2001 CART season

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2001 CART season
FedEx Championship Series
Season
Races 22 20
Start date March 11
End date November 4
Awards
Drivers' champion Brazil Gil de Ferran
Constructors' Cup United Kingdom Reynard
Manufacturers' Cup Japan Honda
Nations' Cup Brazil Brazil
Rookie of the Year New Zealand Scott Dixon
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Bryan Herta's #77 Forsythe Reynard at Rockingham Motor Speedway in 2001

The 2001 FedEx Championship Series season, the twenty-third in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 20 of the 21 originally scheduled races, beginning in Monterrey, Mexico on March 11 and concluding in Fontana, California on November 4. What would have been the third race in the season, the Firestone Firehawk 600 in Fort Worth, Texas was canceled after qualifying due to safety concerns, the FedEx Championship Series Drivers' Champion was Gil de Ferran, while the Rookie of the Year was Scott Dixon.

Drivers and constructors[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2001 CART Championship Series season.

Team Chassis Engine Tyre No Drivers Races Primary Sponsors
United States Team Penske Reynard 01i Honda F 1 Brazil Gil de Ferran All Marlboro 19
Penske Racing 2
3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves All
United States Chip Ganassi Racing Lola B1/00 Toyota F 4 Brazil Bruno Junqueira All Target
12 France Nicolas Minassian 1-7
United States Memo Gidley 8-21
United States Walker Motorsport Reynard 01i Toyota F 5 Japan Toranosuke Takagi All Pioneer 20
Walker Racing 1
United States Newman-Haas Racing Lola B1/00 Toyota F 6 Brazil Cristiano da Matta All Texaco-Havoline
11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi All Kmart
United States Team Rahal Lola B1/00 Ford Cosworth F 7 Italy Max Papis All Miller Lite 17
Miller Genuine Draft 4
8 Sweden Kenny Bräck All Shell
United States Bettenhausen Racing Lola B1/00 Ford Cosworth F 16 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. All Herdez
United States PacWest Racing Reynard 01i Toyota F 17 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin All Nextel
18 New Zealand Scott Dixon All Powerware 19
Nextel 2
United States Patrick Racing Reynard 01i Toyota F 20 Brazil Roberto Moreno All Visteon
40 United States Jimmy Vasser All OXXO 1
Patrick Racing 4
Visteon 15
United States Sigma Autosport Lola B1/00 Ford Cosworth F 22 Spain Oriol Servià All Sigma Autosport
United States Arciero-Blair Racing Lola B2K/00 Phoenix F 25 Brazil Max Wilson 1-4 winnerB2B.com 9
Driving 101 10
Ford Cosworth 6-10, 13-19
United States Alex Barron 20-21
United States Team Green Reynard 01i Honda F 26 Canada Paul Tracy All KOOL 19
Team Green 2
27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti All
United States Forsythe Racing Reynard 01i Ford Cosworth F 32 Canada Patrick Carpentier All Player's 19
Racing Since 1961 2
33 Canada Alex Tagliani All
77 United States Bryan Herta All Indeck
United States Team Motorola Reynard 01i Honda F 39 United States Michael Andretti All Motorola
Mexico Fernández Racing Reynard 01i Honda F 51 Mexico Adrián Fernández All Tecate
52 Japan Shinji Nakano All Avex
United States Mo Nunn Racing Reynard 01i Honda F 55 Brazil Tony Kanaan All Hollywood Cigarettes 19
No Limits 2
66 Italy Alex Zanardi 1-16 Pioneer 19
Mo Nunn Racing 1
United States Casey Mears 18-21
Part Time Entries
United States Dale Coyne Racing Lola B2K/00 Ford Cosworth F 19 Germany Michael Krumm 1-2 The Dark Dog
21 Brazil Luiz Garcia, Jr. 1-2 Embratel
United States Patrick Racing Reynard 01i Toyota F 19 United States Townsend Bell 16-17 Visteon

Races[edit]

