CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach entry list notes

1996 PPG INDY CAR WORLD SERIES Race No. 4 TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH Long Beach, California, April 12-14, 1996 TUESDAY: Indy's list; IndyCar's faithful; and a 19-year-old is entered for the 22nd Grand Prix of Long Beach. BTW, The time ...

1996 PPG INDY CAR WORLD SERIES Race No. 4 TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH Long Beach, California, April 12-14, 1996

TUESDAY: Indy's list; IndyCar's faithful; and a 19-year-old is entered for the 22nd Grand Prix of Long Beach. BTW, The time schedule for the weekend is at the end of this post.

by Robert Heathcote

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is set to announce its entries for the 80th Indy 500 within the next two days. The news: Besides one car each from the Walker and Galles camp, there will be no cars from CART IndyCar in the 1996 Indy 500; and absolutely no drivers "named" by CART franchise members. The Indy 500 entry list will show 76 or 77 cars and 34 drivers (not counting TBA's). As many as nine more drivers could be entered if deals can be finalized. Who these drivers are, as many as 42, we will have to wait and see.

To the relief of all Indy Racing League contenders at the Indy 500, Honda appears to have decided not to send IndyCar "season" competitor Brix Comptech; and Parker Johstone, a driver "named" by his team to the PPG Indy Car World Series. What does this mean? Well, besides the fact that Honda won't be winning Indy this year when it is at its strongest, it means that apparently, no IndyCar teams (including Walker and Galles) will violate respective CART membership agreements.

One driver going from IRL to IndyCar this weekend at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach -- besides Richie Hearn -- is 19-year-old Michel Jourdain Jr., of Mexico. Son of Belgian-born Benard Jourdain (a former Indy car racer), Michel Jourdain Jr., made his Indy car racing debut in the IRL race at Phoenix last month, and spent last week testing a '95-model IRL car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This weekend Michel will move up a notch to IndyCar when he drivers a 1996-model Indy car for the first time: the #22 Scandia car, a '96 Lola-Ford/Cosworth (Goodyear tires), previously driven this year by countryman Carlos Guerrero. Sponsorship comes from Herdez, Perry Ellis, ALTA Natural Spring Water.

As for team making a switch from IRL to IndyCar -- besides Della Penna -- is Project Indy, with Dennis Vitolo; this weekend, here at Long Beach. The #64 car, a 1995 Reynard-Ford/Cosworth (Goodyear) is entered for the 105-lap race on Sunday April 14.

Twenty-eight drivers are entered for the GPLB. Down a few from the past, but after 1994 when 3 drivers were sent home -- even though they were well within 115% of pole time -- some usually save their money for another race, where they might have a realistic chance of qualifying. Hence, Long Beach will not have "bubble" qualifying for the second straight year.

Though the entrant list is still unofficial (never fails; you never know for sure until the first practice session begins) here are the pit assignments for the 1996 Grand Prix of Long Beach:

1996 PPG INDY CAR WORLD SERIES Race No. 4 TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH Long Beach, California, April 12-14, 1996

PIT ASSIGNMENTS by Robert Heathcote

Pit# Car# Driver Chassis-Engine/Tires Team

1 20 Scott Pruett Lola-Ford/F Patrick 2 12 Jimmy Vasser Reynard-Honda/F Ganassi 3 4 Alex Zanardi Reynard-Honda/F Ganassi 4 3 Paul Tracy Penske-Mercedes/G Penske 5 2 Al Unser Jr. Penske-Mercedes/G Penske 6 5 Robby Gordon Reynard-Ford/G Walker 7 1 Raul Boesel Reynard-Ford/G Green 8 28 Bryan Herta Reynard-Mercedes/G Rahal 9 18 Bobby Rahal Reynard-Mercedes/G Rahal 10 49 Parker Johnstone Reynard-Honda/F Brix Comptech BRIDGE 11 99 Greg Moore Reynard-Mercedes/F Forsythe 12 8 Gil de Ferran Reynard-Honda/G Hall 12A 11 Christian Fittipaldi Lola-Ford/G Newman Haas

