CHAMPCAR/CART: 1998 Performance Awards

1998 CART Performance Awards (November 9, 1998) - Numerous performance awards for the 1998 FedEx Championship Series campaign were distributed during CART's season-ending weekend at California Speedway. Among the winners were Max Papis (MCI ...

1998 CART Performance Awards

(November 9, 1998) - Numerous performance awards for the 1998 FedEx Championship Series campaign were distributed during CART's season-ending weekend at California Speedway. Among the winners were Max Papis (MCI Reynard Toyota), who received $5,000 from First Brands Corporation/STP for being voted the season's Most Improved Driver by his peers.

Dario Franchitti (KOOL Reynard Honda) collected the award for winning the most money from the Marlboro Pole Award Fund during the season. Franchitti, who led the FedEx Championship Series with five pole positions, earned $380,000, including a record Marlboro Pole Award payout of $340,000 for his victory at Vancouver, which made him the first driver in 22 races to win from the pole.

Meanwhile, Bryan Herta (Shell Reynard Ford) won the Marlboro Pole Award car giveaway for the second consecutive year. The giveaway used a blind draw method of distributing 19 ignition keys, one for each pole position won by a driver this season. Herta claimed the Mercedes-Benz E430 Sport when the key he earned for winning the pole position at Laguna Seca - site of his first career FedEx Championship Series victory - started the car.

FedEx Championship Series champion Alex Zanardi (Target Reynard Honda) won his second consecutive season-ending Speedmaster Award from Omega, the official timekeeper of the FedEx Championship Series. He received an Omega Louis Brandt watch for recording the fastest race lap at five events this season. Zanardi also received the Bosch Top Finisher Award and the STP Champion's Award.

Mauricio Gugelmin (Hollywood PacWest Mercedes) received the $30,000 Valvoline Top Finisher year-end bonus while Al Unser Jr. (Marlboro Penske Mercedes) received the $10,000 season-ending Budweiser Accelerator Award for exhibiting the most instances of improvement in speed from practice to qualifying on road courses and from his first qualifying lap to his second on ovals.

Rob Hill, chief mechanic for Zanardi, was named the Valvoline/ASE Mechanic of the Year while Mike Sales, chief mechanic for Adrian Fernandez (Tecate/Quaker State/Labatt Reynard Ford), was named Craftsman Chief Mechanic of the Year.

Tamy Valkosky, Public Relations Director for the Tasman Motorsports Group, received the Jim Chapman Award, named in memory of the late Racing Director of PPG Industries, as the outstanding public relations representative in the FedEx Championship Series.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Max Papis , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Mauricio Gugelmin , Bryan Herta