teo Fabi.

Supplier changes from 1994

The Rahal-Hogan team switched from Honda to the Ilmor-Mercedes engine. Comptech Racing, PacWest Racing and Walker Racing switched from the Lola chassis to Reynard, while Galles Racing switched from Reynard to Lola. Payton/Coyne Racing switched from Goodyear to Firestone tires.

Drivers and teams

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1995 Indy Car World Series season. Firestone returned to IndyCar after two decades of absence.

Team Chassis Engine Tires No. Drivers Rounds Primary Sponsor
Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC-24 Mercedes Benz IC108 G 1 United States Al Unser Jr. All Marlboro
2 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi All
Newman/Haas Racing Lola T95/00 Ford Cosworth XB G 3 Canada Paul Tracy All Budweiser
6 United States Michael Andretti All Texaco-Havoline
Target Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 95I Ford Cosworth XB G 4 United States Bryan Herta All Scotch Tape
12 United States Jimmy Vasser All STP
Walker Racing Reynard 95I Ford Cosworth XB G 5 United States Robby Gordon All Valvoline
15 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi All Chapeco
Dick Simon Racing Lola T95/00
Lola T94/00
Lola T92/00
Ford Cosworth XB G 7 Chile Eliseo Salazar All Cristal
22 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 3 WavePhore
Mexico Carlos Guerrero 4–17 Herdez
99 United States Dean Hall 1–6 Subway
Hall Racing Reynard 95I Mercedes Benz IC108 G 8 Brazil Gil de Ferran All Pennzoil
Rahal-Hogan Racing Lola T95/00 Mercedes Benz IC108 G 9 United States Bobby Rahal All Miller Genuine Draft
11 Brazil Raul Boesel All Duracell
Galles Racing Lola T95/00 Mercedes Benz IC108 G 10 Mexico Adrián Fernández All Tecate
55 Brazil Marco Greco 4–6, 8–12, 14–17 Brastemp
A. J. Foyt Enterprises Lola T95/00 Ford Cosworth XB G 14 United States Eddie Cheever 1–15 Copenhagen
United States Brian Till 16
Sweden Fredrik Ekblom 17
Bettenhausen Motorsports Penske PC-23 Mercedes Benz IC108 G 16 Sweden Stefan Johansson 1–5, 7–17 Alumax
Reynard 94i 6
PacWest Racing Reynard 95I
Reynard 94i
Ford Cosworth XB G 17 United States Danny Sullivan 1–13 Bank of America 3
Visa 14
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio II 14–17
18 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin All Hollywood Cigarettes
Payton/Coyne Racing Lola T94/00
Lola T95/00
Ford Cosworth XB F 19 Belgium Éric Bachelart 1–4, 6, 8–12, 14 AGFA
United States Buddy Lazier 5, 7, 13, 15
Canada Ross Bentley 16
France Franck Fréon 17
34 Italy Alessandro Zampedri All Mi-Jack
Patrick Racing Lola T95/00 Ford Cosworth XB F 20 United States Scott Pruett All Firestone
Arciero Racing Reynard 94I Ford Cosworth XB F 25 Japan Hiro Matsushita All Panasonic
Team Green Reynard 95I Ford Cosworth XB G 27 Canada Jacques Villeneuve All Player's
Tasman Motorsports Reynard 95I Honda HRX & HRH[1] F 31 Brazil André Ribeiro All LCI
Forsythe Racing Reynard 95I Ford Cosworth XB G 33 Italy Teo Fabi All Combustion Engineering
Part Time and Indy 500 Only Entries
Pagan Racing Reynard 94I Mercedes Benz IC108 G 21 United States Dennis Vitolo 1 Charter America
Colombia Roberto Guerrero 3, 6 Upper Deck
Tasman Motorsports Reynard 95I Honda HRX & HRH[2] F 24 Canada Scott Goodyear 6, 14, 16 LCI 1
CTI Worldwide Communications 2
Team Menard Lola T95/00 Buick Indy V-6 G 40 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 6 Glidden
60 United States Scott Brayton 6 Quaker State
80 United States Buddy Lazier 6
A. J. Foyt Enterprises Lola T95/00 Ford Cosworth XB G 41 United States Scott Sharp 6 Copenhagen
Greenfield Racing Lola T92/00 Greenfield F 42 United States Michael Greenfield 6 Greenfield Competition
Arizona Motorsports Lola T92/00 Ford Cosworth XB F 44 United States Jeff Ward 6 Arizona Executive Air
Comptech Racing Reynard 95I Honda HRX & HRH[3] F 49 United States Parker Johnstone 8, 10, 12–14, 16–17 Motorola
Beck Motorsports Lola T95/00 Ford Cosworth XB F 54 Japan Hideshi Matsuda 6 Zunne Group
Project Indy Reynard 95I
Reynard 94i
Lola T93/00
Ford Cosworth XB G 64 Germany Christian Danner 1, 8 No-Touch
United States Buddy Lazier 2, 11
France Franck Fréon 4
United States Johnny Parsons 6
Austria Hubert Stromberger 10, 14
Italy Domenico Schiattarella 16–17
Dick Simon Racing Lola T95/00
Lola T94/00
Lola T92/00
Ford Cosworth XB G 77 United States Davy Jones 6 Byrd's
90 United States Lyn St. James 6, 7, 13 Whitlock Auto Supply
Hemelgarn Racing Reynard 95I Ford Cosworth XB F 91 United States Stan Fox 6 Delta Faucet
Lola T92/00 95 United States Davey Hamilton 6
Buick Indy V-6 96 United Kingdom Jim Crawford 6 Hemelgarn Racing
Autosport Racing Team Lola T92/00 Menard Indy V-6 F 92 France Franck Fréon 6 Indy Regency Racing

