|1985 American Championship Car season|
|Series : IndyCar|
|Champion : Al Unser|
|Previous: 1984||Next: 1986|
The 1985 IndyCar season, the seventh in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 15 races, beginning in , California on April 14 and concluding in Miami, Florida on November 10. The PPG Indy Car World Series Drivers' Champion was Al Unser and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Danny Sullivan. Rookie of the Year was Arie Luyendyk. The 69th Indianapolis 500 was sanctioned by the USAC, but counted in the CART points standings.
Drivers and TeamsEdit
|Penske Racing||March 85C||Cosworth||4 (5)||Danny Sullivan||Miller American|
|5 (1)||Rick Mears||Pennzoil Z-7||Raced by Mears at Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Michigan (both races) and Pocono. Raced by Unser at all other races.|
|11||Hertz/Gould Charge||Indianapolis, Michigan (1) and Pocono with Hertz sponsorship, Michigan 2 with Gould Charge sponsorship|
|Doug Shierson Racing||Lola T900||Cosworth||30||Al Unser, Jr.||Domino's Pizza|
|Truesports Co.||March 85C||Cosworth||3 (10)||Bobby Rahal||Budweiser|
|8||Ludwig Heimrath, Jr.||Red Roof Inns||Mid-Ohio only|
|Newman/Haas Racing||Lola T900||Cosworth||1 (3)||Mario Andretti||Beatrice||Jones replaced Andretti at Road America|
|Patrick Racing||March 85C||Cosworth||20||Bruno Giacomelli||STP Oil Treatment||Giacomelli: Long Beach, Portland, Meadowlands, Cleveland, Road America, Mid-Ohio, Sanair, Laguna Seca and Miami. Johncock: Indianapolis. Swindell: Michigan (1) and Pocono. Whittington: Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Michigan (2), Phoenix|
|60||Rich Vogler||Kentucky Fried Chicken||Indianapolis Only|
|All American Racers||Eagle 85GC/Lola T900||Cosworth||2||Tom Sneva||Skoal Bandit||Raced an Eagle 85 for Long Beach, Indianapolis and Milwaukee, a Lola T900 for Portland, Sanair, Laguna Seca and Phoenix, and an Eagle 85GC for the remainder of the races|
|Lola T900||97||Tony Bettenhausen, Jr.||Indianapolis Only|
|Eagle 85GC/Lola T900||98||Ed Pimm||Raced an Eagle 85 at Long Beach and Indianapolis, a Lola T900 at Milwaukee, and an Eagle 85GC for the remainder of the races. Did not appear at Cleveland.|
|Kraco Racing||March 85C||Cosworth||18||Kevin Cogan||Kraco/Wolff Systems|
|Alex Morales Racing||March 85C||Cosworth||21||Johnny Rutherford||Vermont American|
|Machinists Union Racing||March 85C||Cosworth||55||Josele Garza||Schaefer/Machinists Union|
|59||Pete Halsmer||Copenhagen/Machinists Union/Scot Lad Foods||Halsmer: Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Meadowlands, Cleveland, and Michigan (2). Keegan: Mid-Ohio, Laguna Seca and Miami. Ganassi: Michigan (1)|
|Galles Racing||March 85C||Buick/Cosworth||6||Pancho Carter||Valvoline/Buick Hawk||Carter raced at Long Beach, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Cleveland, Michigan (both), Pocono, Sanair, and Phoenix. Moreno raced at Meadowlands, Road America, Mid-Ohio, Laguna Seca, and Miami. Buick engine for Long Beach and Indianpolis only.|
|Cosworth||7||Geoff Brabham||Coors Light|
|Team Cotter||March 85C||Cosworth||9||Roberto Guerrero||True Value/Master Mechanic||DNS at Meadowlands due to practice wreck|
|Forsythe Racing||Lola T900||Cosworth||32/33||Howdy Holmes||Jiffy Mixes/Indeck||Holmes in with No. 33 at all races except Laguna (accident), Phoenix and Miami. Lammers at Laguna (#32), Phoenix (#32) and Miami (#33)|
|Pace Racing||March 84C/Lola T900||Cosworth||36||Dennis Firestone||Pace Electronics||A March 84C was raced in the first six races, and a Lola T900 was raced in the remainder. Firestone raced the car in the first 13 rounds, Bigelow relieved Firestone at Michigan (1), and Crawford raced the car in the final two rounds.|
