Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by Star Bank WHAT: Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by Star Bank WHERE: Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio WHEN: Friday-Sunday, July 10-12 SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton...
Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by Star Bank
WHAT: Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by Star Bank
WHERE: Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, July 10-12
SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, NTB Trans-Am Championship, Barber Dodge Pro Series
SCHEDULE:(All times ET)
FRIDAY, JULY 10 Indy Lights practice, 10:30-11:10 a.m. CART practice, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Indy Lights qualifying, 2:15-2:50 p.m. CART qualifying 3:05-4:20 p.m. Atlantic practice, 5:05-5:35 p.m. Atlantic qualifying, 6:55-7:25 p.m.
SATURDAY, JULY 11 Atlantic practice, 8-8:25 a.m. Indy Lights practice, 8:35-9:15 a.m. CART practice, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Atlantic qualifying, 11:25-11:55 a.m. Indy Lights qualifying, 12:10-12:40 p.m. CART qualifying, 1:30-2:45 p.m. Atlantic race, 4:15-5 p.m.
SUNDAY, JULY 12 CART warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m. Indy Lights warm-up, 10:45-11:05 a.m. Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland, 12:30 p.m. Indy Lights race, 3 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV-ABC (live, 12:30 p.m., ET) and in 195 countries worldwide. RADIO-CART Radio Network (WKNR, 1220 AM).
PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING:: "Midseason Pit Stop," 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by Star Bank pole qualifying, 5:30 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN2 "CART 2Day," noon ET Sunday, ESPN2.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Alex Zanardi
DEFENDING POLESITTER: Alex Zanardi
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.106-mile temporary road course
RACE LENGTH: 100 laps, 210.6 miles
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1997, Alex Zanardi, 133.048 mph (56.984 seconds); Race - 1997, Alex Zanardi, 111.848 mph.
RACE ROUND: 10 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series.
PPG CUP POINT LEADERS: 1. Alex Zanardi (Target Reynard Honda), 134 points; 2. Greg Moore (Player's/Indeck Reynard Mercedes), 96; 3. Jimmy Vasser (Target Reynard Honda), 85; 4. Adrian Fernandez (Tecate/Quaker State/Labatt Reynard Ford), 75; 5. Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda), 55.
NEXT EVENT: July 19, Toronto Molson Indy, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alex Zanardi (Target Reynard Honda) rebounded from a pair of penalties which had him running as far back as 22nd place on the 37th of 90 laps to win from the pole at the 1997 Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland. Zanardi was penalized for pitting in a closed-pit situation on Lap 23, then was assessed an additional drive-through pit lane penalty for blending into the field illegally on his exit following that stop. He made up 21 places in the 41 laps following the penalty, then took the lead from eventual runner-up Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda) by passing him in the first turn on Lap 84. Zanardi's payday included $100,000 from the Marlboro Pole Award fund, which included $90,000 in rollover bonus money for becoming the first driver to win from the pole since Paul Tracy (Marlboro Penske Mercedes) at Nazareth. De Ferran finished second, followed by Bryan Herta (Shell Reynard Ford). Tracy, who finished seventh, maintained the PPG Cup points lead with 106 exiting the event, followed by Greg Moore (Player's/Indeck Reynard Mercedes) with 95 and de Ferran with 94.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race :1 hour, 41 minutes, 40.661 seconds
Average Speed: 111.848 miles per hour
Margin of Victory: 1.281 seconds
Caution Flags: 1 for 11 laps
Lap Leaders: Gil de Ferran, 49 laps; Alex Zanardi, 30; Mark Blundell, 9; Christian Fittipaldi, 2
Cleveland RACE HISTORY
Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1982 Bobby Rahal Kevin Cogan 1983 Al Unser Mario Andretti 1984 Danny Sullivan Mario Andretti 1985 Al Unser, Jr. Bobby Rahal 1986 Danny Sullivan Danny Sullivan 1987 Emerson Fittipaldi Roberto Guerrero 1988 Mario Andretti Danny Sullivan 1989 Emerson Fittipaldi Michael Andretti 1990 Danny Sullivan Rick Mears 1991 Michael Andretti Emerson Fittipaldi 1992 Emerson Fittipaldi Emerson Fittipaldi 1993 Paul Tracy Paul Tracy 1994 Al Unser, Jr. Al Unser, Jr. 1995 Jacques Villeneuve Gil de Ferran 1996 Gil de Ferran Jimmy Vasser 1997 Alex Zanardi Alex Zanardi
Danny Sullivan 3 Emerson Fittipaldi 3 Al Unser, Jr. 2 Bobby Rahal 1 Al Unser 1 Mario Andretti 1 Michael Andretti 1 Paul Tracy 1 Jacques Villeneuve 1 Gil de Ferran 1 Alex Zanardi 1
TOTAL POLE POSITIONS
Mario Andretti 2 Danny Sullivan 2 Emerson Fittipaldi 2 Kevin Cogan 1 Bobby Rahal 1 Roberto Guerrero 1 Michael Andretti 1 Rick Mears 1 Paul Tracy 1 Al Unser, Jr. 1 Gil de Ferran 1 Jimmy Vasser 1 Alex Zanardi 1
Source: CART Online