FAST FACTS FOR THE MILLER LITE 200 WHAT: Miller Lite 200. WHERE: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Aug. 13-15. SUPPORT EVENTS: KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, Barber Dodge Pro Series, Formula Ford 2000. CART...
FAST FACTS FOR THE MILLER LITE 200
WHAT: Miller Lite 200. WHERE: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Aug. 13-15. SUPPORT EVENTS: KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, Barber Dodge Pro Series, Formula Ford 2000. CART SCHEDULE (All times EDT): FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 - Atlantic practice, 9:30-10:10 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Atlantic qualifying, 1:45-2:15 p.m. CART qualifying, 2:30-3:45 p.m. SATURDAY, AUGUST 14 - Champ Car practice, 9-10:15 a.m.; Atlantic practice, 11:15-11:45 a.m.; CART qualifying, 12:45-2 p.m.; Atlantic qualifying, 3-3:30 p.m. SUNDAY, AUGUST 15 - Atlantic warm-up, 9-9:15 a.m.; Champ Car warm-up, 10:30-11 a.m.; Atlantic race, 11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 1:45 p.m.; Miller Lite 200, 2:30 p.m. BROADCAST: TV - (ESPN, tape delay, 3:30 p.m. ET and in 195 countries worldwide). RADIO - CART Radio Network (WYXZ, 98.7 FM). PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Miller Lite 200 pole qualifying, 8 p.m. ET Saturday and 12 a.m. Sunday (late Saturday), ESPN2; CART 2Day, 11 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2. 1998 CHAMPION: Adrian Fernandez. DEFENDING POLESITTER: Dario Franchitti. TRACK LAYOUT: 2.258-mile permanent road course. RACE LENGTH: 83 laps, 187.414 miles. TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap/2.25 miles) - 1998, Dario Franchitti, 123.766 mph (1 minute, 5.679 seconds). Race - 1994, Al Unser Jr., 110.770 miles per hour. RACE NUMBER: 14 of 20 in the FedEx Championship Series. FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS FOR THE PPG CUP: 1. Dario Franchitti, 136 points; 2. Juan Montoya, 131; 3. Michael Andretti, 119; 4. Paul Tracy, 106; 5. Christian Fittipaldi, 101.
Last years race:
Adrian Fernandez (Tecate/Quaker State/Labatt Ford Reynard) and Scott Pruett (Visteon Ford Reynard) gave Patrick Racing its first one-two finish in a FedEx Championship Series event since 1982 when they finished first and second, respectively, in the 1998 Miller Lite 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Fernandez recorded his third career victory by finishing 0.247 seconds ahead of Pruett while Bobby Rahal (Miller Lite Ford Reynard) finished a strong third in his final competitive appearance at his home track. Fernandez averaged 98.428 miles per hour and led the final 26 laps to key the first one-two finish for Patrick Racing since Gordon Johncock and Mario Andretti finished first and second, respectively, at Michigan Speedway in 1982. Pole-sitter Dario Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard), outside pole starter Jimmy Vasser (Target Honda Reynard) and third-place qualifier Bryan Herta (Shell Ford Reynard) were involved in contact on the opening lap, which caused Franchitti and Vasser to exit immediately and sidelined Herta due to a radiator leak following the completion of only two laps. Alex Zanardi continued as the FedEx Championship Series points leader exiting Mid-Ohio with 190 points, followed by Vasser with 122 and Greg Moore (Player's/Indeck Mercedes Reynard) with 118.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of race: 1 hour, 53 minutes, 39.270 seconds. Average speed: 98.428 mph. Margin of victory: 0.247 seconds. Caution flags: 5 for 17 laps. Lap leaders: Mauricio Gugelmin, 29 laps; Adrian Fernandez, 26; Greg Moore, 23; Gil de Ferran 5.
MILLER LITE 200 RACE HISTORY (17 Events)
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 1998 Adrian Fernandez Dario Franchitti
Emerson Fittipaldi 3 Bobby Rahal 2 Teo Fabi 2 Michael Andretti 2 Al Unser Jr. 2 Alex Zanardi 2 Johnny Rutherford 1 Mario Andretti 1 Roberto Guerrero 1 Adrian Fernandez 1
All-time pole positions
Michael Andretti 3 Bobby Rahal 2 Mario Andretti 2 Al Unser 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 Dario Franchitti 1 -CART-