Season summary


Rnd Date Race Name Circuit Location
1 March 5 United States Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami  S  Bicentennial Park Miami, Florida
2 March 19 Australia Australian IndyCar Grand Prix  S  Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Australia
3 April 2 United States Slick 50 200  O  Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona
4 April 9 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach  S  Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California
5 April 23 United States Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix  O  Nazareth Speedway Nazareth, Pennsylvania
6 May 28 United States 79th Indianapolis 500*  O  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana
7 June 4 United States Miller Genuine Draft 200  O  Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin
8 June 11 United States ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix  S  The Raceway on Belle Isle Park Detroit, Michigan
9 June 25 United States Budweiser/G. I. Joe's 200  R  Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon
10 July 9 United States Texaco/Havoline 200  R  Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
11 July 16 Canada Molson Indy Toronto  S  Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario
12 July 23 United States Budweiser Grand Prix of Cleveland  S  Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio
13 July 30 United States Marlboro 500  O  Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan
14 August 13 United States Miller Genuine Draft 200  R  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio
15 August 20 United States New England 200  O  New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, New Hampshire
16 September 3 Canada Molson Indy Vancouver  S  Streets of Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia
17 September 10 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey  R  Laguna Seca Raceway Monterey, California

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

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

Race results

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Race Winner Race Time Report
Driver Team Chassis Engine
1 Miami United States Michael Andretti United States Scott Pruett Canada Jacques Villeneuve Team Green Reynard 95I Ford-Cosworth XB 1:59:16 Report
2 Australia United States Michael Andretti United States Michael Andretti Canada Paul Tracy Newman/Haas Racing Lola T9500 Ford-Cosworth XB 1:58:26 Report
3 Phoenix United States Bryan Herta Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United States Robby Gordon Walker Racing Reynard 95I Ford-Cosworth XB 1:29:33 Report
4 Long Beach United States Michael Andretti United States Michael Andretti United States Al Unser Jr. Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC-24 Mercedes 1:49:32 Report
5 Nazareth United States Robby Gordon Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC-24 Mercedes 1:31:23 Report
6 Indianapolis United States Scott Brayton Canada Scott Goodyear Canada Jacques Villeneuve Team Green Reynard 95I Ford-Cosworth XB 3:15:17 Report
7 Milwaukee Italy Teo Fabi Italy Teo Fabi Canada Paul Tracy Newman/Haas Racing Lola T9500 Ford-Cosworth XB 1:27:23 Report
8 Belle Isle United States Robby Gordon United States Michael Andretti United States Robby Gordon Walker Racing Reynard 95I Ford-Cosworth XB 1:56:11 Report
9 Portland Canada Jacques Villeneuve United States Al Unser Jr. United States Al Unser Jr. Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC-24 Mercedes 1:54:49 Report
10 Road America Canada Jacques Villeneuve Canada Jacques Villeneuve Canada Jacques Villeneuve Team Green Reynard 95I Ford-Cosworth XB 1:55:29 Report
11 Toronto Canada Jacques Villeneuve United States Bobby Rahal United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola T9500 Ford-Cosworth XB 1:50:25 Report
12 Cleveland Brazil Gil de Ferran Canada Jacques Villeneuve Canada Jacques Villeneuve Team Green Reynard 95I Ford-Cosworth XB 1:38:19 Report
13 Michigan United States Parker Johnstone United States Parker Johnstone United States Scott Pruett Patrick Racing Lola T9500 Ford-Cosworth XB 3:07:52 Report
14 Mid-Ohio Canada Jacques Villeneuve United States Al Unser Jr. United States Al Unser Jr. Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC-24 Mercedes 1:44:04 Report
15 New Hampshire Brazil André Ribeiro Italy Teo Fabi Brazil André Ribeiro Tasman Motorsports Reynard 95I Honda 1:34:36 Report
16 Vancouver Canada Jacques Villeneuve United States Bobby Rahal United States Al Unser Jr. Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC-24 Mercedes 1:46:54 Report
17 Laguna Seca Canada Jacques Villeneuve Brazil Gil de Ferran Brazil Gil de Ferran Jim Hall Racing Reynard 95I Mercedes 1:53:17 Report

