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1996 Indy Racing League Recap

 

Driver Point Co-Champions:
Buzz Calkins.- Bradley Motorsports
Scott Sharp - A.J. Foyt Enterprises

Indy Racing League (IRL) Information
Indy Racing League (IRL) Drver Champion

The first season of Indy Racing League competition consisted of only three races. Walt Disney World Speedway was completed in time to host the first race of the season, and the first ever event of the IRL. Phoenix International Raceway switched aliances from CART to IRL and hosted the second event of the season. The 1996 season concluded with the 80th Indianapolis 500.

1996 Indy Racing League Race Results

 

Date
Race
Track
Miles
Type
Winner
1/27/96
Orlando
200
PO
Buzz Calkins
3/24/96
Phoenix
200
PO
Arie Luyendyk
5/26/96
Indianapolis
500
PO
Buddy Lazier

1996 Indy Racing League Drivers Points

 

Rank
Driver
Points
Behind
Starts
Poles
Wins
Top 5
Top 10
Winnings
1
Buzz Calkins
246
Leader
3
0
1
1
2
$345,553
2
Scott Sharp
246
Leader
3
0
0
1
2
$330,303
3
Robbie Buhl
240
-6
3
0
0
1
2
$322,653
4
Richie Hearn
237
-9
3
0
0
2
2
$484,203
5
Roberto Guerrero
237
-9
3
0
0
2
2
$412,003
6
Mike Groff
228
-18
3
0
0
1
2
$279,253
7
Arie Luyendyk
225
-21
3
1
1
1
1
$387,503
8
Tony Stewart
204
-42
3
1
0
1
1
$349,303
9
Davey Hamilton
192
-54
3
0
0
0
0
$261,003
10
Johnny OConnell
192
-54
3
0
0
1
2
$244,303
11
Michele Alboreto
189
-57
3
0
0
1
2
$259,203
12
Lyn St. James
186
-60
3
0
0
0
1
$240,853
13
Stephan Gregoire
165
-81
3
0
0
0
1
$231,853
14
Buddy Lazier
159
-87
2
1
1
1
1
$1,423,854
15
John Paul Jr.
153
-93
3
0
0
0
1
$227,453
16
Eddie Cheever Jr.
147
-99
2
0
0
0
1
$249,353
17
Johnny Parsons
141
-105
3
0
0
0
0
$237,203
18
Scott Brayton
111
-135
2
0
0
0
0
$213,500
19
Dave Kudrave
80
-166
2
0
0
0
1
$78,250
20
Jim Guthrie
74
-172
2
0
0
0
0
$206,453
21
Michel Jourdain Jr.
74
-172
2
0
0
0
0
$226,653
22
Fermin Velez
60
-186
2
0
0
0
0
$210,653
23
Eliseo Salazar
58
-188
2
0
0
0
1
$236,653
24
Johnny Unser
56
-190
2
0
0
0
1
$188,203
25
Stan Wattles
44
-202
2
0
0
0
0
$50,000
26
Davy Jones
33
-213
1
0
0
1
1
$632,503
27
Paul Durant
32
-214
2
0
0
0
0
$159,153
28
Alessandro Zampedri
31
-215
1
0
0
1
1
$270,853
29
Danny Ongais
28
-218
1
0
0
0
1
$228,253
30
Hideshi Matsuda
27
-219
1
0
0
0
1
$233,953
31
Scott Harrington
20
-226
1
0
0
0
0
$190,753
32
Racin Gardner
20
-226
1
0
0
0
0
$149,853
33
Mark Dismore
16
-230
1
0
0
0
0
$161,253
34
Joe Gosek
13
-233
1
0
0
0
0
$169,653
35
Brad Murphey
12
-234
1
0
0
0
0
$177,853
36
Marco Greco
9
-237
1
0
0
0
0
$153,303
37
Butch Brickell
0
-246
1
0
0
0
0
$5,000
38
Rick DeLorto
0
-246
1
0
0
0
0
$10,000
39
Jim Buick
0
-246
1
0
0
0
0
$5,000
40
Bill Tempero
0
-246
1
0
0
0
0
$10,000
41
Dan Drinan
0
-246
1
0
0
0
0
$5,000