CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto Fact Sheet

Molson Indy Toronto WHAT: Molson Indy WHERE: Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada WHEN: Friday-Sunday, July 17-19 SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, Motorola Enduroseries ...

Molson Indy Toronto

WHAT: Molson Indy

WHERE: Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, July 17-19

SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, Motorola Enduroseries

SCHEDULE:(All times local)

FRIDAY, JULY 17 - Atlantic practice, 8:45-9:15 a.m.; Indy Lights practice, 9:30-10:10 a.m.; CART practice, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Indy Lights qualifying, 1-1:30 p.m.; Atlantic qualifying, 1:45-2:15 p.m.; CART qualifying, 2:30-3:45 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 18 - 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.; Atlantic qualifying, noon-12:30 p.m.; CART qualifying, 12:45-2 p.m.; Atlantic race, 3-4 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 19 - 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 CART cars, 1:15 p.m.; Molson Indy, 2 p.m.

BROADCAST: TV-ABC (tape delay, 3 p.m. ET). RADIO-CART Radio Network (CJCL, 590 AM)..

PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING:: Molson Indy pole qualifying, 2 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Mark Blundell

DEFENDING POLESITTER: Dario Franchitti

TRACK LAYOUT: 1.721-mile temporary road course

RACE LENGTH: 95 laps, 163.495 miles.

TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) - 1997, Dario Franchitti, 105.694 mph; Race (163.495 miles) - 1997, Mark Blundell, 92.779 mph.

RACE ROUND: 11 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series.

PPG CUP POINT LEADERS: 1. Alex Zanardi, 155 points; 2. Greg Moore, 96; 3. Jimmy Vasser, 92; 4. Adrian Fernandez, 85; 5. Michael Andretti, 68.

NEXT EVENT: July 26, U.S. 500 At Michigan Speedway

LAST YEAR:

Mark Blundell (Motorola PacWest Mercedes) put together a dominant performance to earn his second CART career victory in the 1997 Molson Indy at Exhibition Place. Blundell took the lead from the outside pole on the opening lap when first-time pole-sitter Dario Franchitti (Hogan Motor Leasing, Inc. Reynard Mercedes) was involved in contact with third-place starter Bobby Rahal (Miller Lite Reynard Ford) heading into the first turn.

Blundell went on to lead 93 of 95 laps while finishing 0.659 seconds ahead of Alex Zanardi (Target Reynard Honda), who posted his second consecutive runner-up effort at Toronto. Andre Ribeiro (LCI Reynard Honda), in his second race after switching from a Lola to Reynard chassis, finished third. Blundell's victory was his second in three events.

A month earlier, he had scored a dramatic win over Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda) at Portland in the closest finish (0.027 seconds) in Champ Car history. Paul Tracy (Marlboro Penske Mercedes) continued in the PPG Cup points lead with 109 after a 10th-place finish, followed by Zanardi with 106 and Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Swift Ford) with 103.

Vital Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour, 45 minutes, 43.936 seconds

Average Speed: 92.779 mph

Margin of Victory: 0.659 seconds

Caution Flags: 2 for 9 laps

Lap Leaders: Mark Blundell, 93 laps; Greg Moore, 1; Raul Boesel, 1

TORONTO RACE HISTORY

(12 Events)

Year    Race Winner         Pole Winner
1986    Bobby Rahal         Emerson Fittipaldi
1987    Emerson Fittipaldi  Bobby Rahal
1988    Al Unser, Jr.       Danny Sullivan
1989    Michael Andretti    Emerson Fittipaldi
1990    Al Unser, Jr.       Danny Sullivan
1991    Michael Andretti    Michael Andretti
1992    Michael Andretti    Bobby Rahal
1993    Paul Tracy          Emerson Fittipaldi
1994    Michael Andretti    Robby Gordon
1995    Michael Andretti    Jacques Villenueve
1996    Andre Ribiero       Adrian Fernandez
1997    Mark Blundell       Dario Franchitti

TOTAL VICTORIES

Michael Andretti    5
Al Unser, Jr.       2
Bobby Rahal         1
Emerson Fittipaldi  1
Paul Tracy          1
Adrian Fernandez    1
Mark Blundell       1

TOTAL POLE POSITIONS

Emerson Fittipaldi  3
Danny Sullivan      2
Bobby Rahal         2
Michael Andretti    1
Robby Gordon        1
Jacques Villenueve  1
Andre Ribiero       1
Dario Franchitti    1

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Raul Boesel , Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Mark Blundell , Danny Sullivan , Emerson Fittipaldi , Andre Ribeiro , Greg Moore , Al Unser