Rnd Race Name Circuit City/Location Date
1 Mexico Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix Presented by Herdez Fundidora Park (S) Monterrey, Mexico March 11
- Brazil Rio 200 (Cancelled) Autódromo de Jacarepaguá (O) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil March 25
2 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach (S) Long Beach, California April 8
3 United States Firestone Firehawk 600 Presented by Pioneer (Cancelled) Texas Motor Speedway (O) Fort Worth, Texas April 29
4 United States Lehigh Valley Grand Prix Presented by Toyota Nazareth Speedway (O) Nazareth, Pennsylvania May 6
5 Japan Firestone Firehawk 500 Twin Ring Motegi (O) Motegi, Japan May 19
6 United States Miller Lite 225 Milwaukee Mile (O) West Allis, Wisconsin June 3
7 United States Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit The Raceway on Belle Isle Park (S) Detroit, Michigan June 17
8 United States Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco Portland International Raceway (R) Portland, Oregon June 24
9 United States Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by Firstar Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport (S) Cleveland, Ohio July 1
10 Canada Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place (S) Toronto, Ontario July 15
11 United States Michigan 500 Presented by Toyota Michigan International Speedway (O) Brooklyn, Michigan July 22
12 United States Target Grand Prix of Chicago Presented by Energizer Chicago Motor Speedway (O) Cicero, Illinois July 29
13 United States Miller Lite 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (R) Lexington, Ohio August 12
14 United States Motorola 220 Road America (R) Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin August 19
15 Canada Molson Indy Vancouver Streets of Vancouver (S) Vancouver, British Columbia September 2
16 Germany The American Memorial EuroSpeedway Lausitz (O) Klettwitz, Germany September 15
17 United Kingdom Rockingham 500 Rockingham Motor Speedway (O) Corby, United Kingdom September 22
18 United States Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston Streets of Houston (S) Houston, Texas October 7
19 United States Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring The Shell 300 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (R) Monterey, California October 14
20 Australia Honda Indy 300 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit (S) Surfers Paradise, Australia October 28
21 United States Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota California Speedway (O) Fontana, California November 4

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

  • The original calendar called for 22 races on five continents, by far the most ambitious calendar CART had ever attempted. With the race at Texas being canceled and the Rio 200 being dropped, the 2001 season ultimately had the same number of races as the previous year.
  • For the first time, CART would race in the United Kingdom and Germany and also return to Mexico for the first time in almost twenty years.
  • The original calendar released on August 5, 2000 had the first round of the season at Jacarepaguá in Brazil, but disagreements with the track owners several months later led to the event being dropped.
  • The events at Homestead-Miami and Gateway were dropped after negotiations with the tracks owners failed; rival series Indy Racing League secured the contracts instead, and both tracks were featured in the 2001 Indy Racing League season.
  • The removal of Gateway from the calendar meant that Memorial Day weekend would be empty, allowing several teams and drivers the opportunity to compete at the Indianapolis 500.

Season Summary[edit]

Race Results[edit]

Rnd Race Name Pole position Fastest lap Lead most laps Winning driver Winning team Report
1 Mexico Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey Sweden Kenny Bräck United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Brazil Cristiano da Matta Brazil Cristiano da Matta Newman-Haas Racing Report
2 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Report
3 United States Firestone Firehawk 600 Sweden Kenny Bräck Race cancelled Report
4 United States Lehigh Valley Grand Prix Brazil Bruno Junqueira Brazil Tony Kanaan Sweden Kenny Bräck New Zealand Scott Dixon PacWest Racing Report
5 Japan Firestone Firehawk 500 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Italy Alex Zanardi Brazil Hélio Castroneves Sweden Kenny Bräck Team Rahal Report
6 United States Miller Lite 225 Sweden Kenny Bräck United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Sweden Kenny Bräck Sweden Kenny Bräck Team Rahal Report
7 United States Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit Brazil Hélio Castroneves United States Michael Andretti Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Report
8 United States Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 Italy Max Papis Italy Max Papis Italy Max Papis Italy Max Papis Team Rahal Report
9 United States Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Brazil Roberto Moreno United States Memo Gidley United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team Green Report
10 Canada Molson Indy Toronto Brazil Gil de Ferran Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Gil de Ferran United States Michael Andretti Team Motorola Report
11 United States Harrah's 500 Sweden Kenny Bräck Canada Patrick Carpentier Italy Max Papis Canada Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing Report
12 United States Target Grand Prix of Chicago Brazil Tony Kanaan Sweden Kenny Bräck Brazil Hélio Castroneves Sweden Kenny Bräck Team Rahal Report
13 United States Miller Lite 200 Brazil Gil de Ferran Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Report
14 United States Motorola 220 Sweden Kenny Bräck Brazil Bruno Junqueira Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Bruno Junqueira Chip Ganassi Racing Report
15 Canada Molson Indy Vancouver Canada Alex Tagliani Brazil Hélio Castroneves Canada Alex Tagliani Brazil Roberto Moreno Patrick Racing Report
16 Germany The American Memorial Brazil Gil de Ferran Brazil Tony Kanaan Sweden Kenny Bräck Sweden Kenny Bräck Team Rahal Report
17 United Kingdom Rockingham 500 Sweden Kenny Bräck Canada Patrick Carpentier Brazil Gil de Ferran Brazil Gil de Ferran Team Penske Report
18 United States Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston Brazil Gil de Ferran United States Jimmy Vasser Brazil Gil de Ferran Brazil Gil de Ferran Team Penske Report
19 United States Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Brazil Gil de Ferran Brazil Hélio Castroneves Brazil Gil de Ferran Italy Max Papis Team Rahal Report
20 Australia Honda Indy 300 Brazil Roberto Moreno United States Jimmy Vasser Brazil Roberto Moreno Brazil Cristiano da Matta Newman-Haas Racing Report
21 United States Marlboro 500 Canada Alex Tagliani Italy Max Papis Italy Max Papis Brazil Cristiano da Matta Newman-Haas Racing Report

