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2002 American Championship Car season
Series  : Indy Racing League
Champion : USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.
Previous: 2001 Next: 2003 (ICS)

The 2002 Indy Racing League (IRL) season was one of transition, with many CART teams participating in a partial IRL schedule while retaining "lame duck" status in their original series with their CART engine suppliers Toyota and Honda. On the IRL front, the Infiniti engine was in its "lame duck" year and the General Motors engine was now branded as a Chevrolet rather than an Oldsmobile as that marque was being phased out. Sam Hornish, Jr. won 5 races on his way to his second straight championship ahead of Penske Racing juggernaut Hélio Castroneves who won three races, including a second straight Indy 500, on his way to second in the championship.

2002 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 2 USAflagsmall Grand Prix of Miami Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Jeff Ward USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.
2 March 17 USAflagsmall Bombardier ATV 200 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves USAflagsmall Robbie Buhl USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves
3 March 24 USAflagsmall Yamaha Indy 400 California Speedway Fontana, California USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.
4 April 21 USAflagsmall Firestone Indy 225 Nazareth Speedway Nazareth, Pennsylvania 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran USAflagsmall Scott Sharp
5 May 26 USAflagsmall 86th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana 25px-Brazilflag Bruno Junqueira Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves
6 June 8 USAflagsmall Boomtown 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter USAflagsmall Jeff Ward
7 June 16 USAflagsmall Radisson Indy 225 Pikes Peak International Raceway Fountain, Colorado 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Giaffone 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran
8 June 29 USAflagsmall SunTrust Indy Challenge Richmond International Raceway Richmond, Virginia 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.
9 July 7 USAflagsmall Ameristar Casino Indy 200 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kansas Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter 25px-Brazilflag Airton Daré
10 July 20 USAflagsmall Firestone Indy 200 Nashville Superspeedway Lebanon, Tennessee USAflagsmall Billy Boat Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Alex Barron
11 July 28 USAflagsmall Michigan Indy 400 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter
12 August 11 USAflagsmall Belterra Casino Indy 300 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Kentucky USAflagsmall Sarah Fisher Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Giaffone 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Giaffone
13 August 25 USAflagsmall Gateway Indy 250 Gateway International Raceway Madison, Illinois 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran
14 September 8 USAflagsmall Delphi Indy 300 Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, Illinois USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Buddy Rice USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.
15 September 15 USAflagsmall Chevy 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira USAflagsmall Buddy Rice 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr.

BOLD indicates a Superspeedways.

Team and Driver ChartEdit

Team Chassis Engine No Drivers Sponsor(s) Notes
USAflagsmall Ganassi Racing G-Force Chevrolet 9 USAflagsmall Jeff Ward Target
22 22px-Flag of Sweden Kenny Bräck Target Indy 500 only.
33 25px-Brazilflag Bruno Junqueira Target Indy 500 only.
USAflagsmall Panther Racing Dallara Chevrolet 4 USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. Pennzoil Did not use the #1 team was entitled to using, choosing instead to keep minority partner Jim Harbaugh's number in the NFL, #4.
15 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Pennzoil Joliet and Texas 2 only.
USAflagsmall Penske Racing Dallara Chevrolet 3 25px-Brazilflag Helio Castroneves Marlboro
6 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran Marlboro Injured at Joliet.
22px-Flag of Italy Max Papis Marlboro Replacing de Ferran at Texas 2.
USAflagsmall Team Green Dallara Chevrolet 26 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy 7-Eleven Indy 500 only.
27 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 7-Eleven Indy 500 only.
39 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti Archipelago/Motorola Indy 500 only.
USAflagsmall Kelley Racing Dallara Chevrolet 7 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. Corteco/Bryant
USAflagsmall Tony Renna Kruse Special Replaced Unser at Nashvile and Michigan
8 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp Delphi
78 USAflagsmall Tony Renna Kruse Special Replaced Unser at Nashvile and Michigan with car #7.
USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Chevrolet 11 USAflagsmall Richie Hearn A. J. Foyt Racing
[[Image:Template:Country flag alias CHI22x20px}}|Template:Country alias CHI]] Eliseo Salazar Banco de Chile Nine Races
14 25px-Brazilflag Airton Daré Harrah's
41 USAflagsmall Greg Ray Harrah's
USAflagsmall Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G-Force Nissan 22 USAflagsmall Robbie Buhl Team Purex/Aventis
23 USAflagsmall Sarah Fisher Team Purex/Aventis/Allegra/Smart Blade Missed Miami, Phoenix, Fontana, Texas, Pikes Peak.
24 25px-Mexicoflag Memo Gidley Team Purex/Aventis Fontana only.
USAflagsmall Team Rahal Dallara Chevrolet 19 USAflagsmall Jimmy Vasser Miller Lite Fontana and Indy 500 only.
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mo Nunn Racing G-Force Chevrolet 17 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan Hollywood cigarettes Indy 500 only.
21 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Giaffone Hollywood cigarettes
USAflagsmall Team Cheever Dallara Nissan 51 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever Red Bull
52 Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter Red Bull
53 22px-Flag of Italy Max Papis Red Bull Indy 500 only.
USAflagsmall 310 Racing G-Force Chevrolet 30 USAflagsmall George Mack 310 Racing
USAflagsmall Blair Racing Dallara Chevrolet 44 USAflagsmall Alex Barron Rayovac
USAflagsmall Hemelgarn Racing Dallara Chevrolet 91 USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier Coors Light
USAflagsmall Conquest Racing Dallara Nissan 34 22px-Flag of France Laurent Redon Mi-Jack

