American Richie Hearn, winner of the Toyota Atlantic series of 1995, moved to premier level of American open wheel racing in 1996,  driving for John Della Penna in both the IRL and Champ Car series. He won an IRL race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 1996. Hearn moved full-time into Champ Car in 1997 for Della Penna, driving the  Lola T97 sponsored by Ralphs, a supermarket chain in Southern California. Hearn failed to score any significant results, finishing twice in 9th position and collecting 10 points.

SeasonSeriesEvent
1997CART PPG World Series
Driver No.Entrant
Richie Hearn21Della Penna Motorsports
ChassisEngineCar Name
Reynard 97IFord XDRalph’s / Food 4 Less
Scale ManufacturerCollection
1:64Hot Wheels1998 Preview Edition
Cat. No.QualityRarity
19118-0910 G1