WHAT: Molson Indy Vancouver. WHERE: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 3-5. SUPPORT EVENTS: KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship; BF Goodrich Tires Trans-Am Series, World Challenge. CART SCHEDULE...
WHAT: Molson Indy Vancouver. WHERE: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 3-5. SUPPORT EVENTS: KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship; BF Goodrich Tires Trans-Am Series, World Challenge. CART SCHEDULE (All times PDT): FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 - Atlantic practice, 9:35-10:10 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Atlantic qualifying, 1-1:30 p.m.; Champ Car qualifying, 2:30-3:45 p.m. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 - Atlantic practice, 8-8:40 a.m.; Champ Car practice, 9-10:15 a.m.; Atlantic qualifying, 11:55 a.m.-12:25 p.m.; Champ Car qualifying, 12:45-2 p.m.; Atlantic race, 2:30-3:30 p.m. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 - Atlantic warm-up, 8:30-8:45 a.m.; Champ Car warm-up, 9-9:30 a.m.; Atlantic race, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Grid Champ Cars, 12:15 p.m.; Molson Indy Vancouver, 1 p.m. BROADCAST: TV-(ABC-TV, 4 p.m. EDT and in 195 countries worldwide). RADIO-CART Radio Network. PRE-RACE PROGRAMMING: Molson Indy Vancouver pole qualifying, 1:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2; CART 2Day, 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2. DEFENDING CHAMPION: Dario Franchitti. DEFENDING POLESITTER: Dario Franchitti. TRACK LAYOUT: Reconfigured temporary street-course layout; length to be determined by measurement of OMEGA, Official Timekeeper of the FedEx Championship Series. RACE LENGTH: 90 laps (tentative). TRACK RECORDS: New course layout. RACE NUMBER: 16 of 20. FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS LEADERS FOR THE PPG CUP: 1. Juan Montoya, 172 points; 2. Dario Franchitti, 168; 3. Michael Andretti, 124; 4. Paul Tracy, 122; 5. Christian Fittipaldi, 101.
Dario Franchitti (KOOL Honda Reynard) earned a $430,000 payday and Alex Zanardi (Target Honda Reynard) secured his second consecutive FedEx Championship Series championship as Franchitti drove to victory and Zanardi finished fourth at the 1998 Molson Indy Vancouver at Concord Pacific Place. Franchitti recorded his second consecutive victory following a career-first triumph at Road America, and collected the $100,000 winner's purse and a record $330,000 Marlboro Pole Award bonus for becoming the first driver to win from the pole in 22 events. Zanardi's fourth-place finish allowed him to clinch his second consecutive PPG Cup and the $1 million bonus which accompanies it, making him the first driver to win back-to-back titles since Bobby Rahal in 1986 and '87. Zanardi also set a CART record by clinching the title with four races remaining, earlier than anyone had done so previously. Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford Swift) finished second while Scott Pruett (Visteon Ford Reynard) took third. Zanardi exited Vancouver with an insurmountable 218-126 points lead over Target/Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Jimmy Vasser (Target Honda Reynard) while Adrian Fernandez (Tecate/Quaker State/Labatt Ford Reynard), who finished 15th, stood third in the championship with 120 points.
Vital Race Statistics
Time of race: 2 hours, 37.871 seconds. Average speed: 77.081 miles per hour. Margin of victory: 3.437 seconds. Caution flags: 5 for 22 laps. Lap leaders: Dario Franchitti, 28 laps; Helio Castro-Neves, 20; Michael Andretti, 17; Alex Barron, 12; Al Unser Jr., 9.
VANCOUVER RACE HISTORY (9 Events)
Year Race Winner Pole Winner 1990 Al Unser Jr. Michael Andretti 1991 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1992 Michael Andretti Michael Andretti 1993 Al Unser Jr. Scott Goodyear 1994 Al Unser Jr. Robby Gordon 1995 Al Unser Jr. Jacques Villeneuve 1996 Michael Andretti Alex Zanardi 1997 Mauricio Gugelmin Alex Zanardi 1998 Dario Franchitti Dario Franchitti
Al Unser Jr. 4 Michael Andretti 3 Mauricio Gugelmin 1 Dario Franchitti 1
All-time pole positions
Michael Andretti 3 Alex Zanardi 2 Scott Goodyear 1 Robby Gordon 1 Jacques Villeneuve 1 Dario Franchitti 1