The 1996 Indy Racing League season was the first season of the newly formed championship (current IndyCar Series). The series emerged in 1996 after its separation from CART (later Champ Car World Series). The season consisted of only three races – at Walt Disney World Speedway in January, at Phoenix International Raceway in March, and the 80th Indianapolis 500 in May concluded the season. Colombian Roberto Guerrero known for his Formula 1 (1982-83) and CART Indycar World Series (1984-1995) career, in 1996 competed in the newly formed Indy Racing League driving the Pagan Racing No. 21 WavePhore Reynard 94i-Ford Cosworth XB, with additional sponsorship coming from Johnny Lightning (at Disney), Newscast (at Phoenix) and Pennzoil (at Indianapolis). At Indy-500 the team updated to Reynard 95I and Guerrero qualified 6th, battled for the win, and led for a race-high 47 laps. During his last pit-stop on lap 167 the car catch on fire, Guerrero lost some time and returned to race to finish 5th. Guerrero finished 4th in the championship with 237 points.
|1996||Indy Racing League||Indy 500|
|Roberto Guerrero||21||Pagan Racing|
|Reynard 95I||Ford Cosworth||WavePhore / Pennzoil|