CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland record pole award

Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco/Havoline A Quarter-Million Reasons to Win Portland, OR -- The Marlboro Pole Award jackpot, already nearly $100,000 above its previous record payout, reaches a milestone at this ...

Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco/Havoline

A Quarter-Million Reasons to Win

Portland, OR -- The Marlboro Pole Award jackpot, already nearly $100,000 above its previous record payout, reaches a milestone at this weekend's Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco/Havoline at Portland International Raceway. The Pole Award includes presentation of $10,000 to the top qualifier at each FedEx Championship Series event, plus a bonus of $15,000 if the pole winner goes on to win the race. The bonus rolls over until a victory from the pole is registered, and that hasn't happened in nearly a year.

The Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco/Havoline will be the 16th FedEx Championship Series event since the rollover was last claimed by Alex Zanardi (Target Reynard Honda) at Cleveland last year. As a result, the total potential payout in Marlboro Pole Award money this weekend at Portland is a quarter-million dollars, $240,000 of it in rollover funds.

The potential payout is a record for the six-year history of the Marlboro Pole Award, and the current stretch of 15 races without a victory from the pole is a FedEx Championship Series record. Ironically, Portland International Raceway is the site where the previous record Pole Award jackpot was paid out. Al Unser Jr. (Marlboro Penske Mercedes) collected $160,000 for his victory from the pole in the 1994 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200. The jackpot included a $150,000 rollover which had accumulated since Paul Tracy's (KOOL Reynard Honda) 1993 victory from the pole at Road America. Combined with the $100,000 winner's share of the purse at each FedEx Championship Series event, a victory from the pole at Portland would be worth $350,000.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Paul Tracy , Alex Zanardi