WHAT: Miller Lite 200 WHERE: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Aug. 7-9 SUPPORT EVENTS: KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, Barber Dodge Pro Series, Formula Ford 2000 SCHEDULE:(All times ...
WHAT: Miller Lite 200
WHERE: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Aug. 7-9
SUPPORT EVENTS: KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, Barber Dodge Pro Series, Formula Ford 2000
SCHEDULE:(All times EDT)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 Atlantic practice, 8:45-9:15 a.m. CART Practice, 10:30 a.m.-noon Atlantic practice, 1:45-2:15 p.m. CART qualifying, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 CART practice, 9-10:15 a.m. Atlantic qualifying, 11:15-11:45 a.m. CART qualifying, 12:45-2 p.m. Atlantic qualifying, 3-3:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 Atlantic warm-up, 9-9:15 a.m. CART warm-up, 10-10:30 a.m. Atlantic race, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Grid CART cars, 1:15 p.m. Miller Lite 200, 2 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV - (ABC, tape delay, 4 p.m. ET and in 195 countries worldwide). RADIO - CART Radio Network (WYXZ, 98.7 FM)
PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING:: Miller Lite 200 pole qualifying, 6 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Alex Zanardi
DEFENDING POLESITTER: Bryan Herta
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.258-mile permanent road course
RACE LENGTH: 83 laps, 187.414 miles
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap/2.25 miles) - 1997, Bryan Herta, 122.649 mph (1 minute, 6.277 seconds). Race - No race record at this distance
RACE ROUND: 13 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series.
PPG CUP POINT LEADERS: 1. Alex Zanardi, 190 points; 2. Jimmy Vasser, 122; 3. Greg Moore, 118; 4. Michael Andretti, 92; 5. Adrian Fernandez, 90
WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR
Alex Zanardi (Target Reynard Honda) became the fourth consecutive driver to win back-to-back FedEx Championship Series events at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course when he drove to victory in the 1997 Miller 200. Zanardi followed Michael Andretti (1990, '91), Emerson Fittipaldi (1992, '93) and Al Unser Jr. (1994, '95) as consecutive winners at Mid-Ohio while also posting his second consecutive victory in the series, following a triumph at Michigan Speedway a week earlier. He led the final 54 laps of the 83-lap event en route to a 4.871-second victory over Greg Moore (Player's/Indeck Reynard Mercedes). Bobby Rahal (Miller Lite Reynard Ford) was third, his best result at Mid-Ohio since finishing third in 1991. Zanardi's victory extended his PPG Cup points lead to 148-121 over second-place Paul Tracy (Marlboro Penske Mercedes). Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda) was third with 116 points.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour, 41 minutes, 16.682 seconds
Average Speed: 110.456 mph
Margin of Victory: 4.871 seconds
Caution Flags: 2 for 7 laps
Lap Leaders: Alex Zanardi, 56 laps; Bryan Herta, 18; Mauricio Gugelmin 9
Miller Lite 200 Race History
Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1980 Johnny Rutherford Al Unser Sr. 1983 Teo Fabi Bobby Rahal 1984 Mario Andretti Mario Andretti 1985 Bobby Rahal Bobby Rahal 1986 Bobby Rahal Mario Andretti 1987 Roberto Guerrero Roberto Guerrero 1988 Emerson Fittipaldi Danny Sullivan 1989 Teo Fabi Teo Fabi 1990 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1991 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1992 Emerson Fittipaldi Michael Andretti 1993 Emerson Fittipaldi Nigel Mansell 1994 Al Unser Jr. Al Unser Jr. 1995 Al Unser Jr. Jacques Villeneuve 1996 Alex Zanardi Alex Zanardi 1997 Alex Zanardi Bryan Herta
Emerson Fittipaldi 3 Bobby Rahal 3 Teo Fabi 2 Michael Andretti 2 Al Unser Jr. 2 Alex Zanardi 2 Johnny Rutherford 1 Mario Andretti 1 Roberto Guerrero 1
TOTAL POLE POSITIONS
Michael Andretti 3 Bobby Rahal 2 Mario Andretti 2 Al Unser Sr. 1 Roberto Guerrero 1 Danny Sullivan 1 Teo Fabi 1 Nigel Mansell 1 Al Unser Jr. 1 Jacques Villeneuve 1 Alex Zanardi 1 Bryan Herta 1
Source: CART Online