Final driver standings

Pos Driver MIA United States SUR Australia PHX United States LBH United States NAZ United States INDY United States MIL United States DET United States POR United States ROA United States TOR Canada CLE United States MIC United States MDO United States LOU United States VAN Canada LAG United States Pts
1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 1 20 5 25 2* 1 6 9 20 1* 3 1 10 3 4 12 11 172
2 United States Al Unser Jr. 15 6 8 1* 13 DNQ 2* 5 1* 28 26 18 2 1 3 1* 6 161
3 United States Bobby Rahal 3 2 21 21 6 3 13 24 3 5 2 4 8 26 10 5 7 128
4 United States Michael Andretti 20* 9* 2 9 22 25 3 4 4 27 1* 7 25 19* 2 21 4 123
5 United States Robby Gordon 13 14 1 22 4 5 5 1* 8 26 5 6 DNS 8 9 3 15 121
6 Canada Paul Tracy 27 1 4 28 26 24 1 8 18 2 8 26 23 2 23 8 2 115
7 United States Scott Pruett 4 3 9 2 8 19 12 3 13 7 25 16 1 11 24 6 5 112
8 United States Jimmy Vasser 8 24 23 23 24 22 9 2 2 3 17 3 7 9 6 27 8 92
9 Italy Teo Fabi 16 13 7 3 7 8 4 7 23 9 4 19 4 17 12 19 9 83
10 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin 2 4 13 5 17 6* 14 15 7 24 12 23 11 6 11 20 3 80
11 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 24 18 3* 20 1 DNQ 23 10 21 15 10 25 5 21 5 7 16 67
12 Mexico Adrián Fernández 11 26 12 18 9 21 10 6 9 6 7 12 3 4 26 22 10 66
13 Sweden Stefan Johansson 22 17 24 6 3 16 21 11 6 10 14 8 6 23 25 4 14 60
14 Brazil Gil de Ferran  RY  25 16 11 27 19 29 8 16 10 21 16 14* 12 24 7 2 1* 56
15 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi  R  5 25 10 14 20 2 7 17 12 8 9 24 9 25 8 24 24 54
16 Brazil Raul Boesel 6 8 6 16 10 20 11 DNS 5 22 6 20 24 20 18 10 12 48
17 Brazil André Ribeiro  R  21 23 26 12 11 18 25 18 14 4 13 27 21* 27 1* 23 26 38
18 United States Eddie Cheever 14 7 14 4 5 31 26 25 25 17 11 22 19 10 17 33
19 United States Danny Sullivan 9 5 27 10 18 9 17 12 22 25 18 5 16 32
20 United States Bryan Herta 10 15 20 26 23 13 24 27 26 14 27 2 15 5 19 16 25 30
21 Chile Eliseo Salazar  R  17 10 15 24 12 4 16 20 15 18 21 10 18 13 13 13 DNQ 19
22 Italy Alessandro Zampedri 23 19 19 8 15 11 22 26 16 20 23 9 13 14 14 9 20 15
23 Belgium Éric Bachelart 19 22 18 7 28 23 19 11 22 21 16 8
24 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio II  R  7 15 28 13 6
25 Germany Christian Danner 7 22 6
26 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 25 7 6
27 United States Parker Johnstone Wth 19 12 11 22 28 11 17 6
28 Japan Hiro Matsushita 26 11 22 19 DNS 10 19 14 17 13 19 13 20 15 22 17 22 5
29 Brazil Marco Greco 13 21 DNQ 13 11 23 20 15 22 20 25 23 2
30 Mexico Carlos Guerrero  R  11 14 33 15 21 24 19 24 17 26 18 16 15 18 2
31 United States Dean Hall 12 12 17 17 16 DNQ 2
32 Canada Scott Goodyear 14 12 14 1
33 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 16 12 1
34 United States Scott Brayton 17 1
35 United States Buddy Lazier 21 25 27 18 15 14 21 0
36 France Franck Fréon 15 DNQ DNQ 0
37 Japan Hideshi Matsuda 15 0
38 Austria Hubert Stromberger  R  16 Wth DNQ 0
39 United States Lyn St. James 32 20 17 0
40 Italy Domenico Schiattarella 18 21 0
41 United States Dennis Vitolo 18 Wth 0
42 Sweden Fredrik Ekblom  R  Wth 19 0
43 United States Davy Jones 23 0
44 United States Scott Sharp 26 0
45 United States Brian Till 26 0
46 United States Stan Fox 30 0
Canada Ross Bentley DNQ 0
United Kingdom Jim Crawford DNQ 0
United States Dominic Dobson Wth 0
United States Michael Greenfield DNQ 0
United States Mike Groff Wth 0
United States Davey Hamilton DNQ 0
Finland Tero Palmroth DNQ 0
United States Johnny Parsons DNQ 0
Belgium Didier Theys Wth 0
United States Jeff Ward DNQ 0
United States Dick Simon DNQ 0
United States Jeff Wood Wth 0
Pos Country MIA United States SUR Australia PHX United States LBH United States NAZ United States INDY United States MIL United States DET United States POR United States ROA United States TOR Canada CLE United States MIC United States MDO United States LOU United States VAN Canada LAG 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 Withdrawn
Black Disqualified
White Did not start
Blank Did not
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 Cup

  • Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Pos Country MIA United States SUR Australia PHX United States LBH United States NAZ United States INDY United States MIL United States DET United States POR United States ROA United States TOR Canada CLE United States MIC United States MDO United States LOU United States VAN Canada LAG United States Pts
1 United States United States 3 2 1 1 4 3 2 1 1 3 1 2 1 1 2 1 4 290
2 Canada Canada 1 1 4 25 2 1 1 8 18 1 3 1 10 2 4 8 2 219
3 Brazil Brazil 2 4 3 5 1 2 7 10 5 4 6 14 5 6 1 2 1 201
4 Italy Italy 16 13 7 3 7 8 4 7 16 9 4 9 4 14 12 9 9 90
5 Mexico Mexico 11 26 12 11 9 21 10 6 9 6 7 12 3 4 16 15 10 68
6 Sweden Sweden 22 17 24 6 3 16 21 11 6 10 14 8 6 23 25 4 14 60
7 Chile Chile 17 10 15 24 12 4 16 20 15 18 21 10 18 13 13 13 DNQ 19
8 Belgium Belgium 19 22 18 7 28 23 19 11 22 21 16 8
9 Argentina Argentina 7 15 28 13 6
10 Germany Germany 7 22 6
11 Netherlands Netherlands 25 7 6
12 Japan Japan 26 11 22 19 DNS 10 19 14 17 13 19 13 20 15 22 17 22 5
13 Colombia Colombia 16 12 1
14 France France 15 DNQ DNQ 0
15 Austria Austria 16 Wth DNQ 0
Finland Finland DNQ 0
Scotland Scotland DNQ 0
Pos Country MIA United States SUR Australia PHX United States LBH United States NAZ United States INDY United States MIL United States DET United States POR United States ROA United States TOR Canada CLE United States MIC United States MDO United States LOU United States VAN Canada LAG United States Pts

Chassis Constructor's Cup

Pos Chassis Pts Wins
1 United Kingdom Reynard 95I/94I 302 8
2 United Kingdom Lola T9500/T9400/T9300 273 4
3 United States Penske PC-24/PC-23 202 5
Pos Chassis Pts Wins

Engine Manufacturer's Cup

Pos Engine Pts Wins
1 United States Ford XB 331 10
2 United Kingdom / Germany Ilmor-Mercedes Benz 267 6
3 Japan Honda 47 1
4 United States Menard 7 0
Pos Engine Pts Wins

Race notes


The return of the Grand Prix of Miami was held around Bicentennial Park. The race was presented by Toyota, who had announced plans to enter IndyCar racing in 1996 with Dan Gurney's All American Racers team. The grand marshal for the race was Mario Andretti, who had retired after the 1994 IndyCar season. Polesitter Michael Andretti returned to Newman-Haas Racing after two years with other teams (McLaren in 1993 and Ganassi in 1994). Michael's new teammate Paul Tracy clipped a barrier in the Turn 3 chicane on Lap 2, bringing out a full-course yellow. A few laps after the restart Bryan Herta, in his first race for Ganassi, locked up the brakes in Turn 12 but missed the tire wall. At Lap 15 two possible winners dropped from contention; rookie Gil de Ferran, who had qualified an impressive 4th for Jim Hall, lost use of his transmission, and reigning IndyCar champion Al Unser Jr.' s new Penske PC-24 developed an electrical problem. On Lap 19 rookie Christian Fittipaldi made his first IndyCar pit stop and ran over the used left front tire as he left, catching a few inches of air. Eddie Cheever, another Formula One veteran, spun harmlessly in Turn 12 on Lap 22. Two laps later rookie Andre Ribeiro tried to meet the apex of Turn 10, but failed to see Adrian Fernandez in his mirrors. Their accident brought out another full-course yellow. Emerson Fittipaldi's engine failed during the yellow; another contender eliminated. After the restart, leader Michael Andretti was trying to pass rookie backmarker Eliseo Salazar in Turn 1. Salazar came down on him entering Turn 1, squeezing Michael into the inner wall, but he continued without incident and the car seemed to be running just fine. Later on that lap, Dennis Vitolo (perhaps best known for his crash in the 1994 Indianapolis 500 with Nigel Mansell) spun exiting the Turn 3 chicane. He hit the wall in the Pagan Racing Reynard but drove back to pits without further incident. On Lap 35 the yellow was out again after Payton/Coyne Racing's Alessandro Zampedri crashed in Turn 5.

At halfway the leaders were Michael Andretti, Maurício Gugelmin, Jacques Villeneuve, Danny Sullivan, Scott Pruett, and Bobby Rahal. For seventh place some intense racing took place between Chip Ganassi's new hire Jimmy Vasser and Walker Racing teammates Robby Gordon and Christian Fittipaldi. On Lap 50 Andretti made his final pit stop, but ended his day because the suspension damage in the right front (from the contact with Salazar) was too severe. This handed the lead to Gugelmin, Andretti's former teammate, for the first time in his IndyCar career. Soon after Andre Ribeiro found the Turn 5 tire barrier, meaning that final pit stops would occur under the yellow. Jacques Villeneuve's team won the battle out of the pits. With less than 20 laps to go, Danny Sullivan spun out of 5th place right in front of Robby Gordon. The 1988 PPG Cup Champion stalled the engine, as he had not raced an IndyCar in 18 months, and the yellows were waved again. Bryan Herta was another victim of the Turn 5 wall a few laps later, but was rescued from the tires and finished the race. On Lap 84 Gordon crashed heavily in Turn 6 but walked away. Villeneuve held off Gugelmin and Bobby Rahal to win the first race of the new season.

Surfers Paradise

See 1995 Indycar Australia


Sophomore driver Bryan Herta won his first career pole with a new track record. In traffic, Herta and Paul Tracy diced for the lead until Michael Andretti took the lead on Lap 33. On Lap 39 rookie Andre Ribeiro crashed in Turn 2, bringing out the first yellow of the day. Andretti stayed in the lead, but polesitter Herta ran over his air hose and received a stop and go penalty after the restart. Tracy took the lead in Turn 1 with a four wide pass on the inside of Michael, Robby Gordon, and Dean Hall on the far right. Gordon, who was one lap down, took his lap back in Lap 61. Ten laps later Michael Andretti retook the lead. By halfway, last year's winner Emerson Fittipaldi was in striking distance of the lead. He passed Andretti on Lap 105 to lead his first laps of the season. Soon after, the second caution flag was waved when Stefan Johansson's Bettenhausen-prepared Penske PC-23 trailed smoke. Michael Andretti was hoping for an adjustment in the left rear but it wasn't made. When the race restarted, Tracy briefly took the lead from Fittipaldi. Frontrunner Scott Pruett was charged with a stop and go penalty for a blend line violation during the yellow.

