1986 IndyCar season

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1986 IndyCar season
PPG Indy Car World Series
Start dateApril 6
End dateNovember 11
Drivers' championUnited States Bobby Rahal
Constructors' CupUnited Kingdom March
Manufacturers' CupUnited Kingdom Cosworth
Nations' CupUnited States United States
Rookie of the YearUnited States Chip Robinson
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited States Bobby Rahal
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1986 IndyCar season
PPG Indy Car World Series
Start dateApril 6
End dateNovember 11
Drivers' championUnited States Bobby Rahal
Constructors' CupUnited Kingdom March
Manufacturers' CupUnited Kingdom Cosworth
Nations' CupUnited States United States
Rookie of the YearUnited States Chip Robinson
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited States Bobby Rahal
Previous seasonNext season

The 1986 IndyCar season, the eighth in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 17 races, beginning in Avondale, Arizona on April 6 and concluding in Miami, Florida on November 11. The PPG Indy Car World Series Drivers' Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner was Bobby Rahal. Rookie of the Year was Chip Robinson. The 70th Indianapolis 500 was sanctioned by the USAC, but counted in the CART points standings.

Drivers and Teams[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1986 Indy Car World Series season. All cars used Goodyear tires.

CotterMarch 86CCosworth TC2 (5)Colombia Roberto GuerreroTrue Value/EmersonDNS Due to engine at Long Beach
CurbMarch 86CCosworth TC33United States Tom SnevaSkoal
66United States Ed PimmDaly at Mid-Ohio, Sanair and Elkhart Lake, not entered at Toronto, and Pimm at all other events.
Republic of Ireland Derek Daly
Dick Simon RacingLola T8600Cosworth TC22Brazil Raúl BoeselDuracell Coppertop
23United States Dick SimonSimon at Indianapolis, Cleveland, Pocono and Sanair, Robinson at Meadowlands, Cleveland and Miami, and Ashley at Toronto, Mid-Ohio and Elkhart Lake
United States Chip Robinson
United Kingdom Ian Ashley
Galles RacingLola T8600/March 86CCosworth TC/Honda8Australia Geoff BrabhamValvoline SpiritMarch 86C at Phoenix 1, Honda at 8 events
Lola T8600Cosworth TC9Brazil Roberto MorenoValvoline Spirit/Five Star MarketingCarter at Sanair, Moreno at all other races after Indianapolis
United States Pancho CarterFive Star Marketing
15Coors LightIndianapolis, Michigan 1 and Pocono only
Hemelgarn RacingMarch 86CCosworth TC/ Buick71United States Scott BraytonLiving Well/ Hardee's/ SPA*erobics/ DriesbachHardee's and Buick at Indianapolis only, Brayton at Phoenix 1, Indianapolis, Michigan 1, Pocono and Michigan 2, Villeneuve at all other events.
Cosworth TCCanada Jacques VilleneuveLiving Well/ SPA*erobics/ Labatt/ Canadian Tire/ Val-Pak
81Living Well/ HemelgarnIndianapolis only
Kraco RacingMarch 86CCosworth TC18United States Michael AndrettiKraco
Leader Cards RacingMarch 86CCosworth TC24United States Gary BettenhausenLeader CardBetenhausen on ovals, Dobson on road and street courses
Germany Dominic Dobson
March 85C42United States Phil KruegerSquirt/MoranIndianapolis only
Machinists Union RacingMarch 86CCosworth TC55Mexico Josele GarzaSchaefer/Machinists UnionParsons at Sanair, Michigan 2, and Phoenix 2, Wilson at Elkhart Lake and Laguna Seca, Garza at all other races
United States Johnny Parsons
South Africa Desiré Wilson
59Schaefer/Machinists UnionGanassi at Phoenix 1 and Indianapolis, Parsons at Milwaukee, Cleveland, Michigan 1 and Pocono and Wilson at Mid-Ohio
United States Chip GanassiBryant/Schaefer/Machinists Union
United States Johnny ParsonsSchaefer/Machinists Union
95Pizza Hut/Machinists UnionIndianapolis Only
Alex Morales RacingMarch 86CCosworth TC6United States Rich VoglerByrd's Kentucky Fried ChickenIndianapolis Only
21United States Johnny RutherfordVermont American
Newman/Haas RacingLola T8600Cosworth TC5 (2)United States Mario AndrettiHanna Car Wash
Patrick RacingMarch 86CCosworth TC7United States Kevin Cogan7-Eleven
20Brazil Emerson FittipaldiMarlboro
Penske RacingMarch 86C/ PC-15Cosworth TC/ Chevy A1/ 86 (4)United States Rick MearsPennzoil Z-7#86 at Phoenix 1, PC-15 at 4 events, Chevy A at 8 events
4 (1)United States Danny SullivanMiller AmericanPC-15/Chevy A at Miami only, March 86C/Cosworth TC at all other events
Chevy A11United States Al UnserHertzPhoenix 1, Indianapolis, Michigan 1, Pocono and Miami only. PC-15 at Phoenix 1 and Indianapolis, March 86C at Michigan 1, Pocono and Miami
Doug Shierson RacingLola T8600Cosworth TC30United States Al Unser, Jr.Domino's Pizza
TruesportsMarch 86CCosworth TC3United States Bobby RahalBudweiser
Part-time entries
A. J. Foyt EnterprisesMarch 86CCosworth TC14United States A. J. FoytCopenhagen-GilmorePhoenix 1, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Michigan 1, Pocono, Michigan 2, Phoenix 2 and Miami only
Chevy V644United States Mike NishIndianapolis only, DNQ
Cosworth TC84United States George SniderCalumet Farms/ Gilmore/ CopenhagenSnider at Indianapolis and Michigan 1, Swindell at Pocono
United States Sammy SwindellGilmore/ Copenhagen
Arciero RacingMarch 86C/ March 85CCosworth TC12United States Randy LanierArciero WinesLanier at Phoenix 1, Long Beach, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Meadowlands, Cleveland, Toronto and Michigan 1, MacPherson at Mid-Ohio, Elkhart Lake, Laguna Seca and Phoenix 2, Chassey at Michigan 2 and Cheever at Miami. March 85C at Michigan 2 and Mid-Ohio, March 86C at all other races.
United States Steve Chassey
United States Eddie Cheever
United States Jeff MacPhersonArciero Wines/ MacHoward Leasing
Bettenhausen MotorsportsMarch 86CCosworth TC16United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr.Bettenhausen RacingIndianapolis only
Lola T8600/ March 86C61Netherlands Arie LuyendykRace for Life/ MCI/ Provimi Veal Canada/ Scot Lad FoodsAll events except Portland and Sanair
Dale Coyne RacingDC-1Chevy19United States Dale CoyneDale Coyne RacingAttempted all events except Indianapolis and Milwaukee
Gohr RacingMarch 86CBuick/ Cosworth TC56United States Steve ChasseyGenesee Beer WagonChassey at Indianpolis, Milwaukee and Michigan 1, Moran at Meadowlands, Cleveland, Pocono, Mid-Ohio, Michigan 2, Elkhart Lake, Laguna Seca, Phoenix 2 and Miami and Morton at Toronto.

