CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver Fact Sheet

WHAT: Molson Indy Vancouver. WHERE: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 3-5. SUPPORT EVENTS: KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship; BF Goodrich Tires Trans-Am Series, World Challenge. CART SCHEDULE...

WHAT: Molson Indy Vancouver. WHERE: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 3-5. SUPPORT EVENTS: KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship; BF Goodrich Tires Trans-Am Series, World Challenge. CART SCHEDULE (All times PDT): FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 - Atlantic practice, 9:35-10:10 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Atlantic qualifying, 1-1:30 p.m.; Champ Car qualifying, 2:30-3:45 p.m. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 - Atlantic practice, 8-8:40 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 9-10:15 a.m.; Atlantic qualifying, 11:55 a.m.-12:25 p.m.; Champ Car qualifying, 12:45-2 p.m.; Atlantic race, 2:30-3:30 p.m. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 - Atlantic warm-up, 8:30-8:45 a.m.; Champ Car warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m.; Atlantic race, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 12:15 p.m.; Molson Indy Vancouver, 1 p.m. BROADCAST: TV-(ABC-TV, 4 p.m. EDT and in 195 countries worldwide). RADIO-CART Radio Network. PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Molson Indy Vancouver pole qualifying, 1:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2. DEFENDING CHAMPION: Dario Franchitti. DEFENDING POLESITTER: Dario Franchitti. TRACK LAYOUT: Reconfigured temporary street-course layout; length to be determined by measurement of OMEGA, Official Timekeeper of the FedEx Championship Series. RACE LENGTH: 90 laps (tentative). TRACK RECORDS: New course layout. RACE NUMBER: 16 of 20. FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS FOR THE PPG CUP: 1. Juan Montoya, 172 points; 2. Dario Franchitti, 168; 3. Michael Andretti, 124; 4. Paul Tracy, 122; 5. Christian Fittipaldi, 101.

INSTANT REPLAY

Dario Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard) earned a $430,000 payday and Alex Zanardi (Target Honda Reynard) secured his second consecutive FedEx Championship Series championship as Franchitti drove to victory and Zanardi finished fourth at the 1998 Molson Indy Vancouver at Concord Pacific Place. Franchitti recorded his second consecutive victory following a career-first triumph at Road America, and collected the $100,000 winner's purse and a record $330,000 Marlboro Pole Award bonus for becoming the first driver to win from the pole in 22 events. Zanardi's fourth-place finish allowed him to clinch his second consecutive PPG Cup and the $1 million bonus which accompanies it, making him the first driver to win back-to-back titles since Bobby Rahal in 1986 and '87. Zanardi also set a CART record by clinching the title with four races remaining, earlier than anyone had done so previously. Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford Swift) finished second while Scott Pruett (Visteon Ford Reynard) took third. Zanardi exited Vancouver with an insurmountable 218-126 points lead over Target/Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Jimmy Vasser (Target Honda Reynard) while Adrian Fernandez (Tecate/Quaker State/Labatt Ford Reynard), who finished 15th, stood third in the championship with 120 points.

Vital Race Statistics

Time of race: 2 hours, 37.871 seconds. Average speed: 77.081 miles per hour. Margin of victory: 3.437 seconds. Caution flags: 5 for 22 laps. Lap leaders: Dario Franchitti, 28 laps; Helio Castro-Neves, 20; Michael Andretti, 17; Alex Barron, 12; Al Unser Jr., 9.

VANCOUVER RACE HISTORY (9 Events)

Year    Race Winner             Pole Winner
1990    Al Unser Jr.            Michael Andretti
1991    Michael Andretti        Michael Andretti
1992    Michael Andretti        Michael Andretti
1993    Al Unser Jr.            Scott Goodyear
1994    Al Unser Jr.            Robby Gordon
1995    Al Unser Jr.            Jacques Villeneuve 
1996    Michael Andretti        Alex Zanardi
1997    Mauricio Gugelmin       Alex Zanardi
1998    Dario Franchitti        Dario Franchitti

All-time victories

Al Unser Jr.                            4
Michael Andretti                        3
Mauricio Gugelmin                       1
Dario Franchitti                        1

All-time pole positions

Michael Andretti                        3
Alex Zanardi                            2
Scott Goodyear                          1
Robby Gordon                            1
Jacques Villeneuve                      1
Dario Franchitti                        1

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Robby Gordon , Al Unser Jr. , Scott Goodyear , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Christian Fittipaldi , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Mauricio Gugelmin , Scott Pruett , Alex Barron , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing