1996 IRL (Racing Champions)

1996 Indy Racing League

All diecast on this page were issued by Racing Champions.

IMG_1821#4 Richie Hearn // Della Penna Motorsports // Reynard-Ford-Goodyear

IMG_1822#5 Arie Luyendyk // Byrd-Treadway Racing // Reynard-Ford-Firestone

IMG_1823#7 Eliseo Salazar // Team Scandia // Lola-Ford-Goodyear

IMG_1824#11 Scott Sharp // A.J. Foyt Enterprises // Lola-Ford-Goodyear

IMG_1825#12 Buzz Calkins // Bradley Motorsports // Reynard-Ford-Firestone

IMG_1826#20 Tony Stewart // Team Menard // Lola-Menard-Firestone

IMG_1827#21 Roberto Guerrero // Pagan Racing // Reynard-Ford-Goodyear

IMG_1828#45 Lyn St. James // Zunne Group Racing // Lola-Ford-Goodyear

IMG_1829#70 Davy Jones // Galles Racing // Lola-Mercedes-Goodyear

IMG_1830#91 Buddy Lazier // Hemelgarn Racing // Reynard-Ford-Firestone

BONUS: “America’s Race Weekend”

IMG_1831

Clearly torn between its CART and IRL licensing deals, Racing Champions issued this car as a commemoration of Memorial Day race weekend in 1996. While the Indianapolis 500 went on as always, CART established its own 500-mile race in Michigan, the U.S. 500. The conflict would last only one year as a disastrous CART event would lead that series to move its Michigan round to a later date in the 1997 season.

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