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1998 Molson Indy Vancouver

The 1998 Molson Indy Vancouver was the fifteenth round of the 1998 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on September 6, 1998, at Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Dario Franchitti took his second consecutive win at this race, after passing Michael Andretti for the lead with seven laps left. In doing so, Franchitti became the first driver to win a race from pole for over a year.

Canada 1998 Vancouver
Race details
Race 15 of 19 in the 1998 CART season
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DateSeptember 6, 1998
Official name1998 Molson Indy Vancouver
LocationConcord Pacific Place
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
CourseTemporary street course
1.781 mi / 2.866 km
Distance86 laps
153.166 mi / 246.39 km
WeatherTemperatures reaching up to 25.3 °C (77.5 °F); dropping down to 20.1 °C (68.2 °F) by the end of the event[1]
Pole position
DriverDario Franchitti (Team KOOL Green)
Time1:04.130
Fastest lap
DriverHélio Castro-Neves (Bettenhausen Racing)
Time1:06.939 (on lap 30 of 86)
Podium
FirstDario Franchitti (Team KOOL Green)
SecondMichael Andretti (Newman-Haas Racing)
ThirdScott Pruett (Patrick Racing)

Building an insurmountable lead in the championship standings, Alex Zanardi's 4th-place finish in this race clinched the 1998 CART title with still four races remaining.

This marks the final career podium for Scott Pruett in CART.

ClassificationEdit

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27   Dario Franchitti Team Green 86 2:00:37.871 1 20+1+1
2 6   Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 86 +3.437 6 16
3 20   Scott Pruett Patrick Racing 86 +4.745 8 14
4 1   Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing 86 +5.002 3 12
5 2   Al Unser, Jr. Team Penske 86 +13.832 22 10
6 17   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing Group 86 +14.933 13 8
7 3   André Ribeiro Team Penske 86 +16.246 19 6
8 9   JJ Lehto Hogan Racing 86 +17.565 16 5
9 25   Max Papis Arciero-Wells Racing 86 +19.206 23 4
10 19   Michel Jourdain Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 86 +19.625 25 3
11 26   Paul Tracy Team Green 86 +19.759 7 2
12 18   Mark Blundell PacWest Racing Group 86 +20.284 16 1
13 5   Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 85 Brakes 14
14 11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 85 +1 Lap 12
15 40   Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 84 +2 Laps 21
16 10   Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 73 Contact 10
17 34   Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing 69 Transmission 28
18 21   Tony Kanaan Tasman Motorsports Group 67 Contact 5
19 36   Alex Barron All American Racing 62 Contact 27
20 99   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 55 Contact 4
21 98   P. J. Jones All American Racing 54 Contact 26
22 8   Bryan Herta Team Rahal 51 Contact 2
23 24   Robby Gordon Arciero-Wells Racing 47 Electrical 24
24 16   Hélio Castro-Neves Bettenhausen Racing 41 Fuel 9
25 7   Bobby Rahal Team Rahal 30 Engine 11
26 12   Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 10 Contact 15
27 33   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 10 Contact 17
28 77   Arnd Meier Davis Racing 6 Contact 20

Caution flagsEdit

Laps Cause
11-17 Vasser (12), Carpentier (33) contact, Zanardi (1) spin
21-23 Jones (98), Vitolo (34) spin
43-45 Castro-Neves (16) stalled on course
52-55 Herta (8), Hearn (10) contact
57-61 Blundell (18), Moore (99), Jones (98) contact, Fittipaldi (11) spin
64-66 Barron (36) contact
69-70 Kanaan (21), Tracy (26) contact

Lap LeadersEdit

Point standings after raceEdit

Pos Driver Points
1   Alex Zanardi 218
2   Jimmy Vasser 126
3   Adrián Fernández 120
4   Greg Moore 119
5   Dario Franchitti 110

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1998 Molson Indy Vancouver weather information". Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-07-14.