CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid Ohio Pole Qualifying Report

Franchitti Jumps To Pole Lexington, OH(August 8, 1998) - Dario Franchitti made the most of his last qualifying lap Saturday and moved to the top of the grid for Sunday's Miller Lite 200 - Round 13 in the FedEx Championship Series...

Franchitti Jumps To Pole

Lexington, OH(August 8, 1998) - Dario Franchitti made the most of his last qualifying lap Saturday and moved to the top of the grid for Sunday's Miller Lite 200 - Round 13 in the FedEx Championship Series - at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

The 25-year-old Scotsman registered his fastest lap on the 10th of 10 qualifying laps Saturday afternoon, rounding the 2.258-mile circuit in a track record 1:05.679, 123.766 mph in the KOOL Reynard Honda. The pole is Franchitti's third of the 1998 season and marks the fourth time in the last five races he has been on the front row. The pole is his fourth in 29 Champ Car starts.

Franchitti, who won $10,000 for his qualifying effort, stands to win $300,000 more in Marlboro Pole Award money in Sunday's 200-mile race if he can win from the first grid position. Coupled with the $100,000 that goes to the winner, he would pocket $410,000 in he wins Sunday.

Second-fastest in the session, which was run under sunny skies at an ambient temperature of 96 humid degrees and a track temperature of 135, was Las Vegas-based driver Jimmy Vasser, who stands second in the FedEx Championship Series points standings to his teammate Alex Zanardi. Vasser recorded a 1:05.834, 123.474 mph lap in the Target Reynard Honda.

Bryan Herta, who was on the provisional pole after Friday's round of qualifying at a record 1:06.100, 122.977 mph, will start third Sunday in the Shell Reynard Ford after a 1:05.863, 123.420 mph effort. Herta was quickest in each of the practice sessions, as well as Friday's qualifying.

Fourth-quick was Brazilian Mauricio Gugelmin, who vaulted from 14th on the provisional grid, in the Hollywood PacWest Mercedes with a 1:06.003, 123.158 mph lap. Fifth was Mexico's Adrian Fernandez, who was on the pole in the last CART event at Michigan, in the Tecate/Quaker State/Labatt Reynard Ford after running a 1:06.071, 123.031 mph lap.

U.S. 500-winner Greg Moore was sixth, and Al Unser Jr.., Mark Blundell, Patrick Carpentier and Michael Andretti rounded out the top 10. Zanardi, who has won half the 12 races in the chase for the PPG Cup this season, qualified 13th.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti , Mauricio Gugelmin , Bryan Herta , Mark Blundell , Greg Moore