Buick engine until Mid-Ohio, Cosworth the remainder of the season.

United States Rocky Moran
United States John Morton
March 85CBuick65United Kingdom Rupert KeeganIndianapolis only, DNQ
J.P. RacingLola T900Cosworth TC10United States Spike GehlhausenMountain ComputerIndianapolis, Michigan 1, Pocono and Michigan 2 only
March EngineeringMarch 86CBuick25United States Danny OngaisGM GoodwrenchIndianapolis only
31United Kingdom Jim CrawfordASC Buick
Mosquito AutosportMarch 85CCosworth TC16 (19)United States Rick MiaskiewiczR.C.V. CorpLong Beach, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Meadowlands, Cleveland and Toronto only.
Pace RacingLola T8600Cosworth TC36United States Randy LewisRaychem/ RaynorLewis at Long Beach, Meadowlands, Cleveland, Toronto, Mid-Ohio, Elkhart Lake, Laguna Seca, and Miami, Firestone at Indianapolis, Michigan 1, Pocono, Sanair, Michigan 2 and Phoenix 2
Australia Dennis FirestoneRaynor/ Pace Electronics
Team MenardMarch 86CCosworth TC28United States Herm JohnsonMenard LumberIndianapolis only, DNQ
Republic of Ireland Derek Daly

Race winners[edit]