Race summariesEdit

Grand Prix of MiamiEdit

This race was held on March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 6- Gil de Ferran
  3. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  4. 9- Jeff Ward
  5. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  6. 52- Tomas Scheckter
  7. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  8. 44- Alex Barron
  9. 99- Anthony Lazzaro
  10. 14- Airton Daré

Bombardier ATV 200Edit

This race was held on March 17 at Phoenix International Raceway. Hélio Castroneves won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  2. 6- Gil de Ferran
  3. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 11- Eliseo Salazar
  5. 7- Al Unser, Jr.
  6. 2- Jaques Lazier
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 98- Billy Boat
  9. 55- Rick Treadway
  10. 20- Hideki Noda

Yamaha Indy 400Edit

This race was held on March 24 at California Speedway. Eddie Cheever won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 2- Jaques Lazier
  3. 34- Laurent Rédon
  4. 6- Gil de Ferran
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  6. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 19- Jimmy Vasser
  10. 9- Jeff Ward

Firestone Indy 225Edit

This race was held on April 21 at Nazareth Speedway. Gil de Ferran won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 8- Scott Sharp
  2. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  3. 6- Gil de Ferran
  4. 24- Sarah Fisher
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  6. 44- Alex Barron
  7. 51- Eddie Cheever
  8. 98- Billy Boat
  9. 99- Anthony Lazzaro
  10. 12- Shigeaki Hattori

86th Indianapolis 500Edit

The Indy 500 was held on May 26 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bruno Junqueira sat on pole. The race end was one of the most controversial in history as Paul Tracy passed Hélio Castroneves just as the yellow was coming out for a crash. Race officials ruled that the pass occurred after the yellow.

Top ten results

  1. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  2. 26- Paul Tracy
  3. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  4. 44- Alex Barron
  5. 51- Eddie Cheever
  6. 20- Richie Hearn
  7. 39- Michael Andretti
  8. 31- Robby Gordon
  9. 9- Jeff Ward
  10. 6- Gil de Ferran

Boomtown 500Edit

This race was held on June 8 at Texas Motor Speedway. Tomas Scheckter won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 9- Jeff Ward
  2. 7- Al Unser, Jr.
  3. 14- Airton Daré
  4. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  5. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  6. 12- Shigeaki Hattori
  7. 98- Billy Boat
  8. 91- Buddy Lazier
  9. 99- Richie Hearn
  10. 44- Alex Barron

Radisson Indy 225Edit

This race was held on June 16 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Gil de Ferran won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 6- Gil de Ferran
  2. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  3. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  5. 8- Scott Sharp
  6. 7- Al Unser, Jr.
  7. 34- Laurent Rédon
  8. 51- Eddie Cheever
  9. 14- Airton Daré
  10. 44- Alex Barron

