Starting Position: 2
Race Time: 2:58:59.431
Chassis/engine: G Force/Oldsmobile
During the 1996 open wheel split between CART and the Indy Racing League, there were many hard feelings, but after four long years, some of the big teams started to make their way back to Indy. Chip Ganassi Racing returned with cocksure Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya who whipped the field, easily becoming the first rookie to win since 1966.