CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach Friday AM Practice

Fittipaldi Quickest In Friday Long Beach Practice CART Online (April 3, 1998) -- Christian Fittipaldi ripped off the fastest lap of the session on his last time around the circuit Friday morning during the initial round of practice for the ...

Fittipaldi Quickest In Friday Long Beach Practice

CART Online (April 3, 1998) -- Christian Fittipaldi ripped off the fastest lap of the session on his last time around the circuit Friday morning during the initial round of practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Fittipaldi's speed of 110.685 miles per hour in his Kmart Swift Ford edged the Shell Reynard Ford of Bryan Herta, who turned a 110.312 mph lap, on the streets of this Southern California city.

Third fastest was defending Long Beach champion Alex Zanardi, at 109.820 mph, in the Target Reynard Honda. Michael Andretti (Texaco/Havoline Swift Ford) was fourth at 109.797 mph and fifth was Jimmy Vasser (Target Reynard Honda) at 109.784 mph.

A total of 15 cars were within one second of Fittipaldi's top speed for this third round of the 19-race FedEx Championship Series. The provisional grid for Sunday's race (4 p.m. ET broadcast on ESPN in the U.S.) will be determined in qualifying beginning at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time today.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Christian Fittipaldi , Alex Zanardi , Bryan Herta