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2003 IRL IndyCar Series Recap

 

Driver Point Champion - Scott Dixon - Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Rookie of the Year - Dan Wheldon Andretti Green Racing

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

 

The 2003 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series season brought some of the biggest changes in its history. The league adopted the name IndyCar Series, after a settlement with CART prohibiting its use, had expired. Several former CART teams brought their full operations to the IRL as well as former CART engine manufacturers Toyota and Honda, replacing Infiniti who shifted its efforts to the new Infiniti Pro Series. Many of the IRL's old guard including Robbie Buhl, Greg Ray, and Buddy Lazier had difficulty competing in this new manufacturer-driven landscape. The league, also added its first international race this year, taking over the CART date at Twin Ring Motegi.

2003 IRL IndyCar Series Race Results

 

Date
Race
Track
Miles
Type
Winner
3/2/03
Homestead
300
PO
3/23/03
Phoenix
200
PO
4/13/03
Motegi
300
PO
Scott Sharp
5/25/03
Indianapolis
500
PO
Gil de Ferran
6/7/03
Ft. Worth
300
PO
Al Unser, Jr.
6/15/03
PPIR
225
PO
Scott Dixon
6/28/03
Richmond
154.5
PO
Scott Dixon
7/6/03
Kansas
300
PO
Bryan Herta
7/19/03
Nashville
260
CO
Gil de Ferran
7/27/03
MIS
400
PO
Alex Barron
8/10/03
Gateway
250
PO
Helio Castroneves
8/17/03
Kentucky
300
PO
Sam Hornish, Jr.
8/24/03
Nazareth
225
PO
Helio Castroneves
9/7/03
Joliet
300
PO
Sam Hornish, Jr.
9/21/03
Fontana
400
PO
Sam Hornish, Jr.
10/12/03
Ft. Worth
292.5
PO
Gil de Ferran

 

2003 IRL IndyCar Series Driver Points

 

Rank
Driver
Points
Behind
Starts
Poles
Wins
Top 5
Top 10
Winnings
1
Scott Dixon
507
Leader
16
5
3
9
11
$2,531,265
2
Gil de Ferran
489
-18
15
1
3
9
12
$2,316,815
3
Helio Castroneves
484
-23
16
3
2
9
11
$1,764,415
4
Tony Kanaan
476
-31
16
3
1
9
12
$1,600,765
5
Sam Hornish Jr.
461
-46
16
1
3
7
11
$1,330,865
6
Al Unser Jr.
374
-133
16
0
1
4
11
$1,053,365
7
Tomas Scheckter
356
-151
16
2
0
5
10
$1,206,465
8
Scott Sharp
351
-156
16
0
1
3
7
$1,021,715
9
Kenny Brack
342
-165
16
0
0
5
8
$1,025,015
10
Tora Takagi
317
-190
16
0
0
2
9
$1,029,565
11
Dan Wheldon
312
-195
14
0
0
5
9
$864,515
12
Roger Yasukawa
301
-206
16
0
0
0
8
$899,115
13
Bryan Herta
277
-230
11
0
1
6
6
$767,300
14
Robbie Buhl
261
-246
16
0
0
0
4
$853,365
15
Greg Ray
253
-254
13
0
0
0
6
$837,065
16
Buddy Rice
229
-278
13
0
0
0
4
$815,115
17
Alex Barron
216
-291
10
0
1
2
5
$741,565
18
Sarah Fisher
211
-296
15
0
0
0
1
$800,165
19
Buddy Lazier
201
-306
13
0
0
0
1
$746,465
20
Felipe Giaffone
199
-308
11
0
0
2
4
$724,515
21
A.J. Foyt IV
198
-309
16
0
0
0
0
$793,015
22
Vitor Meira
170
-337
10
0
0
1
2
$576,015
23
Jaques Lazier
120
-387
8
0
0
0
2
$553,215
24
Michael Andretti
80
-427
4
0
0
1
2
$423,915
25
Dario Franchitti
72
-435
3
0
0
1
2
$137,100
26
Shigeaki Hattori
43
-464
4
0
0
0
1
$361,665
27
Ed Carpenter
43
-464
3
0
0
0
0
$108,800
28
Richie Hearn
39
-468
4
1
0
0
0
$257,065
29
Shinji Nakano
35
-472
2
0
0
0
0
$327,115
30
Tony Renna
26
-481
1
0
0
0
1
$206,315
31
Scott Mayer
26
-481
3
0
0
0
0
$109,400
32
Jimmy Kite
17
-490
1
0
0
0
0
$273,565
33
Robby Gordon
8
-499
1
0
0
0
0
$256,250
34
Airton Dare
6
-501
1
0
0
0
0
$166,065
35
Robby McGehee
5
-502
1
0
0
0
0
$151,565
36
Jimmy Vasser
4
-503
1
0
0
0
0
$161,265
37
Billy Boat
1
-506
1
0
0
0
0
$139,065