FAST FACTS FOR THE MOLSON INDY WHAT: Molson Indy. WHERE: Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, July 16-18. SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship. CART SCHEDULE (All times local): FRIDAY, JULY 16 Indy...
FAST FACTS FOR THE MOLSON INDY
WHAT: Molson Indy. WHERE: Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, July 16-18. SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship. CART SCHEDULE (All times local):
FRIDAY, JULY 16 Indy Lights practice, 9:30-10:10 a.m.; CART practice, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Indy Lights qualifying, 1-1:30 p.m.; CART qualifying, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
SATURDAY, JULY 17 Indy Lights practice, 8-8:40 a.m.; CART practice, 9-10:15 a.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.; CART qualifying, 12:45-2 p.m.
SUNDAY, JULY 18 Indy Lights warm up, 8:15-8:30 a.m.; CART warm up, 10-10:30 a.m.; Indy Lights race, 11:30 a.m., Grid Champ Cars, 1:15 p.m.; Molson Indy, 2 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV-ABC-TV (tape delay, 3 p.m. ET). RADIO-CART Radio Network (CJCL, 590 AM). PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Molson Indy pole qualifying, 6 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2. 1998 CHAMPION: Alex Zanardi. DEFENDING POLESITTER: Dario Franchitti. TRACK LAYOUT: 1.721-mile temporary road course. RACE LENGTH: 95 laps, 163.495 miles. TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1997, Dario Franchitti, 105.694 mph; Race (163.495 miles) - 1997, Mark Blundell, 92.779 mph. RACE NUMBER: 11 of 20 in the FedEx Championship Series. PPG CUP POINTS LEADERS: 1. Juan Montoya, 113 points; 2. Michael Andretti, 95; 3. Gil de Ferran, 87; 4. Dario Franchitti, 85; 5. Christian Fittipaldi, 82.
Alex Zanardi (Target Honda Reynard) tied Al Unser Jr.'s record of four consecutive FedEx Championship Series event victories with his triumph in the 1998 Molson Indy at Toronto's Exhibition Place. Zanardi dipped inside leader Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford Swift) with three laps remaining and went onto his 14th CART career victory and his fourth in a row following wins at Detroit, Portland and Cleveland. It marked his 15th podium finish, including 10 victories, in his last 18 starts, dating to his 1997 win at Cleveland. Zanardi also recorded the sixth consecutive event victory for Target/Chip Ganassi Racing dating to his Memorial Day weekend victory at Gateway International Raceway. Andretti's runner-up result marked his 10th finish of fifth or better in 12 career starts at Toronto. Zanardi's teammate, Jimmy Vasser (Target Honda Reynard) finished third for his 10th consecutive top-eight effort, dating to the second race of the season at Japan. Zanardi exited Toronto with a commanding lead of 175-106 over Vasser in the PPG Cup points standings while Greg Moore (Player's/Indeck Mercedes Reynard), who finished 11th, stood third with 98 points.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour, 52 minutes, 24.080 seconds. Average Speed: 87.274 mph. Margin of Victory: 1.921 seconds. Caution Flags: 4 for 16 laps. Lap Leaders: Dario Franchitti, 76 laps; Michael Andretti, 13; Alex Zanardi, 3; Bobby Rahal, 1; Bryan Herta, 1; Christian Fittipaldi, 1.
TORONTO CART RACE HISTORY (13 EVENTS)
Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1986 Bobby Rahal Emerson Fittipaldi 1987 Emerson Fittipaldi Bobby Rahal 1988 Al Unser Jr. Danny Sullivan 1989 Michael Andretti Emerson Fittipaldi 1990 Al Unser Jr. Danny Sullivan 1991 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1992 Michael Andretti Bobby Rahal 1993 Paul Tracy Emerson Fittipaldi 1994 Michael Andretti Bobby Gordon 1995 Michael Andretti Jacques Villeneuve 1996 Adrian Fernandez Andre Ribeiro 1997 Mark Blundell Dario Franchitti 1998 Alex Zanardi Dario Franchitti
Michael Andretti 5 Al Unser Jr. 2 Bobby Rahal 1 Emerson Fittipaldi 1 Paul Tracy 1 Adrian Fernandez 1 Mark Blundell 1 Alex Zanardi 1
All-time pole positions
Emerson Fittipaldi 3 Danny Sullivan 2 Bobby Rahal 2 Dario Franchitti 2 Michael Andretti 1 Robby Gordon 1 Jacques Villeneuve 1 Andre Ribeiro 1