CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland Track Facts - Schedule

Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented By Texaco/Havoline WHAT: Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented By Texaco/Havoline WHERE: Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 19-21. SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy ...

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

WHAT: Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented By Texaco/Havoline

WHERE: Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 19-21.

SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, NASCAR Northwest Series.

SCHEDULE:(All times Pacific)

FRIDAY, JUNE 19

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 provisional qualifying 2:30-3:45 p.m. (2 groups/30 minutes each, 20 minutes of green flag time guaranteed for each group)

SATURDAY, JUNE 20

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 final qualifying 12:45-2 p.m. (2 groups/30 minutes each)

SUNDAY, JUNE 21

Indy Lights warm-up, 9:30-9:45 a.m. CART warm-up, 10-10:30 a.m. Indy Lights race, 11:30 a.m. Grid Champ Cars, 1:15 p.m. Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco/Havoline 2 p.m.

BROADCAST: TV-ESPN (Live, 5 p.m., ET), and in 195 countries worldwide. RADIO-CART Radio Network.

PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco/Havoline pole qualifying, 1:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2; CART 2 Day, 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Mark Blundell.

DEFENDING POLESITTER: Scott Pruett.

TRACK LAYOUT: 1.967-mile permanent road circuit.

RACE LENGTH: 98 laps, 192.766 miles.

TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap)-1997, Scott Pruett, 119.246 mph (59.383 seconds) . Race-No record at this distance as last year's event was contested at two hours due to rain.

RACE ROUND: 9 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series.

PPG CUP POINT LEADERS: 1, Alex Zanardi, 113 points; 2, Greg Moore, 96; 3, Jimmy Vasser, 80; 4, Adrian Fernandez, 75; 5, Gil de Ferran, 55.

NEXT EVENT: July 12, Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by Star Bank, Cleveland, Ohio.

INSTANT REPLAY

Mark Blundell (Motorola PacWest Mercedes) nudged ahead of Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda) in a drag race to the start/finish line and claimed his first CART career victory by the closest margin in Champ Car history at the 1997 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco/Havoline. Just 27 thousandths of a second - about seven feet - separated Blundell from de Ferran at the checkered flag. Blundell had pitted for slick tires with 11 laps remaining, as a track which had been soaked by early rain continued to dry. De Ferran stayed on rain tires and couldn't hold off Blundell at the thrilling finish. Third-place went to Raul Boesel (Brahma Reynard Ford), only 0.055 seconds behind Blundell. The margin of 0.055 seconds separating the top three finishers was closer than the CART's previous closest first-to-second margin of 0.56 seconds, established when Scott Pruett defeated Al Unser Jr. in the 1995 Marlboro 500 at Michigan Speedway. The victory was especially sweet for Blundell, who two weeks earlier had been denied his first career victory at Detroit when he ran out of fuel while leading the final lap and coasted to a stop within sight of the checkered flag. Paul Tracy (Marlboro Penske Mercedes), who finished seventh, exited Portland with the PPG Cup points lead, holding a 100-95 margin over Greg Moore (Player's/Indeck Reynard Mercedes), who finished fifth. Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Swift Ford) stood third with 91 points after an eighth-place finish.

Vital Race Statistics

Time of Race: 2 hours, 12.982 seconds.

Average Speed: 76.575 miles per hour.

Margin of Victory: 0.027 seconds, the closest finish in Championship Car history.

Caution Flags: 7 for 24 laps.

Lap Leaders: Mauricio Gugelmin, 38 laps; Alex Zanardi, 23; Gil de Ferran, 11; Scott Pruett, 4; Mark Blundell, 2.

PORTLAND RACE HISTORY

(14 Events)

  Year   Race Winner        Pole Winner
  1984   Al Unser, Jr.      Mario Andretti
  1985   Mario Andretti     Danny Sullivan
  1986   Mario Andretti     Emerson Fittipaldi
  1987   Bobby Rahal        Roberto Guerrero
  1988   Danny Sullivan     Danny Sullivan
  1989   Emerson Fittipaldi Teo Fabi
  1990   Michael Andretti   Danny Sullivan
  1991   Michael Andretti   Emerson Fittipaldi
  1992   Michael Andretti   Emerson Fittipaldi
  1993   Emerson Fittipaldi Nigel Mansell
  1994   Al Unser, Jr.      Al Unser, Jr.
  1995   Al Unser, Jr.      Jacques Villeneuve
  1996   Alex Zanardi       Alex Zanardi
  1997   Mark Blundell      Scott Pruett

TOTAL VICTORIES

 Michael Andretti    3
 Al Unser, Jr.       3
 Mario Andretti      2
 Emerson Fittipaldi  2
 Bobby Rahal         1
 Danny Sullivan      1
 Alex Zanardi        1
 Mark Blundell       1

TOTAL POLE POSITIONS

Danny Sullivan      3
Emerson Fittipaldi  3
Mario Andretti      1
Roberto Guerrero    1
Teo Fabi            1
Nigel Mansell       1
Al Unser, Jr.       1
Jacques Villeneuve  1
Alex Zanardi        1
Scott Pruett        1

Source: CART Online

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