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[NOTE: This race fact sheet was used during the CART/Champ Car years. They have not been updated since then. However, we left them up for the historical information.]

Michigan 500

Track: Michigan Speedway
Location: Brooklyn, Michigan
Type: 2-mile superspeedway oval (D-shaped, 18 degree banked turns).

Lap Record (up to 2001)
Paul Tracy (2000) - 0:30.645 (234.949 mph).

Race Record (up to 2001)
Al Unser, Jr. (1990) - 2:38:07:291 (189.727 mph).

Past Race Winners
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1968 Ronnie Bucknam 125 250 1:32:42 161.812
1970 Gary Bettenhausen 100 200 1:25:20.0 138.67
1971 Mark Donohue 100 200 1:22:49.010 144.898
1972 Joe Leonard 100 200 1:25:17.810 140.685
7/73 Roger McCluskey 100 200 1:14:27.990 161.146
9/73 Billy Vukovich, Jr. 63 126 0:56:24.41 134.026
9/73 Johnny Rutherford 63 126 0:48:04.70 157.243
7/74 Bobby Unser 100 200 1:14:40.53 160.695
9/74 Al Unser, Sr. 125 250 1:45:32.00 142.135
7/75 A.J. Foyt 100 200 1:15:30.95 158.907
9/75 Tom Sneva 75 150 0:51:05.39 176.160
7/76 Gordon Johncock 100 200 1:12:42.76 165.033
9/76 A.J. Foyt 75 150 0:54:51.32 164.058
7/77 Danny Ongais 100 200 1:20:27.28 149.152
9/77 Gordon Johncock 75 150 0:51:21.31 175.250
7/78 Johnny Rutherford 100 200 1:15:01.66 159.941
9/78 Danny Ongais 75 150 1:01:32.41 146.246
7/79 Gordon Johncock 63 126 0:44:13 170.976
7/79 Bobby Unser 63 126 0:48:40 155.342
9/79 Bobby Unser 75 150 0:51:21.990 175.211
7/80 Johnny Rutherford 100 200 1:20:47.990 148.515
9/80 Mario Andretti 75 150 0:53:44 167.494
7/81 Pancho Carter 250 500 3:45:45 132.890
9/81 Rick Mears 74 148 1:10:30 125.957
7/82 Gordon Johncock 250 500 3:14:54.00 153.925
9/82 Bobby Rahal 75 150 1:04:03 140.515
7/83 John Paul, Jr. 250 500 3:42:27 134.862
9/83 Rick Mears 100 200 1:05:49 182.325
7/84 Mario Andretti 250 500 3:44:45 133.482
9/84 Mario Andretti 100 200 1:11:12.42 168.523
7/85 Emerson Fittipaldi 250 500 3:53:58.33 128.220
9/85 Bobby Rahal 100 200 1:13:19.45 163.647
7/86 Johnny Rutherford 250 500 3:38:45.32 137.139
9/86 Bobby Rahal 125 250 1:22:33.20 181.701
1987 Michael Andretti 250 500 2:54:56.071 171.493
1988 Danny Sullivan 250 500 2:46:03.820 180.654
1989 Michael Andretti 250 500 3:07:15.239 160.210
1990 Al Unser, Jr. 250 500 2:38:07.291 189.727
1991 Rick Mears 250 500 2:59:23.650 167.230
1992 Scott Goodyear 250 500 2:48:53.699 177.625
1993 Nigel Mansell 250 500 2:39:24.131 188.203
1994 Scott Goodyear 250 500 3:07:44.099 159.800
1995 Scott Pruett 250 500 3:07:52.826 159.676
5/96 Jimmy Vasser 250 500 3:11:48.712 156.403
7/96 Andre Ribeiro 250 500 3:16:33.425 152.627
1997 Alex Zanardi 250 500 2:59:35.579 167.044
1998 Greg Moore 250 500 3:00:48:785 165.913
1999 Tony Kanaan 250 500 2:41:12.362 186.097
2000 Juan Montoya 250 500 2:48:49.790 177.694
2001 Patrick Carpentier 250 500 2:54:55.757 171.498

Other Michigan Area Venues and Results
(Detroit area venues are covered in the Detroit Race Fact Sheet.)

Kalamazoo - 1-mile Dirt Oval
Year Driver Laps Miles Time Speed
1914 Bob Burman 100 100 1:34:29.4 63.350
1915 Ralph DePalma 100 100 1:33:31.40 64.155

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Michigan Musings

1968: First race held on Michigan Speedway. 9/73: Race run in two heat format. Rutherford lapped entire field. 9/74: Unser lapped entire field twice. 9/77: Johncock lapped entire field. 7/78: Rutherford lapped entire field. 7/79: Race run in two heat format. 7/80: Race red flagged for 46 minutes to repair guardrail after Tim Richmond crash. 7/84: Andretti beat Tom Sneva by 0.14 seconds. 9/84: Race halted after 33 laps due to rain; restarted following day. 7/85: Race delayed one week due to tire problems. Thirteen yellow flags for 104 laps. 1988: Sullivan lapped entire field. 1989: Andretti lapped entire field. 1990: Fastest 500 mile race of all time. 1994: Goodyear lapped entire field. 1995: Pruett beat Al Unser, Jr. by 0.056 seconds. 5/96: US 500 for the Vanderbilt Cup hastily put together in response to Indy 500's 25/8 qualifying rule. Twelve cars wrecked on pace lap; race restarted with all but Adrian Fernandez. 1997-99: Called the US 500 for the Vanderbilt Cup. 1998: Record 63 lead changes. Three fans are killed when debris from Adrian Fernandez's car goes into crowd. 1999: Kanaan beat Juan Montoya by 0.032 seconds as Max Papis runs out of fuel while leading last lap. 2000: Montoya beat Michael Andretti by 0.040 seconds in a stirring side by side duel. 52 official lead changes occurred (and approximately 162 unofficial lead changes). 2001: 60 official lead changes occurred (and 167 unofficial lead changes).
 
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