1996 PPG Indy Car World Series

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1996 CART IndyCar season
PPG Indy Car World Series
1996 IndyCar season
Season
Races 16
Start date March 3
End date September 8
Awards
Drivers' champion United States Jimmy Vasser
Constructors' Cup United Kingdom Reynard
Manufacturers' Cup Japan Honda
Nations' Cup United States United States
Rookie of the Year Italy Alex Zanardi
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1997 (CART) →

The 1996 PPG Indy Car World Series season, the eighteenth in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 16 races, beginning in Homestead, Florida on March 3 and concluding in Monterey, California on September 8, in which it was marred by the death of Jeff Krosnoff. The PPG Indy Car World Series Drivers' Champion was Jimmy Vasser. Rookie of the Year was Alex Zanardi. This was the first season after the split with the Indy Racing League and the last year that CART licensed the "IndyCar" trademark from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 was replaced in the Series by the U.S. 500, held in Brooklyn, Michigan.

Teams and drivers[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1996 Indy Car World Series season.

Team Chassis Engine Tires No Drivers Rounds Primary Sponsor
Brazil Brahma Sports Team
United States Team Green
Reynard 96I Ford Cosworth G 1 Brazil Raul Boesel All Brahma
United States Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC-25 Mercedes IC 108C G 2 United States Al Unser, Jr. All Marlboro
3 Canada Paul Tracy 1-12, 14-16
Denmark Jan Magnussen 13
United States Target Ganassi Racing Reynard 96I Honda F 4 Italy Alex Zanardi (R) All Target
12 United States Jimmy Vasser All
United States Walker Racing Reynard 96I Ford Cosworth G 5 United States Robby Gordon All Valvoline
United States Newman/Haas Racing Lola T96/00 Ford Cosworth G 6 United States Michael Andretti All Texaco-Havoline
11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi All Budweiser
United States Jim Hall Racing Reynard 96I Honda G 8 Brazil Gil de Ferran All Pennzoil
United States Hogan Penske Penske PC-25 Mercedes IC 108C G 9 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 1-12 Mobil 1
Denmark Jan Magnussen 14-16
United States Galles Racing Lola T96/00 Mercedes IC 108C G 10 United States Eddie Lawson 1-11 Delco Electronics
United States Davy Jones 12-16
United States Bettenhausen Racing Reynard 96I Mercedes IC 108C G 16 Sweden Stefan Johansson All Alumax
United States PacWest Racing Reynard 96I Ford Cosworth G 17 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin All Hollywood Cigrettes
21 United Kingdom Mark Blundell (R) 1-2, 6-16 VISA
Italy Teo Fabi 3-5
United States Team Rahal Reynard 96I Mercedes IC 108C G 18 United States Bobby Rahal All Miller
28 United States Bryan Herta All Shell
United States Payton/Coyne Racing Lola T96/00 Ford Cosworth F 19 Japan Hiro Matsushita All Panasonic
G 34 Brazil Roberto Moreno All Data Control
United States Patrick Racing Lola T96/00 Ford Cosworth F 20 United States Scott Pruett All Firestone
United States Arciero-Wells Racing Reynard 96I Toyota F 25 United States Jeff Krosnoff (R) 1-11 Arciero-Wells Racing 6
MCI 8
Italy Max Papis 13-14, 16
United States Tasman Motorsports Lola T96/00 Honda F 31 Brazil André Ribeiro All LCI International
32 Mexico Adrián Fernández All Tecate
United States All American Racers Eagle MK-V Toyota G 36 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio II All Castrol
98 United States P. J. Jones 6-16
United States Comptech Racing Reynard 96I Honda F 49 United States Parker Johnstone All Motorola
United States Forsythe Racing Reynard 96I Mercedes IC 108C F 99 Canada Greg Moore (R) All Player's
Part Time and U.S. 500 Only Entries
United States Dick Simon Racing Lola T96/00 Ford Cosworth G 7 Brazil Marco Greco 1-2 Cristal
Chile Eliseo Salazar 7, 9, 12-13
22 Mexico Carlos Guerrero 1-3 Herdez
Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. 4, 7-9, 15-16
United States Walker Racing Reynard 96I Ford Cosworth G 15 Canada Scott Goodyear 1-2, 11, 15-16 Valvoline DuraBlend
United States Mike Groff 5
Sweden Fredrik Ekblom 6
United States Bettenhausen Racing Penske PC-23 Mercedes IC 108C G 26 United States Gary Bettenhausen 6 Alumax
United States Della Penna Motorsports Lola T96/00 Ford Cosworth G 44 United States Richie Hearn 4, 11, 16 Ralphs
United States Project Indy Reynard 96I Ford Cosworth G 64 United States Dennis Vitolo 4 Marcelo

