FAST FACTS FOR THE TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE GRAND PRIX OF DETROIT WHAT: Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit. WHERE: The Raceway on Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, August 6-8. SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights...
FAST FACTS FOR THE TENNECO AUTOMOTIVE GRAND PRIX OF DETROIT
WHAT: Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit. WHERE: The Raceway on Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, August 6-8. SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, BF Goodrich Tires Trans-Am Championship, Neon Charity Challenge, Barber Dodge Pro Series. SCHEDULE (All times Eastern):
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6 - Indy Lights practice, 9:30-10:10 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 10:30 a.m.-Noon; Indy Lights qualifying, 12:55-1:25 p.m.; Champ Car qualifying (2 groups/30 minutes each), 2:30-3:45 p.m.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7 - Indy Lights practice, 8-8:40 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 9-10:15 a.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 p.m.; Champ Car qualifying (2 groups/30 minutes each), 12:45-2 p.m.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 8 - Indy Lights warm-up 8:15-8:30 a.m.; Champ Car warm-up, 11-11:30 a.m.; Indy Lights race, 12:30 p.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 2:15 p.m.; Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit, 3 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV-ABC (Tape delay, 4 p.m., ET), and in 195 countries worldwide. RADIO-CART Radio Network (WWJ 950 AM). PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit pole qualifying, 6 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2. 1998 CHAMPION: Alex Zanardi. DEFENDING POLESITTER: Greg Moore. TRACK LAYOUT: 2.346-mile temporary street circuit. RACE LENGTH: 75 laps, 175.95 miles. TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1998, Greg Moore, 114.859 miles per hour (1 minute, 13.530 seconds). Race - 1998, Alex Zanardi, 100.052 mph. RACE ROUND: 13 of 20 in the FedEx Championship Series. FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS FOR THE PPG CUP: 1, Juan Montoya, 129 points; 2, Dario Franchitti, 116; 3, Michael Andretti, 107; 4, Christian Fittipaldi, 101; 5, Adrian Fernandez, 105. NEXT EVENT: August 15, Miller Lite 200, Lexington, Oh.
1998 Race Replay
Alex Zanardi (Target Honda Reynard) extended his FedEx Championship Series lead with a dominant performance en route to victory in the 1998 ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix on The Raceway at Belle Isle. Zanardi led 50 of the final 72 laps and averaged a race-record 100.052 miles per hour while recording the 11th victory of his FedEx Championship Series career. He finished 6.624 seconds ahead of runner-up Adrian Fernandez (Tecate/Quaker State/Labatt Ford Reynard) while Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Honda Reynard) rounded out the podium with his third consecutive third-place finish at Detroit. Pole-sitter Greg Moore (Player's/Indeck Mercedes Reynard) led the first 22 laps before relinquishing the lead to Zanardi during a pit stop on Lap 23. Zanardi remained in front for the balance of the event. His victory, which was followed by triumphs at Portland, Cleveland and Toronto, started him on a streak of four consecutive wins, tying the CART record established by Al Unser Jr. in 1990. Zanardi exited Detroit with 113 points and the FedEx Championship Series lead, followed by Moore with 96 and Jimmy Vasser (Target Honda Reynard) with 80.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour, 41 minutes, 17.673 seconds. Average Speed: 100.052 mph. Margin of Victory: 6.624 seconds. Caution Flags: 2 for 7 laps. Lap Leaders: Alex Zanardi, 50 laps; Greg Moore, 22.
DETROIT RACE HISTORY (10 Events) Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1989 Emerson Fittipaldi Michael Andretti 1990 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1991 Emerson Fittipaldi Michael Andretti 1992 Bobby Rahal Michael Andretti 1993 Danny Sullivan Nigel Mansell 1994 Paul Tracy Nigel Mansell 1995 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon 1996 Michael Andretti Scott Pruett 1997 Greg Moore Gil de Ferran 1998 Alex Zanardi Greg Moore
Emerson Fittipaldi 2 Michael Andretti 2 Bobby Rahal 1 Danny Sullivan 1 Paul Tracy 1 Robby Gordon 1 Greg Moore 1 Alex Zanardi 1
Total Pole Positions
Michael Andretti 4 Nigel Mansell 2 Robby Gordon 1 Scott Pruett 1 Gil de Ferran 1 Greg Moore 1