quinta-feira, 22 de dezembro de 2011

Formula Indy World Champions (from 1960 on), including both CART and IRL Championships

      Created in USA in 1909, Formula Indy was first, practicallly restricted for American and Canadian drivers in career end process, with English-speaker pilots of other countries as exceptions. Later, with the growing popularity of the event all over the world, some Mexican pilots were allowed to compete, and in the 1990's, this car racing series decided, definitely, to become an international event, with races happening also in Canada, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, and sometimes, in Europe, in the last years of its long history.
      The cars in an Indy's grid position start the race in movement, there are oval, street, and "traditional" racing tracks. There are bonus point for the pilot who starts in the pole position, and for the one who leads the race for the most number of laps. 
     All the drivers who take part in a race weekend win points, such as the table below: 
     1st place - 50 points
     2nd place - 40 points
     3rd place - 35 points
     4th place - 32 points
     5th place - 30 points
     6th place - 28 points
     7th place - 26 points
     8th place - 24 points
     9th place - 22 points
   10th place - 20 points
   11th place - 19 points
   12th place - 18 points
   13th place - 17 points
   14th place - 16 points
   15th place - 15 points
   16th place - 14 points
   17th place - 13 points
   18th place - 12 points
   19th to 24th place - 11 points
   25th forwards - 10 points
   
Formula Indy World Champions (CART & IRL Seasons)


Year
Pilot
Country
Team
1960
Jim Rathman
USA

1961
A.J. Foyt Jr.
USA

1962
Roger Ward
USA

1963
Pamelli Jones
USA

1964
A.J. Foyt Jr.
USA

1965
Jim Clark
Scotland

1966
Graham Hill
England

1967
A.J. Foyt Jr.
USA

1968
Bobby Unser
USA

1969
Mário Andretti
USA

1970
Al Unser
USA

1971
Al Unser
USA

1972
Mark Donohue
 USA

1973
Gordon Johncock
 USA

1974
Johnny Rutherford
 USA

1975
Al Unser
 USA

1976
Rick Mears
USA

1977
A.J. Foyt Jr.
USA

1978
Bobby Unser
 USA

1979
Gordon Johncock
 USA

1980
Johnny Rutherford
 USA

1981
Bobby Unser
 USA

1982
Gordon Johncock
 USA

1983
Tom Sneva
 USA

1984
Rick Mears
USA

1985
Danny Sullivan
USA

1986
Bobby Rahal
USA

1987
Al Unser
USA
Truesports
1988
Danny Sullivan
USA
Penske
1989
Emerson Fittipaldi
Brazil
Patrick
1990
Al Unser Jr.
USA
Galles
1991
Michael Andretti
USA
Newman/Haas
1992
Bobby Rahal
USA
Rahal/Hogan
1993
Nigel Mansell
England
Newman/Haas
1994
Al Unser Jr.
USA
Penske
1995
Jacques Villeneuve
Canada
Green
1996 (CART)
Jimmy Vasser
USA
Chip Ganassi
1996 (IRL)
Buzz Calkins
USA
A.J. Foyt - Bradley
1997
(CART)
Alessandro Zanardi
Italy
Chip Ganassi
1997 (IRL)
Tony Stewart
USA
Menard
1998 (CART)
Alessandro Zanardi
Italy
Chip Ganassi
1998 (IRL)
Kenny Brack
Sweden
A.J. Foyt Enterprises
1999 (CART)
Juan Pablo Montoya
Colombia
Chip Ganassi
1999 (IRL)
Greg Ray
USA
Team Menard
2000 (CART)
Gil de Ferran
Brazil
Team Penske
2000 (IRL)
Buddy Lazier
USA
Hemelgarn Racing
2001 (CART)
Gil de Ferran
Brazil
 Team Penske
2001 (IRL)
Sam Hornish Jr.
USA
Panther Racing
2002 (CART)
Cristiano da Matta
Brazil
Newman/Haas
2002 (IRL)
Sam Hornish Jr.
USA
Panther Racing
2003 (CART)
Paul Tracy
Canada
Forsythe
2003 (IRL)
Scott Dixon
New Zealand
Chip Ganassi
2004 (IRL)
Tony Kanaan
Brazil
Andretti-Green
2004 (CART)
Sebastian Bourdais
France
Newman-Haas
2005
Dan Wheldon
England
Andretti-Green
2006
Sam Hornish Jr.
USA
Team Penske
2007
Dario Franchitti
Scotland
Andretti-Green
2008
Scott Dixon
New Zealand
Chip Ganassi
2009
Dario Franchitti
Scotland
Chip Ganassi
2010
Dario Franchitti
Scotland
Chip Ganassi
2011
Dario Franchitti
Scotland
Chip Ganassi


       The most important round in this series (regarded for many people as a separate championship) is Indianapolis 500 miles. It counts points for the championship, but there are also cars and pilots from other series in USA, besides the ones who just compete at Indy 500.
       IndyCar Series, comparing to the Europpean competitions, has smaller costs to compete, a much more easygoing atmosphere, and pilots and companies can be winners, successful, and many times, popular idols, not feeling the need to move to Europe anymore, especially to Formula One.

foto - Dario Franchitti
Dario Franchitti, champion in the latest three IndyCar Series seasons. He is an idol and a "media-darling" in America, and he is the husband of the actress Ashley Judd. (Photo: Band.com. URL: http://www.band.com.br/esporte/velocidade/formula-indy/pilotos/lista_pilotos.asp) 


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