With less than 50 laps to go, rookie Gil de Ferran spun off Turn 2 and hit the inside tire wall and brought out the yellow flag again. On the restart Tracy took the lead from Fittipaldi again, and touched with Scott Pruett, one lap back after his stop and go. Pruett lost two more laps after a precautionary pit stop. Both Tracy and Fittipaldi pitted for a "splash-and-go", Emerson doing so with 7 laps to go. Michael Andretti was the new leader, but his crew did not inform him of this, and he allowed Robby Gordon to pass him for the win with 5 laps to go. Michael told ABC's Gary Gerould, "I had no idea I was in the lead.".

Long Beach

A battle for third place went wrong on Lap 17 when Paul Tracy tried to pass rookie Gil de Ferran in Turn 3. The two collided and brought out the safety car. Bobby Rahal, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Michael Andretti all encountered troubles later while running second to Al Unser Jr. Andretti nearly spun at Lap 55 when he had simultaneously overtaken Unser and backmarker Dean Hall on the backstretch and locked up the rear brakes. He didn't crash, but dropped to 6th. Rahal took second, and nearly took the lead after pit stops, but his transmission failed after 77 laps. Fittipaldi's engine expired with 20 laps remaining. Andretti fought back to reclaim 2nd, but repeated his Lap 55 mistake on Lap 102. Because he had lost first gear earlier in the race, he stalled while trying to restart with 2nd gear. Teo Fabi stole 2nd, but was penalised because he did so under Andretti's local yellow flag. Eddie Cheever ran out of fuel on the final lap, and Christian Fittipaldi (who would have been on the lead lap) ran out before he could take the white flag, dropping to 14th. Unser won his record 6th Long Beach Grand Prix by 23 seconds.


Eddie Cheever started 21st and made his second and final pit stop at Lap 106. Car owner and race engineer A. J. Foyt planned to keep Cheever on the track to the checkered flag, hoping for his first win as an owner since Foyt himself won the Pocono 500 in the 1981 USAC season. Cheever was looking for his first career IndyCar win; his best result had been 2nd to Bobby Rahal at Phoenix in 1992. Separate incidents for hometown favorite Michael Andretti and rookie Gil de Ferran helped Cheever conserve fuel. The race resumed at Lap 195 with Cheever in the lead. He rocketed away as the instrument panel indicated that he had ample fuel. However, fuel gremlins hadn't left Foyt's team since Long Beach, as the #14 ran out of fuel again in Turn 2 on Lap 199. Emerson Fittipaldi took the lead, held off Jacques Villeneuve, winning in eleven consecutive seasons (dating back to 1985), and claiming what would be his 22nd and final IndyCar victory.

Indianapolis 500

The Indianapolis 500 was sanctioned by USAC but was included in the championship.

See 1995 Indianapolis 500 for race results and other information.


Italy's Teo Fabi, driving for Forsythe Racing won his first pole since Denver in 1990 for the Porsche team. The start was aborted after an improper field alignment, but the start was clean on Lap 2. On Lap 7 Michael Andretti touched Robby Gordon's left rear tire with his right front wing; the contact was dramatic but harmless. Fabi led the first 27 laps until Al Unser Jr. (looking to put the DNQ at Indy behind him) overtook him in traffic. Behind him, Paul Tracy was making bold passes on the outside in the same traffic. Fabi was the first to make a pit stop at Lap 63, followed by Unser at Lap 65. Tracy came in ten laps later, followed by his teammate Andretti, who stalled exiting his pit and lost several seconds before continuing. Unser reclaimed the lead after the first round of stops. At Lap 124 the first real yellow of the day (the aborted start counting as the first) came when Chilean rookie Eliseo Salazar spun in Turn 4. Emerson Fittipaldi attempted to sneak into the pits for his final stop, but after he slowed to avoid Salazar he collected marbles on his tires which, adding to his oversteer condition, caused him to spin into the pitlane and he nudged the inside wall with the right rear. He was done for the day. Under the yellow the leaders made their second and final pit stops, and Tracy beat Unser out of the pits. Al Jr. retook the lead from Tracy on Lap 144, and as they sliced through lapped traffic Tracy took the lead with 22 laps to go. A few laps later, Tracy tried to pass a group of cars (trailed by Alessandro Zampedri) on the outside, and he lost traction momentarily but continued without further incident. Fuel concerns were eminent in both the Penske and Newman-Haas pits, but Tracy took the checkered flag ahead of a fast-closing Unser by less than one second.


Al Unser Jr. took the chequered flag, but Jimmy Vasser was declared the winner. Unser was disqualified because of ride height issues. This was caused by erosion of the skidplate on the kerbing. Shortly after the season was over, Unser was re-declared the winner, taking from Vasser what would have been his first CART IndyCar win.