Final driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver MTY Mexico LBH United States NAZ United States MOT Japan MIL United States DET United States POR United States CLE United States TOR Canada MIC United States CHI United States MDO United States ROA United States VAN Canada LAU Germany ROC United Kingdom HOU United States LAG United States SUR Australia FON United States Pts
1 Brazil Gil de Ferran 2 3 23 13 7 6 13 4 14* 24 3 2 5 2 8 1* 1* 3* 4 6 199
2 Sweden Kenny Bräck1 5 25 2* 1 1* 9 11 6 20 17 1 20 14 8 1* 2 7 25 5 26 163
3 United States Michael Andretti 4 28 6 23 2 4 8 15 1 19 24 26 2 3 4 5 21 14 2 7 147
4 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 8 1* 11 2* 26 1* 17 12 19 8 7* 1* 7* 18 12 4 5 6 20 22 141
5 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 1* 2 10 25 25 7 10 7 15 4 19 10 6 20 26 3 6 20 1 1 140
6 Italy Max Papis 12 17 24 6 8 11 1* 18 8 16* 13 24 16 22 2 11 9 1 9 2* 107
7 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 9 6 8 17 9 2 6 1 24 2 15 16 19 9 25 9 2 19 23 23 105
8 New Zealand Scott Dixon  RY  13 19 1 9 3 22 7 20 5 10 4 12 4 13 9 22 18 4 15 17 98
9 Brazil Tony Kanaan 7 7 16 3 6 Wth 24 16 10 21 8 5 12 4 7 8 12 8 17 5 93
10 Canada Patrick Carpentier 25 23 25 19 17 8 5 26 21 1 2 3 9 16 3 16 10 26 11 10 91
11 Canada Alex Tagliani 21 18 22 22 12 21 12 9 2 6 6 7 8 23* 21 14 19 15 3 3 80
12 United States Jimmy Vasser 6 5 4 5 21 18 16 5 26 23 14 23 21 19 15 7 11 5 6 12 77
13 Brazil Roberto Moreno 27 11 12 10 15 3 2 8 11 12 20 6 11 1 23 13 22 22 22* 19 76
14 Canada Paul Tracy 3 4 3 18 24 14 21 24 6 7 12 4 26 26 10 6 24 18 14 24 73
15 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 20 24 5 4 18 5 3 11 12 18 25 8 18 11 19 24 8 9 8 13 70
16 Brazil Bruno Junqueira  R  22 9 7 24 4 19 23 23 13 9 17 13 1 12 11 25 23 7 21 4 68
17 United States Memo Gidley 25 2* 17 14 5 11 20 10 14 18 3 2 10 14 65
18 Mexico Adrián Fernández 19 16 19 16 5 12 19 21 3 25 10 22 3 21 24 23 14 10 19 18 45
19 Spain Oriol Servià 14 14 9 14 14 16 9 17 23 11 18 9 10 5 5 10 26 17 25 11 42
20 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. 17 13 13 11 13 25 15 25 16 3 23 17 17 6 17 19 25 23 7 16 30
21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi  R  10 20 14 20 202 20 18 14 223 13 11 21 22 7 6 26 4 13 16 15 29
22 United States Bryan Herta 16 10 21 21 22 15 14 3 18 5 21 25 24 17 27 15 13 12 18 25 28
23 Italy Alex Zanardi 24 26 20 7 11 24 26 13 4 20 9 19 13 24 204 24
24 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin 15 22 12 10 10 20 10 7 15 22 14 23 15 16 20 20 16 24 20 17
25 Brazil Max Wilson  R  28 21 17 23 23 4 19 25 15 25 25 18 21 16 24 12
26 Japan Shinji Nakano 18 12 15 8 16 13 22 22 9 22 16 18 15 14 22 17 15 21 12 21 11
27 France Nicolas Minassian  R  11 8 18 15 19 17 7
28 United States Casey Mears  R  17 11 26 8 7
29 United States Alex Barron 13 9 4
30 United States Townsend Bell  R  13 12 1
31 Germany Michael Krumm  R  23 15 0
32 Brazil Luiz Garcia, Jr. 26 27 0
Pos Driver MTY Mexico LBH United States NAZ United States MOT Japan MIL United States DET United States POR United States CLE United States TOR Canada MIC United States CHI United States MDO United States ROA United States VAN Canada LAU Germany ROC United Kingdom HOU United States LAG United States SUR Australia FON 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
  1. ^ Kenny Bräck also awarded 1 point for his pole position in Fort Worth. The race was canceled after qualifying due to excessively high speeds.
  2. ^ Toranosuke Takagi was excluded from the race on Lap 134 for taking out Jimmy Vasser as he was being lapped.
  3. ^ Toranosuke Takagi was penalized 2 points for rough driving in Toronto.
  4. ^ Alex Zanardi's car was impacted from the side by Alex Tagliani's car at EuroSpeedway Lausitz. He lost both of his lower legs in the impact, this signaled the end of his open-wheel racing career.

