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Molson Indy Vancouver WHAT: Molson Indy Vancouver WHERE: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 4-6 SUPPORT EVENTS: PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship...

Molson Indy Vancouver

WHAT: Molson Indy Vancouver

WHERE: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 4-6

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

SCHEDULE:(All times PDT)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 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 practice, 1:45-2:15 p.m. CART qualifying, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Atlantic qualifying, 4:45-5:15 p.m.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Indy Lights practice, 8-8:40 a.m. CART practice, 9-10:15 a.m. Atlantic qualifying, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Indy Lights qualifying, noon-12:30 p.m. CART qualifying, 12:45-2 p.m. Atlantic race, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 - Indy Lights warmup, 8:30-8:45 a.m. CART warmup, 9-9:30 a.m. Indy Lights race, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Molson Indy Vancouver, 1 p.m.

BROADCAST:TV-(ESPN, tape delay, 5 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, 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Mauricio Gugelmin

DEFENDING POLESITTER: Alex Zanardi

TRACK LAYOUT: New temporary street-course layout; length to be determined by measurement of OMEGA, Official Timekeeper of the FedEx Championship Series

RACE LENGTH: To be determined

TRACK RECORDS: New course layout

RACE ROUND: 15 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series.

PPG CUP POINT LEADERS: 1. Alex Zanardi, 206; 2. Jimmy Vasser, 126; 3. Adrian Fernandez, 120; 4, Greg Moore, 118; 5. Michael Andretti, 93

LAST YEAR

Mauricio Gugelmin (Hollywood PacWest Mercedes) ended a lengthy wait for his first FedEx Championship Series victory by winning the 1997 Molson Indy Vancouver at Concord Pacific Place. Gugelmin took the lead after contact between leader Bryan Herta (Shell Reynard Ford) and Alex Zanardi (Target Reynard Honda) on the 86th of 100 laps, which sent Herta into a tire barrier.

Gugelmin inherited the lead and went on to a 2.872-second victory over Jimmy Vasser (Target Reynard Honda) in his 67th career FedEx Championship Series start. Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda) finished third, his seventh podium finish in 10 events. Gugelmin averaged 92.228 miles per hour and led 18 of 100 laps, second to Vasser, who led a race-high 46.

Zanardi, who finished fourth, exited Vancouver with a series-high 181 PPG Cup points, followed by de Ferran with 144 and Paul Tracy (Marlboro Penske Mercedes) with 121. Following the race, Zanardi was fined $25,000 and put on probation by CART Chief Steward Wally Dallenbach for rough driving in conjunction with the Herta incident.

Vital Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour, 47 minutes, 17.995 seconds

Average Speed: 92.228 miles per hour

Margin of Victory: 2.872 seconds

Caution Flags: 4 for 15 laps

Lap Leaders: Jimmy Vasser, 46 laps; Mauricio Gugelmin, 18; Alex Zanardi, 15; Bobby Rahal, 10; Bryan Herta, 10; Gil de Ferran 1

Vancouver Race History

(8 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

TOTAL VICTORIES

Al Unser, Jr.              4
Michael Andretti           3
Mauricio Gugelmin          1

TOTAL POLE POSITIONS

Michael Andretti           3
Alex Zanardi               2
Scott Goodyear             1
Robby Gordon               1
Jacques Villeneuve         1

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Wally Dallenbach , Jacques Villeneuve , Robby Gordon , Scott Goodyear , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Paul Tracy , Alex Zanardi , Mauricio Gugelmin , Bryan Herta , Greg Moore , Al Unser