1998 Honda Indy 300

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Australia   1998 Surfers Paradise
Race details
Race 18 of 19 in the 1998 CART season
Map of the track
Map of the track
Date 18 October, 1998
Official name Honda Indy 300
Location Surfers Paradise Street Circuit
Queensland, Australia
Course Temporary Street Circuit
2.795 mi / 4.498 km
Distance 62 laps, 173.290 mi / 278.876 km
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green
Time 1:32.288
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 1:33.780 (on lap 54 of 62)
Podium
First Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing
Second United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green
Third Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing

The 1998 Honda Indy 300 was the eighteenth and penultimate round of the 1998 CART World Series Season, held on 18 October 1998 on the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia. Alex Zanardi won the race, his final CART victory, after taking the lead from polesitter Dario Franchitti at the first round of pitstops.

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos Nat Name Team Chassis Time
1 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team Green Reynard 98i Honda 1:32.288
2 Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 98i Honda 1:32.310
3 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing Swift 009.c Ford-Cosworth 1:32.501
4 Canada Paul Tracy Team Green Reynard 98i Honda 1:32.583
5 United States Bryan Herta Team Rahal Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth 1:32.588
6 United States Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing Swift 009.c Ford-Cosworth 1:32.613
7 United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 98i Honda 1:32.676
8 Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing Reynard 98i Honda 1:32.851
9 Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 1:32.919
10 Mexico Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth 1:33.019
11 United States Bobby Rahal Team Rahal Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth 1:33.068
12 United States Scott Pruett Patrick Racing Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth 1:33.236
13 Italy Max Papis Arciero-Wells Racing Reynard 98i Toyota 1:33.375
14 Brazil Tony Kanaan Tasman Motorsports Reynard 98i Honda 1:33.543
15 Finland JJ Lehto Hogan Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 1:33.669
16 Canada Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 1:33.819
17 United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 1:33.820
18 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Bettenhausen Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 1:34.012
19 United States Al Unser, Jr. Team Penske Penske PC27 Mercedes-Benz 1:34.260
20 United States Robby Gordon Arciero-Wells Racing Reynard 98i Toyota 1:34.344
21 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 1:34.375
22 Brazil André Ribeiro Team Penske Penske PC27 Mercedes-Benz 1:34.474
23 United States Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports Swift 009.c Ford-Cosworth 1:34.511
24 Germany Arnd Meier Davis Racing Lola T98/00 Ford-Cosworth 1:34.534
25 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth 1:35.109
26 United States Alex Barron All American Racers Eagle 987 Toyota 1:35.285
27 Italy Vincenzo Sospiri All American Racers Eagle 987 Toyota 1:36.561
DNQ United States Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing Reynard 97i Ford-Cosworth 1:38.726

Classification[edit]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing 62 2:01:51.170 2 20+1
2 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green 62 +0.322 1 16+1
3 11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 62 +1.029 3 14
4 20 United States Scott Pruett Patrick Racing 62 +6.388 12 12
5 9 Finland JJ Lehto Hogan Racing 62 +10.792 15 10
6 40 Mexico Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 62 +11.153 10 8
7 21 Brazil Tony Kanaan Tasman Motorsports Group 62 +11.680 14 6
8 99 Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 62 +13.792 9 5
9 33 Canada Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 62 +15.821 16 4
10 8 United States Bryan Herta Team Rahal 62 +16.020 5 3
11 18 United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Racing Group 62 +19.870 17 2
12 17 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing Group 62 +20.170 21 1
13 3 Brazil André Ribeiro Marlboro Team Penske 62 +20.729 22
14 5 Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 62 +22.072 8
15 98 Italy Vincenzo Sospiri All American Racing 62 +22.808 27
16 24 United States Robby Gordon Arciero-Wells Racing 62 +23.747 20
17 25 Italy Max Papis Arciero-Wells Racing 61 Electrical 13
18 10 United States Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 60 +2 Laps 23
19 36 United States Alex Barron All American Racing 59 Contact 26
20 6 United States Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 59 Contact 6
21 16 Brazil Hélio Castro-Neves Bettenhausen Racing 54 Contact 18
22 2 United States Al Unser, Jr. Marlboro Team Penske 53 +9 Laps 19
23 26 Canada Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green 45 Contact 4
24 12 United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 38 Contact 7
25 7 United States Bobby Rahal Team Rahal 19 Contact 11
26 19 Mexico Michel Jourdain Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 11 Contact 25
27 77 West Germany Arnd Meier Davis Racing 4 Oil leak 24
DNQ 34 United States Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing Did not Qualify

Caution flags[edit]

Laps Cause
13-15 Jourdain Jr. (19) contact
20-23 Rahal (7) contact
35-36 Tire wall problem
39-40 Castro-Neves (16), Vasser (12) contact
42-43 Hearn (10) spin
55-57 Castro-Neves (16) contact
60-62 Barron (36), Andretti (6), Hearn (10) contact

Lap Leaders[edit]

Laps Leader
1-13 Dario Franchitti
14-62 Alex Zanardi
 
Driver Laps led
Alex Zanardi 49
Dario Franchitti 13

Point standings after race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1 Italy Alex Zanardi 271
2 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 160
3 United States Jimmy Vasser 148
4 Mexico Adrián Fernández 142
5 Canada Greg Moore 125

References[edit]

Coordinates: 27°59′17.9″S 153°25′42.1″E / 27.988306°S 153.428361°E / -27.988306; 153.428361