FAST FACTS FOR THE HONDA INDY 300 WHAT: Honda Indy. WHERE: Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia WHEN: Friday-Sunday, October 15-17. SUPPORT EVENTS: Hog's Breath V8 SuperCar Challenge, Courier Mail GT Production, ...
FAST FACTS FOR THE HONDA INDY 300
WHAT: Honda Indy. WHERE: Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia WHEN: Friday-Sunday, October 15-17. SUPPORT EVENTS: Hog's Breath V8 SuperCar Challenge, Courier Mail GT Production, Porsche Cup, HQ Holdens, Formula Ford. CART SCHEDULE: (All times local) FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15 - Champ Car practice,10:30 a.m.-noon; Champ Car qualifying (2 groups/30 minutes each), 2:30-3:45 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16 - Champ Car practice, 9-10:15 a.m.; Champ Car qualifying (2 groups/30 minutes each), 12:45-2 p.m.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17 - Champ Car warm-up, 10-10:30 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 1:15 p.m.; Honda Indy 300, 2 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV - ESPN (Live, Saturday/early Sunday, midnight ET). 1998 CHAMPION: Alex Zanardi. DEFENDING POLESITTER: Dario Franchitti. TRACK LAYOUT: 2.794-mile temporary street course. RACE LENGTH: 65 laps, 181.675 miles. TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1998, Dario Franchitti, 109.028 mph (1 minute, 32.288 seconds); Race - No race record at this distance. RACE NUMBER: 19 of 20. PPG CUP POINTS LEADERS: 1. Juan Montoya, 200; 2. Dario Franchitti, 187; 3. Paul Tracy, 155; 4. Michael Andretti, 141; 5. Max Papis, 117. NEXT EVENT: October 31, Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota, Fontana, Calif.
1998 Race Recap
Alex Zanardi (Target Honda Reynard) - who had clinched the PPG Cup three races earlier but had not recorded a FedEx Championship Series victory in six events - ended that dry spell with a victory in the Honda Indy before a record crowd of 95,901 on Australia's Gold Coast. The victory was Zanardi's seventh of the season and made him the eighth different winner in as many events at Australia. He averaged 85.328 miles per hour and led a race-high 49 laps, finishing 0.322 seconds ahead of Dario Franchitti in a race which ended under caution. Franchitti earned the pole, then delivered a runner-up finish, his fifth consecutive finish of fourth or better, and fourth podium result in that span. Christian Fittipaldi (Kmart Ford Swift) finished third in his return to the seaside venue where he had sustained a broken leg a year earlier. Zanardi departed Australia with 271 PPG Cup points and the championship in hand, followed by Franchitti with 160 and Jimmy Vasser (Target Honda Reynard)with 148.
Vital race statistics
Time of race: 2 hours, 1 minute, 51.170 seconds. Average speed: 85.328 mph. Margin of victory: 0.322 seconds. Caution flags: 7 for 19 laps. Lap leaders: Alex Zanardi, 49; Dario Franchitti, 13.
AUSTRALIA CART RACE HISTORY (8 Events)
Year Race winner Pole winner 1991 John Andretti Michael Andretti 1992 Emerson Fittipaldi Al Unser Jr. 1993 Nigel Mansell Nigel Mansell 1994 Michael Andretti Nigel Mansell 1995 Paul Tracy Michael Andretti 1996 Jimmy Vasser Jimmy Vasser 1997 Scott Pruett Alex Zanardi 1998 Alex Zanardi Dario Franchitti
John Andretti 1 Emerson Fittipaldi 1 Nigel Mansell 1 Michael Andretti 1 Paul Tracy 1 Jimmy Vasser 1 Scott Pruett 1 Alex Zanardi 1
Total Pole Positions
Michael Andretti 2 Nigel Mansell 2 Al Unser Jr. 1 Jimmy Vasser 1 Alex Zanardi 1 Dario Franchitti 1