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2000 American Championship Car season
Series  : Indy Racing League
Champion : USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier
Previous: 1999 Next: 2001

The 2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season was another season that saw a high level of parity, as only one driver, champion Buddy Lazier, won more than a single race. It also saw the beginning of the jump from CART as Al Unser Jr. moved to the series full-time and Chip Ganassi Racing came over to run the Indy 500, which it won with driver Juan Pablo Montoya. It was also the final season for the Riley & Scott chassis, which also saw its first series win in 2000.

A planned race at Cleveland was cancelled on September 9, 2000, and reverted to a CART event.

2000 Indy Racing League schedule Edit

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Pole position Fastest lap Most Laps Led Winner
1 January 29 USAflagsmall Delphi Indy 200 Walt Disney World Speedway Bay Lake, Florida USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Mark Dismore USAflagsmall Robbie Buhl USAflagsmall Robbie Buhl
2 March 19 USAflagsmall MCI WorldCom Indy 200 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Tyce Carlson USAflagsmall Scott Sharp USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier
3 April 22 USAflagsmall Vegas Indy 300 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nevada USAflagsmall Mark Dismore USAflagsmall Mark Dismore USAflagsmall Mark Dismore USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr.
4 May 28 USAflagsmall 84th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
5 June 11 USAflagsmall Casino Magic 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. USAflagsmall Scott Sharp
6 June 18 USAflagsmall Radisson 200 Pikes Peak International Raceway Fountain, Colorado USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Buzz Calkins USAflagsmall Scott Sharp USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever
7 July 15 USAflagsmall Midas 500 Classic Atlanta Motor Speedway Hampton, Georgia USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Donnie Beechler USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Greg Ray
8 August 27 USAflagsmall Belterra Resort Indy 300 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Kentucky 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier
9 October 15 USAflagsmall Excite 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear

Team and Driver Chart Edit

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Race summariesEdit

Delphi Indy 200Edit

This race was held January 29 at Walt Disney World Speedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 24- Robbie Buhl
  2. 91- Buddy Lazier
  3. 51- Eddie Cheever
  4. 4- Scott Goodyear
  5. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  6. 98- Donnie Beechler
  7. 14- Jeff Ward
  8. 12- Buzz Calkins
  9. 81- Billy Boat
  10. 55- Robby McGehee

MCI WorldCom Indy 200Edit

This race was held March 19 at Phoenix International Raceway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 4- Scott Goodyear
  3. 98- Donnie Beechler
  4. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  5. 8- Scott Sharp
  6. 81- Billy Boat
  7. 24- Robbie Buhl
  8. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  9. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  10. 51- Eddie Cheever

Vegas Indy 300Edit

This race was held April 22 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mark Dismore won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  2. 28- Mark Dismore
  3. 18- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 6- Jeret Schroeder
  5. 24- Robbie Buhl
  6. 5- Robby McGehee
  7. 81- Billy Boat
  8. 20- Tyce Carlson
  9. 1- Greg Ray
  10. 33- Jaques Lazier

84th Indianapolis 500Edit

The Indy 500 was held May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Greg Ray sat on pole.

Top ten results

  1. 9- Juan Pablo Montoya
  2. 91- Buddy Lazier
  3. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  4. 14- Jeff Ward
  5. 51- Eddie Cheever
  6. 32- Robby Gordon
  7. 10- Jimmy Vasser
  8. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  9. 4- Scott Goodyear
  10. 8- Scott Sharp

Casino Magic 500Edit

This race was held June 11 at Texas Motor Speedway. Buddy Lazier won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 8- Scott Sharp
  2. 5- Robby McGehee
  3. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  4. 12- Buzz Calkins
  5. 4- Scott Goodyear
  6. 28- Mark Dismore
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  9. 51- Eddie Cheever
  10. 88- Airton Daré

Radisson 200Edit

This race was held June 18 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 51- Eddie Cheever
  2. 88- Airton Daré
  3. 8- Scott Sharp
  4. 28- Mark Dismore
  5. 98- Donnie Beechler
  6. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  7. 6- Jeret Schroeder
  8. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  9. 33- Jaques Lazier
  10. 3- Al Unser, Jr.

Midas 500 ClassicEdit

This race was held July 15 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 1- Greg Ray
  2. 91- Buddy Lazier
  3. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  4. 5- Robby McGehee
  5. 98- Donnie Beechler
  6. 24- Robbie Buhl
  7. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  8. 81- Billy Boat
  9. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  10. 11- Eliseo Salazar

Belterra Resort Indy 300Edit

This race was held August 27 at Kentucky Speedway. Scott Goodyear won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 4- Scott Goodyear
  3. 15- Sarah Fisher
  4. 51- Eddie Cheever
  5. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  6. 14- Jeff Ward
  7. 1- Greg Ray
  8. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  9. 18- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  10. 98- Donnie Beechler

Excite 500Edit

This race was held October 15 at Texas Motor Speedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Scott Goodyear
  2. 51- Eddie Cheever
  3. 81- Billy Boat
  4. 91- Buddy Lazier
  5. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  6. 98- Donnie Beechler
  7. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  8. 14- Jeff Ward
  9. 12- Buzz Calkins
  10. 16- Jaques Lazier

