Mexican Grand Prix: 1992 versus 2015

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The Mexican Grand Prix returns to the calendar this weekend after a 23-year hiatus.

And while the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez track is mostly the same, albeit updated to 2015 specifications, there’s been plenty of changes in both the grid and the driver lineup, 23 years later.

Here’s a look at the finishing order from the 1992 Mexican Grand Prix (see highlights here, via F1’s YouTube channel), and a note and/or recent update of each driver in the field:

  • 1. 5-Nigel Mansell, Williams-Renault; went onto win 1992 World Championship, raced in F1 until 1995; most recently raced in both GP Masters and the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans with sons Leo and Greg, but early accident put pause to that
  • 2. 6-Riccardo Patrese, Williams-Renault; raced in F1 until 1993, retiring as driver with 257 starts a career record for most, before it was surpassed by Rubens Barrichello at 2008 Turkish Grand Prix
  • 3. 19-Michael Schumacher, Benetton-Ford; this marked his first career podium; of course set records of seven World Championships and 91 Grand Prix wins in career that went to 2006, then a second stint from 2010 to 2012; still recovering after skiing accident in late December 2013
  • 4. 2-Gerhard Berger, McLaren-Honda; raced in F1 until 1997, later served as a team boss at Scuderia Toro Rosso and president of the FIA Single Seater Commission
  • 5. 4-Andrea de Cesaris, Tyrrell-Illmor; raced in F1 until 1994, set record for most Grand Prix starts without a win (208), and died last October in a motorcycle accident
  • 6. 11-Mika Hakkinen, Lotus-Ford; raced in F1 until 2001; two-time World Champion (1998, 1999); Mexico only his second career points-paying finish
  • 7. 12-Johnny Herbert, Lotus-Ford; raced in F1 until 2000; current Sky Sports commentator
  • 8. 21-JJ Lehto, Dallara-Ferrari; raced in F1 until 1994; some CART, sports car races and a boat accident of note
  • 9. 26-Erik Comas, Ligier-Renault; raced in F1 until 1994; sports cars and historics, now retired
  • 10. 25-Thierry Boutsen, Ligier-Renault; raced in F1 until 1993; sports cars, then ventured into aviation with Boutsen Aviation, also owner in Boutsen Energy Racing sports car team
  • 11. 29-Bertrand Gachot, Larrousse-Lamborghini; raced in F1 until 1995; sports cars, then Hype Energy Drink
  • 12. 30-Ukyo Katayama, Larrousse-Lamborghini; raced in F1 until 1997; sports cars and mountain climber
  • 13. 9-Michele Alboreto, Footwork-Mugen Honda; raced in F1 until 1994; IRL and sports cars; killed in a testing accident in 2001
  • Ret. 20-Martin Brundle, Benetton-Ford; raced in F1 until 1996; now veteran commentator with Sky Sports
  • Ret. 15-Gabriele Tarquini, Fondmetal-Ford; raced in F1 until 1995; touring car veteran
  • Ret. 14-Andrea Chiesa, Fondmetal-Ford; raced in F1 until 1992; Mexico marked his GP race debut
  • Ret. 22-Pierluigi Martini, Dallara-Ford; raced in F1 until 1995; sports cars including overall win with BMW V12 LMR at 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • Ret. 27-Jean Alesi, Ferrari; raced in F1 until 2001; 201 Grands Prix later and an infamous one-off Indianapolis 500 appearance with Lotus in 2012
  • Ret. 24-Gianni Morbidelli, Minardi-Lamborghini; raced in F1 until 1997; mix of sports cars, touring cars and rallycross since
  • Ret. 32-Stefano Modena, Jordan-Yamaha; raced in F1 until 1992; touring cars
  • Ret. 3-Olivier Grouillard, Tyrrell-Illmor; raced in F1 until 1992; IndyCar and sports cars since
  • Ret. 1-Ayrton Senna, McLaren-Honda; three-time World Champion; killed at Imola in 1994
  • Ret. 23-Christian Fittipaldi, Minardi-Lamborghini; raced in F1 until 1994; two-time defending champion in IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, had long CART/IndyCar career before that
  • Ret. 33-Mauricio Gugelmin, Jordan-Yamaha; raced in F1 until 1992; CART/IndyCar 1993-2001
  • Ret. 16-Karl Wendlinger, March-Illmor; raced in F1 until 1995; sports cars after
  • Ret. 28-Ivan Capelli, Ferrari; raced in F1 until 1993; Italian commentator for Rai and sports cars
  • DNQ: 10-Aguri Suzuki, Footwork Mugen-Honda; raced in F1 until 1995; Super Aguri F1 and now Team Aguri Formula E team principal
  • DNQ: 17-Paul Belmondo, March-Illmor; raced in F1 until 1994; started own sports car team
  • DNQ: 7-Eric van de Poele, Brabham-Judd; raced in F1 until 1992; sports cars after
  • DNQ: 8-Giovanna Amati, Brabham-Judd; raced in F1 until 1992; never qualified for a GP and was most recent female on a race weekend since Susie Wolff’s handful of FP1 outings

TEAM EVOLUTION

  • Williams-Renault: With the FW14B chassis, Williams had a thoroughly dominant 1992 season. Hasn’t won a World Championship since 1997 and its last race win came via Pastor Maldonado in 2012. Engines used since the end of the Renault tenure: Mecachrome, Supertec, BMW, Cosworth, Toyota, Cosworth, Renault and now Mercedes.
  • Benetton-Ford: The team that began its life as Toleman survived as Benetton through 2001, became the Renault factory squad in 2002, stayed that way through 2011 before it became Lotus, and now is on the verge of going back to Renault in 2016.
  • McLaren-Honda: Save for the Ford (1993) and Peugeot (1994) one-off years, the least amount of change since 1992. Its 20-year run with Mercedes engines ended at the end of 2014 and Honda has come back, albeit has fought through a challenging return season.
  • Tyrrell-Illmor: Your current champions. Seriously. Tyrrell became BAR, which became Honda, which became Brawn, which became Mercedes AMG Petronas. Ken Tyrrell passed away in 2001.
  • Lotus-Ford: The remnants of the Colin Chapman-led team fell by the wayside after the 1994 season, although Lotus signage was due to appear on Keith Wiggins’ Pacific GP cars in 1995.
  • Ligier-Renault: Guy Ligier’s team changed hands to Alain Prost in 1997, and the team disbanded after 2001. Ligier died earlier this year.
  • Dallara-Ferrari: Without being named as such, this is more or less what the first Haas F1 chassis will be next year. The BMS Scuderia Italia team that ran the Dallara-Ferraris in 1992 survived through 1993, then with Lola chassis, before merging with Minardi in 1994.
  • Larrousse-Lamborghini: Two entities long since out of F1. Larrousse was out after 1994, Lamborghini 1993.
  • Footwork-Mugen Honda: Survived as Footwork, later Arrows, and later gone – Arrows packed up midway through 2002. Mugen Honda lasted a bit longer.
  • Fondmetal-Ford: Survived until the end of 1992 as a team, although Gabriele Rumi’s wheel sponsor stayed on for several other seasons with other teams.
  • Ferrari: The one team on the grid that has been through the least amount of evolution, although there have been plenty of internal changes at the Scuderia since 1992.
  • Minardi-Lamborghini: Gian Carlo Minardi’s team lasted until 2005, with Paul Stoddart team principal for the last few years, before selling to Red Bull and giving birth to Scuderia Toro Rosso.
  • Jordan-Yamaha: The team now known as Force India, after being Jordan until 2005, Midland/MF1 the next year, Spyker MF1 in 2007 and Force India from 2008.
  • March-Illmor: Like several other teams, 1992 was its last on the F1 grid.
  • Brabham-Judd: The sad demise of the Brabham squad occurred this year as well, although it provided Damon Hill his F1 race debut later in the year.
  • Andrea Moda: Was due to run Alex Caffi and Enrico Bertaggia in this race but didn’t have new cars to do so. Later had Roberto Moreno and Perry McCarthy; team was described as an embarrassment to the sport with its lack of preparedness, the drivers and crew simply along for the ride.

So there were 16 teams and 32 drivers 23 years ago. Today, there are 10 and 22… and of those 22 drivers, five hadn’t even been born yet (Max Verstappen, 1997, Carlos Sainz Jr., 1994, Daniil Kvyat, 1994, Kevin Magnussen, October 1992, Felipe Nasr, August 1992)!

Mexican hero Sergio Perez, who is due to become the first Mexican to race in his home Grand Prix since Pedro Rodriguez in 1970, was only two at the time.

Things have changed.

IndyCar champion Will Power completes ‘Victory Lap’ at ceremony in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power went on his “Victory Lap” last week to celebrate his second career championship as the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series champion.

It began with several media interviews in Monterey, California, the day after he won the championship with a third-place finish in the Sept. 11 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.

From there, it was off to Los Angeles for more interviews and personal appearances that included a VIP Tour at the Petersen Automotive Museum, several appearances on SiriusXM and lunch at The Ivy, where the Team Penske IndyCar Series driver was treated to Wagyu Beef.