SunTrust Indy ChallengeEdit

This race was held on June 29 at Richmond International Raceway. Gil de Ferran won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 6- Gil de Ferran
  3. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  4. 52- Tomas Scheckter
  5. 7- Al Unser, Jr.
  6. 14- Airton Daré
  7. 20- Richie Hearn
  8. 9- Jeff Ward
  9. 54- Robby McGehee
  10. 44- Alex Barron

Ameristar Casino Indy 200Edit

This race was held on July 7 at Kansas Speedway. Tomas Scheckter won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 14- Airton Daré
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  4. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  5. 6- Gil de Ferran
  6. 8- Scott Sharp
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 44-Alex Barron
  9. 98- Billy Boat
  10. 20- Richie Hearn

Firestone Indy 200Edit

This race was held on July 20 at Nashville Superspeedway. Billy Boat won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 44- Alex Barron
  2. 6- Gil de Ferran
  3. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  4. 20- Richie Hearn
  5. 12- Raul Boesel
  6. 51- Eddie Cheever
  7. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  10. 7- Tony Renna

Michigan Indy 400Edit

This race was held on July 28 at Michigan International Speedway. Tomas Scheckter won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 52- Tomas Scheckter
  2. 53- Buddy Rice
  3. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  4. 7- Tony Renna
  5. 6- Gil de Ferran
  6. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  7. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  8. 23- Sarah Fisher
  9. 8- Scott Sharp
  10. 20- Richie Hearn

Belterra Casino Indy 300Edit

This race was held on August 11 at Kentucky Speedway. Sarah Fisher won the pole, the first by a female driver in a major open wheel series.

Top ten results

  1. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  2. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  3. 91- Buddy Lazier
  4. 8- Scott Sharp
  5. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  6. 7- Al Unser, Jr.
  7. 78- Tony Renna
  8. 23- Sarah Fisher
  9. 44- Alex Barron
  10. 24- Robbie Buhl

Gateway Indy 250Edit

This race was held on August 25 at Gateway International Raceway. Gil de Ferran won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 6- Gil de Ferran
  2. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  3. 44- Alex Barron
  4. 52- Buddy Rice
  5. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  6. 24- Robbie Buhl
  7. 7- Al Unser, Jr.
  8. 12- Raul Boesel
  9. 2- Vitor Meira
  10. 51- Eddie Cheever

Delphi Indy 300Edit

This race was held on September 8 at Chicagoland Speedway. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 7- Al Unser, Jr.
  3. 91- Buddy Lazier
  4. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  5. 51- Eddie Cheever
  6. 21- Felipe Giaffone
  7. 8- Scott Sharp
  8. 2- Vitor Meira
  9. 52- Buddy Rice
  10. 15- Dan Wheldon

Chevy 500Edit

This race was held on September 15 at Texas Motor Speedway. Vitor Meira won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Sam Hornish, Jr.
  2. 3- Hélio Castroneves
  3. 2- Vitor Meira
  4. 8- Scott Sharp
  5. 44- Alex Barron
  6. 52- Buddy Rice
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 51- Eddie Cheever
  9. 78- Tony Renna
  10. 34- Laurent Rédon