IndyCar point leader Jacques Villeneuve set a new track record (57.230 seconds) in winning his third consecutive pole for the 10th annual Molson Indy Toronto. Inaugural winner Bobby Rahal and four-time Toronto winner Michael Andretti, neither of whom had won in 1995, started in Row 3. The first incident of the day began when Stefan Johansson tried to sneak around Raul Boesel in Turn 3 (a hard braking zone and passing opportunity where many incidents take place) but bumped Bryan Herta into the wall. Herta then bounced off Eddie Cheever, damaging the right front suspension, and stalled the engine after missing the corner. On Lap 9 the order was Villeuenve, Vasser, Pruett, Andretti, Tracy, Fabi, Rahal, Unser and de Ferran, followed by Robby Gordon and rookie Andre Ribeiro, who tried to outbrake Gordon in Turn 3 in a battle for 10th place. Ribeiro spun after they touched and dropped to last. On Lap 17 Pruett spun out of 3rd place in Turn 8. On the next lap Unser tried to outbrake Rahal (who was stuck behind Fabi, who was a bit off the pace) in Turn 3, but the two champions touched and Unser tagged the outside wall, and the first full-course yellow was brought out. Stefan Johansson, who had just pitted, lost his right rear tire coming onto the backstretch. Pruett then retired with a leak in the cooling system after setting the fastest lap of the race. In a strange scoring error, leader Villeneuve was dropped to 5th after his pit stop because he was not picked up as the leader. Car owner Barry Green was not pleased. The restart was interrupted by an unusual situation at the back of the field. 16th placed Éric Bachelart was involved in a spectacular Turn 7 accident that also involved Eliseo Salazar, Marco Greco, and Carlos Guerrero, who was launched over Alessandro Zampedri. Bachelart said in his interview with Gary Gerould that the field, several seconds in front of him, suddenly slowed down after catching the leaders. Turn 7 is a flat corner (taken without lifting off the throttle) and a blind corner, catching the cars involved by surprise. Guerrero shared Bachelart's opinion. No one was injured in the melee.

On the restart Michael Andretti led Maurício Gugelmin and Paul Tracy. Tracy tried to outbrake Gugelmin on the outside of Turn 3, but the two touched wheels and Tracy spun. Michael and "Big Mo" were now trailed by Bobby Rahal, Villeneuve, and Jimmy Vasser. Rahal began losing ground behind Gugelmin, who had yet to pit, and was trapped behind him until the Brazilian pitted at Lap 43. At the same time, backmarker Buddy Lazier spun the Project Indy car in Turn 3. A lap later Andretti caught backmarker Hiro Matsushita, already infamous for not yielding to the leaders, and lost 4 of the 9 seconds he had gained over Rahal. The two pitted on Lap 63 with over 15 seconds over 3rd placed Jacques Villeneuve, who pitted on the next lap. No change among the leaders through pit stops, but Rahal caught Andretti in lapped traffic; the pack included Johansson, Ribeiro, Cheever, and Danny Sullivan, who lost 5 laps after a tow back to the pits. At Lap 75 Sullivan passed Cheever, who tried to meet his apex after being passed. When Cheever turned in he touched the leader Andretti, who was trying to lap him. The light contact didn't appear to damage the car. 4th place Vasser dropped from the race with 13 laps to go with a broken header. Michael Andretti took the win ahead of Rahal and point leader Villeneuve.


Rookie Gil de Ferran claimed his first CART pole position with a new track record (58.328 seconds, 146.2 mph). At the start, in Turns 9 and 10 (the final chicane), rookie Andre Ribeiro and 1993 Cleveland winner Paul Tracy touched wheels and spun off. Both made unsuccessful attempts to continue in the race, and retired early. Scott Pruett was also caught up in the mess, losing a lap before returning. Throughout the bulk of the race de Ferran exploited the potential of his car, proving to be difficult to beat. Second placed Teo Fabi, if anybody, seemed to be the only man who could outrun him. Behind them, Michael Andretti and Bryan Herta were in close proximity for most of the race. They were later joined by Robby Gordon and point leader Jacques Villeneuve as the "best of the rest". Mid-race, Gordon and Villeneuve showed their own competitive spirits (perhaps too competitive) by pressing on each other through Turn 2 and missing Turn 3. Each ran through the grass and continued on. Teo Fabi stayed out several laps longer than de Ferran for final pit stops, coming in at Lap 66. He left with a 4-second lead over de Ferran, but came back in immediately and retired the car with a broken header.

Éric Bachelart crashed in Turn 9 to bring out the final caution flag. On the restart, 4th placed Robby Gordon took the lead briefly with a very deep entry into Turn 1. de Ferran held the lead, but was again challenged next time around in Turn 1 when Andretti passed him on the outside as Gordon passed him on the inside (ironically, all three cars were sponsored by rival brands of motor oil). Gordon slowed with a flat tyre (blaming Andretti over the radio to Derrick Walker), dropping from contention. With 5 laps to go, de Ferran passed Andretti for the lead exiting Turn 8 and was about to pass Scott Pruett as well. Proper racing etiquette is that a lapped car, regardless of pace should yield to a lead lap car. However, Pruett did not do this, and collided with de Ferran (who perhaps was not close enough to make Pruett think that he would attempt a pass). The order was now Andretti, Herta, and Villeneuve. On Lap 89 (of 90) Herta went for the lead in Turn 9, but he slowed to let Andretti by because of the local yellow (overtaking is illegal in a yellow zone). Jacques Villeneuve had the proper momentum to pass both of them, and after a touch with Andretti in Turn 1, he took off and won his 5th race in 28 starts. ABC Sports' Sam Posey called this race the greatest of the year, and pointed out that the widest course on the schedule was producing the closest racing.

