CHAMPCAR/CART: Nazareth Story

Vasser, Zanardi Go 1-2 in Bosch Spark Spark Plug Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway (April 27, 1998) -- Jimmy Vasser took the lead for good with 31 laps to go Monday and then held off Target Chip Ganassi...

Vasser, Zanardi Go 1-2 in Bosch Spark Spark Plug Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway (April 27, 1998) -- Jimmy Vasser took the lead for good with 31 laps to go Monday and then held off Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Zanardi after a late-race caution flag situation to win Round 4 of the FedEx Championship Series in the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota at Nazareth (Pennsylvania) Speedway. The 225-lap event was re-scheduled to Monday after rain washed out Sunday's race. Greg Moore, who moved into the PPG Cup points standings lead, finished third in the Players/Indeck Reynard Mercedes. Moore now holds a 51-50 edge over defending FedEx Championship Series champion Zanardi. Adrian Fernandez, who has led the championship since winning in Motegi, Japan, falls to third in the standings with 41 after spinning and making contact with the wall on the first lap of the race to finish last in the 26-car field. The day was sunny but very cool and saw seven cautions, each involving contact. A total of six different drivers led Monday with Michael Andretti leading the most 102 before he crashed on lap 123 coming off a re-start. Polesitter Patrick Carpentier, who started from the top spot for the first time at Nazareth, led for the first 10 laps before Andretti jumped into the lead. He managed to stay there until lap113 when Bryan Herta, who pitted out of sequence with Andretti and the other top runners, took the lead and held on until Vasser moved in front on lap 155. Zanardi took the lead when Vasser made his second pit stop on lap 165. Moore, who started in his backup car after his primary machine experienced engine problems during the early-morning warm-up session and then rolled onto the grid just two minutes before the "Gentlemen Start Your Engines," call, took the lead for just three laps before Vasser put his Honda-powered car back in front as he came back out of the pits after his second and final pit stop. Mauricio Gugelmin's crash coming onto the main straightaway with 18 laps to go brought out the yellow and Vasser, who won the PPG Cup title in 1996, then held off Zanardi, who had a couple of lapped cars in the mix, as the green flew on lap 219, to gain his sixth career victory. Gil de Ferran was fourth in the Valvoline Cummins Reynard Honda and fifth was Paul Tracy, who won here last year, in the KOOL Reynard Honda. Bobby Rahal, who started his 250th Champ Car race at Nazareth Monday, finished sixth in the Miller Lite Reynard Ford. Seventh went to Robby Gordon in his return to the Champ Cars in the Panasonic Duskin Reynard Toyota. That effort is the best finish ever for Toyota in the FedEx Championship Series. The FedEx Championship Series takes a weekend off before traveling to Brazil for the Rio 400 on May 10. Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Alex Zanardi , Mauricio Gugelmin , Chip Ganassi , Greg Moore
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing