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1997 Indianapolis 500


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Indy Racing League race number 5 of 10
Tuesday, May 27, 1997 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:25:43
Average Speed: 145.827 mph
Pole Speed: 218.263 mph
Cautions: 15 for 61 laps
Margin of Victory: .570 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 17

Glossary    1997 Indy Racing League results   /   1997 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner C/E/T Laps Money Status Led Points
1 15   Arie Luyendyk Sprint PCS / Miller Lite / Provimi   (Fred Treadway)G/A/F2001,568,150running6137
2 56   Scott Goodyear Nortel / Sprint PCS / Quebecor Printing   (Fred Treadway)G/A/F200513,303running233
3 752   Jeff Ward First Plus   (Eddie Cheever, Jr.)G/A/G200414,250running4932
41091   Buddy Lazier Delta Faucet / Montana   (Ron Hemelgarn)D/A/F200279,250running731
5 22   Tony Stewart Glidden / Menards   (John Menard)G/A/F200345,050running6431
6 814   Davey Hamilton Power Team Racing   (A.J. Foyt)G/A/G199264,000running029
72211   Billy Boat Conseco   (A.J. Foyt)D/A/G199259,700running128
8 43   Robbie Buhl Quaker State / Menards   (John Menard)G/A/F199235,200running1627
92130   Robbie Groff Alfa-Laval / Team Losi   (Dennis McCormack)G/A/G197222,350running026
102933   Fermin Velez Old Navy / Scandia / Royal Purple / Alta   (Andy Evans)D/A/G195216,400running025
111612   Buzz Calkins Bradley Food Marts   (Brad Calkins)G/A/G188201,000running024
121810   Mike Groff Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria / Bryant H & C   (Byrd-Cunningham Racing)G/I/F188197,300running023
133490   Lyn St. James Lifetime TV / Cinergy / Delta Faucet   (LSJ Racing / Hemelgarn Racing)D/I/F186188,000crash022
142044   Steve Kinser One Call / Menards / Quaker State   (Sinden Racing)D/A/G185193,250crash021
152854   Dennis Vitolo SmithKline Beecham / Firestone / Kroger   (Greg Beck)D/I/F173200,000running020
162722   Marco Greco Side Play / Intl. Sport / Scandia / Alta   (Andy Evans)D/A/G166193,000running019
17 38   Vincenzo Sospiri Old Navy / Scandia / Royal Purple / Alta   (Andy Evans)D/A/G163196,250running018
18359   Johnny Unser Delta Faucet / Montana / Cinergy   (Ron Hemelgarn)D/I/F158158,000oil pressure017
192618   Tyce Carlson Klipsch / Overhead Door   (Paul Diatlovich)D/A/G156173,250crash016
201740   Jack Miller AMS / Crest Racing / Trane / Spot-On   (Arizona Motorsports)D/I/F131171,250crash015
21331   Paul Durant Conseco   (A.J. Foyt)G/A/G111178,000crash014
222450   Billy Roe Sega / Progressive Elect. / KECO / U.J.T.   (Antonio Ferrari)D/A/F110150,250crash013
231151   Eddie Cheever, Jr. First Plus   (Eddie Cheever, Jr.)G/A/G84176,000timing chain012
24 97   Eliseo Salazar Copec / Cristal / Scandia   (Andy Evans)D/A/G70164,000brakes011
253097   Greg Ray Tobacco Free Kids / Arizona Diamondbacks   (Thomas Knapp)D/A/F48171,250water pump010
26 627   Jim Guthrie Jacuzzi / Armour Golf / ERTL   (Blueprint Racing)D/A/F43164,500fuel pressure09
271921   Roberto Guerrero Pennzoil   (Pagan Racing)D/I/G25160,000suspension08
282528   Mark Dismore Kelley Automotive / Mechanics Laundry   (Tom Kelley)D/A/G24159,000crash07
291242   Robby Gordon Coors Light   (Felix Sabates)G/A/G19139,500fire06
303272   Claude Bourbonnais Jacuzzi / Armour Golf / ERTL   (Blueprint Racing)D/A/F9152,250engine05
311377   Stephan Gregoire Estridge / Miller-Eads   (Tom Chastain)G/A/G0158,000crash04
321417   Affonso Giaffone GM of Brazil   (Chitwood Motorsports)D/A/G0158,250crash03
33154   Kenny Brack Monsoon-Galles Racing   (Rick Galles)G/A/G0202,250crash02
342316   Sam Schmidt HOPE Prepaid Fuel Card   (Blueprint Racing)D/A/F0150,250engine01
353134   Alessandro Zampedri Mi-Jack / Scandia / Royal Purple   (Andy Evans)D/A/G0145,000oil leak01
C/E/T = Chassis / Engine / Tire codes
  Chassis: D - Dallara; G - G Force; L - Lola; R - Reynard
  Engine: A - Oldsmobile Aurora; B - Buick; F - Ford Cosworth XB; I - Nissan Infiniti; M - Menard V6
  Tires: F - Firestone; G - Goodyear

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Scott Harrington36Gold EagleG/O Johansson Motorsports

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
001   #17,4,77 accident 
199  
10101   #72 smoking 
11144   moisture 
15151   red flag 
16183   moisture 
19191  
20289   #42 stopped on track 
295830  
59624   #27 stalled on track 
639331  
94996   #7 stopped on track 
10011314  
11412310   #50,1 accident 
12413714  
1381425   #40 accident 
14316422  
1651695   #18 spun 
17018819  
1891935   #44 accident 
1941952  
1961972   debris 
1981981  
1991991   debris 
2002001  
  Percent of race run under caution: 28.5%             Average green flag run: 13.1 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Tony Stewart15050
  Billy Boat51511
  Tony Stewart526211
  Arie Luyendyk637816
  Tony Stewart79791
  Buddy Lazier80823
  Arie Luyendyk8310927
  Tony Stewart1101112
  Buddy Lazier1121154
  Robbie Buhl11613116
  Arie Luyendyk1321409
  Scott Goodyear1411411
  Jeff Ward14216625
  Arie Luyendyk1671682
  Jeff Ward16919224
  Scott Goodyear1931931
  Arie Luyendyk1942007

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Mike Groff 148    
2   Davey Hamilton 143   -5  
3   Buzz Calkins 137   -11  
4   Tony Stewart 133   -15  
5   Marco Greco 131   -17  
6   Roberto Guerrero 114   -34  
7   Arie Luyendyk 112   -36  
8   Jim Guthrie 107   -41  
9   Scott Sharp 104   -44  
10   Buddy Lazier 102   -46  
11   Eddie Cheever, Jr. 100   -48  
12   John Paul, Jr. 88   -60  
13   Stephan Gregoire 86   -62  
14   Robbie Buhl 84   -64  
15   Scott Goodyear 83   -65  
16   Fermin Velez 72   -76  
17   Eliseo Salazar 65   -83  
18   Michele Alboreto 62   -86  
19   Richie Hearn 59   -89  
20   Tyce Carlson 52   -96