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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

INSTANT REPLAY

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

(16 Events)

  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

TOTAL VICTORIES

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

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Guerrero , Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Alex Zanardi , Bryan Herta , Mark Blundell , Mario Andretti , Rick Mears , Danny Sullivan , Emerson Fittipaldi , Kevin Cogan , Greg Moore , Al Unser