CHAMPCAR/CART: 1998 Season little known Facts - Part I

Troy, MI (November 12, 1998) - The surface numbers are well documented. Target/Chip Ganassi Racing won its third consecutive FedEx Championship Series title while Alex Zanardi (Target Reynard Honda) claimed his second consecutive driving ...

Troy, MI (November 12, 1998) - The surface numbers are well documented. Target/Chip Ganassi Racing won its third consecutive FedEx Championship Series title while Alex Zanardi (Target Reynard Honda) claimed his second consecutive driving championship and established FedEx Championship Series single-season records with 285 points and 15 podium finishes.

But there was a lot going on behind the numbers in the 1998 FedEx Championship Series as well. With the assistance of OMEGA, the Official Timekeeper of the FedEx Championship Series, and CART Pit Note Specialist Mark Tate, the following, less-obvious statistics have been compiled concerning the recently concluded season:

On event weekends, the 34 FedEx Championship Series drivers who made a combined 531 Champ Car starts completed 105,979 laps of practice, qualifying and racing without any of them requiring an overnight hospital stay due to injury. In fact, Christian Fittipaldi (Kmart Swift Ford) was the only driver to miss a start all season for medical reasons. Fittipaldi suffered a mild concussion during the first practice session at Milwaukee. He was examined and released from a local hospital but was withheld from competition for the balance of the weekend.

The average margin of victory for the 19 FedEx Championship Series events was 2.899 seconds, the average margin between podium (first through third) finishers was 4.559 seconds. The season's closest finish came in the opener at Homestead, where Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Swift Ford) crossed the start/finish line 0.075 seconds ahead of Greg Moore (Player's/Indeck Reynard Mercedes) in the fourth-closest finish in CART history. In all, nine of 19 events were decided by less than a second. The largest margin of victory was Zanardi's 8.422-second triumph over Andretti at Cleveland.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Christian Fittipaldi , Alex Zanardi , Chip Ganassi , Greg Moore
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing