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YOUNGEST DRIVER TO WIN A RACE: Al Unser, Jr. at 24-years, 49-days old in IROC 10 at Mid-Ohio on June 7, 1986. He won his
second event and the championship in the closing round at Watkins Glen on Aug. 9, 1986.
YOUNGEST DRIVER TO WIN THE IROC CHAMPIONSHIP: Al Unser, Jr. at 24-years, 112-days old in IROC 10 at Watkins Glen on Aug.
WINNING FIRST START: Only four drivers have won their first-ever IROC starts: Mark Donohue, IROC 1, Race 1, Riverside; Buddy
Baker, IROC 4, Race 1, Michigan; Geoff Bodine, IROC 11, Race 1, Daytona; and Rusty Wallace, IROC 13, Race 1, Daytona.
CONSECUTIVE WINS: Only two drivers have won three consecutive IROC races: Rusty Wallace 1991, IROC 15, Race 2 at Talladega,
Race 3 at Michigan and Race 4 at Watkins Glen and Dale Earnhardt 1999, IROC 23, Race 1 at Daytona, Race 2 at Talladega, and
Race 3 at Michigan.
THREE OUT OF FOUR: Only three drivers have won three of the four races in a single season: Mark Donohue, 1973/1974, IROC 1,
Rusty Wallace, 1991, IROC 15, and Dale Earnhardt, 1999, IROC 23.
CHAMPIONSHIPS: Only four drivers have multiple IROC titles: As of his start at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 29, 2005, Mark
Martin became the first five-time IROC champion in history. Martin is also the only driver to win three consecutive titles. (1994,
1996, 1997, 1998 and 2005).
The late Dale Earnhardt has four titles (1990,1995, 1999 and 2000). A.J. Foyt (1976 and 1977), and Al Unser Jr. (1986 and 1988) are
the only two-time champions.
Only two drivers have won IROC championships without winning a race. The first was A. J. Foyt, IROC 3 and IROC 4. The second
was Ricky Rudd, IROC 16.
1. 1974 Mark Donohue
2. 1985 Harry Gant
3. 1986 Al Unser, Jr.
4. 1987 Geoff Bodine
5. 1992 Ricky Rudd
6. 2002 Kevin Harvick
7. 2003 Kurt Busch
8. 2004 Matt Kenseth
CHAMPIONSHIPS AMONG BROTHERS:
Bobby (1975) and Al Unser (1978), Terry (1989) and Bobby Labonte (2001).
Only four foreign drivers have ever won an IROC event. The first was two-time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, of Brazil, in IROC
2, Race 2, at Riverside, Oct. 26, 1974; he started seventh. The second was Martin Brundle, of England, in IROC 14, Race 2, at
Cleveland, July 7, 1990; he started eighth. The third was Geoff Brabham, of Australia, in IROC 16, Race 3, at Michigan, Aug. 1, 1992;
he started fourth The fourth was Sebastien Bourdais, of France, in IROC 29, Race 2, at Texas, April 15, 2005.
Only three road racers have won an IROC event on an oval track. The first was Mario Andretti, IROC 5, Race 4 at Daytona, Feb. 17,
1978. The second was Geoff Brabham, IROC 16, Race 3 at Michigan, Aug. 1, 1992. The third was Sebastien Bourdais, IROC 29, Race
2 at Texas, April 15, 2005.
Steve Kinser - Talladega Superspeedway, April 30, 1994. His victory at Talladega was the first in IROC history for a driver outside
the NASCAR, Indy Car or road racing categories.
Danny Lasoski – Texas Motor Speedway, April 2, 2004.
In 1994 Steve Kinser became the first representative of short-track and Sprint Car racing to receive an IROC invitation.
In 2002, Danny Lasoski, representing the World of Outlaws, became the second driver to represent the World of Outlaws Sprint
In 2004, J.J. Yeley the 2003 USAC Triple Crown Champion became the third driver invited to IROC representing open wheel, short
INDY CAR/CHAMP CAR
Only twice have Indy Car drivers finished first, second, third.
The first was in IROC 20, Race 2, April 27, 1996, at Talladega Superspeedway, (Al Unser Jr., Robby Gordon, Scott Pruett).
The second 1-2-3 was among IRL drivers in IROC 26, Race 3, July 13, 2002 at Chicagoland Speedway (Buddy Lazier, Al Unser Jr.,
Eddie Cheever, Jr. became the first Indy Racing League driver to win an IROC race on June 10, 2000 at Michigan Speedway.
Buddy Lazier became the second IRL driver to score an IROC victory at the inaugural IROC race at Chicagoland Speedway on July
Sebastien Bourdais became the first Champ Car World Series driver to win an IROC race: Race Two of IROC 29 on April 15, 2005 at
Texas Motor Speedway.
In 1997 Bobby Labonte became the first to substitute drive without having ever participated in the series; California Speedway,
Fontana, CA—June 21, 1997 he scored second place points for injured Robby Gordon.
In 1999 Bobby was called to stand-in the entire series for Al Unser, Jr. when his daughter Cody was suddenly stricken with
Tranverse Myelitis. Bobby donated his IROC winnings to help start The Cody Unser First Step Foundation.
