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2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series Recap

 

Driver Point Champion - Sam Hornish, Jr. -Panther Racing
Rookie of the Year - Felipe Giaffone Treadway-Hubbard Racing

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

The 2001 Indy Racing Northern Lights Series season saw the addition of five races and loss of one to bring the total to 13. Chip Ganassi Racing returned to the Indy 500 with four cars and were joined on the grid by Penske Racing and Team Kool Green. Many other CART teams made clear their intention to enter the IRL given their series' financial difficulties. Sam Hornish, Jr. won 3 races on his way to the championship while the less consistent Buddy Lazier won four races on his way to second place in his title defense.

Pep Boys Indy Racing League 2001 Race Results

 

Date
Race
Track
Miles
Type
Winner
3/18/01
Phoenix
200
PO
Sam Hornish, Jr.
4/8/01
Homestead
300
PO
Sam Hornish, Jr.
4/28/01
Atlanta
300
PO
Greg Ray
4/29/01
Texas
-
PO
Race Cancelled (Safety)
5/27/01
Indianapolis
500
PO
Helio Castroneves
6/9/01
Ft. Worth
300
PO
Scott Sharp
6/17/01
PPIR
200
PO
Buddy Lazier
6/30/01
Richmond
187.5
PO
Buddy Lazier
7/8/01
Kansas
300
PO
Eddie Cheever
7/21/01
Nashville
260
CO
Buddy Lazier
8/12/01
Kentucky
300
PO
Buddy Lazier
8/26/01
Gateway
250
PO
Al Unser, Jr.
9/2/01
Joliet
300
PO
Jaques Lazier
10/6/01
Ft. Worth
300
PO
Sam Hornish, Jr.

 

Pep Boys Indy Racing League 2001 Driver Points

 

Rank
Driver
Points
Behind
Starts
Poles
Wins
Top 5
Top 10
Winnings
1
Sam Hornish Jr.
503
Leader
13
2
3
11
12
$2,477,025
2
Buddy Lazier
398
-105
13
0
4
7
8
$1,196,525
3
Scott Sharp
355
-148
13
3
1
7
10
$1,234,425
4
Billy Boat
313
-190
13
0
0
4
8
$925,025
5
Eliseo Salazar
308
-195
13
0
0
4
7
$949,900
6
Felipe Giaffone
304
-199
13
0
0
3
10
$839,825
7
Al Unser Jr.
287
-216
13
0
1
3
7
$844,525
8
Eddie Cheever Jr.
261
-242
13
0
1
3
5
$881,275
9
Buzz Calkins
242
-261
13
0
0
1
6
$807,025
10
Airton Dare
239
-264
13
0
0
1
7
$806,025
11
Jeff Ward
238
-265
12
1
0
2
7
$762,775
12
Robbie Buhl
237
-266
13
0
0
3
5
$873,375
13
Shigeaki Hattori
215
-288
12
0
0
0
5
$459,100
14
Mark Dismore
205
-298
13
1
0
1
3
$793,325
15
Donnie Beechler
204
-299
9
0
0
3
6
$558,025
16
Robby McGehee
196
-307
11
0
0
1
4
$698,625
17
Jaques Lazier
195
-308
10
2
1
2
3
$633,675
18
Greg Ray
193
-310
11
4
1
1
2
$839,875
19
Sarah Fisher
188
-315
13
0
0
1
2
$717,175
20
Didier Andre
188
-315
12
0
0
1
2
$428,550
21
Billy Roe
101
-402
9
0
0
0
0
$133,400
22
Jeret Schroeder
77
-426
7
0
0
0
0
$379,925
23
Jon Herb
70
-433
6
0
0
0
1
$351,875
24
Helio Castroneves
64
-439
2
0
1
1
1
$1,305,075
25
Rick Treadway
59
-444
3
0
0
1
1
$60,100
26
Davey Hamilton
54
-449
5
0
0
0
0
$420,825
27
Richie Hearn
50
-453
2
0
0
0
2
$92,250
28
Gil de Ferran
46
-457
2
0
0
1
1
$515,375
29
Laurent Redon
45
-458
2
0
0
0
1
$42,600
30
Brandon Erwin
40
-463
4
0
0
0
0
$100,750
31
Casey Mears
36
-467
3
0
0
0
0
$84,000
32
Stan Wattles
36
-467
3
0
0
0
0
$86,000
33
Chris Menninga
36
-467
3
0
0
0
0
$37,900
34
Michael Andretti
35
-468
1
0
0
1
1
$346,225
35
Stephan Gregoire
34
-469
4
0
0
0
0
$217,075
36
Jimmy Vasser
32
-471
1
0
0
1
1
$233,325
37
Bruno Junqueira
30
-473
1
0
0
1
1
$255,825
38
Anthony Lazzaro
29
-474
2
0
0
0
0
$52,700
39
Tony Stewart
28
-475
1
0
0
0
1
$218,850
40
Cory Witherill
19
-484
2
0
0
0
0
$169,775
41
Arie Luyendyk
17
-486
1
0
0
0
0
$182,275
42
Tyce Carlson
15
-488
1
0
0
0
0
$36,800
43
John Hollansworth Jr.
12
-491
1
0
0
0
0
$15,750
44
Robby Gordon
9
-494
1
0
0
0
0
$173,225
45
Alex Barron
9
-494
1
0
0
0
0
$33,000
46
Dr. Jack Miller
5
-498
1
0
0
0
0
$10,200
47
Nicolas Minasian
1
-502
1
0
0
0
0
$149,575
48
Scott Goodyear
1
-502
1
0
0
0
0
$143,325