Marlboro 500

Before qualifications, Walker Racing's Robby Gordon had a hard practice accident, forcing the Valvoline crew to withdraw. Parker Johnstone won the first IndyCar pole position for Honda. The start was aborted twice, due to improper alignment of the field, but the rookie polesitter was not at fault. Later on, championship leader Jacques Villeneuve came into the pitlane unexpectedly with wheel hub problems. Johnstone soon had the same issues, as did Maurício Gugelmin. This problem was thought to be limited to the Reynard cars, but myth this was dispelled when Bobby Rahal's Lola was similarly diagnosed.

Nearing halfway rookie Andre Ribeiro established himself as the car to beat, but after a routine pit stop his car failed to get up to race pace. He then retired with electrical issues. Polesitter Parker Johnstone also dropped out with brake failure, and 3rd place runner Eddie Cheever's gearbox quit. At Lap 194 Danny Sullivan's great career ended when he crashed in Turn 1. Lyn St. James, driving for Dick Simon, lost an engine while running in the Top 10 and Sullivan lost control in the oil. Bryan Herta struck a stray tyre from the accident, ending his day as well. Sullivan's injuries included a broken pelvis, and had to withdraw from the Brickyard 400 the following weekend. He later announced his retirement from auto racing (later becoming a driver analyst for ABC and ESPN's IndyCar coverage). Scott Pruett and Al Unser Jr. were alone in the lead lap and made their final scheduled stops during this long yellow flag.

The race resumed at Lap 207 with Unser beating Pruett out of the pitlane. Unser appeared to be out of contention at Lap 230 when he pitted with blistering on the right rear tyre, but he stayed in the lead lap and caught a lucky yellow thanks to an unfortunate Alessandro Zampedri, who crashed in Turn 4 at Lap 238. When the race restarted Unser, in his 200th IndyCar start, was flying through the field, and it was only a matter of time before he caught Patrick Racing's Pruett. The Californian barely led at the white flag as Unser swept around him, but he made great use of the draft and pulled the same move through Turns 3 and 4. At the pit entry Pruett had the lead and beat Unser by a carlength, giving Firestone Tires their first IndyCar win since the 1970s, and Patrick's first win since Nazareth in September of 1989 with Emerson Fittipaldi.


Point leader Jacques Villeneuve set a new track record in qualifying; the eight such occurrence of the season. Al Unser Jr., starting in Row 4, came in during the parade laps with a flat tire. At the start Americans Eddie Cheever and Scott Pruett touched wheels and collected compatriot Parker Johnstone, who spun off in Turn 4 (the starts at Mid-Ohio take place on the backstretch, just after Turn 3). Johnstone's day was over before it started. A few laps later, Brazilians Raul Boesel and Andre Ribeiro received stop and go penalties for overtaking under the Turn 4 yellow, the site of Johnstone's accident. Through the first 20 laps only Michael Andretti could match the pace of polesitter Villeneuve, both men several seconds ahead of third placed Maurício Gugelmin. By this time, however, the wicker on Andretti's rear wing came loose, and ultimately the left side of the wicker flew off. But Andretti stayed on Villeneuve, apparently unaffected by the "wing change". Little Al made his first pit stop at Lap 23, a bit earlier than the leaders who were negotiating traffic. Pay drivers Hiro Matsushita, Eliseo Salazar, and Carlos Guerrero were not easy for Jacques and Michael to overtake. The duo pitted on Lap 29, with no position change, but Michael made a dramatic pass in Turn 7 (a part of the esses, or the "twisty bits", as they are also called at Mid-Ohio) to take the spot. The pass was not for the lead, however, because rookie Gil de Ferran stayed out for a few more laps on a light fuel load. De Ferran went from 5th to 3rd after his pit stops completed the first round of stops. Soon after pit stops second place Villeneuve reported braking problems, which was later diagnosed as a boiling problem on a very warm and humid day. Rookie Andre Ribeiro was soon very warm when he brought the Tasman car into the pits unscheduled; a fire developed in the rear of the car when the fuel vent stack stuck open allowing fuel to gush out and ignite on the exhaust. De Ferran took second from Villeneuve whose pace had slowed due to concern over the brakes. On Lap 39 Bobby Rahal, the crowd favorite who had moved up from 8th to 4th in the pit stops, tried Villeneuve on the outside of Turn 5. They touched wheels and Rahal was sent into the wall. Neither he nor the crowd were pleased with Villeneuve, who was given enough room according to Rahal. Al Unser Jr., off sequence with the leaders, pitted under the full course yellow.

