CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid-Ohio Saturday Morning Notes

Lexington, OH (August 8, 1998) - Bryan Herta picked up where he left off yesterday, setting the fastest lap of the morning session at a speed of 123.407 mph. Herta's record breaking pole speed from yesterday was 122.977. "It's getting...

Lexington, OH (August 8, 1998) - Bryan Herta picked up where he left off yesterday, setting the fastest lap of the morning session at a speed of 123.407 mph. Herta's record breaking pole speed from yesterday was 122.977.

"It's getting faster all the time," Herta said about the track.

That was evident as fourteen of today's top twenty drivers improved upon their times from yesterday's qualifying session.

Alex Zanardi, who qualified twenty first yesterday, moved to fourth fastest in this morning's session, knocking nearly a second and a half off yesterday's time. Zanardi's teammate, Jimmy Vasser, also improved upon his qualifying time from yesterday. Vasser was third fastest this morning, bettering yesterday's tenth place time by a half second.

Scott Pruett was one of drivers that was unable to improve from yesterday. Pruett lost a half second from yesterday. His qualifying speed of 122.261 mph was good enough to place him fifth on the provisional grid. After turning his best lap this morning, Pruett found himself twelfth fastest.

This morning's session had an exciting finish as four top ten drivers ran their fastest on their last lap. Blundell, Papis, Carpentier and Zanardi all turned in their best time on their last lap of the session. Carpentier and Lehto turned in fast times at the end of the session, knocking local favorite Bobby Rahal out of the top ten. Rahal ended up thirteenth after staying in the top ten until late in the session. Rahal still managed to improve upon yesterday's qualifying time by four-tenths of a second.

David Reininger - Motorsport News International

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bobby Rahal , Alex Zanardi , Bryan Herta , Scott Pruett