“It was one of the best steaks I’ve ever had in my life,” Power told NBCSports.com.

From L.A. back to Power’s North Carolina home, near Team Penske’s home base of Mooresville, there was one stop left on Sept. 17 — the Victory Lap Celebration at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, an invitation-only banquet where Power and his No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet crew at Team Penske were honored for the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series championship.

They didn’t even have to check into a hotel and spend another night on the road. Power and his team left on a Team Penske plane from the Statesville, N.C., airport at 4 p.m. ET Saturday to fly to Indianapolis. On arrival an hour later, a limo bus took the team to IMS.

Power led the 2022 season with five NTT P1 Awards for pole, earning the NTT P1 Award as the best qualifier of the season for the fifth time in his career. Power also made history with his 68th career pole, breaking the all-time mark held by the legendary Mario Andretti.

Power and Scott Dixon also became just two of only five drivers to complete every lap of every race in IndyCar Series history.

“What a year,” Power said as he was awarded his personal Astor Cup trophy (the second in his collection after the 2014 championship. “What a phenomenal year coming off one of my worst seasons personally. We came back with a vengeance.

“I want to thank Roger and Kathy Penske for everything they have done for me over the years. I wouldn’t be standing here and have the numbers I have without what Roger has done for me. I’m given a car every week that is capable of winning the pole, races, championships, and Indianapolis 500s. I’m so grateful for that.

“Also, to Greg Penske, you are there every week now at every event and I know we will be in good hands moving forward with the Penske Family.”

There are many on Power’s team and at home, that helped support Power throughout his career. None is bigger than Power’s wife, Liz, who told Power before the season that he would win the championship and break Andretti’s record.

“I must thank my wife. I’m so lucky to have a wife with that crystal ball that can tell me what is going to happen,” Power said. “I can’t think you enough, babe. I love you so much and you have been a big support to me my whole career. We’ve been together 17 years, and I’ve been in the series 17 years. She has been such a huge support to me. The mother of our child and she is a fantastic mother.

“She can’t tell the future. She just had faith in me.”

Liz Power’s premonition came true and that allowed Power and his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet team to celebrate Penske’s 17th IndyCar championship and 42nd title in the racing team’s history.

“The 12 crew this year, I’ve never had such a great group of guys,” Power said. “Trevor Lacasse (chief mechanic) is such a calm guy, but he does such a meticulous job on the preparation of the car. He is very, very good at keeping the whole crew happy. It feels as if there is no pressure on us. That’s a huge part in getting the most out of people. It was our first year together with you as a crew chief. What a great year to start our relationship.

“Dave Faustino (Power’s longtime engineer), we’ve worked together for 15 years. He’s almost like a wife to me, a partner … apart from sleeping together. We have a very good working relationship. Sorry Dave, I’m an awkward person and you are not.

“The things we have been through in our years together, it’s crazy that we continually improve and get better. We are standing on the podium after winning the championship and we are talking about the car, the race, and the tires. We weren’t talking about the championship.

“We never stop. The other boys were laughing at us, but I’m already thinking about next year.

“Ron Ruzewski (Team Penske IndyCar Managing Director and strategist) on the radio, always calm. He has actually made me a calm person. I rarely get upset on the radio anymore.”

Power also recognized the fans who helped boost attendance at many venues on the schedule this season as NBC Sports enjoyed its largest IndyCar audience yet.

“This series is growing,” Power said. “With open wheel racing now so popular because of Formula One, it’s really our time to push and put money behind it and go now and take IndyCar to another level because we have the best racing product in the world.

“I have to thank my teammates and (Team Penske president) Tim Cindric. I can’t tell you how hard we push each other. We are ultracompetitive and love each other and push each other hard, so thank you.”


Power won the championship by 16 points over hard-charging teammate Josef Newgarden, who finished second in the standings for the third year in a row.

“Overall, I’m filled with a lot of pride for our team and what we were able to do this year,” Newgarden said in his banquet address. “Any year that you step in the championship, you can easily see the challenges it presents everybody.

“It’s a very difficult challenge for the teams and drivers. To be a part of it, make it through it and for us at Team Penske, to topple it, is a very big deal. We’re all competitive.

“The tough thing about being in a championship fight, especially with teammates is we all want to be the best. That’s how it should be. We are competitive people and want to be the best. But it’s a team sport.

“Will, tremendous season, great, great job. I think the world of everybody on our team. It’s a big group. I’m so happy for all of you on the 12-car crew. There is so much we can take into next year.”

Six-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon was unable to attend the banquet because of the Goodwood Festival in England but sent congratulations to Power via a video message.

