CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston Saturday Qualifying NOtes

Texaco Grand Prix of Houston - CART Saturday qualifying October 3, 1998 - Houston, Texas Mike Stucker - Motorsport News International Group 1 qualifying for the CART Texaco Grand Prix of Houston started at 12:45 PM. Fifteen minutes into the ...

Texaco Grand Prix of Houston - CART Saturday qualifying October 3, 1998 - Houston, Texas Mike Stucker - Motorsport News International

Group 1 qualifying for the CART Texaco Grand Prix of Houston started at 12:45 PM. Fifteen minutes into the session the fastest driver is Andre Ribeiro at 1:00.266 and 91.216 mph. At 1:02 Patrick Carpentier is off course at turn 5 but continues. At 1:08 Arnd Meier is into the runoff area of turn 4 and stalls. His car is pushed aside and left until the end of the session. Carpentier is off again at turn 5 at 1:14, and his car is also pushed aside to await the end of the session. Group 1 qualifying ends at 1:15 with Ribeiro's time still the fastest and good for second on the grid, at the time. Tony Kanaan has second fastest time (third fastest overall) at 1:00.218 and Michael Andretti is third (fourth overall) at 1:00.337.

Group 2 is flagged off at 1:30. Alex Zanardi sets fastest speed of the weekend so far, bumping Bobby Rahal from pole, with a time of 59.986 seconds and a speed of 91.641 mph. This is the first lap of under 1 minute by anyone. At 1:36, Paul Tracy turns fastest lap of 59.735 seconds and 92.026 mph. The session is red flagged for 8 minutes at 1:36 after Zanardi stuffs his Reynard into the tire barrier in turn 1. The car sustains damage to a side pod and the suspension. At 1:50, Greg Moore sets fast time of 59.508 seconds and 92.377 mph. Max Papis slides off at turn one and stalls with two minutes left in the session. His car is pushed out of the way.

Qualifying ends at 2:00 with Moore's time holding up for pole. Dario Franchitti is second fastest at 59.570 seconds and 92.281 mph. Jimmy Vasser is third at 59.720 seconds and 92.050 mph. Paul Tracy will start on the outside of row two. Rahal, the Friday provisional pole sitter, winds up ninth on the starting grid with a time of 1:00.191 and a speed of 91.329 mph. WTA tennis star Zina Garrison, a Houston native, presented Moore with the Marlboro Pole Award check of $10,000.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Max Papis , Bobby Rahal , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan