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The 1998 U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota was the twelfth round of the 1998 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on July 26, 1998, at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. The race saw a record 63 lead changes due to the draft of the new Hanford Device, and was won by Greg Moore after a thrilling battle in the last five laps with Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi and Scott Pruett.

United States 1998 Michigan
Race details
Race 12 of 19 in the 1998 CART season
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Michigan International Speedway
DateJuly 26, 1998
Official name1998 U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota
LocationMichigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan, United States
CoursePermanent racing facility
2.000 mi / 3.219 km
Distance250 laps
500.000 mi / 804.672 km
WeatherDry
Pole position
DriverAdrián Fernández (Patrick Racing)
Time31.370
Fastest lap
DriverPatrick Carpentier (Forsythe Racing)
Time31.508 (on lap 131 of 250)
Podium
FirstGreg Moore (Forsythe Racing)
SecondJimmy Vasser (Chip Ganassi Racing)
ThirdAlex Zanardi (Chip Ganassi Racing)

The race was marred by a crash on lap 175. Adrián Fernández slammed into the outside wall in the fourth turn. His right front wheel was torn off and hurled over the fence into the stands, killing three spectators (Kenneth Fox, Sheryl Laster, and Michael Tautkus) and injuring six others.[1]

Contents

ClassificationEdit

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 99   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 250 3:00:48.785 14 20
2 12   Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 250 +0.259 2 16
3 1   Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing 250 +0.267 7 14+1
4 20   Scott Pruett Patrick Racing 250 +0.518 6 12
5 10   Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 250 +1.356 3 10
6 6   Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 250 +1.567 8 8
7 7   Bobby Rahal Team Rahal 250 +2.649 12 6
8 33   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 250 +3.428 21 5
9 26   Paul Tracy Team Green 250 +4.318 15 4
10 8   Bryan Herta Team Rahal 250 +26.270 5 3
11 21   Tony Kanaan Tasman Motorsports Group 249 +1 Lap 20 2
12 16   Hélio Castro-Neves Bettenhausen Racing 248 +2 Laps 24 1
13 17   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing Group 248 +2 Laps 17
14 77   Arnd Meier Davis Racing 247 +3 Laps 18
15 36   Alex Barron All American Racing 242 +8 Laps 28
16 5   Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 240 Engine 10
17 18   Mark Blundell PacWest Racing Group 240 +10 laps 19
18 19   Michel Jourdain Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 238 +12 Laps 26
19 25   Max Papis Arciero-Wells Racing 237 Electrical 22
20 9   JJ Lehto Hogan Racing 223 Contact 13
21 27   Dario Franchitti Team Green 213 Engine 16
22 2   Al Unser, Jr. Team Penske 194 Oil leak 4
23 40   Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 174 Contact 1 1
24 98   P. J. Jones All American Racing 111 Engine 27
25 11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 87 Overheating 9
26 34   Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing 85 Contact 25
27 24   Robby Gordon Arciero-Wells Racing 76 Contact 23
28 3   André Ribeiro Team Penske 75 Oil leak 11

Caution flagsEdit

Laps Cause
81-87 Gordon (24) contact
92-100 Vitolo (34) contact
117-123 Jones (98) engine blow-up
176-184 Fernández (40) contact
185-188 Franchitti (27) spin
216-222 Franchitti (27) engine blow-up
227-234 Lehto (9) contact
242-245 de Ferran (5) engine blow-up

Lap LeadersEdit

Point standings after raceEdit

Pos Driver Points
1   Alex Zanardi 190
2   Jimmy Vasser 122
3   Greg Moore 119
4   Michael Andretti 92
5   Adrián Fernández 90

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Glick, Shav (July 27, 1998). "Three spectators die at U.S. 500". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 20, 2012.