FAST FACTS FOR THE TEXACO GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON WHAT : Texaco Grand Prix of Houston. WHERE: Houston, Tex. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Sept.. 24-26. SUPPORT EVENTS: KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, BF Goodrich Tires Trans-Am Series.
FAST FACTS FOR THE TEXACO GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON
WHAT : Texaco Grand Prix of Houston. WHERE: Houston, Tex. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Sept.. 24-26. SUPPORT EVENTS: KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, BF Goodrich Tires Trans-Am Series.
CART SCHEDULE (All times CDT): FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 - Atlantic practice, 9:35-10:05 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Champ Car qualifying, 2:30-3:45 p.m.; Atlantic qualifying, 4:15-5 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - Champ Car practice, 9-10:15 a.m.; Atlantic qualifying, 11:15-11:45 a.m.; Champ Car qualifying, 12:45-2 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - Atlantic Champ Car warm-up, 10:15-10:30 a.m.; Champ Car warmup, 11-11:30 a.m.; Atlantic race, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 2:15 p.m.; Texaco Grand Prix of Houston, 3 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV-(ABC-TV, live, 4 p.m. EDT and in 195 countries worldwide).
RADIO-CART Radio Network (KILT, 610 AM).
PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Texaco Grand Prix of Houston pole qualifying, 4 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 11 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Dario Franchitti. DEFENDING POLESITTER: Greg Moore. TRACK LAYOUT: 1.527-mile temporary street circuit. RACE LENGTH: 100 laps, 152.7 miles.
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1998, Greg Moore, 92.377 miles per hour (59.508 seconds). Race - No race record at this distance as last year's inaugural event was shortened due to inclement weather.
RACE NUMBER: 18 of 20. PPG CUP POINTS LEADERS: 1. Juan Montoya, 199 points; 2. Dario Franchitti, 171; 3. Paul Tracy, 134; 4, Michael Andretti, 127; 5, Adrian Fernandez, 105. NEXT EVENT: Honda Indy 300, Oct. 17, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Dario Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard) led flag to flag to record his third FedEx Championship Series victory in four events at the inaugural Texaco Grand Prix of Houston on the streets of downtown Houston, Tex. Franchitti led all 70 laps of the event, which was shortened from its originally scheduled 100-lap distance due to lightning-related concerns for the safety of participants and spectators. In so doing, he became the first driver to lead every lap of a FedEx Championship Series event since Paul Tracy's win at Laguna Seca in 1994. Alex Zanardi (Target Honda Reynard) finished second and established a new series record for PPG Cup points in a season, with 250, topping the former standard of 234 established by Michael Andretti in 1991. Tony Kanaan (LCI Honda Reynard) finished third and clinched the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year Award with his second consecutive podium finish, following third at Laguna Seca. Honda's sweep of the podium was its first in FedEx Championship Series competition and allowed the engine manufacturer to clinch its second CART Manufacturer's Championship in three years.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour, 36 minutes, 30.979 seconds. Average Speed: 66.051 miles per hour. Margin of Victory: 0.646 seconds under caution. Caution Flags: 6 for 20 laps. Lap Leader: Dario Franchitti, 70 laps. Texaco Grand Prix of Houston Fast Facts 2-2-2-2
HOUSTON RACE HISTORY (One Event)
Year Race Winner Pole Winner
1998 Dario Franchitti Greg Moore
Dario Franchitti 1
Career Pole Positions
Greg Moore 1