WHAT: Round 8 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series WHEN: June 5-7 WHERE: ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix FRANCHITTI FINISHES FOURTH AND TRACY SEVENTH DETROIT, Mich., (June 7, 1998) - Points leader Alex...
WHAT: Round 8 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series
WHEN: June 5-7
WHERE: ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix
FRANCHITTI FINISHES FOURTH AND TRACY SEVENTH DETROIT, Mich., (June 7, 1998) - Points leader Alex Zanardi won his third race of the season, crossing the finish line 6.624 seconds ahead of Adrian Fernandez. Gil de Ferran was third, while Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti took fourth place from Greg Moore, who finished fifth. Franchitti moved up from the eighth position on the grid and passed Moore for fouth place on the 56th of 72 laps. It happened on the re-start following the second of only two full-course cautions in the race. Franchitti was able to get a run on Moore al ong the straightway heading into turn three where the pass was ultimately made. The running order among the top-five did not change the rest of the race. On the same re-start, Paul Tracy powered his KOOL Reynard-Honda past Bryan Herta to take over seventh position. Tracy started 15th, but he and his pit crew worked well together during the race, passing Bobby Rahal in the pits with a fast stop. Tracy mov ed into ninth place when he passed Christian Fittipaldi in turn 11. Fittipaldi and Tracy made contact, causing Fittipaldi to spin, which brought out the first caution. Tracy jumped to eighth on the re-start when Tony Kanaan went wide in turn three. Zanardi now has a 113-96 advantage over Greg Moore in the points battle. Jimmy Vasser is third overall with 80, followed by Fernandez with 75 and de Ferran with 55. Franchitti is seventh with 50, while Tracy is ninth with 32. The 32-lap PPG-Dayton Indy Lights race was won from the pole by Airton Dare of Brazil, who finished 0.856 seconds in front of his teammate Cristiano da Matta, while Geoff Boss was third. Team KOOL Green's Naoki Hattori qualified fifth, but did not comple te the opening lap when he was hit from behind and suffered damaged suspension. Da Matta leads the series with a 92-47 advantage over Boss. Dare and Shigeaki Hattori are tied for third with 44 points. Naoki Hattori, meanwhile, is 10th overall with 26 p oints. In the Barber Dodge Pro Series race, Jeff Simmons led all the way from pole position to win round three. Will Langhorne was second, while Rino Mastronardi finished third. Team Green Academy graduate Alex Gurney qualified 18th and finished 11th to score his first five points of the season. Dario Franchitti, #27 Team KOOL Green Reynard/Honda/Firestone: (Started 8th / Finished 4th ; 7th overall with 50 points) "It was a good race; it was a very demanding race. I had a good car, kept up my concentration and just kept pushing the whole way. The car was good, especially once the tires heated up. My second pit stop was great -- my guys are amazing. It's a pity that we didn't qualify better because it was very difficult to overtake."
Paul Tracy, #26 Team KOOL Green Reynard/Honda/Firestone: (Started 15th / Finished 7th ; 9th overall with 32 points) "Overall it was a good race. We had a good start and made up some positions. I think we were one of the only teams to move forward. But we need to work on our qualifying. If we can start up front, I think we can stay there. I was stuck behind Christian (Fittipaldi) and I knew I was quicker. I got close enough to make a dive down the inside. He moved over on me and we touched tires. He did a light spin and I was able to get past. It's tough racing on these street courses. There's no easy way by."
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