1996 NATCC season
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The 1996 North American Touring Car Championship was the first season of the North American Touring Car Championship. The series was organized by CART, and ran to Super Touring regulations. 16 rounds at 8 race meetings were organized, all but two (Lime Rock and Trois-Rivières) supporting the CART IndyCar World Series.

Teams and drivers

Team Car No. Drivers Class Rounds
Rod Millen Motorsports Toyota Carina E 2 New Zealand Rod Millen C 1–2, 4, 8
Archer Petty Motorsports BMW 318is 3 United States Steve Petty I All
Leitzinger Racing Ford Mondeo Ghia 5 United States Jeff Andretti C 2–8
Ecurie Atlanta Mercedes-Benz 190E 6 United Kingdom Martin Stretton I 1
PacWest Touring Car Group Dodge Stratus 7 United States Dominic Dobson C All
8 United States David Donohue C All
Mirko Racing Honda Accord 9 United Kingdom Albert Mirko I 5-8
Delong Motorsports BMW 318is 10 Canada Ed Delong I 1–2, 4
20 Canada Jim Kenzie 4
TC Kline Racing Honda Accord 12 United States Randy Pobst C All
21 United Kingdom Peter Hardman C 1–7
Hartong Motorsports BMW 318is 18 United States Darren Law I 1–2, 4, 6–8
Motorsport Team Schemes Vauxhall Cavalier 25 United Kingdom Nigel Smith I 4, 6
Fastech Group Racing Ford Mondeo 27 Puerto Rico Víctor González C 3
United States David Welch 5, 8
United Kingdom Paul Charsley 6
Honda American Racing Team Honda Accord 62 United States Forrest Granlund C 1, 3–4
United States Peter Cunningham 5–8
Metalcraft Pontiac Sunfire 81 United States Dave Jolly I 8
Team Contour Racing Ford Contour 86 United States Chris Reinke I 6–8
Icon Class
C Constructor
I Independent

Calendar

The calendar initially included an event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20, as a support race for NASCAR's The Winston.[1] By December 14, 1995, Charlotte was dropped from the calendar, replaced with a doubleheader at the Molson Indy Vancouver.[2] The Portland event was added to the schedule on April 15.[3]

Round Date Circuit Location Pole position Winning driver Winning team
1 1 May 27 United States Lime Rock Park Lakeville, Connecticut United States Dominic Dobson United States David Donohue PacWest Touring Car Group
2 United States Dominic Dobson United States Dominic Dobson PacWest Touring Car Group
2 3 June 8 United States Belle Isle Park Detroit, Michigan United States Randy Pobst United States Darren Law Hartong Motorsports
4 United States Darren Law United States Dominic Dobson PacWest Touring Car Group
3 5 June 22 United States Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon United States Randy Pobst United States Randy Pobst TC Kline Racing
6 United States Dominic Dobson United States Randy Pobst TC Kline Racing
4 7 July 13 Canada Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario United States Dominic Dobson United States Randy Pobst TC Kline Racing
8 United States Dominic Dobson United Kingdom Peter Hardman TC Kline Racing
5 9 August 3 Canada Circuit Trois-Rivières Trois-Rivières, Quebec United States David Donohue United States Dominic Dobson PacWest Touring Car Group
10 August 4 United States Randy Pobst United States Randy Pobst TC Kline Racing
6 11 August 10 United States Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio United States Peter Cunningham United States Peter Cunningham Honda American Racing Team
12 United States Randy Pobst United States Peter Cunningham Honda American Racing Team
7 13 August 31 Canada Concord Pacific Place Vancouver, British Columbia United States Dominic Dobson United States Dominic Dobson PacWest Touring Car Group
14 September 1 United States Dominic Dobson United States Peter Cunningham Honda American Racing Team
8 15 September 8 United States Laguna Seca Raceway Monterey, California United States Randy Pobst United States Randy Pobst TC Kline Racing
16 United States Peter Cunningham United States Peter Cunningham Honda American Racing Team

Championship standings

Drivers Championship

Pos Driver Class LRP
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
TOR
Canada
TRV
Canada
MDO
United States
VAN
Canada
LAG
United States
Pts
1 United States Randy Pobst C 2 3 6 2 1* 1* 1 2* 3 1* 10 3* 2* 4 1* 2 282
2 United States Dominic Dobson C 3 1* 4 1* 4 5 2* 3 1* 2 3 4 1 5 3 9 241
3 United States David Donohue C 1* 2 2 4 2 4 3 4 7 8 2 6 4 2 5 4 221
4 United Kingdom Peter Hardman C 10 7 3 3 5 2 5 1 2 3 5 2 5 6 176
5 United States Peter Cunningham C 4 6 1* 1 3 1* 2 1* 145
6 United States I 5 6 DNS DNS 8 8 6 7 6 4 8 7 7 3 8 DNS 139
7 United States Jeff Andretti C 5 6 6 6 DNS DNS 9 5 6 10 6 7 9 5 106
8 United States Darren Law I 9 8 1* 8 9 8 4 5 8 DNS 7 6 95
9 United States C 4 4 3 3 5 7 78
10 New Zealand Rod Millen C 8 5 8 5 4 6 4 10 63
11 United States C 5 7 6 3 48
12 Canada I 7 9 7 7 8 9 47
13 United Kingdom Nigel Smith I 10 DNS 9 9 23
14 Puerto Rico C 7 7 20
15 United Kingdom C 7 8 19
16 United States I 8 DNS 11 11 10 7 17
17 United Kingdom Martin Stretton I 6 DNS 11
18 United States I 11 8 6
NC United States I 11 DNS 0
NC United States I DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 0
Pos Driver Class LRP
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
TOR
Canada
TRV
Canada
MDO
United States
VAN
Canada
LAG
United States
Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th-10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps

Manufacturers Championship

Pos Manufacturer LRP
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
TOR
Canada
TRV
Canada
MDO
United States
VAN
Canada
LAG
United States
Pts
1 Japan Honda 2 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 298
2 United States Dodge 1 1 2 1 2 4 2 3 1 2 2 4 1 2 3 4 271
3 United States Ford 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 8 6 7 6 3 136
4 Japan Toyota 8 5 8 5 4 6 4 10 63
Pos Manufacturer LRP
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
TOR
Canada
TRV
Canada
MDO
United States
VAN
Canada
LAG
United States
Pts

See also

References

  1. ^ "Series announcement press release". Press release. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  2. ^ "A synopsis of the North American Touring Car Championship press conference held December 14, 1995". Press release. North American Touring Car Championship. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  3. ^ Hnatiw, Tom. "Super Tourers to Appear at Portland International". Press release. Retrieved 24 December 2010.

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