|Dick Simon Racing||March 85C||Cosworth||22/23||Raúl Boesel||Break Free||No. 22 raced by Simon on ovals and Boesel on road/street circuits. No. 23 raced by Simon at Meadowlands, and Boesel at Indianapolis and Michigan (1)|
|Leader Card Racing||March 84C/March 85C||Cosworth||24||Rocky Moran||Justice Brothers/Leader Card/Kentucky Fried Chicken||Moran raced at Long Beach (84C), and DNQ'd at Portland (85C) and Meadowlands (84C)|
|March 84C/March 85C||Tom Bigelow||Kentucky Fried Chicken/Palace Display Vans/Menard/Leader Card Racers||Bigelow was listed on the Indianapolis (85C) entry, and raced the car at Milwaukee (85C), Michigan (1)(84C) and Pocono (85C)|
|March 84C||Phil Krueger||Leader Card Racers||Krueger DNQ at Cleveland|
|March 85C||Herm Johnson||Leader Card Racers/Menard||Johnson raced at Road America and Mid-Ohio|
|March 85C||Gary Bettenhausen||Leader Card Racers/Menard||Bettenhausen raced at Sanair, Phoenix and DNS at Michigan (2)|
|March 84C/March 85C||Dominic Dobson||Leader Card||Dobson DNS at Meadowlands (84C), and raced at Laguna Seca (85C) and Miami (85C)|
|Canadian Tire Racing||March 85C||Cosworth||67||Jim Crawford||Canadian Tire||Sanair only|
|76||Jacques Villeneuve||Villeneuve at all races except Indianapolis, Michigan (both) and Pocono. Parsons at Indianapolis.|
|Provimi Racing||Lola T900||Cosworth||61||Arie Luyendyk||Provimi Veal||All races except Michigan (WD), Pocono and Mid-Ohio (wreck in practice)|
|Wysard Racing||Lola T900||Cosworth||34||Jim Crawford||Canadian Tire/Malcolm Konner||Crawford at Long Beach, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Meadowlands and Cleveland, Brassfield at Miami. Canadian Tire sponsorship at Indianapolis only, Malcolm Konner sponsorship at Meadowlands only.|
|Arciero Racing||Lola T900/March 85C||Cosworth||12||Bill Whittington||Arciero Wines||Whittington at all races except Michigan 1, Pocono, Sanair and Phoenix, Lanier at Phoenix. Lola T900 at all races except Michigan (2) and Miami|
|Lola T900||57||Long Beach, Indianapolis, Portland, Meadowlands, Cleveland, Road America, Mid-Ohio, Laguna Seca and Miami|
|Hemelgarn Racing||Lola T900/March 85C||Cosworth||71||Michael Roe||SPA*erobics/WTTV/Living Well/Autostyle||Roe at Long Beach, Indianapolis, Portland, Meadowlands, Cleveland, Gehlhausen at Milwaukee and Michigan 1, Mansilla at Road America, Mid-Ohio, Sanair, and Brayton at Laguna Seca, Phoenix and Miami. Lola T900 at all races except Sanair. Living Well sponsorship at all races except Long Beach. SPA*erobics at all races except Indianapolis, WTTV at Indianapolis only, and Autostyle at all races Brayton drove.|
|Brayton Racing||March 85C|| Cosworth/|
|37||Scott Brayton||Dreisbach & Sons/Hardee's/Jolly Rancher||Buick engine at Indianapolis and Milwaukee, Dreisbach & Sons sponsorship at Long Beach and Michigan (2), Hardee's sponsorship at Indianapolis and Milwaukee, and Jolly Rancher sponsorship at Portland, Meadowlands, Cleveland, Michigan (1) and Pocono.|
|Interscope Racing||March 85C||Cosworth||25||Danny Ongais||Interscope Racing||Long Beach, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Michigan (both), Pocono, Phoenix and Miami only|
|AMI Racing||March 85C||Cosworth||43||John Paul, Jr.||Satellite Technology||Paul Jr. at Indianapolis and Cleveland, Lammers at Portland and Meadowlands|
|Gohr Racing||March 85C||Chevy||56||Steve Chassey||Genesee Beer||Raced at all rounds except Long Beach and Sanair|
|Circle Bar Racing||Lola T900||Cosworth||38||Chet Fillip||Circle Bar Truck Corral||Indianapolis (DNQ), Milwaukee, Cleveland and Michigan (1) only|
|Menard Cashway Lumber||March 85C||Cosworth||8||Herm Johnson||Menard Cashway Lumber||Indianapolis only (DNQ)|