Bobby Labonte was invited to compete officially in 2000 and won his first IROC in Race Two at Talladega Superspeedway, April 15,
2000. One year later Labonte repeated victory at Talladega in Race two, April 21, 2001 and went on to win the 2001 championship.
1999 - The first father/son, one/two finish: Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1999, IROC 23, Race 3, Michigan Speedway.
Winning by.007 second, Earnhardt’s margin of victory becomes the closest in IROC history.
2000 - Mark Martin won the first three IROC races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. August 4th 2000 Martin became the only
driver in IMS history to win three consecutive events.
2004 – In his rookie season, Matt Kenseth became the inaugural $1 million dollar champion after winning race three at Richmond
and race four at Atlanta.
2005 – Mark Martin broke his tie for the most IROC race wins with the late Dale Earnhardt and Al Unser Jr. on Feb. 18, 2005 in race
one at Daytona claiming his 12th IROC race victory. Martin went on to claim his 13th IROC race victory on Sept. 8 at Richmond. The
win clinched the 2005 championship for Martin, making him the only five-time champion in the history of season.
BUSCH SERIES - 3 Race Wins, 1 Championship
Randy LaJoie became the first representative of the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National division, to win an IROC race - Michigan
In 2002, representing the NASCAR Busch Series, Kevin Harvick won race two at California Speedway, which led to his taking the
championship in his rookie year.
Martin Truex, Jr. won the final race of the 2005 season at Atlanta Motor Speedway representing the Busch Series Championship.
Mike Bliss became the first representative of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to win an IROC race – Chicagoland in 2003.
Atlanta Motor Speedway: October 30, 2004 - First modern era IROC race at Atlanta and first on new configuration. The Inaugural $1
million dollar championship awarded to Matt Kenseth.
Charlotte Motor Speedway: Inaugural IROC race, May 17, 1996, first race for IROC under the lights, winner, Mark Martin.
California Speedway: IROC 21, race three, is part of the inaugural race events at the new California Speedway, Fontana, CA--June
Daytona: The only rain-shortened event in IROC history was at Daytona on Feb. 13, 1998. Jeff Gordon was the winner, which ended
after 75 of the scheduled 100 miles.
2005 marks the series’ 25th appearance at the beach.
2006 (IROC 30) marked the return to the road racing after a 14-year absence. The series will race the Daytona 3.56-mile road
course on June 29. The series last ran the Daytona course in the 1973/1974 inaugural season.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway: IROC makes a historic visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the inaugural “IROC AT INDY” on
July 31, 1998 for the series final event of IROC 22, race winner and Champion-Mark Martin. The IROC Series Finale at INDY
continued through 2003.
Michigan International Speedway: Holds the record at hosting 27 IROC races.
Richmond International Raceway: Inaugural IROC race, September 9, 2004 under the lights, winner, Matt Kenseth.
Texas Motor Speedway: Inaugural IROC race, April 2, 2004 under the lights, winner, Danny Lasoski.
The only "dead-heat" finish in IROC history occurred in IROC 16, Race 1, at Daytona, Feb. 14, 1992, when Ricky Rudd and Harry Gant
both reached the finish line at the same time. A review of NASCAR's finish-line videotape replay system proved it to be a true equal
finish. IROC officials awarded both drivers a second-place finish and split the second and third-place points equally between the
2003 marked the first season in IROC history that first year participants won three of the four races: Kurt Busch, Race 2 Talladega,
Mike Bliss, Race 3 Chicagoland, Jimmie Johnson, Race 4 Indianapolis
|131 LEGENDARY CHAMPIONS THAT HAVE
COMPETED IN THE INTERNATIONAL RACE OF CHAMPIONS
JOHNNY BENSON JR.
EDDIE CHEEVER JR.
WALLY DALLENBACH JR.
DALE EARNHARDT JR.
JUAN FANGIO II
SAM HORNISH JR.
MARTIN TRUEX JR.
AL UNSER JR.
11 - Al Unser Jr.
5 - Cale Yarborough
4 - Bobby Allison
4 - Neil Bonnett
4 - Tony Stewart
4 - Bobby Unser
4 - Rusty Wallace
3 - Mario Andretti
3 - Geoff Bodine
3 - Mark Donohue
3 - Al Unser
3 - Darrell Waltrip
3 - Bobby Labonte
3 - Matt Kenseth
2 - Davey Allison
2 - Geoff Brabham
2 - Bill Elliott
2 - Scott Pruett
2 - Bobby Rahal
2 - Dale Jarrett
1 - Buddy Baker
1 - Martin Brundle
1 - Emerson Fittipaldi
1 - George Follmer
1 - A. J. Foyt
1 - Harry Gant
1 - Peter Gregg
1 - Gordon Johncock
1 - Steve Kinser
1 - Terry Labonte
1 - Randy LaJoie
1 - Benny Parsons
1 - David Pearson
1 - Danny Sullivan
1 - Jeff Gordon
1 - Jeff Burton
1 - Eddie Cheever, Jr.
1 - Kevin Harvick
1- Buddy Lazier
1- Kurt Busch
1- Mike Bliss
1- Jimmie Johnson
1- Ryan Newman
1- Danny Lasoski
1 - Sebastien Bourdais
1 - Martin Truex Jr.
Car #19 with Dale Sr. on it's way to winning Daytona 1999