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1997 American Championship Car season
Series  : CART
Champion : 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi
Previous: 1996 (ICWS) Next: 1998

The 1997 CART season, the nineteenth in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 17 races, beginning in Homestead, Florida on March 2 and concluding in Fontana, California on September 28. The PPG CART World Series Drivers' Champion was Alex Zanardi. Rookie of the Year was Patrick Carpentier. After a settlement with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, CART had relinquished its exclusive license of the "IndyCar" trademark, resulting in the renaming of the Series for the first time since 1980. This was also the last year of title sponsorship by PPG Industries, although the Driver's Championship continued to be known as the PPG Cup until 1999.

Drivers and Constructors Edit

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1997 CART World Series season.

Team Chassis Engine Tires No Drivers Sponsor Notes
USAflagsmall Target Chip Ganassi Reynard 97i Honda Firestone 1 USAflagsmall Jimmy Vasser Target
4 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi Target
22px-Flag of the Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Fontana Only
USAflagsmall Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC-26-97 Ilmor-Mercedes-Benz IC108D Goodyear 2 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. Marlboro
3 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy Marlboro
USAflagsmall Walker Racing Reynard 97i Honda Goodyear 5 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran Valvoline/Cummins
USAflagsmall Newman-Haas Racing Swift 007.i Ford XB Goodyear 6 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti Texaco/Kmart
Ford XD 11 25px-Brazilflag Christian Fittipaldi Budweiser/Kmart
25px-Brazilflag Roberto Moreno Long Beach through Detroit Only
USAflagsmall Team Rahal Reynard 97i Ford XB Goodyear 7 USAflagsmall Bryan Herta Shell
Ford XD 8 USAflagsmall Bobby Rahal Miller Lite
USAflagsmall Hogan Racing Reynard 97i Mercedes-Benz Firestone 9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti (R) No Sponsor
USAflagsmall Robby Gordon Fontana Only
USAflagsmall Bettenhausen Racing Reynard 97i Mercedes-Benz Goodyear 16 25px-Canadaflag Patrick Carpentier (R) Alumax
25px-Brazilflag Roberto Moreno Vancouver and Laguna Seca Only
USAflagsmall PacWest Reynard 97i Mercedes-Benz Firestone 17 25px-Brazilflag Maurício Gugelmin Hollywood
18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mark Blundell Motorola
USAflagsmall Payton/Coyne Racing Lola T97/00
Reynard 97i
Ford XD Goodyear 19 25px-Mexicoflag Michel Jourdain, Jr. Herdez
Lola T97/00 34 25px-Brazilflag Roberto Moreno Data Control Homestead Only
USAflagsmall Paul Jasper (R) HYPE Lexmark Indy 300 through Milwaukee Only
Lola T97/00
Reynard 97i
Flag of Germany Christian Danner Detroit, Portland and Vancouver Only
USAflagsmall Charlie Nearburg (R) Nearburg Explorations Cleveland, Elkhart Lake and Laguna Seca Only
Lola T97/00 USAflagsmall Dennis Vitolo Smith Kline Beecham Toronto, Michigan, and Fontana Only
USAflagsmall Patrick Racing Reynard 97i Ford XB Firestone 20 USAflagsmall Scott Pruett Brahma
Ford XD 40 25px-Brazilflag Raul Boesel Brahma
USAflagsmall Della Penna Motorsports Lola T97/00 Ford XD Goodyear 21 USAflagsmall Richie Hearn Ralphs/Food 4 Less
USAflagsmall Arciero-Wells Racing Reynard 97i Toyota Firestone 24 Flag-of-japansmall Hiro Matsushita Panasonic/Duskin
25 22px-Flag of Italy Max Papis MCI
USAflagsmall Team KOOL Green Reynard 97i Honda Firestone 27 USAflagsmall Parker Johnstone KOOL
USAflagsmall Tasman Motorsports Lola T97/00 Honda Firestone 31 25px-Brazilflag André Ribeiro LCI International/Marlboro
32 25px-Mexicoflag Adrian Fernández Tecate/Quaker State
USAflagsmall All American Racing Reynard 96i
Reynard 97i
Toyota Goodyear 36 25px-ARGENntina Juan Manuel Fangio II Castrol
98 USAflagsmall P. J. Jones Castrol
USAflagsmall Project Indy Lola T97/00 Ford XD Goodyear 64 USAflagsmall Dennis Vitolo JAG/Marcelo Group/
Hawaiian Tropic
Homestead, Long Beach, Nazareth,
Vancouver and Laguna Seca Only
Flag of Germany Arnd Meier (R)
USAflagsmall Davis Racing Reynard 97i Ford XD Goodyear 77 25px-Brazilflag Gualter Salles (R) Indusval
USAflagsmall Forsythe Racing Reynard 96i
Reynard 97i
Mercedes-Benz Firestone 99 25px-Canadaflag Greg Moore Player's/Indeck

