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The Emerson Indy 250 is a former American Open Wheel Racing event held at Gateway International Speedway from 1997 to 2003. It was a part of the CART series from 1997 to 2000, and part of the IRL from 2001-2003.

The first running was a CART series race held on Saturday May 24, 1997, the day before the rival Indy Racing League's Indianapolis 500. Rather than scheduling a race directly opposite the Indy 500 (as they had done in 1996 with the U.S. 500), CART scheduled Gateway the day before to serve as their Memorial Day weekend open-wheel alternative without direct conflict. In a couple instances, a handful of drivers actually competed in both events in the same weekend. After a couple years, track management grew increasingly dissatisfied with its apparent use, as seen by some, as a political pawn or statement by CART. This event had poor attendance as fans generally chose to travel to the Indy 500 for the weekend instead. For 2000, the race was moved to the fall.

In 2001, its was dropped from the CART series schedule, and switched alliances to the Indy Racing League. The event suffered from continually declining attendance. The event was dropped altogether after 2003. Rumors have surfaced about a possible return to the now-unified IndyCar schedule, but no official announcements have been made.

Race winnersEdit

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
CART World Series History
1997 May 24 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy Penske Racing Penske Mercedes-Benz-Ilmor 236 295 (474.756) 2:37:54 113.884
1998 May 23 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 236 295 (474.756) 2:23:02 125.725
1999 May 29 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Swift Ford-Cosworth 236 295 (474.756) 2:25:35 123.513
2000 September 17 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Lola Toyota 236 295 (474.756) 1:55:38 155.519
IRL IndyCar Series History
2001 August 26 USAflagsmall Al Unser Jr. Kelley Racing G-Force Oldsmobile 200 250 (402.336) 1:49:59 133.379
2002 August 25 25px-Brazilflag Gil de Ferran Penske Racing Dallara Chevrolet 200 250 (402.336) 1:44:23 143.711
2003 August 10 25px-Brazilflag Helio Castroneves Penske Racing Dallara Toyota 200 250 (402.336) 1:50:53 135.286

Atlantics & Lights WinnersEdit

IPS/Indy Lights Atlantic Championship
Season Date Winning Driver
1997 May 24 25px-Canadaflag Lee Bentham
1998 May 23 Flag-of-japansmall Shigeaki Hattori
1999: Not held
2000 September 17 USAflagsmall Townsend Bell
2001 August 26 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Wheldon
2002 August 25 USAflagsmall Ryan Hampton
2003 August 9 USAflagsmall Jeff Simmons
Season Date Winning Driver
1998 May 23 USAflagsmall Memo Gidley
1999 May 28 USAflagsmall Anthony Lazzaro
2000 September 17 USAflagsmall Case Montgomery

External linksEdit

Template:IndyCar Series races

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