|Tom Hess Racing||Lola T800||Cosworth||27 (29)||Dick Ferguson||Kapsreiter Bier||Long Beach only|
|Lola T900||Derek Daly||Indianapolis only|
|Jeff Wood||Colin Bennett||Cleveland only|
|Ian Ashley||Hess Racing||Miami only|
|Purcell Racing||March 83C||Cosworth||50||Tom Bieglow||Zanetis||Indianapolis only, neither car qualified|
|51||Drilling & Producing|
|A. J. Foyt Enterprises||March 85C/Lola T900||Cosworth||14||A. J. Foyt||Copenhagen/Gilmore||Entered at Indianapolis, Meadowlands, Cleveland, Michigan (1), Pocono, Sanair, Phoenix and Miami. Ran Sanair with Lola T900.|
|March 84C||41||Mike Nish||Gilmore/Foyt||Indianapolis (DNQ) and Phoenix (DQ, Practice) only|
|March 85C||Chevy||44||George Snider||Foyt Chevrolet||Indianapolis only|
|Cosworth||84||Chip Ganassi||Calumet Farms||Indianapolis only|
|Dale Coyne Racing||Lola T800||Chevy||19||Dale Coyne||Dale Coyne Racing||Entered all rounds except Indianapolis and Sanair|
|Theodore Racing||Theodore||Cosworth||15||Chico Serra||Ensign Racing||Portland only|
- - The number in parenthesis is the number the car used at the Indianapolis 500, if a different number was used.
- Indianapolis was USAC-sanctioned but counted towards the CART title.
Full Series resultsEdit
Point Scoring System:
- Points are awarded based on each driver's resulting place (regardless of whether the car is running at the end of the race):
- 1 For Pole Position
- 1 For Leading The Most Laps Of The Race
Mario Andretti dominated the first half of the season before breaking his collarbone in a crash during the Michigan 500, the first accident of his career that would force him to miss a later race. Andretti missed the race at Road America and was replaced by another former World Champion (1980) Alan Jones of Australia. Jones, who a month later returned to F1 with the Carl Haas owned Haas Lola team, finished third in the only IndyCar start of his career.
In the Sanair race (Molson Indy Montreal), Roberto Guerrero had a strong lead until he lost control and spun. Late in the race Jacques Villeneuve collided with leader Bobby Rahal in attempt to challenge for the lead, taking both out. The race finished under a yellow flag, but the safety car entered pit lane on the final lap, and thinking there would be a final restart, Pancho Carter passed Johnny Rutherford after the safety car entered pit lane and before the finish line. CART initially declared Carter the winner, but an appeals panel later overturned the decision and confirmed Rutherford's victory. In many codes of motorsport (typically FIA Code) the safety car enters pit lane as the field is on the final lap, and the cars cross the checkered flag together without the safety car on course. However, this practice is not accepted in North America, where the safety car leads the leaders to the finish line if the safety car situation exists.
Al Unser, Sr. won the season championship. Unser drove primarily in a substitution role for Penske's regular driver Rick Mears, who was recovering from leg injuries suffered in 1984. Mears ran only a partial schedule including the Indy 500 and a few other oval events.
Going into the final race of the season at Miami, the father and son duo of Al Unser, Sr. and Al Unser, Jr. emerged 1-2 in the championship points standings. In the closing laps of the final race, Danny Sullivan was leading, with Unser, Jr. in third. Roberto Moreno was running 4th and Al Unser, Sr. was fifth. As it stood, Unser, Jr. was tentatively the points leader, but Al Sr. was charging. With a few laps left in the race, Unser, Sr. passed Moreno for 4th position, and at the checkered flag, clinched the championship by 1 point over his son Al Jr.
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