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1997 Las Vegas 500K


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Indy Racing League race number 10 of 10
Saturday, October 11, 1997 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
208 laps on a 1.500 mile paved track (312.0 miles)

Time of race: 2:11:07
Average Speed: 142.757 mph
Pole Speed: 207.413 mph
Cautions: 8 for 44 laps
Margin of Victory: 1.204 sec
Attendance: 30,000
Lead changes: 13

Glossary    1997 Indy Racing League results   /   1997 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner C/E/T Laps Money Status Led Points
1 57   Eliseo Salazar Copec / Cristal / Scandia   (Andy Evans)D/A/G208133,500running7036
2 86   Scott Goodyear Nortel / Quebecor Printing   (Fred Treadway)G/A/F20897,750running533
3 43   Robbie Buhl Quaker State / Menards   (John Menard)G/A/F20848,250running1232
41927   Jim Guthrie Jacuzzi / Keller Ladders / ERTL Collectibles   (Blueprint Racing)D/A/F20864,750running931
5 928   Mark Dismore Bombadier Aircraft / Mechanics Laundry   (Tom Kelley)D/A/G20854,250running4530
6 733   Jimmy Kite Old Navy / Royal Purple / Scandia / Alta   (Andy Evans)D/A/G20844,250running029
7 214   Davey Hamilton Power Team Racing   (A.J. Foyt)G/A/G20745,750running128
82519   Stan Wattles Metro Racing Systems / NCLD   (Metro Racing)R/A/G20620,000running027
91677   Stephan Gregoire Chastain Motorsports   (Tom Chastain)G/A/G20422,250running026
101070   Marco Greco Monsoon-Galles Racing   (Rick Galles)G/A/G20421,250running025
11 32   Tony Stewart Glidden / Menards   (John Menard)G/A/F20440,000running024
122418   John Paul, Jr. Klipsch / Overhead Door / V-Line / Earl's   (Paul Diatlovich)G/A/G20140,000running023
132624   Billy Roe Roe Racing   (Roe Racing)D/A/F19816,250running022
141821   Roberto Guerrero Pennzoil   (Pagan Racing)D/A/G19737,250crash021
151117   Affonso Giaffone GM of Brazil   (Chitwood Motorsports)D/A/G19336,000running1720
162823   Mike Shank Nienhouse Motorsports   (Phil Nienhouse)R/A/G19113,000running019
171235   Jeff Ward SRS / ISM Racing   (Sinden Racing / ISM Racing)D/A/G16812,000overheating4118
182730   Robbie Groff FastRod / Team Losi   (Dennis McCormack)G/A/G16839,000running017
19309   Johnny Unser Delta Faucet / Cinergy   (Ron Hemelgarn)D/I/F14216,000engine016
20134   Kenny Brack Monsoon-Galles Racing   (Rick Galles)G/A/G13932,000suspension615
212951   Eddie Cheever, Jr. First Plus   (Eddie Cheever, Jr.)G/A/G12931,000engine014
221522   Vincenzo Sospiri Old Navy / Royal Purple / Scandia / Alta   (Andy Evans)D/A/G11431,000engine013
23 11   Billy Boat Conseco   (A.J. Foyt)D/A/G9758,000electrical214
242395   Tyce Carlson Keco Coatings   (IZ Racing / Zali Racing)D/I/G969,000ignition011
25 65   Arie Luyendyk WavePhore / Mi-Jack   (Fred Treadway)G/A/F7231,000engine010
263110   Paul Durant Jonathan Byrd's / Visionaire / Bryant H & C   (Byrd-Cunningham Racing)G/A/F6231,000mechanical09
272299   Sam Schmidt BG Products / Keco Coatings   (LP Racing)D/A/F609,000crash08
282112   Buzz Calkins Bradley Food Marts   (Brad Calkins)G/A/G6031,000crash07
291740   Jack Miller AMS / Crest Racing   (Arizona Motorsports)D/I/F5931,000crash06
302097   Greg Ray Zali Racing   (Thomas Knapp)D/A/F359,000crash05
311491   Buddy Lazier Delta Faucet / Xerox   (Ron Hemelgarn)D/A/F431,000mechanical04
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

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
133   cold/wind 
485  
9124   #91 tow-in 
133725  
38436   #97 accident 
446320  
64718   #99,40,12 accident 
7211746  
1181258   #17 lost wheel 
1261305  
1311355   #51 mechanical 
13615722  
1581636   #9 tow-in 
16420037  
2012044   #21 accident 
2052084  
  Percent of race run under caution: 21.2%             Average green flag run: 20.5 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Billy Boat133
  Davey Hamilton441
  Jeff Ward54541
  Robbie Buhl46516
  Mark Dismore529443
  Robbie Buhl95995
  Affonso Giaffone10011516
  Scott Goodyear1161205
  Mark Dismore1211222
  Jim Guthrie1231319
  Kenny Brack1321376
  Eliseo Salazar13815821
  Robbie Buhl1591591
  Eliseo Salazar16020849

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Tony Stewart 278    
2   Davey Hamilton 272   -6  
3   Eddie Cheever, Jr. 230   -48  
4   Marco Greco 230   -48  
5   Scott Goodyear 226   -52  
6   Arie Luyendyk 223   -55  
7   Roberto Guerrero 221   -57  
8   Buddy Lazier 209   -69  
9   Eliseo Salazar 208   -70  
10   Buzz Calkins 204   -74  
11   Stephan Gregoire 192   -86  
12   Jim Guthrie 186   -92  
13   Robbie Buhl 170   -108  
14   Mike Groff 169   -109  
15   John Paul, Jr. 163   -115  
16   Affonso Giaffone 159   -119  
17   Mark Dismore 158   -120  
18   Billy Boat 151   -127  
19   Kenny Brack 139   -139  
20   Robbie Groff 135   -143