INDIANAPOLIS 500 DRIVERS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Profiles of the field for today's race, with driver's name, age, home, car number, car type and qualifying speed:

Row 1

1.Arie Luyendyk, 39, Netherlands, No. 10, Lola-Ford Cosworth, 223.967 mph: Posted the first of his three IndyCar victories in the 1990 Indy 500. Won at Phoenix and Nazareth, Pa., in 1991. The Indy 500 and series Rookie of the Year in 1985.

2. Mario Andretti, 53, Nazareth, Pa., No. 6, Lola-Ford Cosworth, 223.414: Starting his 28th Indy 500, second only to A. J. Foyt's 35. Won in 1969, finished second in 1981. Was 1984 IndyCar series champion, led 170 laps in 1987 before finishing ninth when car went dead.

3. Raul Boesel, 35, Brazil. No. 9, Lola-Ford Cosworth, 222.379: A third in 1989 is his best finish in six appearances. A second in Detroit last year is his best IndyCar finish in 91 starts. Began racing in 1979 and in 1980 drove a Formula Ford to nine victories.

Row 2

4.Scott Goodyear, 33, Canada, No. 2, Lola-Ford Cosworth, 222.344: Began racing in a Formula Ford in 1980. Drove his first IndyCar race at the Meadowlands in 1987, and finished 10th as a rookie here in 1990. Started 33rd and finished second to Al Unser Jr. by .043 of a second in the closest Indianapolis 500 ever last year.

5. Al Unser Jr., 31, Albuquerque, N.M., No. 3, Lola-Chevrolet C, 221.773: Seeking to become the first back-to-back winner at Indianapolis since his father, Al Sr., in 1971. Finished 10th as a rookie in 1983, fourth in 1987, second in 1989, when he crashed after leading with two laps left, and fourth in 1991 and 1990. Recorded six victories in 1990, including a record four straight en route to capturing the series championship.

6. Stefan Johansson, 36, Sweden (living in Monte Carlo), No. 16, Penske-Chevrolet C, 220.824: Won British Formula Three championship with six victories in 1980, third in Formula Two in 1981. Campaigned in Formula One in 1983-91. Finished third in his debut on IndyCar circuit at Detroit last year. Was 1992 IndyCar Rookie of the Year.

Row 3

7.Paul Tracy, 24, Canada, No. 12, Penske-Chevrolet C, 220.298: Finished 20th as a rookie last year. Youngest driver to win Canadian Formula Ford title at age 16, with 14 victories in 20 races in 1985, and youngest winner in Can Am history in 1986.

8. Nigel Mansell, 39, England (living in Clearwater, Fla.), No. 5, Lola-Ford Cosworth, 220.255: Reigning Formula One champion replaced Michael Andretti on Newman-Haas team. Finished second to Ayrton Senna in 1991 Formula One circuit and dominated in 1992, breaking Senna's record with nine victories. Drove at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time May 12.

9. Emerson Fittipaldi, 46, Brazil (living in Miami Beach, Fla.), No. 4, Penske-Chevrolet C, 220.150: Won 1989 Indy PPG Cup championship with five victories, including Indianapolis.

Row 4

10.Roberto Guerrero, 34, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., No. 40, Lola-Chevrolet C, 219.645: Was second twice, third and fourth in first four Indy 500 starts. IndyCar series Rookie of the Year, shared Indy 500 rookie honors in 1984. Finished last in 1992 when he crashed on the parade lap.

11. Scott Brayton, 34, Coldwater, Mich., No. 22, Lola-Ford Cosworth, 219.637: Finished 16th as a rookie in 1981.

12. Danny Sullivan, 43, Aspen, Colo., No. 7, Lola-Chevrolet C, 219.428: Had two victories, two seconds and a third in 1990, but left Penske Racing and then struggled with Alfa Romeo. Won 1985 Indy 500.

Row 5

13.Nelson Piquet, 40, Brazil, No. 77, Lola-Menard, 217.949: Three-time Formula One champion. Has never driven an Indy car in a race. Was injured during practice at Indianapolis last year and hasn't raced since.

14. Kevin Cogan, 37, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., No. 11, Lola-Chevrolet C, 217.230: Driving in his first race since sustaining multiple fractures from a crash in the 1991 race. Never officially began that race after losing control of his car on the pace lap, triggering an accident that knocked four cars out of the race.

15. Stephan Gregoire, 24, France, No. 36, 1992 Lola-Buick, 220.851: Youngest driver in the race and the fastest of five rookie qualifiers. Drove French Formula Renault series in 1989 and won French Formula Three B title with nine victories in 1990. Is in his first IndyCar race.

Row 6

16.Jeff Andretti, 29, Nazareth, Pa., No. 21, 1992 Lola-Buick, 220.572: The youngest son of Mario Andretti joins his father in the race for the third consecutive year. Rookie of the Year at Indianapolis after finishing 15th in 1991. Driving first race since sustaining extensive injuries to both lower legs, ankles and feet in a crash at Indianapolis last year.

17. Teo Fabi, 38, Italy, No. 8, Lola-Chevrolet C, 220.514: Back on ++ the IndyCar circuit full time after driving only one race last year. Made Indy debut in 1983 and won pole with one- and four-lap records, the first rookie to capture the pole since 1950.