Schedule[edit]

Rnd Date Race Name Race length Circuit Location Broadcaster
1 March 3 United States Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami 203 miles (327 kilometers) Homestead-Miami Speedway (O) Homestead, Florida ABC
2 March 17 Brazil IndyCar Rio 400 248 miles (399 kilometers) Autódromo de Jacarepaguá (O) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3 March 31 Australia Australian Indy Car Grand Prix 182 miles (293 kilometers) Surfers Paradise Street Circuit (S) Surfers Paradise, Australia
4 April 14 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 167 miles (269 kilometers) Streets of Long Beach (S) Long Beach, California
5 April 28 United States Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix 200 miles (322 kilometers) Nazareth Speedway (O) Nazareth, Pennsylvania
6 May 26 United States U.S. 500 500 miles (508 kilometers) Michigan International Speedway (O) Brooklyn, Michigan ESPN
7 June 2 United States Miller 200 200 miles (322 kilometers) Milwaukee Mile (O) West Allis, Wisconsin ABC
8 June 9 United States ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix 151 miles (243 kilometers) The Raceway on Belle Isle Park (S) Detroit, Michigan
9 June 23 United States Budweiser/G. I. Joe's 200 191 miles (307 kilometers) Portland International Raceway (R) Portland, Oregon
10 June 30 United States Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland 213 miles (343 kilometers) Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (S) Cleveland, Ohio
11 July 14 Canada Molson Indy 166 miles (267 kilometers)* Exhibition Place (S) Toronto, Ontario
12 July 28 United States Marlboro 500 500 miles (508 kilometers) Michigan International Speedway (O) Brooklyn, Michigan
13 August 11 United States Miller 200 187 miles (301 kilometers) Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (R) Lexington, Ohio
14 August 18 United States Texaco/Havoline 200 200 miles (322 kilometers) Road America (R) Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin ESPN
15 September 1 Canada Molson Indy Vancouver 170 miles (273 kilometers) Streets of Vancouver (S) Vancouver, British Columbia
16 September 8 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey 186 miles (299 kilometers) Laguna Seca Raceway (R) Monterey, California

- Toronto was scheduled to run 170 miles, but was shortened due to the fatal accident of Jeff Krosnoff.

(R) Dedicated road course, (O) Oval/Speedway, (S) Temporary street circuit

Season Summary[edit]

Race results[edit]

Rnd Race Pole position Fastest lap Race Winner Race time Report
Driver Team Manufacturer
1 United States Homestead-Miami Canada Paul Tracy Canada Greg Moore United States Jimmy Vasser Target Ganassi Racing Reynard 1:51:23 Report
2 Brazil Rio Italy Alex Zanardi Brazil Gil de Ferran Brazil André Ribeiro Tasman Motorsports Lola 2:06:08 Report
3 Australia Surfers Paradise United States Jimmy Vasser United States Jimmy Vasser United States Jimmy Vasser Target Ganassi Racing Reynard 2:00:46 Report
4 United States Long Beach Brazil Gil de Ferran Canada Paul Tracy United States Jimmy Vasser Target Ganassi Racing Reynard 1:44:02 Report
5 United States Nazareth Canada Paul Tracy Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola 1:25:08 Report
6 United States Michigan 1 United States Jimmy Vasser Italy Alex Zanardi United States Jimmy Vasser Target Ganassi Racing Reynard 3:11:48 Report
7 United States Milwaukee Canada Paul Tracy United States Michael Andretti United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola 1:33:32 Report
8 United States Belle Isle United States Scott Pruett Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola 2:00:44 Report
9 United States Portland Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi Target Ganassi Racing Reynard 1:50:25 Report
10 United States Cleveland United States Jimmy Vasser United States Jimmy Vasser Brazil Gil de Ferran Jim Hall Racing Reynard 1:35:39 Report
11 Canada Toronto Brazil André Ribeiro Italy Alex Zanardi Mexico Adrián Fernández Tasman Motorsports Lola 1:41:59 Report
12 United States Michigan 2 United States Jimmy Vasser Mexico Adrián Fernández Brazil André Ribeiro Tasman Motorsports Lola 3:16:33 Report
13 United States Mid-Ohio Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi Target Ganassi Racing Reynard 1:46:49 Report
14 United States Road America Italy Alex Zanardi Canada Paul Tracy United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola 1:56:33 Report
15 Canada Vancouver Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola 1:48:16 Report
16 United States Laguna Seca Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi Target Ganassi Racing Reynard 1:48:32 Report

