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Jimmy Vasser

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Jimmy Vasser
Nationality 22px-Flag of the United States.png American
Years 1992 - 2006
Team(s) Hayhoe/Cole Racing (1992-1994), Target Chip Ganassi Racing (1995-2000)
Patrick Racing (2001), Rahal Letterman Racing (2002)
American Spirit Team Johansson (2003), PKV Racing (2004-2006)
Races 232
Championships 1 (1996)
Wins 10
Podiums 33
Poles 9
First race 1992 Dailkyo IndyCar Grand Prix (Surfer's Paradise)
First win 1996 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami (Homestead)
Last win 2002 The 500 Presented by Toyota (Fontana)
Last race 2006 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Vasser during the 2008 Long Beach Grand Prix.

Jimmy Vasser (born November 20 1965 in Canoga Park, California ) is an American racing driver and current race team owner. Vasser won the 1996 Champ Car champion with Chip Ganassi Racing, and scored ten victories in the series. Vasser was the last American to win the Champ Car championship.

Driving career

Indy Car/ChampCar

Vasser made his Champ Car debut in 1992 and looked set to become a successor to legends such as A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Danny Sullivan and Rick Mears. Although he did become a top driver, his rise to prominence coincided with the infamous CART-IRL (Indy Racing League) 'split' so Vasser's best years were spent away from the important Indianapolis 500, although he has raced in the event on a one-off basis a few times since, finishing as high as 4th in the 2001 race.

1996 season/Ganassi

Vasser won 4 of the first 5 races in 1996 and did enough to maintain a lead in the standings, although rookie teammate Alex Zanardi outperformed him in the second half of the season, and over the next 2 years. He had a poor 1999 season teamed with Juan Pablo Montoya, and left the team at the end of 2000.

PKV Racing

In 2004 he became part owner of PKV Racing along with Dan Pettit and Kevin Kalkhoven where he became one of the drivers for the two-car operation. Vasser retired from open wheel racing in 2006, but still has an ownership stake. He temporarily came out of retirement to drive the 3rd KV Racing Technology car in the final Champ Car World Series event at the 2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Sports car racing

Also in 2006, Vasser competed in three Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series races, including the 24 Hours of Daytona, driving for GAINSCO/Blackhawk Racing. In 2007, he again drove for the renamed GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and on Sept. 4, 2007, it was announced that he would return to the team for the season-ending Sunchaser 1000 km. Vasser will again drive for Stallings' team beginning at Laguna Seca in May 2008, pairing with fellow Champ Car champion Cristiano da Matta.


Early career

  • Won the 1987 Formula Ford National Championship, SCCA
  • Competed in the 1988 Corvette Challenge.
  • Competed in the 1989 and 1990 Pro F-2000 Canadian Championship. Vasser and his teammate Ken Murillo were sponsored by LucasFilm.
  • Competed in Atlantic Championship in 1990 and 1991 for Della Penna Motorsports.
  • Won the Formula Atlantic East/West Challenge in 1990.
  • Finished Runner-up (by 4 points Jovy Marcelo) in the 1991 season, six wins and seven pole positions.


Motorsports Career Results

American Open-Wheel

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)