Final points standingsEdit

Pos Driver HOM
USAflagsmall
PHX
USAflagsmall
CAL
USAflagsmall
NAZ
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
PIK
USAflagsmall
RIR
USAflagsmall
KAN
USAflagsmall
NSH
USAflagsmall
MIS
USAflagsmall
KTY
USAflagsmall
GAT
USAflagsmall
CHI
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 USAflagsmall Sam Hornish, Jr. 1* 3* 1* 17 25 18 3 1 2 3* 7 2 5 1* 1 531
2 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves 3 1 5 5 1 4 2 17 3 9 6 5 2* 4 2* 511
3 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran 2 2 4 3* 10 16 1* 2* 5 2 5 21 1 23 443
4 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Giaffone 7 19 6 2 3 5 4 3 4 7 3 1* 21 6 17 432
5 USAflagsmall Alex Barron 8 23 12 6 4 10 10 10 8 1 12 9 3 12 5 366
6 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp 20 16 8 1 27 14 5 21 6 8 9 4 18 7 4 332
7 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. 19 5 11 12 12 2 6 5 17 6 7 2 20 311
8 USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier 22 7 7 23 15 8 15 18 7 12 13 3 15 3 7 305
9 25px-Brazilflag Airton Daré 10 12 13 11 13 3 9 6 1 17 23 23 11 16 12 304
10 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever 25 15 20 7 5 19 8 14 16 6 22 11 10 5 8 280
11 USAflagsmall Jeff Ward 4 18 10 19 9 1 20 8 12 11 25 16 13 21 25 268
12 22px-Flag of France Laurent Redon 15 14 3 15 22 15 7 15 22 16 11 20 22 25 10 229
13 USAflagsmall Billy Boat 16 8 18 8 18 7 14 22 9 14 14 19 23 19 24 225
14 Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter 6 24 24 21 26* 17* 16 4 15* 13 1* 22 Wth 210
15 USAflagsmall Richie Hearn 14 14 6 9 12 7 10 4 10 24 204
16 USAflagsmall George Mack 13 20 16 18 17 21 13 20 18 15 20 17 16 14 28 184
17 USAflagsmall Robbie Buhl 12 13 DNS 16 20 23 13 21 21 24 10 6 20 18 177
18 USAflagsmall Sarah Fisher 4 24 16 14 22 8 8 20 22 11 161
19 25px-Brazilflag Raul Boesel 21 13 11 5 15 13 8 11 22 158
20 [[Image:Template:Country flag alias CHI22x20px}}|Template:Country alias CHI]] Eliseo Salazar 5 4 15 19 19 14 14 18 16 157
21 USAflagsmall Robby McGehee 14 21 17 13 DNQ 17 9 13 12 13 142
22 USAflagsmall Buddy Rice 2 12 4 9 6 140
23 USAflagsmall Greg Ray 33 12 18 12 19 20 17 25 19 17 14 128
24 USAflagsmall Tony Renna 10 4 7 24 15 9 121
25 25px-Brazilflag Vitor Meira 15 9 8 3 96
26 USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier 18 6 2 20 90
27 Flag-of-japansmall Shigeaki Hattori 25 26 10 20 6 19 78
28 USAflagsmall Rick Treadway 24 9 22 16 29 23 23 19 76
29 USAflagsmall Mark Dismore 32 11 11 20 18 18 73
30 USAflagsmall Anthony Lazzaro 9 17 9 DNQ 22 DNS 70
31 USAflagsmall Jon Herb DNS 11 19 22 DNQ 22 21 19 70
32 Flag-of-japansmall Hideki Noda 23 10 25 17 24 25 54
33 25px-AustraliaFLAG John de Vries 17 22 23 Wth DNQ 11 53
34 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy 2 40
35 USAflagsmall Will Langhorne 18 13 23 36
36 [[Image:Template:Country flag alias GB22x20px}}|Template:Country alias GB]] Dan Wheldon 10 15 35
37 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 14 16 30
38 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti 7 26
39 USAflagsmall Robby Gordon 8 24
40 USAflagsmall Jimmy Vasser 9 30 23
41 USAflagsmall Tyce Carlson 11 DNS 23
42 22px-Flag of Sweden Kenny Bräck 11 19
43 22px-Flag of Italy Max Papis 23 21 16
44 [[Image:Template:Country flag alias GB22x20px}}|Template:Country alias GB]] Dario Franchitti 19 11
45 USAflagsmall Billy Roe 21 DNQ 9
46 USAflagsmall Memo Gidley 21 DNQ 9
47 USAflagsmall Scott Harrington DNQ 21 9
48 USAflagsmall Cory Kruseman DNP 26 4
49 USAflagsmall Jeret Schroeder 27 3
50 25px-Brazilflag Tony Kanaan 28 2
51 25px-Brazilflag Bruno Junqueira 31 1
- USAflagsmall Donnie Beechler DNS DNQ 0
- [[Image:Template:Country flag alias GB22x20px}}|Template:Country alias GB]] Johnny Herbert DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Davy Jones DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall P. J. Jones DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Jimmy Kite DNQ 0
- 22px-Flag of Spain Oriol Servià DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Scott Mayer DNQ 0
Pos Driver HOM
USAflagsmall
PHX
USAflagsmall
CAL
USAflagsmall
NAZ
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
PIK
USAflagsmall
RIR
USAflagsmall
KAN
USAflagsmall
NSH
USAflagsmall
MIS
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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