FAST FACTS FOR THE GP TELEMAR RIO 200 WHAT: GP Telemar Rio 200. WHERE: Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway at Nelson Piquet International Raceway, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, May 13-15. SUPPORT EVENTS: Formula 3, ESPRON ...
FAST FACTS FOR THE GP TELEMAR RIO 200
WHAT: GP Telemar Rio 200. WHERE: Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway at Nelson Piquet International Raceway, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, May 13-15. SUPPORT EVENTS: Formula 3, ESPRON Championship, Formula Truck. SCHEDULE: (All times local) THURSDAY, MAY 13 - CART practice 10:30 a.m.-Noon.; CART practice (2 groups/45 minutes each), 2:30-4:15 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 14 - CART practice 9-10:15 a.m.; CART qualifying, 12:45-3 p.m. SATURDAY, MAY 15 - CART warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 12:15 p.m.; GP Telemar Rio 200, 1 p.m. (Time difference is one hour later than Eastern Daylight Time). BROADCAST: TV-ABC (tape delay, Sunday, May 16, 4 p.m. EDT). RADIO-None. DEFENDING CHAMPION: Greg Moore. DEFENDING POLESITTER: Dario Franchitti. TRACK LAYOUT: 1.864-mile oval. RACE LENGTH: 108 laps, 201.312 miles. TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1998, Dario Franchitti, 172.039 mph (39.005 seconds); Race - 1998, Greg Moore 132.531 mph (for 133 laps, 247.912 miles). RACE ROUND: 5 of 20 in the FedEx Championship Series. FedEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS FOR THE PPG CUP: 1. Juan Montoya, 45; 2. Adrian Fernandez, 43; 3. Greg Moore, 40; 4. Michael Andretti, 40; 5. Dario Franchitti, 35. NEXT EVENT: May 29, Motorola 300, Madison, Ill. INSTANT REPLAY Greg Moore (Player's/Indeck Mercedes Reynard) flashed past Alex Zanardi (Target Honda Reynard) with four laps remaining and went on to a 0.427-second victory over Zanardi in the 1998 Rio 400 on the Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway at Nelson Piquet International Raceway. Moore's dramatic pass came on the 129th of 133 laps as he and Zanardi headed into Turn 1, and Moore managed to hold a slim advantage from that point until the checkered flag. He averaged a race-record 132.531 miles per hour while earning the third victory of his FedEx Championship Series career. The outcome was disappointing for Zanardi, who led all but 16 of the 133 laps, but posted his third top-four finish in as many starts at Rio, following fourths in 1996 and '97. Adrian Fernandez (Tecate/Quaker State/Labatt Ford Reynard) finished third for his second podium finish of the season, following a victory at Japan. Moore's victory allowed him to pad his lead over Zanardi in the FedEx Championship Series standings, which had been just one point (51-50) entering the event. He left with a 71-67 lead over Zanardi while Fernandez was third with 55 points. Vital Race Statistics Time of Race: 1 hour, 52 minutes, 14.135 seconds. Average Speed: 132.531 mph. Margin of Victory: 0.427 seconds. Caution Flags: 4 for 26 laps. Lap Leaders: Alex Zanardi, 117 laps; Dario Franchitti, 7; Greg Moore, 5; Richie Hearn, 4.
GP TELEMAR RIO 200 RACE HISTORY (3 Events) Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1996 Andre Ribeiro Alex Zanardi 1997 Paul Tracy Mauricio Gugelmin 1998 Greg Moore Dario Franchitti
Total Victories Andre Ribeiro 1 Paul Tracy 1 Greg Moore 1
Total Pole Positions Alex Zanardi 1 Mauricio Gugelmin 1 Dario Franchitti 1