CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver Saturday Track Notes

FedEx Championship Series Track Notes - Saturday Vancouver, BC (September 5, 1998) GREEN FLAG waves at 12:45 p.m. to start the final Group One qualifying session. Firestone engineers report a track temperature of 108 degrees F. (42 degrees...

FedEx Championship Series Track Notes - Saturday

Vancouver, BC (September 5, 1998)

GREEN FLAG waves at 12:45 p.m. to start the final Group One qualifying session. Firestone engineers report a track temperature of 108 degrees F. (42 degrees C.) and an ambient temperature of 80 degrees F. (26 degrees C.).

RED FLAG waves at 12:49 p.m. after #34 VITOLO spins between Turns 2 and 3 and stalls the car. CART safety workers quickly get the car restarted.

At 12:50 p.m., five minutes into the session, the fastest Group One driver is #7 RAHAL with a lap of 98.582 mph (1:05.805), followed by #20 PRUETT (97.681 mph; 1:06.412) and #25 PAPIS (97.115 mph; 1:06.799).

GREEN FLAG waves at 12:51 p.m. to resume the Group One qualifying session.

At 12:55 p.m., ten minutes into the session, the fastest driver is still #7 RAHAL with a lap of 99.029 mph (1:05.508), followed by #16 CASTRO-NEVES (98.243 mph; 1:06.032) and #20 PRUETT (97.681 mph; 1:06.412).

At 12:56 p.m., #98 JONES makes light contact with the wall at Turn 10 and continues on course without damage to the car.

At 1 p.m., 15 minutes into the Group One session, the fastest driver is #16 CASTRO-NEVES with a lap of 100.267 mph (1:04.699), followed by #12 VASSER (99.855 mph; 1:04.966) and #7 RAHAL (99.782 mph; 1:05.014).

At 1:05 p.m., 20 minutes into the Group One qualifying session, the fastest drivers and speeds remain unchanged from the 1 p.m. report.

At 1:10 p.m., 25 minutes into the Group One qualifying session, the fastest drivers and speeds are unchanged from the 1:05 p.m. report.

CHECKERED FLAG waves at 1:15 p.m. with #20 PRUETT the fastest Group Two driver and the fastest driver of the weekend so far with a lap of 100.297 mph (1:04.680), followed by #16 CASTRO-NEVES (100.267 mph; 1:04.699) and #7 RAHAL (100.088 mph; 1:04.815).

GREEN FLAG waves at 1:30 p.m. to start the Group Two qualifying session. Firestone engineers report a track temperature of 115 degrees F. (46 degrees C.) and an ambient temperature of 80 degrees F. (26 degrees C.) at the start of the Group Two session.

At 1:35 p.m., five minutes into the session, the fastest driver is #1 ZANARDI with a lap of 99.762 mph (1:05.027), followed by #21 KANAAN (99.880 mph; 1:04.950) and #27 FRANCHITTI (99.369 mph; 1:05.284).

Also at 1:35 p.m., #21 KANAAN enters the run-off at Turn 4. CART safety workers get the car restarted and KANAAN continues on course without damage to the car.

At 1:36 p.m., #8 HERTA brushes the wall at Turn 7 and continues on course without damage to the car.

At 1:38 p.m., #5 DE FERRAN makes contact with the wall at Turn 6. The car sustains damage to the nose and front wing area and DE FERRAN slowly drives to his pit area, while his crew readies the secondary car.

Also at 1:38 p.m., #21 KANAAN slides into the run-off at Turn 8. CART safety workers get the car restarted and KANAAN continues to his pit.

At 1:40 p.m., ten minutes into the Group Two session, the fastest driver is #27 FRANCHITTI with a lap of 100.910 mph (1:04.287), followed by #1 ZANARDI (100.702 mph; 1:04.420) and #21 KANAAN (100.384 mph; 1:04.624).

At 1:45 p.m., 15 minutes into the Group Two session, the fastest drivers and speeds are unchanged from the 1:40 p.m. report.

