1998 CART season

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1998 CART season
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FedEx Championship Series
Season
Races 19
Start date March 15
End date November 1
Awards
Drivers' champion Italy Alex Zanardi
Constructors' Cup United Kingdom Reynard
Manufacturers' Cup Japan Honda
Nations' Cup United States United States
Rookie of the Year Brazil Tony Kanaan
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1997 1999

The 1998 CART season, the twentieth in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 19 races, beginning in Homestead, Florida on March 15 and concluding in Fontana, California on November 1. The FedEx Championship Series Drivers' Champion was Alex Zanardi. Rookie of the Year was Tony Kanaan. This was the first of five years of sponsorship by FDX Corporation, who became FedEx Corporation in 2000.

Drivers and constructors[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1998 CART Championship Series season.

Team Chassis Engine Tires No Drivers
United States Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 98i Honda Firestone 1 Italy Alex Zanardi
12 United States Jimmy Vasser
United States Marlboro Team Penske Penske PC27-98 Mercedes Goodyear 2 United States Al Unser, Jr.
3 Brazil André Ribeiro
United States Walker Racing Reynard 98i Honda Goodyear 5 Brazil Gil de Ferran
United States Newman-Haas Racing Swift 009.c Ford XB Goodyear 6 United States Michael Andretti
11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
Brazil Roberto Moreno
United States Team Rahal Reynard 98i Ford XB Firestone 7 United States Bobby Rahal
8 United States Bryan Herta
United States Hogan Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes Firestone 9 Finland JJ Lehto
United States Della Penna Motorsports Swift 009.c Ford XB Firestone 10 United States Richie Hearn
43 Japan Hideshi Matsuda
United States Project Indy Reynard 97i Ford XB Goodyear 15 Brazil Roberto Moreno
Italy Domenico Schiattarella
United States Bettenhausen Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes Goodyear 16 Brazil Hélio Castroneves
United States PacWest Racing Group Reynard 98i Mercedes Firestone 17 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin
18 United Kingdom Mark Blundell
United States Payton/Coyne Racing Reynard 98i Ford XB Firestone 19 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr.
34 United States Dennis Vitolo
Brazil Gualter Salles
United States Patrick Racing Reynard 98i Ford XB Firestone 20 United States Scott Pruett
40 Mexico Adrián Fernández
United States Tasman Motorsports Group Reynard 98i Honda Firestone 21 Brazil Tony Kanaan
United States Arciero-Wells Racing Reynard 98i Toyota Firestone 24 Japan Hiro Matsushita
United States Robby Gordon
25 Italy Max Papis
United States Team KOOL Green Reynard 98i Honda Firestone 26 Canada Paul Tracy
27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
United States Forsythe Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes Firestone 33 Canada Patrick Carpentier
99 Canada Greg Moore
United States All American Racing Reynard 98i
Eagle 987
Toyota Goodyear 36 United States Alex Barron
98 United States P. J. Jones
Italy Vincenzo Sospiri
United States Davis Racing Lola T98/00 Ford XB Goodyear 77 Germany Arnd Meier

Results[edit]

Races[edit]

Rnd Race Name Circuit City/Location Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 United States Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida March 15 Canada Greg Moore Canada Greg Moore United States Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing Report
2 Japan Budweiser 500 Twin Ring Motegi Motegi, Japan March 28 United States Jimmy Vasser United States Jimmy Vasser Mexico Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing Report
3 United States Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California April 5 United States Bryan Herta United States Bobby Rahal Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Report
4 United States Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota Nazareth Speedway Nazareth, Pennsylvania April 27 Canada Patrick Carpentier Canada Greg Moore United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing Report
5 Brazil Rio 400k Autódromo de Jacarepaguá Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Italy Alex Zanardi Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing Report
6 United States Motorola 300 Gateway International Raceway Madison, Illinois May 23 Canada Greg Moore United States Jimmy Vasser Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Report
7 United States Miller 200 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin May 31 Canada Patrick Carpentier United States Scott Pruett United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing Report
8 United States ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix The Raceway on Belle Isle Park Detroit, Michigan June 7 Canada Greg Moore Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Report
9 United States Budweiser/G. I. Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon June 21 United States Bryan Herta Canada Patrick Carpentier Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Report
10 United States Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio July 12 United States Jimmy Vasser United States Bryan Herta Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Report
11 Canada Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario July 19 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Report
12 United States U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan July 26 Mexico Adrián Fernández Canada Patrick Carpentier Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing Report
13 United States Miller Lite 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio August 9 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Canada Greg Moore Mexico Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing Report
14 United States Texaco/Havoline 200 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin August 16 United States Michael Andretti Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green Report
15 Canada Molson Indy Vancouver Streets of Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia September 6 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Brazil Hélio Castroneves United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green Report
16 United States Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Laguna Seca Raceway Monterey, California September 13 United States Bryan Herta Brazil Tony Kanaan United States Bryan Herta Team Rahal Report
17 United States Texaco Grand Prix of Houston Streets of Houston Houston, Texas October 4 Canada Greg Moore Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green Report
18 Australia Honda IndyCarnival Australia Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Australia October 18 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Italy Alex Zanardi Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Report
19 United States Marlboro 500 presented by Toyota California Speedway Fontana, California November 1 United States Scott Pruett Canada Greg Moore United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing Report
  Oval/Speedway
  Road Course/Street Circuit

Full Series Results[edit]

Final driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver MIA United States MOT Japan LBH United States NAZ United States RIO Brazil GAT United States MIL United States DET United States POR United States CLE United States TOR Canada MIC United States MDO United States ROA United States VAN Canada LAG United States HOU United States SUR Australia FON United States Pts
1 Italy Alex Zanardi 3 23 1 2 2* 1 8 1* 1* 1* 1 3* 12 2 4 2 2 1* 3 285
2 United States Jimmy Vasser 16 7 8 1 6 4 1* 6 8 7 3 2 27 9 26 5 4 24 1* 169
3 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 9 8 2 21 19 27 4 4 21 3 20* 21 26 1* 1* 4 1* 2 22 160
4 Mexico Adrián Fernández 6 1* 4 26 3 18 9 2 24 5 9 23 1 5 15 7 6 6 4 154
5 Canada Greg Moore 2 4 6 3 1 3 13 5 27 25 11 1 22 21 20 21 26 8 2 141
6 United States Scott Pruett 5 21 12 22 18 5 10 9 2 4 6 4 2 20 3 18 11 4 20 121
7 United States Michael Andretti 1* 14 21 18* 5 2* 26 10 17 2 2 6 21 15 2 10 28 20 18 112
8 United States Bryan Herta 8 28 3 8 4 23 11 21 3 13 5 10 25 23 22 1* 8 10 15 97
9 Brazil Tony Kanaan 18 6 5 9 27 24 17 8 4 14 22 11 8 4 18 3 3 7 19 92
10 United States Bobby Rahal 19 17 17 6 8 8 5 11 6 8 4 7 3 8 25 16 23 25 11 82
11 United States Al Unser, Jr. 22 2 29 15 16 19 3 24 5 17 17 22 6 27 5 6 7 22 27 72
12 Brazil Gil de Ferran 7 3 20* 4 26 6 22 3 20 6 27 16 9 16 13 19 21 14 17 67
13 Canada Paul Tracy 27 5 25 5 25 26 7 7 28 19 14 9 5 6 11 8 20 23 14 61
14 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 4 25 26 11 21 11 DNS 17 26 11 16 25 13 3 14 9 27 3 7 56
15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin 10 20 10 17 9 16 21 19 7 20 12 13 4* 19 6 27 18 12 5 49
16 United States Richie Hearn 13 27 23 10 7 28 6 23 10 18 7 5 24 13 16 11 9 18 8 47
17 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 24 11 9 23 23 7 2 12 13 27 10 12 17 26 24 23 24 21 10 36
18 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 12 10 7 20 11 10 12 22 22 10 26 17 19 7 12 25 14 11 6 36
19 Canada Patrick Carpentier 11 19 28 13 17 15 25 15 9 9 25 8 7 28 27 17 22 9 26 27
20 Finland JJ Lehto 14 29 18 16 10 9 19 26 25 28 24 20 15 18 8 28 10 5 21 25
21 Italy Max Papis 26 13 24 14 28 22 16 18 11 12 8 19 14 11 9 12 5 17 16 25
22 Brazil André Ribeiro 17 9 22 DNS 22 20 18 16 15 22 23 28 10 25 7 14 17 13 28 13
23 United States Robby Gordon 7 13 20 14 23 23 13 27 11 12 23 13 13 16 9 13
24 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. 28 22 27 12 24 17 15 13 19 26 18 18 28 14 10 24 25 26 12 5
25 Germany Arnd Meier 21 15 15 24 14 21 23 27 12 16 15 14 18 10 28 15 16 27 24 4
26 United States P. J. Jones 20 30 11 19 13 12 14 25 16 21 19 24 20 22 21 3
27 United States Alex Barron 18 24 14 DNS 12 14 DNS 20 14 15 28 15 16 24 19 20 12 19 13 2
28 Brazil Gualter Salles 12 13 20 21 23 17 1
29 Italy Vincenzo Sospiri 22 15 15 23 0
30 Japan Hiro Matsushita 23 16 19 15 0
31 Brazil Roberto Moreno 15 26 24 0
32 Italy Domenico Schiattarella 16 0
33 United States Dennis Vitolo 25 25 25 DNS 28 18 24 26 17 26 19 DNS 25 0
34 Japan Hideshi Matsuda 18 0
Pos Driver MIA United States MOT Japan LBH United States NAZ United States RIO Brazil GAT United States MIL United States DET United States POR United States CLE United States TOR Canada MIC United States MDO United States ROA United States VAN Canada LAG United States HOU United States SUR Australia FON United States Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th-10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

Point Scoring System:

  • Points are awarded based on each driver's resulting place (regardless of whether the car is running at the end of the race):
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Points 20 16 14 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

Bonus Points:

  • 1 For Pole Position
  • 1 For Leading The Most Laps Of The Race

Nation's Cup[edit]