Champ Car

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
1992 Hayhoe/Cole 22px-Flag of Australia.svg.png
SRF
Ret
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PHX
Ret
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LBH
7
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IND
Ret
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DET
DNP
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POR
Ret
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MIL
Ret
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NHA
DNP
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TOR
Ret
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MIC
DNP
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CLE
14
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ROA
DNP
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VAN
Ret
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MDO
Wth
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NAZ
DNQ
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LS
12
22nd 8
1993 Hayhoe/Cole 22px-Flag of Australia.svg.png
SRF
Ret
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PHX
3
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LBH
Ret
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IND
13
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MIL
8
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DET
Ret
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POR
11
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CLE
DNP
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TOR
11
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MIC
DNP
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NHA
9
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ROA
DNP
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VAN
Ret
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MDO
Ret
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NAZ
10
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LS
21
16th 30
1994 Hayhoe/Cole 22px-Flag of Australia.svg.png
SRF
4
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PHX
5
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LBH
Ret
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IND
4
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MIL
11
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DET
Ret
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POR
Ret
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CLE
Ret
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TOR
Ret
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MIC
Ret
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MDO
14
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NHA
7
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VAN
15
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ROA
Ret
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NAZ
13
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LS
Ret
15th 42
1995 Ganassi 22px-Flag of the United States.png
MIA
8
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SRF
Ret
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PHX
Ret
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LBH
Ret
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NAZ
Ret
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IND
Ret
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MIL
9
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DET
2
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POR
2
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ROA
3
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TOR
Ret
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CLE
3
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MIC
7
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MDO
9
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NHA
6
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VAN
Ret
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LS
8
8th 92
1996 Ganassi 22px-Flag of the United States.png
MIA
1
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RIO
8
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SRF
1
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LBH
1
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NAZ
7
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US5
1
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MIL
10
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DET
12
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POR
13
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CLE
10
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TOR
8
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MIC
9
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MDO
2
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ROA
6
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VAN
7
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LS
4
1st 154
1997 Ganassi 22px-Flag of the United States.png
MIA
3
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SRF
12
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LBH
9
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NAZ
5
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RIO
9
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GAT
5
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MIL
3
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DET
4
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POR
Ret
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CLE
13
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TOR
7
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MIC
Ret
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MDO
5
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ROA
8
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VAN
2
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LS
1
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FON
2
3rd 144
1998 Ganassi 22px-Flag of the United States.png
MIA
16
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MOT
7
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LBH
8
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NAZ
1
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RIO
6
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GAT
4
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MIL
1
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DET
6
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POR
8
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CLE
7
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TOR
3
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MIC
2
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MDO
Ret
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ROA
9
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VAN
Ret
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LS
5
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HOU
4
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SRF
Ret
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FON
1
2nd 169
1999 Ganassi 22px-Flag of the United States.png
MIA
4
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MOT
12
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LBH
10
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NAZ
11
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RIO
Ret
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GAT
10
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MIL
4
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POR
12
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CLE
Ret
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ROA
Ret
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TOR
8
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MIC
9
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DET
5
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MDO
4
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CHI
3
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VAN
3
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LS
Ret
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HOU
Ret
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SRF
Ret
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FON
5
9th 104
2000 Ganassi 22px-Flag of the United States.png
MIA
4
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LBH
3
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RIO
2
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MOT
Ret
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NAZ
7
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MIL
13
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DET
7
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POR
Ret
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CLE
8
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TOR
9
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MIC
Ret
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CHI
8
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MDO
Ret
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ROA
5
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VAN
6
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LS
8
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GAT
7
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HOU
1
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SRF
3
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FON
Ret
6th 131
2001 Patrick 22px-Flag of Mexico.png
MTY
6
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LBH
5
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FTW
Canc
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NAZ
4
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MOT
5
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MIL
Ret
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DET
Ret
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POR
16
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CLE
5
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TOR
Ret
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MIC
Ret
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CHI
14
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MDO
Ret
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ROA
Ret
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VAN
Ret
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LAU
15
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ROC
7
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HOU
11
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LS
5
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SRF
6
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FON
12
12th 77
2002 Team Rahal 22px-Flag of Mexico.png
MTY
Ret
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LBH
2
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MOT
Ret
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MIL
9
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LS
8
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POR
Ret
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CHI
Ret
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TOR
6
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CLE
6
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VAN
Ret
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MDO
8
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ROA
5
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MTL
5
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DEN
10
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ROC
7
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MIA
3
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SRF
12
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FON
1
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MXC
11
6th 114
2003 Spirit 22px-Flag of the United States.png
STP
6
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MTY
14
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LBH
4
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BRH
Ret
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LAU
8
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MIL
11
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LS
8
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POR
7
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CLE
13
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TOR
13
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VAN
Ret
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ROA
9
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MDO
15
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MTL
Ret
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DEN
11
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MIA
4
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MXC
Ret
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SRF
3
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FON
NH
11th 72
2004 PKV Racing 22px-Flag of the United States.png
LBH
Ret
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MTY
Ret
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MIL
4
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POR
8
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CLE
5
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TOR
2
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VAN
10
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ROA
8
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DEN
Ret
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MTL
8
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LS
Ret
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LVG
5
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SRF
12
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MXC
5
8th 201*
2005 PKV Racing 22px-Flag of the United States.png
LBH
9
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MTY
Ret
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MIL
5
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POR
6
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CLE
6
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TOR
4
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EDM
11
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SAN
Ret
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DEN
Ret
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MTL
7
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LVG
3
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SRF
3
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MXC
6
6th 217
2006 PKV Racing 22px-Flag of the United States.png
LBH
Ret
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HOU
DNP
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MTY
DNP
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MIL
DNP
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POR
DNP
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CLE
DNP
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TOR
DNP
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EDM
DNP
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SAN
DNP
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DEN
DNP
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MTL
DNP
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ROA
DNP
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SRF
DNP
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MXC
DNP
24th 7
  • *New points system implemented in 2004


Indianapolis 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Reason out Team
1992 Lola Chevrolet 28th 21st Crash Hayhoe
1993 Lola Ford-Cosworth 19th 13th Running Hayhoe
1994 Reynard Ford-Cosworth 16th 4th Running Hayhoe
1995 Reynard Ford-Cosworth 9th 22nd Crash Ganassi
2000 G-Force Oldsmobile 7th 7th Running Ganassi
2001 G-Force Oldsmobile 12th 4th Running Ganassi
2002 Dallara Chevrolet 19th 30th Gearbox Rahal
2003 Dallara Honda 27th 26th Gearbox Rahal


Notes

Winner of fastest Champ Car race: Fontana 2002, Average Speed: Template:Convert/mi/hTemplate:Convert/test/Aon

Co-owner of PKV Racing


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