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The 1998 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix was the fourth round of the 1998 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on April 27, 1998, on the Nazareth Speedway in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. The race was won by Jimmy Vasser, his first win on an oval for nearly two years. Vasser won ahead of teammate and reigning champion Alex Zanardi, making it a 1-2 finish for Chip Ganassi Racing.

United States 1998 Nazareth
Race details
Race 4 of 19 in the 1998 CART season
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Nazareth Speedway
DateApril 27, 1998
Official name1998 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix
LocationNazareth Speedway
Nazareth, Pennsylvania, United States
CoursePermanent oval course
0.946 mi / 1.522 km
Distance225 laps
212.85 mi / 342.45 km
WeatherDry
Pole position
DriverPatrick Carpentier (Forsythe Racing)
Time18.419
Fastest lap
DriverGreg Moore (Forsythe Racing)
Time19.514 (on lap 204 of 225)
Podium
FirstJimmy Vasser (Chip Ganassi Racing)
SecondAlex Zanardi (Chip Ganassi Racing)
ThirdGreg Moore (Forsythe Racing)

ClassificationEdit

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12   Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 225 1:57:20.307 5 20
2 1   Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing 225 +1.400 8 16
3 99   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 225 +3.610 2 14
4 5   Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 225 +6.016 4 12
5 26   Paul Tracy Team Green 225 +8.016 10 10
6 7   Bobby Rahal Team Rahal 225 +9.618 9 8
7 24   Robby Gordon Arciero-Wells Racing 225 +10.167 24 6
8 8   Bryan Herta Team Rahal 224 +1 Lap 7 5
9 21   Tony Kanaan Tasman Motorsports Group 224 +1 Lap 16 4
10 10   Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 224 +1 Lap 13 3
11 11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 224 +1 Lap 6 2
12 19   Michel Jourdain Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 223 +2 Laps 23 1
13 33   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 222 +3 Laps 1 1
14 25   Max Papis Arciero-Wells Racing 221 +4 Laps 20
15 2   Al Unser, Jr. Team Penske 220 +5 Laps 18
16 9   JJ Lehto Hogan Racing 218 +7 Laps 15
17 17   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing Group 206 Contact 14
18 6   Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 122 Contact 3 1
19 98   P. J. Jones All American Racing 107 Brakes 25
20 18   Mark Blundell PacWest Racing Group 107 Contact 21
21 27   Dario Franchitti Team Green 80 Contact 17
22 20   Scott Pruett Patrick Racing 68 Fire 12
23 16   Hélio Castro-Neves Bettenhausen Racing 62 Contact 19
24 77   Arnd Meier Davis Racing 28 Transmission 26
25 34   Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing 10 Contact 22
26 40   Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 0 Contact 11
DNQ 36   Alex Barron All American Racing Did not Qualify
DNQ 3   André Ribeiro Team Penske Did not Qualify

Caution flagsEdit

Laps Cause
1-9 Fernández (40) contact
14-19 Vitolo (34) contact
63-78 Castro-Neves (16) contact
82-91 Franchitti (27) contact
109-122 Jones (98), Blundell (18) contact
123-132 Andretti (6) contact
207-219 Gugelmin (17) contact

Lap LeadersEdit

Laps Leader
1-10 Patrick Carpentier
11-112 Michael Andretti
113-154 Bryan Herta
155-164 Jimmy Vasser
165-191 Alex Zanardi
192-194 Greg Moore
195-225 Jimmy Vasser
 
Driver Laps led
Michael Andretti 102
Bryan Herta 42
Jimmy Vasser 41
Alex Zanardi 27
Patrick Carpentier 10
Greg Moore 3

Point standings after raceEdit

Pos Driver Points
1   Greg Moore 51
2   Alex Zanardi 50
3   Adrián Fernández 41
4   Gil de Ferran 33
5   Jimmy Vasser 31