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1998 Molson Indy Vancouver

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Canada 1998 Vancouver
Race details
Race 15 of 19 in the 1998 CART season
DateSeptember 6, 1998
Official name1998 Molson Indy Vancouver
LocationConcord Pacific Place
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
CourseTemporary street course
1.781 mi / 2.866 km
Distance86 laps
153.166 mi / 246.39 km
WeatherTemperatures reaching up to 25.3 °C (77.5 °F); dropping down to 20.1 °C (68.2 °F) by the end of the event[1]
Pole position
DriverDario Franchitti (Team KOOL Green)
Time1:04.130
Fastest lap
DriverHélio Castro-Neves (Bettenhausen Racing)
Time1:06.939 (on lap 30 of 86)
Podium
FirstDario Franchitti (Team KOOL Green)
SecondMichael Andretti (Newman-Haas Racing)
ThirdScott Pruett (Patrick Racing)

The 1998 Molson Indy Vancouver was the fifteenth round of the 1998 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on September 6, 1998, at Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Dario Franchitti took his second consecutive win at this race, after passing Michael Andretti for the lead with seven laps left. In doing so, Franchitti became the first driver to win a race from pole for over a year.

Building an insurmountable lead in the championship standings, Alex Zanardi's 4th-place finish in this race clinched the 1998 CART title with still four races remaining.

This marks the final career podium for Scott Pruett in CART.

Classification

Race

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team Green 86 2:00:37.871 1 20+1+1
2 6 United States Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 86 +3.437 6 16
3 20 United States Scott Pruett Patrick Racing 86 +4.745 8 14
4 1 Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing 86 +5.002 3 12
5 2 United States Al Unser, Jr. Team Penske 86 +13.832 22 10
6 17 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing Group 86 +14.933 13 8
7 3 Brazil André Ribeiro Team Penske 86 +16.246 19 6
8 9 Finland JJ Lehto Hogan Racing 86 +17.565 16 5
9 25 Italy Max Papis Arciero-Wells Racing 86 +19.206 23 4
10 19 Mexico Michel Jourdain Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 86 +19.625 25 3
11 26 Canada Paul Tracy Team Green 86 +19.759 7 2
12 18 United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Racing Group 86 +20.284 16 1
13 5 Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 85 Brakes 14
14 11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 85 +1 Lap 12
15 40 Mexico Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 84 +2 Laps 21
16 10 United States Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 73 Contact 10
17 34 United States Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing 69 Transmission 28
18 21 Brazil Tony Kanaan Tasman Motorsports Group 67 Contact 5
19 36 United States Alex Barron All American Racing 62 Contact 27
20 99 Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 55 Contact 4
21 98 United States P. J. Jones All American Racing 54 Contact 26
22 8 United States Bryan Herta Team Rahal 51 Contact 2
23 24 United States Robby Gordon Arciero-Wells Racing 47 Electrical 24
24 16 Brazil Hélio Castro-Neves Bettenhausen Racing 41 Fuel 9
25 7 United States Bobby Rahal Team Rahal 30 Engine 11
26 12 United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 10 Contact 15
27 33 Canada Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 10 Contact 17
28 77 West Germany Arnd Meier Davis Racing 6 Contact 20

Caution flags

Laps Cause
11-17 Vasser (12), Carpentier (33) contact, Zanardi (1) spin
21-23 Jones (98), Vitolo (34) spin
43-45 Castro-Neves (16) stalled on course
52-55 Herta (8), Hearn (10) contact
57-61 Blundell (18), Moore (99), Jones (98) contact, Fittipaldi (11) spin
64-66 Barron (36) contact
69-70 Kanaan (21), Tracy (26) contact

Lap Leaders

Laps Leader
1-21 Dario Franchitti
22-41 Hélio Castro-Neves
43-50 Al Unser, Jr.
51-62 Alex Barron
63-79 Michael Andretti
80-86 Dario Franchitti
 
Driver Laps led
Dario Franchitti 28
Hélio Castro-Neves 20
Michael Andretti 17
Alex Barron 12
Al Unser, Jr. 9

Point standings after race

Pos Driver Points
1 Italy Alex Zanardi 218
2 United States Jimmy Vasser 126
3 Mexico Adrián Fernández 120
4 Canada Greg Moore 119
5 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 110

References

  1. ^ "1998 Molson Indy Vancouver weather information". Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-07-14.
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