WHAT: Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Texaco/Havoline 300 WHERE: Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, California WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 11-13 SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, KOOL/Toyota Atlantic...
WHAT: Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Texaco/Havoline 300
WHERE: Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, California
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 11-13
SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, Barber-Dodge Pro Series
SCHEDULE:(All times Pacific)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Atlantic practice, 8:45-9:15 a.m. Indy Lights practice, 9:30-10:10 a.m. CART practice, 10:30 a.m.-Noon Indy Lights qualifying, 1-1:30 p.m. Atlantic qualifying, 1:45-2:15 p.m. CART qualifying, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Indy Lights practice, 8-8:40 a.m. CART practice, 9-10:15 a.m. Indy Lights qualifying, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 p.m. Atlantic qualifying, noon-12:30 p.m. CART qualifying, 12:45-2 p.m. Atlantic race, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Indy Lights warm-up, 8:20-8:50 a.m. CART warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m. Grid Champ Cars, 11:15 a.m. Texaco/Havoline 300, noon Indy Lights race, 2:45 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV-ESPN (Live, 3 p.m., ET, and in 195 countries worldwide). RADIO-CART Radio Network.
PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING:: Texaco/Havoline 300 pole qualifying, 1:30-2:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmy Vasser
DEFENDING POLESITTER: Bryan Herta
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.238-mile permanent road course
RACE LENGTH: 185.754 miles, 83 laps
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1997, Bryan Herta, 118.666 mph (one minute, 7.895 seconds); Race - 1997, Jimmy Vasser, 109.647 mph.
RACE ROUND: 16 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series.
Next Event:October 4, Texaco Grand Prix of Houston, Houston, Tex.
RECAP OF LAST YEAR'S RACE
Alex Zanardi (Target Reynard Honda) clinched his first PPG Cup and Target/Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Jimmy Vasser (Target Reynard Honda) drove to his first victory of the season at the 1997 Texaco/Havoline 300, feature event of the Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca Raceway. Vasser posted a 0.543 second victory over runner-up Mark Blundell (Motorola PacWest Mercedes). Zanardi, who finished third, joined Jacques Villeneuve as the only drivers in FedEx Championship Series history to win the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year award, followed by the PPG Cup, in their first two years in the series. The event was run without any full-course caution periods, marking the first time since Al Unser Jr.'s (Marlboro Penske Mercedes) victory at Cleveland in 1994 that a FedEx Championship Series event had been run full-caution free. Vasser improved from seventh to third place in the FedEx Championship Series standings with 128 points while Zanardi's third-place effort gave him an insurmountable 195-154 lead over second-place Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda) entering the season-ending Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota at California Speedway.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour, 41 minutes, 38.813 seconds
Average Speed: 109.647 mph
Margin of Victory: 0.543 seconds
Caution Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Vasser, 58 laps; Bryan Herta, 21; Scott Pruett, 4
Grand Prix of Monterey Race History
(15 Events) Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1983 Teo Fabi Teo Fabi 1984 Bobby Rahal Mario Andretti 1985 Bobby Rahal Bobby Rahal 1986 Bobby Rahal Mario Andretti 1987 Bobby Rahal Mario Andretti 1988 Danny Sullivan Danny Sullivan 1989 Rick Mears Rick Mears 1990 Danny Sullivan Danny Sullivan 1991 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1992 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1993 Paul Tracy Emerson Fittipaldi 1994 Paul Tracy Paul Tracy 1995 Gil de Ferran Jacques Villeneuve 1996 Alex Zanardi Jacques Villeneuve 1997 Jimmy Vasser Bryan Herta
Bobby Rahal 4 Danny Sullivan 2 Michael Andretti 2 Paul Tracy 2 Teo Fabi 1 Rick Mears 1 Gil de Ferran 1 Alex Zanardi 1 Jimmy Vasser 1
TOTAL POLE POSITIONS
Mario Andretti 3 Michael Andretti 2 Danny Sullivan 2 Teo Fabi 1 Bobby Rahal 1 Rick Mears 1 Emerson Fittipaldi 1 Paul Tracy 1 Jacques Villeneuve 1 Alex Zanardi 1 Bryan Herta 1
Source: CART Online