CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid Ohio Friday Qualifying Report

Herta Takes Provisional Pole Lexington, OH (August 7, 1998) - Bryan Herta smashed his own track record for qualifying Friday as he recorded the fastest time in qualifying to hold the provisional pole for Sunday's Miller Lite 200 - Round 13 of ...

Herta Takes Provisional Pole

Lexington, OH (August 7, 1998) - Bryan Herta smashed his own track record for qualifying Friday as he recorded the fastest time in qualifying to hold the provisional pole for Sunday's Miller Lite 200 - Round 13 of the 1998 FedEx Championship Series - at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexinton, Ohio.

Herta, who recorded the fastest time during Friday morning's practice (1:07.081, 121.179 mph), was even better in the qualifying session, posting a 1:06.100 (122.977) lap en route to the top spot in his Shell Reynard Ford. The effort broke his track record of 1:06.277, 122.649 mph, which he established a year ago.

If he can hold onto the top position, he will be in line for $300,000 in Marlboro Pole Award prize money, which is awarded to the Champ Car driver who wins from the pole. The last time that occurred was at Cleveland in 1997. The polesitter in Sunday's race stands to win a total of $410,000 with the $10,000 in pole money and the $100,000 in first-place prize money. Herta has consistently been one of the faster qualifiers in the FedEx Series, recording fastest qualifying times in five of his 67 career CART starts.

Second-quickest was Englishman Mark Blundell, in the Motorola PacWest Mercedes. He clocked in at 1:06.372, 122.473 mph. Third went to Scotland's Dario Franchitti, in the KOOL Reynard Honda, at 1:06.390, 122.440 mph.

Fourth-fastest was Canada's Patrick Carpentier in the number 33 Player's Indeck Reynard Mercedes at 1:06.425, 122.376 mph while fifth-quick was American Scott Pruett at 1:06.487, 122.261 mph in the Visteon Reynard Ford.

Greg Moore, Richie Hearn, Al Unser Jr., Gil de Ferran and Jimmy Vasser comprised the remainder of the top 10. In all, 16 drivers were within one second of Herta's record time.

Notable by his absence from the top 20 in Friday's qualifying was series points leader Alex Zanardi, who qualified 21st at 1:07.540.

The starting grid will be finalized when qualifying resumes Saturday at 12:45 p.m. eastern time. Sunday's race is set for a 2 p.m. ET start and will be televised in the United States on ABC Television on a tape delayed basis at 4 p.m. and throughout the world in 195 countries to more than 60 million viewers. Radio coverage in the U.S. can be heard on more than 100 stations on the CART Radio Network around the country.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser , Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Bryan Herta , Scott Pruett , Mark Blundell , Richie Hearn , Greg Moore