Final points standingsEdit

Pos Driver WDW
USAflagsmall
PHX
USAflagsmall
LSV
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
PIK
USAflagsmall
ATL
USAflagsmall
KTY
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier 2 1 22 2 7 26 2 1 4 290
2 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear 4 2 12 9 5 16 11 2* 1 272
3 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever 3 10 11 5 9 1 21 4 2 257
4 22px-Flag of Chile Eliseo Salazar 5 4 18 3 17 6 10 25 5 210
5 USAflagsmall Mark Dismore 16 16 2* 11 6 4 18 11 14 202
6 USAflagsmall Donnie Beechler 6 3 26 12 22 5 5 10 6 202
7 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp 15 5* 27 10 1 3* 16 24 24 196
8 USAflagsmall Robbie Buhl 1* 7 5 26 18 23 6 13 18 190
9 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. 25 9 1 29 3* 10 3 27 17* 188
10 USAflagsmall Billy Boat 9 6 7 15 23 18 8 18 3 181
11 USAflagsmall Jeff Ward 7 11 21 4 19 15 19 6 8 176
12 USAflagsmall Robby McGehee 10 24 6 21 2 13 4 14 24 174
13 USAflagsmall Greg Ray 17 19 9 33 15 20 1* 7 26 172
14 22px-Flag of France Stéphane Grégoire 18 8 28 8 11 8 7 5 20 171
15 USAflagsmall Buzz Calkins 8 23 25 18 4 12 23 12 9 145
16 25px-Brazilflag Airton Daré 11 22 14 25 10 2 25 19 12 142
17 USAflagsmall Jeret Schroeder 19 12 4 14 21 7 24 26 16 136
18 USAflagsmall Sarah Fisher 13 17 31 12 25 14 3 11 124
19 USAflagsmall Tyce Carlson 13 15 8 DNQ 13 11 13 22 23 124
20 USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier 23 10 13 14 9 20 10 112
21 USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 20 17 3 24 20 19 9 27 110
22 Flag-of-japansmall Shigeaki Hattori DNP 8 17 9 8 7 109
23 USAflagsmall Davey Hamilton 26 18 20 20 24 14 15 16 19 98
24 USAflagsmall Jimmy Kite 26 16 30 16 24 12 17 21 79
25 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 1* 54
26 25px-Canadaflag Doug Didero 14 25 19 DNQ 27 22 43
27 USAflagsmall Ronnie Johncox 14 13 DNQ DNS 33
28 USAflagsmall J. J. Yeley 17 15 25 33
29 USAflagsmall Robby Gordon 6 28
30 USAflagsmall Jason Leffler 15 17 28
31 22px-Flag of Sweden Niclas Jönsson 12 21 27
32 USAflagsmall Jimmy Vasser 7 26
33 USAflagsmall Stevie Reeves 22 21 22 25
34 USAflagsmall Robby Unser 24 DNQ 26 21 19
35 USAflagsmall Scott Harrington 23 DNQ 20 17
36 25px-Brazilflag Zak Morioka 15 15
37 25px-Brazilflag Raul Boesel 16 14
38 USAflagsmall Steve Knapp 19 11
39 USAflagsmall Bobby Regester 20 10
40 USAflagsmall John Hollansworth, Jr. 21 9
41 USAflagsmall Jon Herb 22 8
42 USAflagsmall Johnny Unser 22 8
43 USAflagsmall Stan Wattles 23 DNP 7
44 22px-Flag of Colombia Roberto Guerrero DNQ 23 7
45 USAflagsmall Dr. Jack Miller 24 DNQ 6
46 USAflagsmall Billy Roe 25 DNP 5
47 USAflagsmall Richie Hearn 27 3
48 USAflagsmall Andy Hillenburg 28 2
49 USAflagsmall Lyn St. James 32 1
- USAflagsmall Ross Cheever DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Dan Drinan DNQ 0
- 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Wim Eyckmans DNP 0
- USAflagsmall Russ Gamester DNS 0
- USAflagsmall Memo Gidley DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Davy Jones DNQ 0
- Flag-of-japansmall Hideshi Matsuda DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Casey Mears DNP 0
- USAflagsmall Andy Michner Wth Wth 0
- USAflagsmall David Pook DNP 0
- [[Image:Template:Country flag alias GB22x20px}}|Template:Country alias GB]] Guy Smith 0
- USAflagsmall Tony Stewart DNP 0
Pos Driver WDW
USAflagsmall
PHX
USAflagsmall
LSV
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
PIK
USAflagsmall
ATL
USAflagsmall
KTY
USAflagsmall
TXS
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
(Ret)
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
(3 points)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(2 points)</span>
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns all the points
had they taken part.
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

In every race, points are awarded to drivers on the following basis:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
Points 50 40 35 32 30 28 26 24 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 1 1
  • Ties in points broken by number of wins, followed by number of 2nds, 3rds, etc., and then by number of pole positions, followed by number of times qualified 2nd, etc.

Additional points were awarded to the pole winner (3 points), the second best qualifier (2 points), the third best qualifier (1 point) and to the driver leading the most laps (2 point).

See also Edit

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