The last time IndyCar raced at Road America it was under the ChampCar series ten years ago in 2006. Stepping back a further seven years it was the CART series as open wheel racing was at that time divided between CART and the IRL. With unification in 2007, at last the IndyCar series is headed back to Road America for the Kohler Grand Prix on June 26.
The Mecca of Speed did not launch until 2006 but we have been in attendance at a multitude of races at Road America, first as fans starting back in 1989. The camera gear and vantage locations as a spectator were a bit more challenging, but a good sniper can still get a shot off with a bit of preparation. The image quality may not be as sharp as what we currently produce, but it should help bring back some memories.
You can pull out your Autocourse for the full race review, or check YouTube for a replay while quick race stats are listed below. For the most accurate representation of the equipment used each season, the listings will reflect the series running at the Road America at the time.
Pole Position: Michael Andretti
Fastest Lap: Hélio Castroneves
Winning Driver: Christian Fittipaldi
Winning Team: Newman/Haas Racing
Winning Chassis and Engine: Swift / Ford-Cosworth
Chassis in Series: 5 (Penske, Lola, Reynard, Swift, Eagle)
Engines in Series: 4 (Mercedes, Honda, Ford, Toyota)
Tires in Series: 2 (Goodyear, Firestone)