Honda Indy Insider's Diary Insider Diary, Day Five By Ron Richards, CART Surfers Paradise, AUS (October 17, 1998) Day Five It's time everyone started to put on their game face and you could feel it happening Saturday as the Champ Car...
Insider's Diary Insider Diary, Day Five By Ron Richards, CART
Surfers Paradise, AUS (October 17, 1998)
It's time everyone started to put on their game face and you could feel it happening Saturday as the Champ Car drivers concluded qualifying and began to focus on Sunday's 2 p.m. (local time) Honda Indy through the streets of Surfers Paradise here in Queensland, Australia.
It's been a very enjoyable week for most all the 28 drivers on hand for the eighth running of this event and it's also been a record-setting time for the race here on Australia's East Coast.
A total of 116,471 spectators were on-site Friday and Saturday and a crowd of more than 100,000 is expected for Sunday's race. The Honda Indy promoters anticipate a four-day crowd (the Champ Cars didn't run on Thursday when 31,181 spectators turned up) of more than 250,000. It's an impressive accomplishment at any venue but even more so in a country with a population of slightly less than 18 million, about 350,000 of which live in the Gold Coast region which includes Surfers Paradise.
After all sorts of fun promotional activities throughout the week, the focus now turns to the 65 laps scheduled around the streets of this beach community. While Alex Zanardi wrapped up the PPG Cup for the second-straight year at Vancouver, lots of opportunity remains for the drivers,
All 27 of the drivers have an intense desire to win. No one wants or expects to finish last. We are able to start 27 cars instead of our normal 28 here because of pit lane space restrictions. Unfortunately for him, Dennis Vitolo was the 28th qualifier and will be sitting out Sunday's event. Another incentive revolves around the final positions in the points. Anywhere from second to seventh is very close with lots of chances for drivers to move up in the PPG Cup standings.
Don't forget that the race is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. telecast on ESPN Sunday. And it will be on the CART website live, as it happens, through a cybercast by Jim Murphy, who regularly works the pit lane for the CART Radio Network.
Race fever is running high tonight in Surfers Paradise. A huge crowd tomorrow will be treated to a great race. And Champ Car racing fans everywhere will have the chance to follow one of the world's top race car drivers. Can Vasser make it three in a row here? We will soon find out.
Until next time, G'Day from the Land Down Under.
Source: CART Online
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