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1998 Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland

The 1998 Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland was the tenth round of the 1998 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on July 12, 1998, at the Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio. The race, once again was won by defending champion Alex Zanardi, who dominated the race once he passed his teammate and polesitter Jimmy Vasser (who was suffering from gearbox problems) on a restart. The win was Zanardi's third consecutive of the season.

United States 1998 Cleveland
Race details
Race 10 of 19 in the 1998 CART season
Cleveland Street Course at Burke Lakefront Airport.svg
Burke Lakefront Airport track layout
DateJuly 12, 1998
Official name1998 Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland
LocationBurke Lakefront Airport
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
CourseTemporary airport course
2.369 mi / 3.790 km
Distance100 laps
236.9 mi / 379 km
WeatherDry with temperatures reaching up to 75.9 °F (24.4 °C); wind speeds reaching up to 9.9 miles per hour (15.9 km/h)[1]
Pole position
DriverJimmy Vasser (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time56.417
Fastest lap
DriverBryan Herta (Team Rahal)
Time58.817 (on lap 97 of 100)
Podium
FirstAlex Zanardi (Chip Ganassi Racing)
SecondMichael Andretti (Newman/Haas Racing)
ThirdDario Franchitti (Team KOOL Green)

ClassificationEdit

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing 100 1:52:22.282 3 20+1
2 6   Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 100 +8.422 7 16
3 27   Dario Franchitti Team Green 100 +8.901 2 14
4 20   Scott Pruett Patrick Racing 100 +18.384 14 12
5 40   Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 100 +28.069 17 10
6 5   Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 100 +28.608 11 8
7 12   Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 100 +29.120 1 6+1
8 7   Bobby Rahal Team Rahal 100 +31.265 10 5
9 33   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 100 +36.234 15 4
10 18   Mark Blundell PacWest Racing Group 100 +38.334 6 3
11 11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 100 +43.590 13 2
12 25   Max Papis Arciero-Wells Racing 100 +45.600 18 1
13 8   Bryan Herta Team Rahal 99 Spun off 4
14 21   Tony Kanaan Tasman Motorsports Group 99 +1 Lap 19
15 36   Alex Barron All American Racing 97 +3 Laps 27
16 77   Arnd Meier Davis Racing 97 +3 Laps 25
17 2   Al Unser, Jr. Team Penske 96 Shift Linkage 9
18 10   Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 96 +4 Laps 16
19 26   Paul Tracy Team Green 94 Contact 5
20 17   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing Group 85 Cooling 8
21 98   P. J. Jones All American Racing 74 Engine 26
22 3   André Ribeiro Team Penske 66 Transmission 24
23 24   Robby Gordon Arciero-Wells Racing 49 Electrical 20
24 34   Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing 34 Transmission 28
25 99   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 3 Contact 12
26 19   Michel Jourdain Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 3 Contact 22
27 16   Hélio Castro-Neves Bettenhausen Racing 3 Contact 23
28 9   JJ Lehto Hogan Racing 3 Contact 21

Caution flagsEdit

Laps Cause
4-10 Moore (99), Jourdain Jr. (19), Castro-Neves (16), Lehto (9) contact
26-29 Gugelmin (17) spin
67-71 Debris on track

Lap LeadersEdit

Laps Leader
1-11 Jimmy Vasser
12-67 Alex Zanardi
68-88 Christian Fittipaldi
89-100 Alex Zanardi
 
Driver Laps led
Alex Zanardi 68
Christian Fittipaldi 21
Jimmy Vasser 11

Point standings after raceEdit

Pos Driver Points
1   Alex Zanardi 155
2   Greg Moore 97
3   Jimmy Vasser 92
4   Adrián Fernández 85
5   Michael Andretti 68

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Weather information for the 1998 Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-10-11.