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2001 American Championship Car season
Series  : Indy Racing League
Champion : USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.
Previous: 2000 Next: 2002

The 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season saw the addition of five races and loss of one to bring the total to 13. Chip Ganassi Racing returned to the Indy 500 with four cars and were joined on the grid by Penske Racing and Team Kool Green. Many other CART teams made clear their intention to enter the IRL given their series' financial difficulties. Sam Hornish, Jr. won 3 races on his way to the championship while the less consistent Buddy Lazier won four races on his way to second place in his title defense.

2001 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 March 18 USAflagsmall Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Billy Boat USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.
2 April 8 USAflagsmall Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida USAflagsmall Jeff Ward USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.
3 April 29 USAflagsmall zMax 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway Hampton, Georgia USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Greg Ray
4 May 27 USAflagsmall 85th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana USAflagsmall Scott Sharp USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves
5 June 9 USAflagsmall Casino Magic 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas USAflagsmall Mark Dismore USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Scott Sharp
6 June 17 USAflagsmall Radisson Indy 200 Pikes Peak International Raceway Fountain, Colorado USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Billy Boat USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier
7 June 30 USAflagsmall SunTrust Indy Challenge Richmond International Raceway Richmond, Virginia USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier
8 July 8 USAflagsmall Ameristar Casino Indy 200 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kansas USAflagsmall Scott Sharp USAflagsmall Mark Dismore USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever
9 July 21 USAflagsmall Harrah's 200 Nashville Superspeedway Lebanon, Tennessee USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier
10 August 12 USAflagsmall Belterra Resort Indy 300 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Kentucky USAflagsmall Scott Sharp USAflagsmall Mark Dismore USAflagsmall Scott Sharp USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier
11 August 26 USAflagsmall Gateway Indy 250 Gateway International Raceway Madison, Illinois USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Robbie Buhl USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr.
12 September 2 USAflagsmall Delphi Indy 200 Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, Illinois USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier USAflagsmall Robbie Buhl USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier
13 October 6 USAflagsmall Chevy 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Giaffone USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.

Team and Driver Chart Edit

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Race summariesEdit

Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200Edit

This race was held March 18 at Phoenix International Raceway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  3. 91- Buddy Lazier
  4. 8- Scott Sharp
  5. 98- Billy Boat
  6. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  7. 35- Jeff Ward
  8. 10- Robby McGehee
  9. 12- Buzz Calkins
  10. 88- Airton Daré

Infiniti Grand Prix of MiamiEdit

This race was held April 8 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jeff Ward won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 15- Sarah Fisher
  3. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  4. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  5. 35- Jeff Ward
  6. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  7. 28- Mark Dismore
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 51- Eddie Cheever
  10. 32- Didier André

zMax 500Edit

This race was held April 28 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 2- Greg Ray
  2. 8- Scott Sharp
  3. 12- Buzz Calkins
  4. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  5. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  6. 91- Buddy Lazier
  7. 35- Jeff Ward
  8. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  9. 88- Airton Daré
  10. 21- Felipe Giaffone

85th Indianapolis 500Edit

The Indy 500 was held May 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scott Sharp sat on pole.

Top ten results

  1. 68- Hélio Castroneves
  2. 66- Gil de Ferran
  3. 39- Michael Andretti
  4. 44- Jimmy Vasser
  5. 50- Bruno Junqueira
  6. 33- Tony Stewart
  7. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  8. 88- Airton Daré
  9. 98- Billy Boat
  10. 21- Felipe Giaffone

Casino Magic 500Edit

This race was held June 9 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mark Dismore won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 8- Scott Sharp
  2. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  3. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 91- Buddy Lazier
  5. 98- Billy Boat
  6. 11- Donnie Beechler
  7. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  8. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  9. 77- Jaques Lazier
  10. 55- Shigeaki Hattori

Radisson Indy 200Edit

This race was held June 17 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 24- Robbie Buhl
  4. 98- Billy Boat
  5. 88- Airton Daré
  6. 51- Eddie Cheever
  7. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 99- Richie Hearn
  10. 15- Sarah Fisher

SunTrust Indy ChallengeEdit

This race was held June 30 at Richmond International Raceway. Jaques Lazier won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  4. 32- Didier Andre
  5. 8- Scott Sharp
  6. 28- Mark Dismore
  7. 11- Donnie Beechler
  8. 35- Jeff Ward
  9. 24- Robbie Buhl
  10. 12- Buzz Calkins

Ameristar Casino Indy 200Edit

This race was held July 8 at Kansas Speedway. Scott Sharp won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 51- Eddie Cheever
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 11- Donnie Beechler
  4. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  5. 91- Buddy Lazier
  6. 88- Airton Daré
  7. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  8. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  9. 98- Billy Boat
  10. 10- Robby McGehee

Harrah's 200Edit

This race was held July 21 at Nashville Superspeedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 98- Billy Boat
  3. 99- Jaques Lazier
  4. 10- Robby McGehee
  5. 8- Scott Sharp
  6. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  7. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  8. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  9. 12- Buzz Calkins
  10. 11- Donnie Beechler

Belterra Resort Indy 300Edit

This race was held August 12 at Kentucky Speedway. Scott Sharp won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 91- Buddy Lazier
  2. 8- Scott Sharp
  3. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  5. 11- Donnie Beechler
  6. 98- Billy Boat
  7. 55- Shigeaki Hattori
  8. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  9. 24- Robbie Buhl
  10. 35- Jeff Ward

Gateway Indy 250Edit

This race was held August 26 at Gateway International Raceway. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  2. 28- Mark Dismore
  3. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 51- Eddie Cheever
  5. 24- Robbie Buhl
  6. 98- Billy Boat
  7. 35- Jeff Ward
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 88- Airton Daré
  10. 10- Robby McGehee