Nation's Cup[edit]

  • Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Pos Country MTY Mexico LBH United States NAZ United States MOT Japan MIL United States DET United States POR United States CLE United States TOR Canada MIC United States CHI United States MDO United States ROA United States VAN Canada LAU Germany ROC United Kingdom HOU United States LAG United States SUR Australia FON United States Pts
1 Brazil Brazil 1 1 5 2 4 1 2 4 7 5 3 1 1 1 7 1 1 3 1 1 341
2 United States United States 4 5 4 5 2 4 8 2 1 4 5 11 2 3 4 5 3 2 2 7 240
3 Canada Canada 3 4 3 18 12 8 5 9 2 1 2 3 8 16 3 6 10 15 3 3 187
4 Sweden Sweden 5 25 2 1 1 9 11 6 20 17 1 20 14 8 1 2 7 25 5 26 163
5 Italy Italy 12 17 20 6 8 11 1 18 4 16 9 19 13 22 2 11 9 1 9 2 118
6 United Kingdom United Kingdom 9 6 8 17 9 2 6 1 24 2 15 16 19 9 25 9 2 19 23 23 105
7 New Zealand New Zealand 13 19 1 9 3 22 7 20 5 10 4 12 4 13 9 22 18 4 15 17 98
8 Mexico Mexico 17 13 9 11 5 12 15 21 3 3 10 17 3 6 17 19 14 10 7 16 75
9 Japan Japan 10 12 14 8 16 13 18 14 9 13 11 18 15 7 6 17 4 13 12 15 42
10 Spain Spain 14 14 9 14 14 16 9 17 23 11 18 9 10 5 5 10 26 17 25 11 42
11 France France 11 8 18 15 19 17 7
12 Germany Germany 23 15 0
Pos Country MTY Mexico LBH United States NAZ United States MOT Japan MIL United States DET United States POR United States CLE United States TOR Canada MIC United States CHI United States MDO United States ROA United States VAN Canada LAU Germany ROC United Kingdom HOU United States LAG United States SUR Australia FON United States Pts

Chassis Constructor's Cup[edit]

Pos Chassis Pts
1 United Kingdom Reynard 378
2 United Kingdom Lola 335
Pos Chassis Pts

Engine Manufacturer's Cup[edit]

Pos Engine Pts
1 Japan Honda 342
2 Japan Toyota 309
3 United States
United Kingdom Ford-Cosworth
297
4 United States Phoenix 0
Pos Engine Pts

References[edit]

See also[edit]