At 1:46 p.m., #10 HEARN makes light contact with the wall at Turn 7 and continues on course without damage to the car.

At 1:47 p.m., #10 HEARN again makes light contact with the wall at Turn 7 and continues on course without damage to the car.

At 1:50 p.m., the fastest drivers and speeds remain unchanged from the 1:45 p.m. report.

At 1:54 p.m., #5 DE FERRAN enters the run-off at Turn 1. CART safety workers push the car to safety to await the end of the session.

At 1:55 p.m., #27 FRANCHITTI is still the fastest with a lap of 101.157 mph (1:04.130), followed by #1 ZANARDI (100.702 mph; 1:04.420) and #8 HERTA (100.452 mph; 1:04.580).

At 1:57 p.m., #8 HERTA moves to second position with a lap of 101.018 mph (1:04.218).

CHECKERED FLAG waves at 2 p.m. with #27 FRANCHITTI the fastest driver of the weekend and the winner of the Marlboro Pole with a lap of 101.157 mph (1:04.130), followed by #8 HERTA (101.018 mph; 1:04.218) and #1 ZANARDI (100.702 mph; 1:04.420). There are 18 drivers within one second of the pole-winning effort by FRANCHITTI and 26 of the 28 cars on the grid separated by less than two seconds. FedEx Championship Series drivers logged 343 laps during today's qualifying runs. #36X BARRON ran no laps during today's qualifying session.

DARIO FRANCHITTI wins the pole for Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver. This is FRANCHITTI's fifth career pole and the fourth of this season, the most of all drivers in 1998. FRANCHITTI has also won poles this year at Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, and Mid-Ohio. FRANCHITTI's also possesses a series-best six front row starts this year.

BRYAN HERTA will start second tomorrow in the Molson Indy Vancouver. HERTA has four front-row starts this season, the others being Long Beach, Portland, and Road America. This will also be the seventh top-five start for HERTA in the last eight events.

ALEX ZANARDI will start third in tomorrow's Molson Indy Vancouver. This is ZANARDI's fifth top-three start of the season. The other four top-three starts have resulted in three wins and one runner-up for ZANARDI.

Driver quotes from the top three qualifiers follow.

DARIO FRANCHITTI, KOOL Reynard Honda: "This morning , we were working on the race set-up so we weren't too concerned about speed. This afternoon, we got a good time in on our first set of tires, but we flat-spotted the second set and I felt sure one of these guys [Herta or Zanardi] would do better than me, especially after I made a rather large mistake myself. I'm quite surprised, actually, that they didn't. It was a great job by Team KOOL Green. I'm quite happy. I think our team's been confident that they could do the job. But [the victory at Road America] gives you that extra little bit you need to get in front and stay there, and I feel more confident now, since it was at the end of 1996 that I won my last race."

BRYAN HERTA, Shell Reynard Ford: "Yesterday was really a disaster. We hit the track not knowing which way to go with our set-up and our guess was wildly wrong. I think we were 27th after the morning session. I've got to give a lot of credit to Ray Leto, my engineer and the crew. They transformed the car completely and gave me a car I was comfortable with, so they deserve the credit for what we accomplished today. I couldn't catch a clean lap on my first set of tires. I was fortunate on the second set to get three or four good, clean laps in a row and put in a good time."

ALEX ZANARDI, Target Reynard Honda: "I was real confident this afternoon. We made the car a little better this morning and then we went out and ran into traffic. I thought it would be all right, that traffic wouldn't be a problem this afternoon, but I was wrong. I've won races when I've started even further behind. This is a good place to start, and I'm looking forward to a good day tomorrow. I think Dario and Bryan will try to get safely through Turns One and Two, and if they don't, I'll try to take advantage."

Dan Gurney's All American Racers announced today that the Molson Indy Vancouver event will be PJ JONES last race behind the wheel of the #98 Castrol/Degree Toyota Champ Car.

Source: CART Online

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