Indianapolis 500 Starting Grid - 1997

Position Car Num. Driver Car Name/Entrant* Make/Model Qual Speed
1 5 Arie Luyendyk (W) Wavephore/Sprint PCS/Miller Lite/Provimi G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora 218.263
2 2 Tony Stewart Glidden/Menards G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora 218.021
3 8 Vincenzo Sospiri (R) Old Navy Scandia Royal Purple Alta Xcel Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 216.822
4 3 Robbie Buhl Quaker State/Menards G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora 216.102
5 6 Scott Goodyear Nortel/Sprint PCS/Quebecor Printing G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora 215.811
6 27 Jim Guthrie Blueprint/Jacuzzi/Armour Golf/ERTL Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 215.207
7 52 Jeff Ward (R) FirstPlus Team Cheever G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora 214.517
8 14 Davey Hamilton AJ Foyt PowerTeam Racing G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora 214.484
9 7 Eliseo Salazar Copec/Cristal/Scandia Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 214.320
10 91 Buddy Lazier (W) Delta Faucet-Montana-Hemelgarn Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 214.286
11 51 Eddie Cheever Jr. FirstPlus Team Cheever G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora 214.073
12 42 Robby Gordon Coors Light G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora 213.211
13 77 Stephan Gregoire Chastain Motorsports-Estridge-Miller Eads G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora 213.126
14 17 Affonso Giaffone (R) General Motors Brazil Chitwood Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 212.974
15 4 Kenny Brack (R) Monsoon Galles Racing G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora 211.221
16 12 Buzz Calkins Bradley Food Marts G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora 209.564
17 40 Jack Miller (R) AMS/Crest Racing/Trane/Spot-On Dallara/Nissan Infiniti Indy 209.250
18 10 Mike Groff Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria/Visionaire/Bryant G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora 208.537
19 21 Roberto Guerrero Pennzoil-Pagan Racing Dallara/Nissan Infiniti Indy 207.371
20 44 Steve Kinser (R) SRS/One Call/Menards/Quaker St./St. Elmo's Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 210.793
21 30 Robbie Groff (R) Alfa-Laval/Team Losi/McCormack Mtspts. G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora 207.792
22 11 Billy Boat (R) Conseco A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 215.544
23 16 Sam Schmidt (R) Blueprint/HOPE Prepaid Fuel Card Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 215.141
24 50 Billy Roe (R) Sega/Progressive Elect./KECO/U.J.T./Euroint'l Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 212.752
25 28 Mark Dismore Kelley Auto./Mech Laundry/Bombardier Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 212.423
26 18 Tyce Carlson (R) Klipsch Tnemec Overhead Door Pyle V-Line Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 210.852
27 22 Marco Greco Side Play Int'l Sport Scandia Alta Xcel Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 210.322
28 54 Dennis Vitolo SmithKline Beechman/Kroger/Beck Mtspts. Dallara/Nissan Infiniti Indy 207.626
29 33 Fermin Velez Old Navy Scandia Royal Purple Alta Xcel Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 206.512
30 97 Greg Ray (R) Tobacco Free Kids Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 213.760
31 34 Alessandro Zampedri Mi-Jack Scandia Royal Purple Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 211.757
32 72 Claude Bourbonnais (R) Blueprint/Jacuzzi/Armour Golf/ERTL Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora 210.523
33 1 Paul Durant Conseco A.J. Foyt Racing G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora 209.149
34 90 Lyn St. James Lifetime TV-Cinergy-Delta Faucet-Hemelgarn Dallara/Nissan Infiniti Indy 210.145
35 9 Johnny Unser Delta Faucet-Montana-Cinergy-Hemelgarn Dallara/Nissan Infiniti Indy 209.344