CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland Friday AM practice

Herta Fastest in Friday Portland Practice Portland, OR (June 19, 1998) -- Team Rahal driver Bryan Herta clocked a track record time Friday morning in practice for the Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland...

Herta Fastest in Friday Portland Practice

Portland, OR (June 19, 1998) -- Team Rahal driver Bryan Herta clocked a track record time Friday morning in practice for the Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway.

Herta, who has four career CART poles in 63 starts including Long Beach earlier this season, was timed at 59.119, 119.779 miles per hour in the Shell Reynard Ford. The record is held by Scott Pruett, who turned a 59.383, 119.246 mph lap here in 1997.

Second-fastest in the 1=-hour session was FedEx Championship Series points leader and defending PPG Cup champion Alex Zanardi. The Italian circled the nine-turn, 1.967-mile road circuit in his Target Reynard Honda in 59.149 seconds, 119.718 mph.

Third-quickest was defending polesitter Pruett at 59.198, 119.703 mph in the Visteon Reynard Ford. Fourth was Patrick Carpentier, who has two oval track poles to his credit this season, in the Player's/Indeck Reynard Mercedes at 59.340, 119.333 mph. All four drivers were faster than Pruett's 1997 qualifying record. Rounding out the top five was Paul Tracy, in the KOOL Reynard Honda, who recorded a 59.427 lap, 119.158 mph.

Friday's qualifying is set for 2:30 p.m. Pacific time (5:30 p.m. ET) and will be conducted in two sessions, with the fastest drivers from Detroit's final qualifying positions going on track first.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Alex Zanardi , Bryan Herta , Scott Pruett