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The 1997 Indianapolis 500 was the 81st running of the event and was part of the 1996-97 Indy Racing League. It was the first race to use the new, production based, naturally-aspirated engines and new chassis design. The race was won by Arie Luyendyk, his second (having also won in 1990).

Qualifying Edit

Pos No Country Driver
1 5 NED Arie Luyendyk
2 2 USA Tony Stewart
3 8 ITA Vicenzo Sospiri
4 3 USA Robbie Buhl
5 6 CAN Scott Goodyear
6 27 USA Jim Guthrie
7 52 USA Jeff Ward
8 14 USA Davey Hamilton
9 7 CHI Eliseo Salazar
10 91 USA Buddy Lazier
11 51 USA Eddie Cheever Jr.
12 42 USA Robby Gordon
13 77 FRA Stephan Gregoire
14 17 BRA Affonso Giaffone
15 4 SWE Kenny Brack
16 12 USA Buzz Calkins
17 40 USA Dr. Jack Miller
18 10 USA Mike Groff
19 21 COL Roberto Guerrero
20 44 USA Steve Kinser
21 30 USA Robbie Groff
22 11 USA Billy Boat
23 16 USA Sam Schmidt
24 50 USA Billy Roe
25 28 USA Mark Dismore
26 18 USA Tyce Carlson
27 22 BRA Marco Greco
28 54 USA Dennis Vitolo
29 33 SPA Fermin Velez
30 97 USA Greg Ray
31 34 ITA Alessandro Zampedri
32 72 CAN Claude Bourbonnais
33 1 USA Paul Durant
34 90 USA Lyn St. James
35 9 USA Johnny Unser

Race Edit

Pos No Country Driver Team Laps
1 5 NED Arie Luyendyk Treadway Racing 200
2 6 CAN Scott Goodyear Treadway Racing 200
3 52 USA Jeff Ward Team Cheever 200
4 91 USA Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn Racing 200
5 2 USA Tony Stewart Team Menard 200
6 14 USA Davey Hamilton A.J. Foyt Enterprises 199
7 11 USA Billy Boat A.J. Foyt Enterprises 199
8 3 USA Robbie Buhl Team Menard 199
9 30 USA Robbie Groff McCormack Motorsports 197
10 33 SPA Fermin Velez Team Scandia 195
11 12 USA Buzz Calkins Bradley Motorsports 188
12 10 USA Mike Groff Byrd-Cunningham Racing 188
13 90 USA Lyn St. James Hemelgarn Racing 186
14 44 USA Steve Kinser Sinden Racing Services 185
15 54 USA Dennis Vitolo Beck Motorsports 173
16 22 BRA Marco Greco Team Scandia 166
17 8 ITA Vicenzo Sospiri Team Scandia 163
18 9 USA Johnny Unser Hemelgarn Racing 158
19 18 USA Tyce Carlson PDM Racing 156
20 40 USA Dr. Jack Miller Arizona Motorsports 131
21 1 USA Paul Durant A.J. Foyt Enterprises 111
22 50 USA Billy Roe Eurointernational 110
23 51 USA Eddie Cheever Team Cheever 84
24 7 CHI Eliseo Salazar Team Scandia 70
25 97 USA Greg Ray Knapp Motorsports 48
26 27 USA Jim Guthrie Blueprint Racing 43
27 21 COL Roberto Guerrero Pagan Racing 25
28 28 USA Mark Dismore PDM Racing 24
29 42 USA Robby Gordon Team SABCO 19
30 72 CAN Claude Bourbonnais Blueprint Racing 9
31 77 FRA Stephan Gregoire Chastain Motorsports 0
32 17 BRA Affonso Giaffone Chitwood Motorsports 0
33 4 SWE Kenny Brack Galles Racing 0
34 16 USA Sam Schmidt Blueprint Racing 0
35 34 ITA Alessandro Zampedri Team Scandia 0

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