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Appendix 5: PC23's 1995-'96 results sans Mercedes Benz 500I

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1995 Indianapolis 500-miles race

During the 1995 PPG Indycar World Series, Bettenhausen Motorsports fielded a PC23 powered by a Mercedes Benz IC108 engine for driver Stefan Johansson. The team had two cars available during the season.

The 500 miles of Indianapolis were part of the series for the last time. For this race, two more cars were entered by the Penske factory team itself. In the Official Entry Lists, these cars appear entered under numbers 89 and 98. Likely these cars were only entered in order to obtain garage space and were never intended to be at the Speedway. Otherwise I canít explain the fact that the 1994 winning chassis PC23-007 had to be brought over from California in order to be tested by Fittipaldi during the second week of practice. If tests with a PC23 were necessary, then why bring over the 007 all the way from California if two entered cars were on the Speedway ground?

The Daily Performance History listings for the Penske PC23s that appeared at the Speedway read as follows:

Day results Month results
Date Rank Car Driver Laps Speed Laps Speed
May 6 16 16 Johansson 8 190.472 8 190.472
May 7 16 16 Johansson 96 224.165 104 224.165
May 8 33 16T Johansson 27 216.586 27 216.586
37 16 Johansson 7 212.355 111 224.165
May 9 29 16 Johansson 16 221.032 127 224.165
35 16T Johansson 27 217.024 54 217.024
May 10 18 16 Johansson 30 220.837 157 224.165
May 11 27 16 Johansson 105 225.214 262 225.214
May 12 35 16T Johansson 39 226.598 95 226.598
37 16 Johansson 32 225.366 294 225.366
May 13 24 16 Johansson 25 225.654 319 225.654
26 16T Johansson 18 225.321 113 226.598
May 14 24 16T Johansson 29 222.030 142 226.598
27 16 Johansson 28 220.097 347 225.654
May 15 18 89 Fittipaldi 59 220.745 59 220.745
May 19 17 61 Johansson 32 226.182 32 226.182*
29 16T Johansson 45 223.203 187 226.598
May 20 10 61 Johansson 50 226.239 82 226.239*
May 21 11 61 Johansson 53 225.921 135 226.239*

* Car was not a 1993 Penske PC22-Mercedes as mentioned in the Official Entry List but a 1994 Reynard 94I/Ford XB car, originally entered as #94 by Arciero Wells Racing. Johansson qualified this car for the race in the final ten minutes of Bump Day (May 21st) on the third and final attempt for this car.

In the Month of May Performance History Ė by best speed, the various Penske/driver entries as well as the other cars driven by all drivers originally entered to drive Penske-built chassis can be found at the following places. The 1994-type PC23 achievements are in bold, drivers initially entered with Penske chassis but running in other makes are in italics.

Rank Car# Driver Car Laps Speed Date
39 9T Emerson Fittipaldi 1995/Lola-Mercedes 173 227.813 19/5
42 1T Al Unser Jr. 1995/Penske-Mercedes 211 227.261 12/5
45 11T Al Unser Jr 1995/Lola-Mercedes 164 227.147 20/5
53 16T Stefan Johansson 1994/Penske-Mercedes 185 226.598 12/5
56 61 Stefan Johansson 1994/Reynard-Ford 135 226.239 20/5
60 16 Stefan Johansson 1994/Penske-Mercedes 363 225.654 13/5
65 2 Emerson Fittipaldi 1995/Penske Mercedes 669 225.011 13/5
72 1 Al Unser Jr 1995/Penske-Mercedes 432 224.489 11/5
84 2 Emerson Fittipaldi 1995/Penske Mercedes 68 220.821 13/5
85 89 Emerson Fittipaldi 1994/Penske Mercedes 59 220.745 15/5
87 1 Al Unser Jr. 1995/Penske-Mercedes 69 218.834 19/5
90 21 Al Unser Jr 1994/Reynard-Mercedes 63 218.050 16/5

A total of 99 different car-and-driver combinations made their appearance at the Speedway.

1995 PPG Indycar World Series results for Penske PC23 chassis

In the following table these abbreviations stand for:

Date Track Driver C# S Speed F Laps Status Pts
5/3 Miami Johansson 13 102.683 22 46 Transmission
19/3 Australia Johansson 7 103.382 17 53 Transmission
2/4 Phoenix Johansson 13 177.185 13 24 Accident
94 Long Beach Johansson 24 105.506 6 104 Running 8
23/4 Nazareth Johansson 13 182.862 3 200 131.050 14
28/5 Indianapolis Johansson practice only
Fittipaldi 007 practice only
4/6 Nazareth Johansson ? *
11/6 Detroit Johansson 12 106.806 11 77 83.005 2
25/6 Portland Johansson 12 115.901 6 101 out of fuel 10
9/7 Road America Johansson 17 139.037 10 50 103.669 3
16/7 Toronto Johansson 18 108.676 14 94 Running
23/7 Cleveland Johansson 20 144.146 8 89 Running 5
30/7 Michigan Johansson 21 220.238 6 244 Running 8
13/8 Mid-Ohio Johansson 17 117.847 23 61 Engine
20/8 Nw Hampshire Johansson 24 166.856 25 17 oil leak
3/9 Vancouver Johansson 17 108.397 4 100 95.178 12
10/9 Laguna Seca Johansson 18 111.054 14 83 Running

* According to published results lists, Johansson drove a 1993-type Penske PC22 at Nazareth in the race. Just like with the Reynard-Ford he drove at Indianapolis, Johansson didnít score a point with the PC22.

Final classifications PPG Indycar World Series 1995 season

1 Jacques Villeneuve Reynard-Ford 95I 173 pts
2 Al Unser Jr. Penske-Mercedes PC24 140 pts
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11 Emerson Fittipaldi Penske-Mercedes PC24 67 pts
12 Adrian Fernandez Lola-Mercedes T95/00 67 pts
13 Stefan Johansson Penske-Mercedes PC23 62 pts

1996 PPG Indycar World Series results for Penske PC23 chassis

In the following table these abbreviations stand for:

Date Track Driver C# S Speed F Laps Status Pts
26/5 Michigan G Bettenhausen 008 27 208.607 21 79 Accident