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Jeff Andretti, seen here in 1986, was runner up in the 1987 series. Copyright Mark Windecker 2016.  Used with permission.

American Racing Series (ARS) 1987

Having comfortably won the 1986 Formula Super Vee title, Didier Theys moved up - or across, it was hard to tell in 1987 - to the ARS series in 1987 to drive for TrueSports. He was second to his old FSV rival Jeff Andretti at the first race but then won the next three races to establish a firm grip on the title race. Tommy Byrne, like Andretti in his second season of ARS, then found some form with three pole positions at Toronto, Pocono and Mid-Ohio, winning the first two of these, but was unable to keep up his momentum. Unusually for a series using the SCCA's new 20-16-14 points system, Theys won the title with a round to spare leaving Andretti to pip Byrne to second place by winning the final round.

1987 American Racing Series table

1Didier TheysMarch 86A - Buick V6137 pts3 wins
2Jeff AndrettiMarch 86A - Buick V6123 pts2 wins
3Tommy ByrneMarch 86A - Buick V6120 pts2 wins
4Dave SimpsonMarch 86A - Buick V6101 pts1 win
5Mike GroffMarch 86A - Buick V696 pts1 win
6Steve MillenMarch 86A - Buick V688 pts 
7Juan Manuel Fangio IIMarch 86A - Buick V657 pts1 win
8Albert Naon JrMarch 86A - Buick V648 pts 
9Rich RutherfordMarch 86A - Buick V640 pts 
10=George MetsosMarch 86A - Buick V635 pts 
10=Lee Perkinson JrMarch 86A - Buick V635 pts 

The races

12 Apr 1987 > Phoenix International Raceway

31 May 1987 > Milwaukee (Wisconsin State Fair Park)

29 Jun 1987 > Meadowlands Sports Complex

05 Jul 1987 > Cleveland

19 Jul 1987 > Toronto

16 Aug 1987 > Pocono International Raceway

06 Sep 1987 > Mid-Ohio

20 Sep 1987 > Pennsylvania International Raceway

11 Oct 1987 > Laguna Seca

01 Nov 1987 > Tamiami Park