Final driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver MIA United States RIO Brazil SUR Australia LBH United States NAZ United States US500 United States MIL United States DET United States POR United States CLE United States TOR Canada MIC United States MDO United States ROA United States VAN Canada LAG United States Pts
1 United States Jimmy Vasser 1 8 1* 1 7 1 10 12 13 10 8 9 2 6 7 4 154
2 United States Michael Andretti 9 22 19 7 1* 23 1 1 11 19 22 22 3 1 1* 9 132
3 Italy Alex Zanardi  RY  24 4* 21 24 13 17* 13 11 1* 2 2* 21 1* 3 26 1* 132
4 United States Al Unser, Jr. 8 2 9 3 3 8 2* 22 4 4 13 4 13 10* 5 16 125
5 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 6 5 5 21 9 12 6 2* 3 7 7 10 7 16 3 10 110
6 Brazil Gil de Ferran 2 10 11 5* 23 9 9 3 2 1* 18 19 17 25 4 25 104
7 United States Bobby Rahal 5 6 20 14 6 19 7 21 6 15 3 24 5 2 2 7 102
8 United States Bryan Herta 10 13 17 12 11 15 14 13 26 5 6 2 4 5 6 2 86
9 Canada Greg Moore  R  7 18 3 22 2 13 5 20 25 3 4 17 9 23 25 6 84
10 United States Scott Pruett 4 3 2 11 8 26 12 10 23 8 10 13 21 7 20 3 82
11 Brazil André Ribeiro 16 1 8 27 12 4 8 24 7 20 21 1* 8 19 21 19 76
12 Mexico Adrián Fernández 11 14 23 6 10 DNS 11 4 12 6 1 20 6 13 8 11 71
13 Canada Paul Tracy 23* 19 22 4 5 7 3 17 27 9 5 DNS 12 18 29 60
14 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin 26 25 4 15 15 2 15 16 16 21 12 3 26 21 24 5 53
15 Sweden Stefan Johansson 19 23 6 19 19 16 27 7 9 12 17 5 11 4 17 21 43
16 United Kingdom Mark Blundell  R  17 27 5 22 5 8 11 11 6 10 20 12 24 41
17 United States Parker Johnstone DNS 16 24 2 20 11 16 14 5 25 26 18 12 11 11 13 33
18 United States Robby Gordon 3 15 16 13 22 20 17 26 10 18 9 8 18 17 10 15 29
19 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 13 11 25 20 4 10 4 25 20 22 14 25 29
20 United States Eddie Lawson  R  15 21 7 9 17 6 20 6 15 24 15 26
21 Brazil Roberto Moreno 27 9 12 8 24 3 25 23 19 14 23 23 23 22 27 12 25
22 Brazil Raul Boesel 14 7 13 16 21 24 26 8 28 26 24 7 22 14 23 20 17
23 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio II 21 17 15 25 25 22 19 18 14 13 28 14 20 8 19 28 5
24 Denmark Jan Magnussen  R  14 26 22 8 5
25 Canada Scott Goodyear 12 DNS 19 9 18 5
26 United States P. J. Jones  R  Wth 24 9 24 23 20 16 25 18 13 27 4
27 Italy Max Papis  R  24 9 22 4
28 Japan Hiro Matsushita 18 24 10 28 26 14 28 19 21 17 27 15 19 15 15 23 3
29 United States Richie Hearn  R  10 25 17 3
30 Chile Eliseo Salazar 21 18 11 15 2
31 United States Davy Jones 12 16 24 14 14 1
32 Brazil Marco Greco 25 12 1
33 Mexico Carlos Guerrero 20 20 14 0
34 United States Mike Groff 14 0
35 United States Jeff Krosnoff  R  22 26 18 26 18 18 18 15 17 16 161 0
36 Italy Teo Fabi 18 16 Wth 0
37 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr.  R  23 23 DNS 22 16 26 0
38 United States Dennis Vitolo 17 0
39 United States Gary Bettenhausen 21 0
40 Sweden Fredrik Ekblom  R  25 0
Pos Driver MIA United States RIO Brazil SUR Australia LBH United States NAZ United States US500 United States MIL United States DET United States POR United States CLE United States TOR Canada MIC United States MDO United States ROA United States VAN Canada LAG United States Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th-6th place
Light Blue 7th-12th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 12)
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
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie

Note: 1 Jeff Krosnoff died in an accident at the Molson Indy Toronto.