ResultsEdit

Races Edit

Rnd Race Name Circuit City/Location Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 USAflagsmall Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida March 2 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi USAflagsmall Michael Andretti USAflagsmall Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Report
2 25px-AustraliaFLAG Sunbelt IndyCarnival Australia Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Australia April 6 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi USAflagsmall Scott Pruett Patrick Racing Report
3 USAflagsmall Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California April 13 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi Target Chip Ganassi Report
4 USAflagsmall Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota Nazareth Speedway Nazareth, Pennsylvania April 27 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy Marlboro Team Penske Report
5 25px-Brazilflag Hollywood Rio 400k Autódromo de Jacarepaguá Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 11 25px-Brazilflag Maurício Gugelmin 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy Marlboro Team Penske Report
6 USAflagsmall Motorola 300 Gateway International Raceway Madison, Illinois May 24 25px-Brazilflag Raul Boesel 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy Marlboro Team Penske Report
7 USAflagsmall Miller Genuine Draft 200 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin June 1 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy 25px-Canadaflag Greg Moore Forsythe Racing Report
8 USAflagsmall ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix The Raceway on Belle Isle Park Detroit, Michigan June 8 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 25px-Canadaflag Greg Moore Forsythe Racing Report
9 USAflagsmall Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon June 22 USAflagsmall Scott Pruett 25px-Brazilflag Raul Boesel 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Report
10 USAflagsmall Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio July 13 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi Target Chip Ganassi Report
11 25px-Canadaflag Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario July 20 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mark Blundell 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Report
12 USAflagsmall U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan July 27 USAflagsmall Scott Pruett 25px-Brazilflag Maurício Gugelmin 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi Target Chip Ganassi Report
13 USAflagsmall Miller 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio August 10 USAflagsmall Bryan Herta 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi Target Chip Ganassi Report
14 USAflagsmall Texaco/Havoline 200 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin August 17 25px-Brazilflag Maurício Gugelmin 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi Target Chip Ganassi Report
15 25px-Canadaflag Molson Indy Vancouver Streets of Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia August 31 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi 25px-Brazilflag Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Report
16 USAflagsmall Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California September 7 USAflagsmall Bryan Herta 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mark Blundell USAflagsmall Jimmy Vasser Target Chip Ganassi Report
17 USAflagsmall Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota California Speedway Fontana, California September 28 25px-Brazilflag Maurício Gugelmin 25px-Canadaflag Greg Moore 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Report