After the restart rookie point leader Christian Fittipaldi jumped out in his pit stall with a fire in the back. 2nd placed de Ferran dropped out with engine failure, meaning that the top three rookies were all out of the race. Final stops began on Lap 54 when Robby Gordon brought the Walker Racing #5 car in. The air gun for the right front tire changer failed, adding nearly 30 seconds to the pit stop time. Robby expressed his displeasure over the radio to Derrick Walker, lamenting that their race had been thrown away. Leader Michael Andretti pitted with 24 laps to go, not did not lead again until Vileneuve, Paul Tracy, and Unser made their pit stops. Unser stretched his fuel to Lap 70; 14 laps to go. Typical of Roger Penske's strategic thinking, this pit sequence moved Unser up to second, behind Andretti and ahead of Andretti's teammate Tracy. Andretti's lead was unassailable with 4 laps to go, but he slowed with a broken header and could only sit forlornly in Turn 6, pondering what might have been. Despite the unusual pit strategy, Al Unser Jr. captured the win over Tracy, Villeneuve, Adrian Fernandez, and Bryan Herta.


Andre Ribeiro won his first pole with a new track record. Adrian Fernandez crashed in Turn 2 on Lap 1 (he had crashed in Turn 3 in Friday practice). On Lap 42 Scott Pruett crashed in front of Michael Andretti, who took the lead during the pit stops. At halfway Paul Tracy was black flagged for an oil leak, and was prevented by CART officials from returning to the race, leaving the Canadian fuming. With three laps to go a battle for 20th went wrong as Marco Greco and Buddy Lazier (both 13 laps down) crashed, and the race ended under yellow. Indy Lights graduate Andre Ribeiro won his first IndyCar race; also the first for his team and for Honda.


Jacques Villeneuve won his fifth pole position of the year, setting yet another track record (which was no longer a surprise by this time of the season). The point for the pole was crucial for Villeneuve, who could eliminate Al Unser Jr. from championship contention, and thus become the 1995 champion. The start was clean, but in Turn 5 (a tight and tricky chicane) Unser tangled with rookie Gil de Ferran in a battle for 7th. Unser continued but de Ferran, who was on the outside, was flung into the air after wheel contact and struck the barrier. The red flag was issued and the first lap was nullified. De Ferran's team managed to prepare the backup car for the second start. The second attempt was aborted when Villeneuve jumped the green flag. The third start was the official start. Rookie leader Christian Fittipaldi slowed with a flat right rear tire after contact with uncle Emmo, who pitted for a new nosecone behind Villeneuve, Jimmy Vasser, Bobby Rahal, Scott Goodyear (in his third start of the year), and Michael Andretti. Vasser dropped out on Lap 7 with a broken header, moving Robby Gordon into the Top 5. At the same time Formula One veteran Domenico Schiattarella spun the Project Indy car in Turn 5, bringing out Johnny Rutherford in the safety car again. By Lap 20 the leaders had caught Hiro Matsushita, which compressed the Top 6 cars (Villeneuve, Rahal, Andretti, Gordon, Unser, and Teo Fabi). On lap 23 Andretti made one of his trademark bold passes in Turn 10 to get second from Rahal, and behind them Al Jr. passed Gordon. Rahal pitted on Lap 25, and the lead changed hands when Andretti repeated his Lap 23 pass on Villeneuve. The French-Canadian's loss of pace was because of a loss of grip, as he locked up tires and stepped the back end out on acceleration trying to keep second place ahead of Al Junior. He locked up the fronts in Turn 5, allowing Unser to set up a great exit and launch around Villeneuve, who dropped to 7th by Turn 8 and pitted on that lap, taking the harder compound of Goodyear Eagles. On Lap 39 Unser pitted and Teo Fabi spun the Forsythe car in Turn 5. He did not hit a wall or stall the engine, but leader Andretti took no chances and made his first pit stop.

At Lap 49 Andretti and Unser, the only former winners of the Molson Indy Vancouver, were in close proximity some 17 seconds ahead of third place Paul Tracy when the yellow was waved for Marco Greco, whose Galles Racing entry was stopped on the pit straight. After the restart Gil de Ferran, who had done very well in the early going to keep his backup car in 5th place, could not pass the lapped car of Carlos Guerrero. Behind him, Andre Ribeiro attempted to pass him on the pit straight, but running side by side through the first turn usually doesn't work, and Ribeiro clipped the wall with the right front and brought out the yellow again. Unser, who had set the fastest lap earlier, passed Andretti for the lead on Lap 60. It wasn't long before Andretti lost use of second gear, the culprit from Long Beach. Though Michael was no longer a threat to Unser's bid for the win, having dropped out of the race, Unser was getting fed up with Raul Boesel who was on the tail end of the lead lap. On Lap 66 Tracy made a pass on Bryan Herta for 3rd in Turn 3, but locked up the rear tires and collected Herta and 5th place Maurício Gugelmin, ending the Brazilian's day. With 20 laps to go, Jacques Villeneuve was running 5th behind Unser, Rahal, de Ferran, and Gordon, when he suddenly lost 5th and 6th gears. Scott Goodyear, one lap down, swerved to avoid hitting Villeneuve, and clipped him coming into the sweeping Turn 9. Goodyear nearly hit the tire barrier in Turn 10 as his left rear was flattened by Jacques' front wing. After Bobby Rahal pitted from 2nd, "Albuquerque Al" was unchallenged en route to his 30th IndyCar win (pending the appeal from Portland) ahead of Gil de Ferran. Al would keep the championship fight alive if Team Penske won the appeal.

See also


  • Åberg, Andreas. "PPG Indy Car World Series 1995". Driver Database. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  • "1995 PPG Indy Car World Series". Champ Car Stats. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  • "Official Box Score: 79th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  • "Standings after Laguna Seca". Champ Car World Series. Archived from the original on 22 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-19.

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