Rio 400 WHAT: Rio 400 WHERE: Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway at Nelson Piquet International Raceway, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, May 8-10. SUPPORT EVENTS: ESPRON Championship. SCHEDULE:(All times Eastern ) FRIDAY,...
WHAT: Rio 400
WHERE: Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway at Nelson Piquet International Raceway, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, May 8-10.
SUPPORT EVENTS: ESPRON Championship.
SCHEDULE:(All times Eastern )
FRIDAY, MAY 8 CART practice 10:30 a.m.-Noon.; CART practice (2 groups/45 minutes each), 2:30-4:15 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 9 CART practice 9-10:15 a.m.; CART qualifying, 12:45-3 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 10 CART warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 12:15 p.m.; Rio 400, 1 p.m.
BROADCAST: TV DEFENDING CHAMPION: Paul Tracy.
DEFENDING POLESITTER: Mauricio Gugelmin.
TRACK LAYOUT: 1.864-mile oval.
RACE LENGTH: 133 laps, 248 miles.
TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) 1997, Paul Tracy, 171.921 mph (39.034 seconds); Race 1996, Andre Ribeiro 117.927 mph.
RACE ROUND: 5 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series.
PPG CUP POINT LEADERS: 1. Greg Moore 51, 2. Alex Zanardi 50, 3. Adrian Fernandez 41, Gil de Ferran 33, 5. Jimmy Vasser 31.
NEXT EVENT: May 23, Motorola 300, Madison, Ill.
Bobby Rahal (Miller Lite Reynard Ford) was just over a lap from his first FedEx Championship Series victory since 1992 when his fuel tank ran dry, handing Paul Tracy (Marlboro Penske Mercedes) his second consecutive series victory in the 1997 Hollywood Rio 400 on the Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway at Nelson Piquet International Raceway. Rahal led 102 of 133 laps, nearly twice as many as he had led in the previous four seasons combined (63), only to be denied at the checkered flag. Tracy averaged 113.721 mph while finishing 1.805 seconds ahead of Greg Moore (Player's/Indeck Reynard Mercedes). Scott Pruett (Brahma Reynard Ford) was third. The victory moved Tracy into the PPG Cup points lead, where he remained through the next six events. Tracy exited Rio with 65 points, followed by Pruett with 61 and Alex Zanardi (Target Reynard Honda) with 55.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of Race:2 hours, 10 minutes, 47.996 seconds.
Average Speed: 113.721 mph.
Margin of Victory: 1.805 seconds.
Caution Flags: 8 for 43 laps.
Lap Leaders: Bobby Rahal, 102 laps; Mauricio Gugelmin, 14; Scott Pruett, 10; Paul Tracy, 3; Michael Andretti, 2; Bryan Herta, 1; Gualter Salles, 1.
RIO RACE HISTORY
Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1996 Andre Ribeiro Alex Zanardi 1997 Paul Tracy Mauricio Gugelmin
Andre Ribeiro 1 Paul Tracy 1
TOTAL POLE POSITIONS
Alex Zanardi 1 Mauricio Gugelmin 1
Source: CART Online