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1997-13


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Firestone / Dayton Indy Lights race number 13 of 13
Saturday, September 27, 1997 at California Speedway, Fontana, CA
50 laps on a 2.029 mile paved track (101.4 miles)

Time of race: 0:52:16
Average Speed: 116.467 mph
Pole Speed: 184.95 mph
Cautions: 4 for 19 laps
Margin of Victory: .712 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 15

Glossary    1997 Firestone / Dayton Indy Lights results   /   1997 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Status Led Points
1 111   Clint Mears Penske Auto Center / MobilLola / Buick50running1021
2 626   Chris Simmons KoolLola / Buick50running016
3 599   Lee Bentham Player's / IndeckLola / Buick50running114
4103   Cristiano da Matta Medley Ind. Farmaceuticals   (Brian Stewart)Lola / Buick50running012
5 48   Helio Castroneves Marlboro / Davene / BrahmaLola / Buick50running1811
6 925   Naoki Hattori KoolLola / Buick50running08
71770   Jeff Ward NTS Computer / Dream WriterLola / Buick50running06
8122   Airton Dare Banestado / STPLola / Buick50running05
9 37   Tony Kanaan Marlboro / Davene / BrahmaLola / Buick50running04
101631   Luiz Garcia, Jr. PetroBrasLola / Buick50running03
111127   Mark Hotchkis KoolLola / Buick50running02
121321   Christophe Tinseau Mi-Jack / Rose / City BirdLola / Buick50running01
13 233   Dave Empringham Player's / IndeckLola / Buick46crash110
14 85   Brian Cunningham VTR Capital / Exide Elec.Lola / Buick46crash100
151510   Casey Mears Penske Auto Center / MobilLola / Buick46crash00
161918   Robby Unser Motorola / ADT AutomotiveLola / Buick33crash00
172077   Rodolfo Lavin Corona / America BatteriesLola / Buick25brakes00
181816   Shigeaki Hattori Epson / Ibarakai ToyopetLola / Buick23mechanical00
191434   Frederic Gosparini Viewsonic / STPLola / Buick2crash00
20 732   Bob Dorricott, Jr. Heritage Bank of CommerceLola / Buick2crash00

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
012   yellow start 
221  
31210   #32,34 accident 
133220  
33364   #18 accident 
374610  
47504   #33,5,10 accident 
  Percent of race run under caution: 40.0%             Average green flag run: 10.3 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Clint Mears111
  Helio Castroneves21312
  Dave Empringham14141
  Lee Bentham15151
  Dave Empringham16161
  Helio Castroneves17171
  Brian Cunningham18203
  Clint Mears21222
  Dave Empringham23275
  Brian Cunningham28325
  Helio Castroneves33375
  Dave Empringham38403
  Brian Cunningham41411
  Clint Mears43453
  Dave Empringham46461
  Clint Mears47504

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Tony Kanaan 156    
2   Helio Castroneves 152   -4  
3   Cristiano da Matta 141   -15  
4   Dave Empringham 107   -49  
5   Chris Simmons 88   -68  
6   Lee Bentham 88   -68  
7   Mark Hotchkis 74   -82  
8   Clint Mears 53   -103  
9   Airton Dare 51   -105  
10   Hideki Noda 51   -105  
11   Christophe Tinseau 49   -107  
12   Fredrik Larsson 43   -113  
13   Luiz Garcia, Jr. 38   -118  
14   Robby Unser 35   -121  
15   Didier Andre 35   -121  
16   Naoki Hattori 32   -124  
17   Geoff Boss 30   -126  
18   Sergio Paese 27   -129  
19   Dave DeSilva 17   -139  
20   Oswaldo Negri, Jr. 15   -141