“I really want to congratulate Will Power,” Dixon said. “You drove a tremendous season this year. Even with some of the lows that you had, some of the mistakes with qualifying, you bounced back tremendously. I know how tough these championships are and to see you do it in the style that you did it in the last race of the season, massive congratulations.”

Power’s championship formula included one victory, nine podiums and 12 top-five finishes. Teammate Josef Newgarden was second in the championship with five wins but only six podiums.

Cindric saluted Power’s season in accepting the championship team owner award.

“Will, you took it to another level this year,” Cindric said. “You are the complete package. You completed every lap, had nine podiums, finished out of the top 10 just four times, broke Mario Andretti’s record, and you did it all without cussing at the officials on national TV.

“One complaint I do has is while most of us think you might be from another planet, you never told us your wife was a fortune teller.”

Cindric also honored the seasons of Penske drivers Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin, who won three times in his second full season (“You are one of only two full-time IndyCar drivers that has driven for us in the past 23 years that hasn’t won an Indy 500 or an IndyCar championship. Your time is coming.”).

Kyle Moyer was named team manager of the year (his fifth time and Penske’s sixth). Pennzoil presented Lacasse with the chief mechanic of the year for the first time, the sixth time for Team Penske. The No. 12 crew also won the Firestone Pit Performance Award for the most pit stop performance award points in 2022.

Power, Newgarden and McLaughlin delivered nine of Chevrolet’s series-leading 11 victories this season, helping Chevy win the Manufacturer Award for the seventh time since it returned to the series in 2012 and the first time since 2017. Jim Danahy, U.S. vice president, Competition Motorsports Engineering for Chevrolet, accepted the award on behalf of his team.


Christian Lundgaard was honored as the 2022 NTT IndyCar rookie of the year. Lundgaard, from Denmark, scored one podium, two top-five finishes and seven top-10s in the No. 30 Honda fielded by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. He edged David Malukas of Dale Coyne Racing with HMD by 18 points in the standings for first-year series drivers.

Christian Lundgaard (Chris Owens/Penske Entertainment)

“It’s been a tough season and looking at how it panned out, we struggled so much at the beginning of the season and how we were able to turn it around means so much to me and the team,” Lundgaard said. “It’s the one thing that you only get one shot at. I’m happy to have it.

“Being the first Dane at the Indy 500 certainly helps. Competing here for me is quite important and also special. To win this award and to be here in future years means so much to me. I have a chance to compete for wins and championships.

“This team gave me this opportunity at this track one year ago. We came back and got redemption. We got our first podium here. This year was 40 years ago that Bobby Rahal won the same award. It’s pretty special to keep it among the team.”

Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist was honored as Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion after a dominant season for HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing. Lundqvist won a series-high five races in the No. 26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing entry and clinched the Lights championship with a race to spare, ending with a 92-point advantage over Sting Ray Robb. HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing owners Henry and Daiva Malukas accepted the team championship.

“I’m very proud of that,” Lundqvist said. “It’s cool to see. We are starting to look to the future, and this might not be doing too bad. It’s been great. As most of you can guess with Henry and Daiva Malukas (team owners), it’s been an incredible journey. So much fun that we’ve had. To be on the grid this year was so much of a struggle for us. I didn’t even know I would be doing this until January.

“To be able to pull out the season that we had, I cannot thank this team enough. We will celebrate this for a long time. I’m so happy and proud about that.”

Outgoing IndyCar Director of Medical Affairs Dr. Geoffrey Billows also was honored as he is leaving that role while battling cancer.

“When I think of Dr. Billows, I think of two words,” IndyCar president Jay Frye said. “One is selfless and the other is tough. He’s gone through a lot these last couple of years, and he didn’t want anybody to know. He’s an amazing man, and we are very grateful for what you have done.”

Dr. Geoffrey Billows with IndyCar president Jay Frye (Chris Owens/Penske Entertainment)

Billows was presented with a framed checkered flag signed by all drivers in the series as well as other IndyCar officials and dignitaries.

“I was not expecting this at all,” Billows said. “This means so much for me to be part of this family for the past 30 years. I’ve been presented with opportunities I never thought I would ever have. I can’t tell you how much I love all of you guys and care for all of you guys.

“Thank you so much. I want to also thank my wife, Tammy, who has been a pillar of strength as I continue on this journey with cancer for the past two years as well. You will still see me as a consultant because I love this too much to quit altogether.”

When the evening concluded, Team Penske boarded a bus to the airport for the short return flight to Statesville. They were home by midnight.

Power’s Victory Lap was complete.

“The best thing about this is I get to sleep in my own bed tonight,” Power said.

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