  • Top result per race counts towards Nation's Cup.
Pos Country MIA United States MOT Japan LBH United States NAZ United States RIO Brazil GAT United States MIL United States DET United States POR United States CLE United States TOR Canada MIC United States MDO United States ROA United States VAN Canada LAG United States HOU United States SUR Australia FON United States Pts
1 United States United States 1 2 3 1 4 2 1 6 2 2 2 2 2 8 2 1 4 4 1 303
2 Italy Italy 3 13 1 2 2 1 8 1 1 1 1 3 12 2 4 2 2 1 3 286
3 Brazil Brazil 4 3 5 4 9 6 2 3 4 6 10 11 4 3 6 3 3 3 5 203
4 Canada Canada 2 4 6 3 1 3 7 5 9 9 11 1 5 6 11 8 20 8 2 182
5 Scotland Scotland 9 8 2 21 19 27 4 4 21 3 20 21 26 1 1 4 1 2 22 160
6 Mexico Mexico 6 1 4 12 3 17 9 2 19 5 9 18 1 5 10 7 6 6 4 158
7 England England 12 10 7 20 11 10 12 22 22 10 26 17 19 7 12 25 14 11 6 36
8 Finland Finland 14 29 18 16 10 9 19 26 25 28 24 20 15 18 8 28 10 5 21 25
9 Germany Germany 21 15 15 24 14 21 23 27 12 16 15 14 18 10 28 15 16 27 24 4
10 Japan Japan 23 16 19 15 0
Pos Country MIA United States MOT Japan LBH United States NAZ United States RIO Brazil GAT United States MIL United States DET United States POR United States CLE United States TOR Canada MIC United States MDO United States ROA United States VAN Canada LAG United States HOU United States SUR Australia FON United States Pts

Chassis Constructor's Cup[edit]

Pos Chassis Pts
1 United Kingdom Reynard 98I 409
2 United States Swift 009.c 167
3 United States Penske PC-27 72
4 United Kingdom Lola T9800 4
5 United States Eagle 987 1
Pos Chassis Pts

Engine Manufacturer's Cup[edit]

Pos Engine Pts
1 Japan Honda 365
2 United States Ford XB 293
3 Germany Mercedes 226
4 Japan Toyota 41
Pos Engine Pts

Driver Breakdown[edit]

Pos Driver Team Entries Wins Podiums Top 5's Top 10's Poles Points
1 Italy Zanardi United States Chip Ganassi Racing 19 7 15 16 17 0 285
2 United States Vasser United States Chip Ganassi Racing 19 3 5 8 15 2 169
3 United Kingdom Franchitti United States Team KOOL Green 19 3 6 9 11 5 160
4 Mexico Fernandez United States Patrick Racing 19 2 4 8 14 1 154
5 Canada Moore United States Forsythe Racing 19 2 6 8 10 4 141
6 United States Pruett United States Patrick Racing 19 0 3 8 11 1 121
7 United States Andretti United States Newman-Haas Racing 19 1 5 6 9 1 112
8 United States Herta United States Team Rahal 19 1 3 5 10 3 97
9 Brazil Kanaan United States Tasman Racing 19 0 2 5 10 0 92
10 United States Rahal United States Team Rahal 19 0 1 3 10 0 82
11 United States Unser, Jr. United States Marlboro Team Penske 19 0 2 4 7 0 72
12 Brazil de Ferran United States Walker Racing 19 0 2 3 7 0 67
13 Canada Tracy United States Team KOOL Green 19 0 0 3 8 0 61
14 Brazil Fittipaldi United States Newman-Haas Racing 18 0 2 3 5 0 56
15 Brazil Gugelmin United States PacWest Racing 19 0 0 2 7 0 49
16 United States Hearn United States Della Penna Motorsports 19 0 0 1 8 0 47
17 Brazil Castroneves United States Bettenhausen Racing 19 0 1 1 5 0 36
17 United Kingdom Blundell United States PacWest Racing 19 0 0 0 6 0 36
19 Canada Carpentier United States Forsythe Racing 19 0 0 0 5 2 27
20 Finland Lehto United States Hogan Racing 19 0 0 1 5 0 25
20 Italy Papis United States Arciero-Wells Racing 19 0 0 1 3 0 25
22 Brazil Ribeiro United States Marlboro Team Penske 18 0 0 0 3 0 13
22 United States Gordon United States Arciero-Wells Racing 15 0 0 0 2 0 13
24 Mexico Jourdain Jr. United States Dale Coyne Racing 19 0 0 0 1 0 5
25 Germany Meier United States Davis Racing 19 0 0 0 1 0 4
26 United States Jones United States All American Racing 15 0 0 0 0 0 3
27 United States Barron United States All American Racing 17 0 0 0 0 0 2
28 Brazil Salles United States Dale Coyne Racing 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
29 United States Vitolo United States Dale Coyne Racing 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 Italy Sospiri United States All American Racing 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 Japan Matsushita United States Arciero-Wells Racing 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 Brazil Moreno United States Newman-Haas Racing
United States Project CART
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 Italy Schiattarella United States Project CART 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 Japan Matsuda United States Beck Motorsports 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

See also[edit]