86th Indianapolis 500; fifth race in 15-race 2002 Indy Racing
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2.5-mile paved oval
11 a.m. (EST) Sunday, May 26
200 laps/500 miles
More than $9 million
Dallara and G Force chassis; Chevy Indy V8 and Infiniti Indy
V8 3.5-liter engines; Firestone tires
2001 RACE WINNER:
2001 INDY RACING LEAGUE CHAMPION:
Sam Hornish Jr.
2002 POINTS LEADER:
Sam Hornish Jr.
(Qualifying, one lap)
Arie Luyendyk, 95 Reynard/Ford Cosworth XB/Firestone, 37.895
seconds, 237.498 mph, May 12, 1996
(Qualifying, four-lap average)
Arie Luyendyk, 95 Reynard/Ford Cosworth XB/Firestone, 2
minutes, 31.908 seconds, 236.986 mph, May 12, 1996
Arie Luyendyk, 90 Lola/Chevy Indy V8/Goodyear, 2 hours, 41
minutes, 18.404 seconds, May 27, 1990. Average: 185.981 mph
-- The Indianapolis 500 has taken place annually at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1911 with the exception of
the World War years (World War I, 1917-18 and World War II,
1942-45). It is the oldest automobile race in the United
-- The Indianapolis 500 is the largest single-day sporting
event in the world.
-- Six Indianapolis 500 champions are on the entry list: Arie
Luyendyk (1990, 1997) Al Unser Jr. (1992, 1994), Buddy Lazier
(1996), Eddie Cheever Jr. (1998), Kenny Brack (1999) and Helio
Castroneves (2001). The six winners are the most on an entry
list since 1994.
-- Penske Racing will seek its 12th Indianapolis 500 win. The
team scored victories in 1972, '79, '81, '84, '85, '87, '88,
'91, '93, '94 and 2001. Helio Castroneves captured the 11th
win for Penske at the Indianapolis 500 last year and will
drive for Marlboro Team Penske in this year's race.
-- Helio Castroneves will attempt to become the first
back-to-back winner of the Indianapolis 500 since Al Unser in
1970 and '71. Unser now serves as a driver coach for the Indy
-- Kenny Brack will attempt to qualify for the "500" for the
first time since he won the event in 1999 driving for A.J.
Foyt Racing. Brack is driving for Chip Ganassi Racing this
-- Of the 37 drivers on the entry list as of April 24, 20 have
won a race in the Indy Racing League, CART, NASCAR Winston Cup
or Formula One.
-- Al Unser Jr. and Arie Luyendyk have the chance to become
one of only nine drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 at least
three times if one of them drinks milk in Victory Lane on May
26. The eight drivers who have won at least three times: A.J.
Foyt (1961, '64, '67, '77), Al Unser (1970, '71, '78, '87),
Rick Mears (1979, '84, '88, '91), Louis Meyer (1928, '33,
'36), Wilbur Shaw (1937, '39, '40), Mauri Rose (1941, '47,
'48), Johnny Rutherford (1974, '76, '80) and Bobby Unser
(1968, '75, '81).
-- Five former MBNA Pole Award winners are on the entry list:
Arie Luyendyk (1993, 1997 and 1999), Al Unser Jr. (1994),
Billy Boat (1998), Greg Ray (2000) and Scott Sharp (2001).
-- If a rookie wins this year's event, it will be the first
time in Indianapolis 500 history that a rookie has won three
years in a row. Juan Montoya won in 2000, and Helio
Castroneves won in 2001.
-- Arie Luyendyk has the most previous starts of any driver
scheduled to participate, with 15. Luyendyk came out of
retirement in 2001 to attempt to claim one more victory at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, having already won in 1990 and
1997. He announced his retirement prior to the 1999
Indianapolis 500, in which an accident in Turn 3 ended his day
early. Since then he has competed only in last year's "500."
Luyendyk has scored four top-five finishes and seven top-10
finishes in his 15 starts.
-- There are 13 rookies on the entry list for this year's
Indianapolis 500. All will attempt to capture the Bank One
Rookie of the Year Award, given annually since 1952. The
rookies are: Alex Barron (Blair Racing), John de Vries
(Brayton Racing), Dario Franchitti (Team Green), Shigeaki
Hattori (Bradley Motorsports), Johnny Herbert (Beck
Motorsports), PJ Jones (Team Menard), Tony Kanaan (Hollywood
Mo Nunn Racing), Anthony Lazzaro (Sam Schmidt Motorsports),
George Mack (310 Racing), Max Papis (Red Bull Cheever Racing),
Laurent Redon (Mi-Jack Conquest Racing), Tomas Scheckter (Red
Bull Cheever Racing) and Rick Treadway (Treadway and
-- If Michael Andretti leads 32 laps in this year's event, he
will move into the top 10 in career laps led at the Speedway.
He is 12th on the list with 398 laps, the most of any driver
without a "500" victory. Andretti is also the only active
driver among the top-25 lap leaders of all time.