Delphi Indy 300Edit

This race was held September 2 at Chicagoland Speedway. Jaques Lazier won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 2- Jaques Lazier
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 51- Eddie Cheever
  4. 35- Jeff Ward
  5. 11- Donnie Beechler
  6. 99- Richie Hearn
  7. 34- Laurent Rédon
  8. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  9. 12- Buzz Calkins
  10. 21- Felipe Giaffone

Chevy 500Edit

This race was held October 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 8- Scott Sharp
  3. 24- Robbie Buhl
  4. 14- Eliseo Salazar
  5. 5- Rick Treadway
  6. 3- Al Unser, Jr.
  7. 88- Airton Daré
  8. 11- Greg Ray
  9. 18- Jon Herb
  10. 12- Buzz Calkins

Final points standingsEdit

Pos Driver PHX
USAflagsmall
HOM
USAflagsmall
ATL
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
PIK
USAflagsmall
RIR
USAflagsmall
KAN
USAflagsmall
NSH
USAflagsmall
KTY
USAflagsmall
GAT
USAflagsmall
CHI
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 1* 1* 4 14 3 2* 2 2 6* 3 3* 2 1* 503
2 USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier 3 20 6 18 4 1 1* 5 1 1 13 11 17 398
3 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp 4 8 2 33 1 8 5 17 5 2* 8 25 2 355
4 USAflagsmall Billy Boat 5 13 14 9 5 4 18 9 2 6 6 12 12 313
5 22px-Flag of Chile Eliseo Salazar 2 3 5 7 7 14 12 7 11 15 17 18 4 308
6 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Giaffone 6 4 10 10 2 7 11 4 8 8 20 10 21 304
7 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. 23 6 17 30 8 11 3 20 14 4 1 8 6 287
8 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever 19 9 24 26 12 6 13 1* 15 21 4 3 18 261
9 USAflagsmall Buzz Calkins 9 16 3 12 15 15 10 13 9 16 22 9 10 242
10 25px-Brazilflag Airton Daré 10 23 9 8 19 5 15 6 17 20 9 19 7 239
11 USAflagsmall Jeff Ward 7 5 7 24 16 12 8 Wth 20 10 7 4 24 238
12 USAflagsmall Robbie Buhl 11 24 20 15 21 3 9 21 13 9 5 22 3 237
13 Flag-of-japansmall Shigeaki Hattori 13 15 8 DNQ 10 DNS 14 8 7 7 15 21 16 215
14 USAflagsmall Mark Dismore 25 7 26 16 20 13 6 11 16 22 2 17 23 205
15 USAflagsmall Donnie Beechler 25 6 16 7 3 10 5 14 5 204
16 USAflagsmall Robby McGehee 8 12 21 11 14 10 4 18 10 20 14 196
17 USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier 22 9 17 19 18 3 12 16 1* 20 195
18 USAflagsmall Greg Ray 22 21 1* 17 11* 18 DNS 14 18 13 8 193
19 USAflagsmall Sarah Fisher 17 2 11 31 18 10 17 12 19 19 11 24 25 188
20 22px-Flag of France Didier André 27 10 13 DNQ 17 19 4 16 21 11 12 13 15 188
21 USAflagsmall Billy Roe 13 20 20 22 12 14 23 23 22 101
22 USAflagsmall Jeret Schroeder 26 14 19 20 23 16 15 77
23 USAflagsmall Jon Herb 25 16 27 DNS 19 15 9 70
24 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 18 1* 64
25 USAflagsmall Rick Treadway 17 14 5 59
26 USAflagsmall Davey Hamilton 12 19 18 23 24 54
27 USAflagsmall Richie Hearn DNQ 9 6 50
28 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran 24 2 46
29 22px-Flag of France Laurent Rédon 7 11 45
30 USAflagsmall Brandon Erwin 14 17 27 DNQ 22 40
31 USAflagsmall Casey Mears 20 11 23 DNQ 36
32 USAflagsmall Stan Wattles 16 26 12 DNQ 36
33 USAflagsmall Chris Menninga 19 16 19 36
34 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti 3 35
35 22px-Flag of France Stéphane Grégoire 21 22 15 28 DNQ 34
36 USAflagsmall Jimmy Vasser 4 32
37 25px-Brazilflag Bruno Junqueira 5 30
38 USAflagsmall Anthony Lazzaro 18 13 29
39 USAflagsmall Tony Stewart 6 28
40 USAflagsmall Cory Witherill 22 19 19
41 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 13 17
42 USAflagsmall Tyce Carlson 15 DNQ 15
43 USAflagsmall John Hollansworth, Jr. 18 12
44 USAflagsmall Alex Barron 21 9
45 USAflagsmall Robby Gordon 21 9
46 USAflagsmall Dr. Jack Miller 25 DNQ 5
47 22px-Flag of France Nicolas Minassian 29 1
48 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear 32 1
- USAflagsmall Raul Boesel DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Memo Gidley DNQ 0
- 22px-Flag of Colombia Roberto Guerrero DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Jim Guthrie DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Jimmy Kite DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Steve Knapp DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall John Paul, Jr. DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Lyn St. James DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Johnny Unser DNP 0
- [[Image:Template:Country flag alias GB22x20px}}|Template:Country alias GB]] Johnny Herbert DNP 0
Pos Driver PHX
USAflagsmall
HOM
USAflagsmall
ATL
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
PIK
USAflagsmall
RIR
USAflagsmall
KAN
USAflagsmall
NSH
USAflagsmall
KTY
USAflagsmall
GAT
USAflagsmall
CHI
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
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.

See also Edit

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