Nation's Cup[edit]

  • Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Pos Country Pts
1 United States United States 282
2 Brazil Brazil 206
3 Italy Italy 120
4 Canada Canada 111
5 Mexico Mexico 71
6 Sweden Sweden 43
7 United Kingdom United Kingdom 41
8 Argentina Argentina 5
9 Denmark Denmark 5
10 Japan Japan 3
11 Chile Chile 2
Pos Country Pts

Chassis Constructor's Cup[edit]

Pos Chassis Pts
1 United Kingdom Reynard 96I 276
2 United Kingdom Lola T9600 260
3 United States Penske PC-25/PC-23 139
4 United States Eagle MK V/96 9
Pos Chassis Pts

Engine Manufacturer's Cup[edit]

Pos Engine Pts
1 Japan Honda 271
2 United States Ford XD/XB 234
3 Germany Mercedes 218
4 Japan Toyota 9
Pos Engine Pts

Drivers Breakdown[edit]

Pos ↓ Car Driver ↓ Team ↓ Starts ↓ Wins ↓ Podiums ↓ Top 5's ↓ Top 10's ↓ Poles ↓ Points ↓
1 12 United States Vasser United States Target Ganassi Racing 16 4 5 6 14 4 154
2 6 United States Andretti United States Newman Haas Racing 16 5 6 6 9 131
3 4 Italy Zanardi United States Target Ganassi Racing 16 3 6 7 7 6 130
4 2 United States Unser, Jr. United States Marlboro Team Penske 16 0 4 8 12 124
5 11 Brazil C. Fittipaldi United States Newman Haas Racing 16 0 3 5 13 110
6 8 Brazil de Ferran United States Jim Hall Racing 16 1 4 6 9 1 104
7 18 United States Rahal United States Team Rahal 16 0 3 5 10 102
8 28 United States Herta United States Team Rahal 16 0 2 5 8 86
9 99 Canada Moore Canada Forsythe Racing 16 0 3 5 8 84
10 20 United States Pruett United States Patrick Racing 16 0 3 4 9 1 82
11 31 Brazil Ribeiro United States Tasman Motorsports 16 2 2 3 7 1 76
12 32 Mexico Fernandez United States Tasman Motorsports 15 1 1 2 7 71
13 3 Canada Tracy United States Marlboro Team Penske 14 0 1 4 6 3 60
14 17 Brazil Gugelmin United States PacWest Racing 16 0 2 4 4 53
15 16 Sweden Johansson United States Bettenhausen Racing 16 0 0 2 5 43
16 21 United Kingdom Blundell United States PacWest Racing 13 0 0 2 5 41
17 49 United States Johnstone United States Comptech Racing 15 0 1 2 2 33
18 5 United States Gordon United States Walker Racing 16 0 1 1 5 29
18 9 Brazil E. Fittipaldi United States Hogan Penske 12 0 0 2 3 29
20 10 United States Lawson United States Galles Racing 11 0 0 0 4 26
21 34 Brazil Moreno United States Payton/Coyne Racing 15 0 1 1 3 25
22 1 Brazil Boesel United States Brahma Sports Team 16 0 0 0 3 17
23 36 Argentina Fangio United States All American Racing 16 0 0 0 1 5
23 9 Denmark Magnussen United States Hogan Penske 4 0 0 0 1 5
23 15 Canada Goodyear United States Walker Racing 4 0 0 0 1 5
26 98 United States P.J. Jones United States All American Racing 10 0 0 0 1 4
26 25 Italy Papis United States Arciero-Wells Racing 3 0 0 0 1 4
28 19 Japan Matsushita United States Payton/Coyne Racing 16 0 0 0 1 3
28 44 United States Hearn United States Della Penna Motorsports 3 0 0 0 1 3
30 7 Chile Salazar United States Dick Simon Racing 4 0 0 0 0 2
31 10 United States D. Jones United States Galles Racing 5 0 0 0 0 1
31 7 Brazil Greco United States Dick Simon Racing 2 0 0 0 0 1
33 25 United States Krosnoff United States Arciero-Wells Racing 11 0 0 0 0 0
33 22 Mexico Jourdain United States Della Penna Motorsports 5 0 0 0 0 0
33 22 Mexico Guerrero United States Dick Simon Racing 3 0 0 0 0 0
33 21 Italy Fabi United States PacWest Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0
33 15 Sweden Ekblom United States Walker Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0
33 15 United States Groff United States Walker Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0
33 26 United States Bettenhausen United States Bettenhausen Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0
33 64 United States Vitolo United States Project Indy 1 0 0 0 0 0

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