FAST FACTS FOR THE MARLBORO 500 PRESENTED BY TOYOTA WHAT: Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota. WHERE: California Speedway, Fontana, California. WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 28-31. SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship; NASCAR ...
FAST FACTS FOR THE MARLBORO 500 PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
WHAT: Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota. WHERE: California Speedway, Fontana, California. WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 28-31. SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship; NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. CART SCHEDULE (All Times PT): THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28 - Indy Lights practice, 9-9:45 a.m.; Indy Lights practice, 10:45-11:45 a.m.; Indy Lights practice, 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29 - Indy Lights practice, 9:15-9:45 a.m.; Champ Car rookie drivers practice, 10-10:30 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Champ Car practice, 3-4 p.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 4:15-5:15 p.m. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 - Champ Car practice, 8-9 a.m.; Champ Car qualifying, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31 - Champ Car warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m.; Indy Lights Race, 9:50 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 11:15 a.m.; Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota, Noon. BROADCAST: TV-ESPN, live, 3 p.m. EDT (and in 195 countries worldwide). RADIO-CART Radio Network. PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota Qualifying, 12:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2; "CART 2Day," 11 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2. DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmy Vasser. DEFENDING POLESITTER: Scott Pruett. TRACK LAYOUT: 2.029-mile superspeedway oval. RACE LENGTH: 250 laps, 500 miles.
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1997, Mauricio Gugelmin, 240.942 mph (30.316 seconds). Race (500 miles, Michigan Speedway) - 1990, Al Unser Jr., 189.727 mph. (500 miles, California Speedway) - 1997, Mark Blundell, 166.575 mph.
RACE NUMBER: 20 of 20 in the FedEx Championship Series.
FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS: 1. Dario Franchitti, 209 points; 2. Juan Montoya, 200; 3. Paul Tracy, 161; 4. Michael Andretti, 151; 5. Max Papis, 133.
Jimmy Vasser (Target Honda Reynard) claimed the $1 million winner's prize and clinched runner-up honors in the 1998 FedEx Championship Series championship in the process by driving to victory in the season-ending Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota at California Speedway. Vasser earned his second $1 million prize in three years with the victory, which joined his 1996 win in The Inaugural U.S. 500 on his list of big-money paydays. A slingshot pass of Greg Moore (Player's/Indeck Mercedes Reynard) heading into the last of 250 laps brought Vasser his third victory of the season and the eighth of his career. He led a race-high 63 laps and finished 0.360 seconds ahead of Moore in an event which featured 24 lead changes among seven drivers. Alex Zanardi, who had already clinched his second consecutive FedEx Championship Series title, finished third. Vasser's victory allowed him to overtake Dario Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard) for second-place in the championship. Franchitti finished 22nd due to engine problems after completing 112 laps. The season concluded with Zanardi as champion with a record 285 PPG Cup points, followed by Vasser with 169 and Franchitti with 160.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of race: 3 hours, 17 minutes, 54.369 seconds. Average speed: 153.785 mph. Margin of victory: 0.360 seconds. Caution flags: 9 for 64 laps.
Lap leaders: Jimmy Vasser, 63 laps; Greg Moore, 59; Michael Andretti, 44; Mauricio Gugelmin, 40; Paul Tracy, 36; Richie Hearn, 7; Mark Blundell, 1.
MARLBORO 500 PRESENTED BY TOYOTA RACE HISTORY (18 events, 2 at current venue)
Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1981 Pancho Carter Tom Sneva 1982 Gordon Johncock Mario Andretti 1983 John Paul Jr. Teo Fabi 1984 Mario Andretti Mario Andretti 1985 Emerson Fittipaldi Bobby Rahal 1986 Johnny Rutherford Rick Mears 1987 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1988 Danny Sullivan Rick Mears 1989 Michael Andretti Emerson Fittipaldi 1990 Al Unser Jr. Emerson Fittipaldi 1991 Rick Mears Rick Mears 1992 Scott Goodyear Mario Andretti 1993 Nigel Mansell Mario Andretti 1994 Scott Goodyear Nigel Mansell 1995 Scott Pruett Parker Johnstone 1996 Andre Ribeiro Jimmy Vasser 1997 Mark Blundell Mauricio Gugelmin 1998 Jimmy Vasser Scott Pruett
All-time victories All-time pole positions Michael Andretti 2 Mario Andretti 4 Scott Goodyear 2 Rick Mears 3 Pancho Carter 1 Emerson Fittipaldi 2 Gordon Johncock 1 Tom Sneva 1 John Paul Jr. 1 Teo Fabi 1 Mario Andretti 1 Bobby Rahal 1 Emerson Fittipaldi 1 Michael Andretti 1 Johnny Rutherford 1 Nigel Mansell 1 Danny Sullivan 1 Parker Johnstone 1 Al Unser Jr. 1 Jimmy Vasser 1 Rick Mears 1 Mauricio Gugelmin 1 Nigel Mansell 1 Scott Pruett 1 Scott Pruett 1 Andre Ribeiro 1 Mark Blundell 1 Jimmy Vasser 1