14 6 Michael Andretti Lola-Ford/G Newman Haas 15 32 Adrian Fernandez Lola-Honda/F Tasman 16 31 Andre Ribeiro Lola-Honda/F/ Tasman 17 9 Emerson Fittipaldi Penske-Mercedes/G Hogan Penske 18 16 Stefan Johansson Reynard-Mercedes/G Bettenhausen

19 22 Michel Jourdain Jr. Lola-Ford/G/ Scandia 20 10 Eddie Lawson Lola-Mercedes/G Galles 21 17 Mauricio Gugelmin Reynard-Ford/G PacWest 22 21 Teo Fabi Reynard-Ford/G PacWest 23 64 Dennis Vitolo '95 Reynard-Ford/G Project Indy 24 44 Richie Hearn '95 Reynard-Ford/G Della Penna 25 25 Jeff Krosnoff Reynard-Toyota/F Arciero Wells 26 36 Juan Fangio II Eagle-Toyota/G AAR 27 34 Roberto Moreno Lola-Ford/F Payton Coyne 28 19 Hiro Matsushita Lola-Ford/F Payton Coyne --------------------------------------------------------------------------

1996 PPG INDY CAR WORLD SERIES Race No. 4 TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH Long Beach, California, April 12-14, 1996

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS by Robert Heathcote

RACE SCHEDULE ------------- TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY RACE Saturday April 13 1:45pm PLAYERS/TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP #2 Saturday April 13 3:34pm FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP #2 Sunday April 14 10:30am PPG INDY CAR WORLD SERIES #4 Sunday April 14 1:00pm SCCA TRANS-AM CHAMPIONSHIP #3 Sunday April 14 3:30pm

WEEKEND SCHEDULE ---------------- FRIDAY APRIL 12

Start Estimated Time Scheduled Event Duration

7:00am GATES OPEN 8:15am PLAYERS/TOYOTA ATLANTIC FREE PRACTICE 30min 9:00am FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS FREE PRACTICE 30min 9:45am SCCA TRANS-AM FREE PRACTICE 30min 11:00am PPG INDY CAR WORLD SERIES FREE PRACTICE 90min 12:45pm TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY FREE PRACTICE 30min 1:30pm FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS QUALIFYING #1 OF 2 30min 2:30pm PPG INDY CAR QUALIFYING #1 OF 2 75min 4:40pm TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY FINAL QUALIFYING 30min 5:25pm PLAYERS/TOYOTA ATLANTIC QUALIFYING #1 OF 2 30min

SATURDAY APRIL 13

7:00am GATES OPEN 8:00am SCCA TRANS-AM FREE PRACTICE 20min 9:00am PPG INDY CAR FREE PRACTICE 60min 10:25am FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS FREE PRACTICE 25min 11:10am PLAYERS ATLANTIC FINAL QUALIFYING 25min 12:00pm PPG INDY CAR FINAL QUALIFYING 75min 1:45pm RACE: TOYOTA PRO/CELEBRITY 10 laps/30min 3:00pm FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS FINAL QUALIFYING 30min 3:45pm RACE: PLAYERS/TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMP. #2 38 laps/60min 5:00pm SCCA TRANS-AM QUALIFYING 45min

SUNDAY APRIL 14

7:00am GATES OPEN 8:30am FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS WARMUP 15min 9:00am PPG INDY CAR WARMUP 30min 10:30am RACE: FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP #2 47 laps/60min 11:40am IndyCar Pre-Race Ceremonies; Driver Intro's 70min 1:00pm RACE: PPG INDY CAR WORLD SERIES RACE #4 TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH 105 Laps/120min 3:30pm RACE: SCCA TRANS-AM CHAMPIONSHIP RACE #3 60 min timed race

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Stefan Johansson , Robby Gordon , Al Unser Jr. , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Raul Boesel , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Bobby Rahal , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Alex Zanardi , Mauricio Gugelmin , Bryan Herta , Scott Pruett , Richie Hearn , Emerson Fittipaldi , Eddie Lawson , Teo Fabi , Jeff Krosnoff , Andre Ribeiro , Greg Moore , Michel Jourdain