Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota WHAT: Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota. WHERE: Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pa. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, April 24-26. SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights ...
Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota
WHAT: Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota.
WHERE: Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pa.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, April 24-26.
SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship; KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship.
SCHEDULE:(All times Eastern )
FRIDAY, APRIL 24
Indy Lights practice, 9:30-10:10 a.m.; CART practice 10:30 a.m.-Noon.; Indy Lights practice, 1-1:30 p.m.; CART practice (2 groups/45 minutes each), 2:30-4:15 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 25 Indy Lights practice, 8-8:40 a.m.; CART practice 9-10:15 a.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; CART qualifying, 1:15-2:45 p.m. SUNDAY, APRIL 26
CART warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m.; Indy Lights warm-up, 10:30-10:45 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 11:45 a.m.; Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota, 12:30 p.m.; Indy Lights race, 3 p.m.
BROADCAST: TVNetwork (WTKZ, 1320 AM).
PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota pole qualifying, 2 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, noon ET Sunday, ESPN2.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Paul Tracy.
DEFENDING POLESITTER: Paul Tracy.
TRACK LAYOUT: One-mile oval.
RACE LENGTH: 225 miles, 225 laps.
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) 1997, Paul Tracy, 191.174 mph (18.831 seconds); Race 1997, Paul Tracy, 118.919 mph.
RACE ROUND: 4 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series.
PPG CUP POINT LEADERS: 1. Adrian Fernandez 41, 2. Greg Moore 37, 3. Alex Zanardi 34, 4. Dario Franchitti 25, 5. Michael Andretti 21, 6. Gil de Ferran 21.
NEXT EVENT: May 10, Rio 400, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Paul Tracy (Marlboro Penske Mercedes) started a career-high winning streak by driving to victory over Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Swift Ford) in the 1997 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota at Nazareth Speedway.
Tracy led 186 of the 225 laps, including the final 141, in becoming the first driver of the year to win from the pole position, which he earned at a record speed of 191.174 mph.
The race ended under caution after the Castrol-Jockey Reynard Toyota driven by Juan Fangio II caught fire with two laps remaining. Tracy averaged a 118.919 mph en route to the victory.
Andretti finished second for his third podium performance in the first four events (victory at Homestead, third at Australia), while Al Unser Jr. (Marlboro Penske Mercedes) finished third, his best performance of the 1997 season.
Tracy's victory started him on a streak which continued with victories at Rio de Janeiro and Gateway International Raceway, making him the seventh driver in CART history to win three consecutive events.
Andretti led the PPG Cup standings with 51 points as the teams left Nazareth, followed by Scott Pruett (Brahma Reynard Ford) with 47 and Tracy with 45.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour, 53 minutes, 31.337 seconds.
Average Speed: 118.919 mph.
Margin of Victory: 0.527 seconds.
Caution Flags: 10 for 66 laps.
Lap Leaders: Paul Tracy, 186 laps; Raul Boesel, 21; Michael Andretti, 18.
NAZARETH RACE HISTORY
(11 Events) Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1987 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1988 Danny Sullivan Danny Sullivan 1989 Emerson Fittipaldi Rick Mears 1990 Emerson Fittipaldi Bobby Rahal 1991 Arie Luyendyk Rick Mears 1992 Bobby Rahal Michael Andretti 1993 Nigel Mansell Nigel Mansell 1994 Paul Tracy Emerson Fittipaldi 1995 Emerson Fittipaldi Robby Gordon 1996 Michael Andretti Paul Tracy 1997 Paul Tracy Paul Tracy
Emerson Fittipaldi 3 Michael Andretti 2 Paul Tracy 2 Danny Sullivan 1 Arie Luyendyk 1 Bobby Rahal 1 Nigel Mansell 1
TOTAL POLE POSITIONS
Paul Tracy 2 Michael Andretti 2 Rick Mears 2 Danny Sullivan 1 Bobby Rahal 1 Nigel Mansell 1 Emerson Fittipaldi 1 Robby Gordon 1
Source: CART Online