CHAMPCAR/CART: Molson Indy Toronto Fast Facts

FAST FACTS FOR THE MOLSON INDY WHAT: Molson Indy. WHERE: Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, July 16-18. SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship. CART SCHEDULE (All times local): FRIDAY, JULY 16 Indy...

FAST FACTS FOR THE MOLSON INDY

WHAT: Molson Indy. WHERE: Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, July 16-18. SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship. CART SCHEDULE (All times local):

FRIDAY, JULY 16 Indy Lights practice, 9:30-10:10 a.m.; CART practice, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Indy Lights qualifying, 1-1:30 p.m.; CART qualifying, 2:30-3:45 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 17 Indy Lights practice, 8-8:40 a.m.; CART practice, 9-10:15 a.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.; CART qualifying, 12:45-2 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 18 Indy Lights warm up, 8:15-8:30 a.m.; CART warm up, 10-10:30 a.m.; Indy Lights race, 11:30 a.m., Grid Champ Cars, 1:15 p.m.; Molson Indy, 2 p.m.

BROADCAST: TV-ABC-TV (tape delay, 3 p.m. ET). RADIO-CART Radio Network (CJCL, 590 AM). PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Molson Indy pole qualifying, 6 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2. 1998 CHAMPION: Alex Zanardi. DEFENDING POLESITTER: Dario Franchitti. TRACK LAYOUT: 1.721-mile temporary road course. RACE LENGTH: 95 laps, 163.495 miles. TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1997, Dario Franchitti, 105.694 mph; Race (163.495 miles) - 1997, Mark Blundell, 92.779 mph. RACE NUMBER: 11 of 20 in the FedEx Championship Series. PPG CUP POINTS LEADERS: 1. Juan Montoya, 113 points; 2. Michael Andretti, 95; 3. Gil de Ferran, 87; 4. Dario Franchitti, 85; 5. Christian Fittipaldi, 82.

INSTANT REPLAY

Alex Zanardi (Target Honda Reynard) tied Al Unser Jr.'s record of four consecutive FedEx Championship Series event victories with his triumph in the 1998 Molson Indy at Toronto's Exhibition Place. Zanardi dipped inside leader Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford Swift) with three laps remaining and went onto his 14th CART career victory and his fourth in a row following wins at Detroit, Portland and Cleveland. It marked his 15th podium finish, including 10 victories, in his last 18 starts, dating to his 1997 win at Cleveland. Zanardi also recorded the sixth consecutive event victory for Target/Chip Ganassi Racing dating to his Memorial Day weekend victory at Gateway International Raceway. Andretti's runner-up result marked his 10th finish of fifth or better in 12 career starts at Toronto. Zanardi's teammate, Jimmy Vasser (Target Honda Reynard) finished third for his 10th consecutive top-eight effort, dating to the second race of the season at Japan. Zanardi exited Toronto with a commanding lead of 175-106 over Vasser in the PPG Cup points standings while Greg Moore (Player's/Indeck Mercedes Reynard), who finished 11th, stood third with 98 points.

Vital Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour, 52 minutes, 24.080 seconds. Average Speed: 87.274 mph. Margin of Victory: 1.921 seconds. Caution Flags: 4 for 16 laps. Lap Leaders: Dario Franchitti, 76 laps; Michael Andretti, 13; Alex Zanardi, 3; Bobby Rahal, 1; Bryan Herta, 1; Christian Fittipaldi, 1.

TORONTO CART RACE HISTORY (13 EVENTS)

Year        Race Winner                Pole Winner
1986        Bobby Rahal                Emerson Fittipaldi
1987        Emerson Fittipaldi        Bobby Rahal
1988        Al Unser Jr.                Danny Sullivan
1989        Michael Andretti        Emerson Fittipaldi 
1990    Al Unser Jr.                 Danny Sullivan
1991    Michael Andretti        Michael Andretti
1992    Michael Andretti        Bobby Rahal
1993    Paul Tracy              Emerson Fittipaldi
1994    Michael Andretti        Bobby Gordon
1995    Michael Andretti        Jacques Villeneuve
1996        Adrian Fernandez        Andre Ribeiro
1997        Mark Blundell                Dario Franchitti
1998        Alex Zanardi                Dario Franchitti        

All-time victories

Michael Andretti                        5
Al Unser Jr.                                 2
Bobby Rahal                                1
Emerson Fittipaldi                        1
Paul Tracy                                1
Adrian Fernandez                        1
Mark Blundell                                1
Alex Zanardi                                1

All-time pole positions

Emerson Fittipaldi                        3
Danny Sullivan                                2
Bobby Rahal                                2
Dario Franchitti                        2
Michael Andretti                        1
Robby Gordon                                1
Jacques Villeneuve                        1
Andre Ribeiro                                1

CART

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Robby Gordon , Al Unser Jr. , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Bryan Herta , Mark Blundell , Danny Sullivan , Emerson Fittipaldi , Chip Ganassi , Andre Ribeiro , Greg Moore
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing