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United States   1996–1997 Las Vegas
Race details
2nd Round of the 1996–97 Indy Racing League.
Date September 15, 1996
Official name Las Vegas 500K
Location Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 / 2.414 km
Distance 200 laps, 300.000 mi / 482.803 km
Weather Dry with temperatures reaching up to 90 °F (32 °C); maximum wind speeds of 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) reported throughout the day[1]
Pole
Driver Netherlands Arie Luyendyk United States Treadway Racing
Time 23.842
Fastest Lap
Driver United States Richie Hearn United States Della Penna Motorsports
Time 24.636 (on lap 53 of 200)
Podium
First United States Richie Hearn United States Della Penna Motorsports
Second Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. United States Team Scandia
Third United States Mike Groff United States Byrd-Cunningham

The 1996 Las Vegas 500K was the second round of the 1996-1997 Indy Racing League. The race was held on September 15, 1996 at the 1.500 mi (2.414 km) Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Clark County, Nevada.[2] This race was carried live on ABC, but a slow pace caused by several cautions saw the broadcast run late, and was ultimately cut off before the conclusion of the race.

Report[edit]

Key Meaning
R Rookie (in 1996)
W Past winner

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No. Name Lap 1 Lap 2 Speed (in mph)
1 5 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 23.856 23.842 226.491
2 2 United States Tony Stewart R 24.083 24.202 224.225
3 50 United States Robby Gordon 24.234 24.175 223.371
4 91 United States Buddy Lazier 24.355 24.222 222.938
5 14 United States Davey Hamilton R 24.443 24.235 222.818
6 10 United States Mike Groff 24.285 Waved off 222.359
7 1 United States Scott Sharp 24.316 24.288 222.332
8 4 United States Richie Hearn R 24.576 24.378 221.511
9 21 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 24.569 24.469 220.678
10 3 United States Mark Dismore 24.577 24.795 219.718
11 6 United States Johnny O'Connell R 24.860 24.585 219.646
12 18 United States John Paul, Jr. 24.604 24.633 219.477
13 7 Chile Eliseo Salazar 24.977 24.808 217.672
14 28 United States Tyce Carlson R 24.873 24.828 217.496
15 54 United States Robbie Buhl 25.328 24.967 216.285
16 12 United States Buzz Calkins R 25.230 25.001 215.991
17 16 United States Johnnie Parsons 25.017 25.092 215.853
18 33 Italy Michele Alboreto R 25.155 25.100 215.139
19 27 United States Jim Guthrie R 25.120 Waved off 214.968
20 64 United States Johnny Unser 25.278 25.300 213.624
21 30 United States Stan Wattles R 25.418 25.333 213.161
22 22 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. R Waved off 25.398 212.615
23 34 Brazil Affonso Giaffone R 25.802 25.563 211.243
24 40 Brazil Marco Greco 25.937 25.691 210.190
25 8 France Stephan Gregoire R 26.127 25.717 209.978
26 9 Australia Brad Murphey R 26.388 26.219 205.958
27 51 United States Eddie Cheever 28.003 Waved off 192.836
28 15 Chile Juan Carlos Carbonell R 30.204 29.800 181.208

Failed to qualify ow withdrew[edit]

Race[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points
1 4 United States Richie Hearn R Della Penna Motorsports 200 1:36:57.912 8 90 36
2 22 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. R Team Scandia 200 + 1.693 22 0 33
3 10 United States Mike Groff Byrd-Cunningham Racing 199 + 1 lap 6 0 32
4 21 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Pagan Racing 198 + 2 laps 9 0 31
5 33 Italy Michele Alboreto R Team Scandia 197 + 3 laps 18 0 30
6 12 United States Buzz Calkins R Bradley Motorsports 197 + 3 laps 16 0 29
7 7 Chile Eliseo Salazar Team Scandia 196 + 4 laps 13 0 28
8 54 United States Robbie Buhl Beck Motorsports 195 + 5 laps 15 0 27
9 40 Brazil Marco Greco Team Scandia 191 + 9 laps 24 0 26
10 34 Brazil Affonso Giaffone R Team Scandia 190 + 10 laps 23 0 25
11 14 United States Davey Hamilton R A. J. Foyt Enterprises 187 + 13 laps 5 0 24
12 6 United States Johnny O'Connell R Treadway Racing 183 Accident T4 11 3 23
13 27 United States Jim Guthrie R Blueprint Racing 182 + 18 laps 19 0 22
14 50 United States Robby Gordon Walker Racing 179 Wheel Bearing 3 60 21
15 18 United States John Paul, Jr. PDM Racing 170 + 30 laps 12 22 20
16 1 United States Scott Sharp A. J. Foyt Enterprises 168 Wheel Bearing 7 0 19
17 3 United States Mark Dismore Team Menard 149 Accident T4 10 0 18
18 30 United States Stan Wattles R McCormack Motorsports 119 Accident T4 21 0 17
19 15 Chile Juan Carlos Carbonell R Tempero/Giuffre Racing 112 Overheating 28 0 16
20 5 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk Treadway Racing 106 Accident T1 1 25 17
21 2 United States Tony Stewart R Team Menard 77 Accident T2 2 0 14
22 64 United States Johnny Unser Project Indy 67 Wheel Bearing 20 0 13
23 28 United States Tyce Carlson R PDM Racing 53 Accident T2 14 0 12
24 91 United States Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn Racing 35 Handling 4 0 11
25 51 United States Eddie Cheever Team Cheever 27 Accident T2 27 0 10
26 8 France Stephan Gregoire R Team Scandia 27 Accident T2 25 0 9
27 9 Australia Brad Murphey R Hemelgarn Racing 26 Accident T2 26 0 8
28 16 United States Johnny Parsons Blueprint Racing 7 Accident T4 17 0 7

Standings after the race[edit]


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