CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland Friday Qualifying Report

Cleveland, OH (J uly 10, 1998) - Jimmy Vasser crossed under the checkered flag in today's qualifying session taking the overnight provisional pole position for Sunday's Medic Grand Prix of Cleveland. Vasser's pole time of 56.417 seconds was a...

Cleveland, OH (J uly 10, 1998) - Jimmy Vasser crossed under the checkered flag in today's qualifying session taking the overnight provisional pole position for Sunday's Medic Grand Prix of Cleveland. Vasser's pole time of 56.417 seconds was a half second faster than Bryan Herta's second place time.

In an exciting finish to the first group of qualifiers, the final five minutes saw the fast time drop several times. Michael Andretti set fast time late in the session only to be knocked off the pole a few seconds later when Bryan Herta crossed the line. In the next two minutes, Andretti found himself in fifth position behind Franchitti and Zanardi. Andretti ended up fifth out of the first group of qualifiers but was relegated to seventh after the second group of qualifiers were finished.

Mark Blundell was fastest out of the second group of qualifiers, his lap of 57.039 seconds was good enough for fifth overall.

Vasser's qualifying time marked a huge improvement over this morning's time of 60.383 seconds. "I wasn't very happy this morning, but we made some changes and now the car is working very well. I finally got a clear lap at the end and that's what worked today," Vasser said.

Vasser's teammate, Alex Zanardi, qualified fourth. "I ran into a lot of traffic. One lap I was behind Michael (Andretti) and he hit a cone. It went about 200 yards and landed on my head. Then the next cone was in the middle of the road so I couldn't get a quick lap." Zanardi said. "The last lap was the only chance to get a good time. I'm pretty happy with the car, but I could have gotten more from it."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Alex Zanardi , Bryan Herta , Mark Blundell