18. Gary Bettenhausen,51,Monrovia, Ind., No. 51, Lola-Menard, 220.380: The quickest qualifier with a 224.468 mph average on the second day of trials in 1991. Best finish in 20 previous Indy 500s was third in 1980. Son of the late Tony Bettenhausen, who was killed in practice at Indy in 1961, and brother of Indy driver-car owner Tony Bettenhausen.

Row 7

19.Jimmy Vasser, 27, Discovery Bay, Calif., No. 18, 1992 Lola-Ford Cosworth, 218.967: Finished 21st as a rookie here last year. Won five races in Canadian Formula 2000 series in 1990 and six victories in Formula Atlantic series in 1991.

20. Stan Fox, 40, Janesville, Wis., No. 91, 1991 Lola-Buick, 218.765: Making his sixth start. Finished seventh as a rookie in 1987. Qualified in the same car he drove in his past two Indy 500s.

22. Lyn St. James, 46, Daytona Beach, Fla., No. 90, Lola-Ford Cosworth, 218.042: Last year's Rookie of the Year at Indianapolis when she finished 11th. The second woman to race in Indy 500 and first since Janet Guthrie in 1977-79.

Row 8

22.Tony Bettenhausen,41,Indianapolis, No. 76, Penske-Chevrolet C, 218.034: Finished seventh as a rookie in 1981, best finish in 10 Indy starts. Missed 1992 race.

23. Al Unser Sr., 54, Albuquerque, N.M., No. 80, Lola-Chevrolet C, 217.453: Four-time winner (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987) starting his 27th Indy. Finished second at Indy in 1983, third in 1984, 1988 and 1992, fourth in 1985. Edged his son, Al Jr., by a point for the 1985 IndyCar championship. Has led a record 629 laps at Indy and is second to former teammate Rick Mears in money won at the speedway with $3,183,148.

24. John Andretti, 30, Indianapolis, No. 84, 1992 Lola-Ford Cosworth, 221.746: A nephew of Mario Andretti. Best finishes in five Indy 500s is fifth in 1991. Teamed with Arie Luyendyk and Bob Wollek to win the 1989 24 Hours of Daytona race. Spent most of the month walking around the speedway before getting a ride with A. J. Foyt -- his godfather -- on the final full day of practice.

Row 9

25.Robby Gordon, 24, Orange, Calif. No. 41, Lola-Ford Cosworth, 220.085: Latest protege of A. J. Foyt. Won 24 Hours of Daytona three straight years, starting in 1990. Made NASCAR debut in Daytona 500 in 1991. Made IndyCar debut in 1992, finishing as high as eighth twice in seven races.

26. Hiro Matsushita, 32, Japan, No. 15, Lola-Ford Cosworth, 219.949: Entered first race in the United States in Formula Ford in 1987. Became first Japanese driver to compete in an Indy car in 1990, when he competed in 10 races. Finished 16th at Indianapolis in 1991 and missed last year's race after crashing while practicing.

27. Dominic Dobson, 32, Truckee, Calif., No. 66, 1992 DTC Galmer-Chevrolet A, 218.776: Making sixth start. Best Indy 500 finish was 12th last year. Came to Indy cars after three seasons in Super Vee competition in 1985, and his best finish in 36 IndyCar starts is seventh at Detroit in 1989.

Row 10

28.Davy Jones, 28, Lake Tahoe, Nev., No. 50, 1992 Lola-Chevrolet A, 218.416: Finished 28th as a rookie at Indy in 1987, seventh in 1989 and has not raced in an Indy car since. Has driven IMSA series past three years, recording seven victories.

29. Geoff Brabham, 41, Australia, No. 27, Lola-Menard, 217.800: Son of former Formula One champion Jack Brabham. Finished fifth as a rookie at Indy in 1981 and fourth in 1983. Best finish in any IndyCar race was second six times.

30. Willy T. Ribbs, 37, San Jose, Calif., No. 75, 1992 Lola-Ford Cosworth, 217.711: The first black driver in the race's history. Is a former road racing champion. Qualified in the final hour of time trials in 1991 and was eliminated from the race with an engine problem after five laps, finishing 32nd. Best finish in 18 races on the circuit was sixth at Denver in 1991.

Row 11

31.Jim Crawford, 45, Scotland, No. 60, Lola-Chevrolet C, 217.612: Finished sixth in the 1988 Indianapolis 500 after sitting out a year after a crash during qualifying for the 1987 race. Underwent six operations and was in a wheelchair for six months after breaking both ankles and suffering other serious leg injuries. Drives only at Indianapolis.

32. Didier Theys, 36, Belgium, No. 92, 1992 Lola-Buick, 217.752: Finished 20th in Indy 500 debut in 1989 and 11th in 1990. Qualified for third last year. Best finish in 45 IndyCar races is a third at Miami in 1988.

33. Eddie Cheever, 35, Aspen, Colo., No. 59, 1992 Lola-Menard, 217.599: The 1990 Rookie of the Year at Indianapolis and for the series. Finished eighth at Indy in 1990 and fourth last year. Joined circuit in 1990 after being the only American driver to compete in Formula One in 1989. Best finish in 53 IndyCar starts was second at Phoenix last year.

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