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1998 Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota

The 1998 Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota was the nineteenth and final round of the 1998 CART FedEx Championship Series season. The race was held 1 November 1998, and was the 2nd running of the Marlboro 500 at California Speedway. It was won by Jimmy Vasser who passed Greg Moore at a final lap restart of a long race, which took well over 3 hours and also had many retirements. This marks the final Champ Car race for the Three Time World Champion Bobby Rahal.

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Race details
Race 19 of 19 in the 1998 CART season
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California Speedway
Date1 November, 1998
Official name1998 Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota
LocationCalifornia Speedway
Fontana, California
CoursePermanent oval course
2.029 mi / 3.265 km
Distance250 laps
507.25 mi / 816.25 km
WeatherTemperatures reaching up to 75.9 °F (24.4 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)[1]
Pole position
DriverScott Pruett (Patrick Racing)
Time31.249
Fastest lap
DriverGreg Moore (Forsythe Racing)
Time31.119 (on lap 78 of 250)
Podium
FirstJimmy Vasser (Chip Ganassi Racing)
SecondGreg Moore (Forsythe Racing)
ThirdAlex Zanardi (Chip Ganassi Racing)

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos Nat Name Team Chassis Time
1   Scott Pruett Patrick Racing Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth 31.249
2   Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 98i Honda 31.301
3   Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing Swift 009.c Ford-Cosworth 31.372
4   Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports Swift 009.c Ford-Cosworth 31.377
5   Bobby Rahal Team Rahal Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth 31.394
6   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 31.429
7   Mark Blundell PacWest Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 31.441
8   Dario Franchitti Team Green Reynard 98i Honda 31.514
9   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 31.523
10   Gil de Ferran Walker Racing Reynard 98i Honda 31.619
11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing Swift 009.c Ford-Cosworth 31.646
12   Paul Tracy Team Green Reynard 98i Honda 31.648
13   Al Unser, Jr. Team Penske Penske PC27 Mercedes-Benz 31.650
14   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 31.688
15   Alex Barron All American Racers Eagle 987 Toyota 31.699
16   Hélio Castroneves Bettenhausen Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 31.754
17   Bryan Herta Team Rahal Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth 31.766
18   Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 98i Honda 31.824
19   André Ribeiro Team Penske Penske PC27 Mercedes-Benz 31.887
20   JJ Lehto Hogan Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 31.940
21   Arnd Meier Davis Racing Lola T98/00 Ford-Cosworth 31.973
22   Robby Gordon Arciero-Wells Racing Reynard 98i Toyota 32.013
23   Tony Kanaan Tasman Motorsports Reynard 98i Honda 32.077
24   Max Papis Arciero-Wells Racing Reynard 98i Toyota 32.114
25   Michel Jourdain Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth 32.462
26   Vincenzo Sospiri All American Racers Eagle Toyota No time
27   Adrian Fernandez Patrick Racing Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth No time
28   Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth No time

ClassificationEdit

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12   Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 250 3:17:54.639 2 20+1
2 99   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 250 +0.360 9 16
3 1   Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing 250 +1.117 18 14
4 40   Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 250 +1.137 27 12
5 17   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing Group 250 +1.164 6 10
6 18   Mark Blundell PacWest Racing Group 250 +1.463 7 8
7 11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 250 +2.486 11 6
8 10   Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 250 +11.685 4 5
9 24   Robby Gordon Arciero-Wells Racing 249 +1 Lap 22 4
10 16   Hélio Castro-Neves Bettenhausen Racing 249 +1 Lap 16 3
11 7   Bobby Rahal Team Rahal 249 +1 Lap 5 2
12 19   Michel Jourdain Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 247 +3 Laps 25 1
13 36   Alex Barron All American Racing 246 +4 Laps 15
14 26   Paul Tracy Team Green 245 Contact 12
15 8   Bryan Herta Team Rahal 239 Contact 17
16 25   Max Papis Arciero-Wells Racing 239 Contact 24
17 5   Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 232 Engine 10
18 6   Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 210 Contact 3
19 21   Tony Kanaan Tasman Motorsports Group 171 Wheel Bearing 23
20 20   Scott Pruett Patrick Racing 138 Contact 1 1
21 9   JJ Lehto Hogan Racing 124 Engine 20
22 27   Dario Franchitti Team Green 112 Engine 8
23 98   Vincenzo Sospiri All American Racing 94 Water leak 26
24 77   Arnd Meier Davis Racing 85 Engine 21
25 34   Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing 66 Suspension 28
26 33   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 59 Transmission 14
27 2   Al Unser, Jr. Team Penske 33 Oil leak 13
28 3   André Ribeiro Team Penske 6 Contact 19

Caution flagsEdit

Laps Cause
8-17 Ribeiro (3) contact
89-96 Meier (77) engine blow-up
113-121 Franchitti (27) engine blow-up
127-130 Lehto (9) engine blow-up
140-148 Pruett (20) contact
184-193 Hearn (10) spin
212-221 Andretti (6) contact
236-240 de Ferran (5) engine blow-up
241-246 Herta (8), Papis (24) contact
247-249 Tracy (26) contact

Lap LeadersEdit

Point standings after raceEdit

Pos Driver Points
1   Alex Zanardi 285
2   Jimmy Vasser 169
3   Dario Franchitti 160
4   Adrián Fernández 154
5   Greg Moore 141

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1998 Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 13 July 2013.