-- Ten championship-winning teams have entered cars in this
year's Indianapolis 500: five Indy Racing League championship
teams (Bradley Motorsports, A.J. Foyt Racing, Team Menard,
Hemelgarn Racing, Pennzoil Panther Racing), four CART
championship teams (Marlboro Team Penske, Target/Chip Ganassi
Racing, Team Rahal, Team Green) and one NASCAR Winston Cup
team (Richard Childress Racing). Marlboro Team Penske now
competes full time in the Indy Racing League, while
Target/Chip Ganassi Racing competes with a one-car effort in
the IRL and two cars in CART. Richard Childress Racing is
partnered with Team Menard for Robby Gordon's effort at the
-- This will be the fifth time the race is scheduled to take
place on May 26. Previous years include 1974, 1985, 1991 and
1996. Three of those four years produced first-time winners
(Johnny Rutherford, '74, Danny Sullivan, '85 and Buddy Lazier,
'96). The other produced a four-time winner (Rick Mears, '91).
-- Nine champions of major series are entered in this year's
event. Five Indy Racing League champions: Scott Sharp (1996),
Kenny Brack (1998), Greg Ray (1999), Buddy Lazier (2000) and
Sam Hornish Jr. (2001), and four CART champions: Al Unser Jr.
(1990, 1994), Michael Andretti (1991), Jimmy Vasser (1996) and
Gil de Ferran (2000, 2001). Brack now competes in CART with
Target/Chip Ganassi Racing. Unser now competes full time in
the Indy Racing League with Kelley Racing while de Ferran
competes full time in the IRL with Marlboro Team Penske.
-- The Indy Racing League consists of a record 15 races this
year between early-March and mid-September. Three new
speedways are playing host to Indy Racing events in 2002:
California Speedway on March 24 (won by Sam Hornish Jr.),
Nazareth Speedway on April 21 (won by Scott Sharp) and
Michigan International Speedway on July 28.
-- Sam Hornish Jr.'s victory March 24 at California was the
fifth of his Indy Racing League career. Hornish reached five
career Indy Racing victories faster than any driver in league
history. It took Hornish 24 starts to achieve the feat. Scott
Sharp previously was the fastest to five wins, doing so in 34
-- Sam Hornish Jr.'s margin of victory of .0281 of a second
over Jaques Lazier in the Yamaha Indy 400 on March 24 at
California Speedway was the second-closest finish in Indy
Racing history. The closest finish in league history was
Hornish over Scott Sharp by .0188 of a second in October 2001
at Texas Motor Speedway.
-- The average speed of the Yamaha Indy 400 at California
Speedway was 179.345 mph, an Indy Racing League record. The
previous fastest was 175.276 in October 2000 at Texas Motor
Speedway, ironically set by Scott Goodyear in the No. 4
Pennzoil Panther Dallara. Hornish now drives the Pennzoil
-- Helio Castroneves earned his second career Indy Racing
League win on March 17 at Phoenix International Raceway. His
first came at the 2001 Indianapolis 500. Castroneves earned
two victories in his first four IRL starts, a league record.
Arie Luyendyk previously had the record, by earning his second
victory in his eighth start.
-- There were 10 cars on the lead lap at the finish at
California Speedway, tying a league record set in 2000 at Walt
Disney World Speedway and in 2001 at Kansas Speedway.
-- The 39 lead changes that took place at California Speedway
are a league record. The previous record for lead changes in a
race was 32 in October 2001 at Texas Motor Speedway.
-- Sam Hornish Jr. extended his Indy Racing League record of
consecutive races running at the finish in the Firestone Indy
225 on April at Nazareth Speedway. Although he completed only
179 of the 225 laps, due to a mid-race accident with Buddy
Lazier that put him 46 laps down, Hornish did finish the race.
He has been running at the finish in 17 consecutive races.
-- Scott Sharp's victory in the Firestone Indy 225 on April 21
at Nazareth Speedway was the seventh of his career, moving him
into second place on the all-time IRL win list behind Buddy
Lazier, who has eight.
-- Scott Sharp has now won at least one race in six
consecutive Indy Racing seasons, a league record.
-- Teammates Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves swept the
front-row starting positions for the Firestone Indy 225 on
April 21 at Nazareth Speedway. Marlboro Team Penske became the
first team to capture the entire front row for an IRL race
since August 2001, when Scott Sharp won the MBNA Pole and Mark
Dismore started second for Kelley Racing in the Belterra
Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
2002 points leaders
1. Sam Hornish Jr. 154
2. Gil de Ferran 149
3. Helio Castroneves 145
4. Felipe Giaffone 105
5. Scott Sharp 98
6. Jaques Lazier 90
7. Laurent Redon 81
8. Al Unser Jr. 78
9. Eliseo Salazar 77
Alex Barron 77
2002 money leaders
1. Sam Hornish Jr. $362,450
2. Gil de Ferran $301,350
3. Helio Castroneves $288,350
4. Felipe Giaffone $205,650
5. Scott Sharp $201,200
1. Sam Hornish Jr. 2
2. Helio Castroneves 1
Scott Sharp 1
2002 rookie points
1. Laurent Redon 81
2. Anthony Lazzaro 57
3. George Mack 53
4. Rick Treadway 50
5. Tomas Scheckter 49
2002 laps led
1. Sam Hornish Jr. 307
2. Helio Castroneves 119
3. Gil de Ferran 110
4. Al Unser Jr. 93
5. Jaques Lazier 45
2002 MBNA Poles
1. Helio Castroneves 1
Eddie Cheever Jr. 1
Gil de Ferran 1
Sam Hornish Jr. 1
2002 wins by chassis
1. Dallara 4
2002 wins by engine
1. Chevrolet 4
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