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Full Series Results Edit

Final driver standingsEdit

Pos Driver MIA USAflagsmall SUR 25px-AustraliaFLAG LBH USAflagsmall NAZ USAflagsmall RIO 25px-Brazilflag GAT USAflagsmall MIL USAflagsmall DET USAflagsmall POR USAflagsmall CLE USAflagsmall TOR 25px-Canadaflag MIC USAflagsmall MDO USAflagsmall ROA USAflagsmall VAN 25px-Canadaflag LAG USAflagsmall FON USAflagsmall Pts
1 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi 7 4 1* 11 4 4 13 26 11 1 2 1* 1* 1 4 3 DNS 195
2 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran 22 5 21 4 11 3 7 3* 2 2* 25 3 6 3 3 5 6 162
3 USAflagsmall Jimmy Vasser 3 12 9 5 9 5 3 4 19 13 7 24 5 8 2* 1* 2 144
4 25px-Brazilflag Maurício Gugelmin 6 17 2 9 22 6 5 16 6* 15 6 6 7 2 1 9 4 132
5 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy 2 19* 7 1* 1 1 6 Wth 7 7 10 4 27 28 28 26 26 121
6 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mark Blundell 14 8 13 19 8 24 12 17 1 9 1* 2 26 16* 7 2 1 115
7 25px-Canadaflag Greg Moore 4 2 23 16 2 13 1* 1 5 24 23 27 2 18 17 24 13 111
8 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti 1* 3 22 2 21 11* 2 2 8 23 4 21 8 26 16 27 19 108
9 USAflagsmall Scott Pruett 5 1 3 10 3 19 9 24 17 8 5 14 9 5 18 16 7 102
10 25px-Brazilflag Raul Boesel 17 7 8 8 5 14 4 6 3 16 8 18 4 21 6 8 20 91
11 USAflagsmall Bryan Herta 10 22 6 7 6 22 15 7 21 3 17 5 24 11 8 6 21 72
12 USAflagsmall Bobby Rahal 16 10 10 6 10* 20 11 9 24 5 9 17 3 6 24 19 5 70
13 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. 27 27 4 3 7 18 20 8 25 4 20 20 22 7 5 11 22 67
14 25px-Brazilflag André Ribeiro 12 6 14 26 15 10 26 25 13 14 3 23 10 22 10 4 17* 45
15 25px-Brazilflag Christian Fittipaldi 26 28 4 6 11 16 21 4 9 21 9 42
16 USAflagsmall Parker Johnstone 8 21 5 17 12 7 25 20 9 10 12 25 12 23 11 12 11 36
17 25px-Canadaflag Patrick Carpentier 9 15 15 12 28 2 8 15 16 12 16 15 15 27 DNS 27
18 25px-Mexicoflag Adrián Fernández 13 11 11 23 26 8 24 27 10 17 14 26 23 12 19 23 3 27
19 25px-Brazilflag Roberto Moreno 24 24 14 18 25 10 5 15 10 16
20 25px-Brazilflag Gualter Salles 15 24 18 24 19 12 22 21 23 19 18 10 20 13 26 7 14 10
21 USAflagsmall Richie Hearn 11 13 27 18 14 9 23 23 14 28 27 22 13 9 22 25 15 10
22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 25 9 12 13 27 17 16 13 26 11 26 19 11 25 13 13 10
23 25px-ARGENntina Juan Manuel Fangio II 20 20 26 15 20 23 21 10 22 21 19 11 25 10 12 15 27 9
24 22px-Flag of Italy Max Papis 19 14 25 22 13 26 19 11 28 27 15 8 14 15 20 14 12 8
25 USAflagsmall Dennis Vitolo 23 Wth DNS 28 7 27 20 16 6
26 USAflagsmall Robby Gordon 8 5
27 Flag-of-japansmall Hiro Matsushita 21 25 20 25 23 15 17 19 15 20 22 9 19 24 14 28 23 4
28 USAflagsmall P. J. Jones 28 26 16 21 16 21 14 14 20 25 21 28 17 14 25 17 10 3
29 25px-Mexicoflag Michel Jourdain, Jr. 18 18 17 20 17 16 27 22 12 18 13 13 18 20 21 22 18 1
30 Flag of Germany Arnd Meier 16 25 DNS 18 18 22 24 12 16 19 25 1
31 Flag of Germany Christian Danner 12 27 23 1
32 USAflagsmall Charlie Nearburg 26 DNS 17 18 0
33 USAflagsmall Paul Jasper 23 19 DNS 24 DNS 18 0
34 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 24 0
Pos Driver MIA USAflagsmall SUR 25px-AustraliaFLAG LBH USAflagsmall NAZ USAflagsmall RIO 25px-Brazilflag GAT USAflagsmall MIL USAflagsmall DET USAflagsmall POR USAflagsmall CLE USAflagsmall TOR 25px-Canadaflag MIC USAflagsmall MDO USAflagsmall ROA USAflagsmall VAN 25px-Canadaflag LAG USAflagsmall FON USAflagsmall 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
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
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

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):
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Points 20 16 14 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

Bonus Points:

  • 1 For Pole Position
  • 1 For Leading The Most Laps Of The Race

Nation's Cup Edit

  • Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Pos Country Pts
1 USAflagsmall United States 252
2 25px-Brazilflag Brazil 238
3 22px-Flag of Italy Italy 198
4 25px-Canadaflag Canada 190
5 Flag of England.svg England 115
6 25px-Mexicoflag Mexico 27
7 Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland 10
8 25px-ARGENntina Argentina 9
9 Flag-of-japansmall Japan 4
10 Flag of Germany Germany 2
11 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 0
Pos Country Pts

Chassis Constructor's Cup Edit

Pos Chassis Pts
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Reynard 97I/96I 346
2 USAflagsmall Penske PC-26 156
3 USAflagsmall Swift 007.i 143
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lola T9700 45
Pos Chassis Pts

Engine Manufacturer's Cup Edit

Pos Engine Pts
1 Flag of Germany Mercedes 316
2 Flag-of-japansmall Honda 290
3 USAflagsmall Ford XD/XB 230
4 Flag-of-japansmall Toyota 15
Pos Engine Pts

ReferencesEdit

from the original on 2009-05-28. http://www.driverdb.com/standings/5-1997/. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 


from the original on 2009-05-28. http://www.champcarstats.com/year/1997.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 


from the original on 2009-05-28. http://corporateportal.ppg.com/PPG/Newsroom/News/20090309.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 

from the original on 2009-05-28. http://www.champcar.ws/Results/Standings.asp?Year=1997. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 


See alsoEdit

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