1April 6Phoenix International RacewayUnited States Kevin Cogan
2April 13Long Beach, CaliforniaUnited States Michael Andretti
3May 31IndianapolisUnited States Bobby Rahal
4June 8Milwaukee MileUnited States Michael Andretti
5June 15Portland International RacewayUnited States Mario Andretti
6June 29Meadowlands Sports ComplexUnited States Danny Sullivan
7July 6Cleveland Burke Lakefront AirportUnited States Danny Sullivan
8July 20Toronto, OntarioUnited States Bobby Rahal
9August 2Michigan International SpeedwayUnited States Johnny Rutherford
10August 17Pocono RacewayUnited States Mario Andretti
11August 31Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseUnited States Bobby Rahal
12September 7Sanair Super SpeedwayUnited States Bobby Rahal
13September 27Michigan International SpeedwayUnited States Bobby Rahal
14October 4Road AmericaBrazil Emerson Fittipaldi
15October 12Laguna Seca RacewayUnited States Bobby Rahal
16October 19Phoenix International RacewayUnited States Michael Andretti
17November 9Tamiami ParkUnited States Al Unser, Jr.
  Road Course/Street Circuit

Full Series results[edit]


1United States Bobby Rahal16181620315110*1411*151*38179
2United States Michael Andretti15*1*61*2*202191111*1062*2*31*18171
3United States Danny Sullivan4119111111*225163*51262226147
4United States Al Unser Jr.122583984*865221112361137
5United States Mario Andretti75325124332112481094411136
6United States Kevin Cogan1172121421235222444209144115
7Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi31672412213172019213317520103
8United States Rick Mears19203*31619481281718831720389
9Colombia Roberto Guerrero8DNS418134*172024212172245122*87
10United States Tom Sneva24DNS2417591815121351222182282
11United States Johnny Rutherford598415710101188169141291278
12Australia Geoff Brabham103122172214144122011112268564
13Brazil Raúl Boesel1319131482367557915814131954
14Mexico Josele Garza23718717872327142445
15Canada Jacques Villeneuve820155519241119101916638
16Brazil Roberto Moreno2061913181825186101661620101730
17Netherlands Arie Luyendyk6151591624623171813710152129
18United States Ed Pimm22221710612152471171029
19United States Pancho Carter16331528
20United States Randy Lanier11131020969211921
21United States A.J. Foyt1724199416222316
22Netherlands Jan Lammers914DNQ823913
23Republic of Ireland Derek DalyDNQ6101311
24United States Johnny Parsons2722211629723118
25United States Randy Lewis10102011152418148
26United States Chip Robinson1476
27United States Spike GehlhausenDNQ722186
28United Kingdom Ian Ashley159234
29United States Sammy Swindell94
30United States Mike NishDNQDNS1024223
31United States Dominic Dobson1219111816191821133
32United States Rick Miaskiewicz21DNQ16151113DNS2
33United States Gary Bettenhausen21112326132120192
34United States Dale CoyneDNQ2321DNQ12DNQDNQ262312DNQ17DNSDNQ252
35United States John Morton121
36United States Rocky Moran13162525DNQ211521160
37United States Jeff MacPherson221513DNQ0
38South Africa Desiré Wilson1319160
39United States Scott Brayton24301327190
40Australia Dennis FirestoneDNQ17281414170
41United States Al Unser18221420150
42United States Dick Simon142223200
43United States Chip Ganassi14210
44United States Steve ChasseyDNQ1728170
45United States Danny Ongais230
46United States Tom Phillips240
47United States Rich Vogler250
48United States George Snider26270
49United States Eddie Cheever270
50United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr.280
51United Kingdom Jim Crawford290
52United States Phil Krueger310
-United Kingdom Rupert KeeganDNQ-
-United States Herm JohnsonDNQ-
-United States John Paul, Jr.DNQ-
-United States Steve BrenDNP-
-United States Pete HalsmerDNP-
Silver2nd place
Bronze3rd place
Green4th & 5th place
(Top 5)
Light Blue6th–10th place
(Top 10)
Dark BlueFinished
(Outside Top 10)
PurpleDid not finish
RedDid not qualify
WhiteDid not start
BlankDid not
Race not held
Not competing
In-line notation
BoldPole position
ItalicsRan fastest race lap
*Led most race laps
Rookie of the Year

Point Scoring System:


Bonus Points:


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