Rain Washes Out Motorola 300 Qualifying; Moore On Pole CART Online (May 22, 1998) Greg Moore became the first two-time polesitter of the FedEx Championship Series season Friday when he was awarded the position based on practice times after...
Rain Washes Out Motorola 300 Qualifying; Moore On Pole
CART Online (May 22, 1998) Greg Moore became the first two-time polesitter of the FedEx Championship Series season Friday when he was awarded the position based on practice times after rained washed out qualifying for Saturday's Motorola 300 at Gateway International Raceway.
Moore's top speed of 177.505 mph (25.757 sec) from Thursday's practice held up to give him the top starting spot for Saturday's Motorola 300 (1 p.m. ET, live, ABC-TV), Round 6 of the FedEx Championship Series. It is Moore's second pole position of the season, as well as the second of his career. Moore earned his first career pole in the season opener at Homestead.
Moore secured the pole after Friday's morning practice and qualifying were canceled by rain. An hour-long practice session was scheduled for the afternoon in lieu of qualifying, but it was cut short after roughly six minutes under green flag conditions because of another downpour. No driver improved on his best lap speed from Thursday during the short-lived session.
Moore is credited with a career pole position, but does not receive the PPG Cup point which goes with the pole, according to CART rules governing the cancellation of qualifying. His lead in the PPG Cup championship remains at 71-67 over second-place Alex Zanardi (Target Reynard Honda), who starts 11th.
Moore also does not receive the $10,000 Marlboro Pole Award, which is presented at the conclusion of qualifying at each FedEx Championship Series event.
"Starting up front tomorrow, especially seeing that we haven't had any track time at all, is going to be a bit of an advantage," Moore said. "As far as the setup [for the race] goes, I think we're all kind of guessing. I know the Player's/Forsythe team is going to give me a good setup and good pit stops, like they always do, and I'm looking forward to the race."
Jimmy Vasser (Target Reynard Honda) starts second after posting a quick lap of 177.161 mph (25.807 secs) during Thursday's practice. Rookie Tony Kanaan (LCI Reynard Honda) starts third at 177.106 mph (25.815 sec).
Another rookie, JJ Lehto (Hogan Motor Leasing, Inc. Reynard Mercedes), starts a career-high fourth after posting a best practice lap of 177.010 mph (25.829 sec). Dario Franchitti (KOOL Reynard Honda) rounds out the top five at 175.657 mph (26.028 sec). Paul Tracy (KOOL Reynard Honda), the defending Motorola 300 champion, starts 15th (173.629 mph/26.332 sec.). The top 23 starters are separated by less than a second on the grid.
The $10,000 Marlboro Pole Award rolls over to next week's Miller Lite 200 at The Milwaukee Mile and will be augmented by an additional $15,000 in rollover bonus money which is awarded for a victory from the pole. The total potential Marlboro Pole Award payout at Milwaukee now stands at $230,000, a record for the six-year history of the award.
Source: CART Online