CHAMPCAR/CART: Gold Coast Sunday Warm Up

Gordon Surprises Field In Sunday Warm-Up Surfers Paradise (October 17, 1998) - Robby Gordon, who qualified in 20th position for today's Honda Indy Round 18 of the FedEx Championship Series in Surfers Paradise on Australia's Gold Coast, was the...

Gordon Surprises Field In Sunday Warm-Up

Surfers Paradise (October 17, 1998) - Robby Gordon, who qualified in 20th position for today's Honda Indy Round 18 of the FedEx Championship Series in Surfers Paradise on Australia's Gold Coast, was the quickest during the Champ Car morning warm-up session.

Gordon, in the Panasonic Duskin Reynard Toyota, turned a 1:34.808, 106.130 mph lap during the half hour practice to pace the 26 other starters who are set for today's 2 p.m. local time (12 midnight eastern in the U.S.) race.

Two-time PPG Cup champion Alex Zanardi, in the Target Reynard Honda, ran a 1:35.040, 105.871 mph lap. The Italian who has won six times this season, is starting second in today's race.

Third-quick in practice was another qualifier from down the grid. Brazil's Tony Kanaan, who will start 14th in the LCI Reynard Honda, was third at 1:35.113, 105.790 mph. Fourth-fastest was Canada's Paul Tracy, who qualified fourth, in the No. 26 KOOL Reynard Honda, at 1:35.270, 105.616 mph.

Rounding out the top five was U.S.-driver Richie Hearn, who starts back in 23rd spot. The Henderson, Nev. driver turned a 1:35.398, 105.474 mph lap in the Budweiser/Ralphs Swift Ford.

The second five consists of defending Honda Indy champion Scott Pruett, JJ Lehto, Mark Blundell, polesitter Dario Franchitti and Adrian Fernandez.

More than 100,000 people are expected to be on hand for today's race, which is expected to be run under sunny skies with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. The race will be telecast on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.You will be able to follow it live through www.cart.com on both Omega Timing and Scoring and CART's cybercast, sponsored by Mercedes, of the event on the Internet.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Adrian Fernandez , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Scott Pruett , Mark Blundell , Richie Hearn , JJ Lehto