1998 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami

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United States   1998 Marlboro Miami
Race details
Race 1 of 19 in the 1998 CART season
Homestead-Miami Speedway track map--Speedway.svg
Date March 15, 1998
Official name Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami
Location Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida, United States
Course Permanent oval course
1.5 mi / 2.4 km
Distance 150 laps, 225 mi / 360 km
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 77 °F (25 °C); wind speeds up to 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)[1]
Pole position
Driver Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing
Time 24.856
Fastest lap
Driver Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing
Time 26.405 (on lap of 150)
Podium
First United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing
Second Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing
Third Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing

The 1998 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami was a CART race which happened at the Homestead Motorsports Complex. It happened on March 15, 1998. It was the 1st round of the 1998 CART season.

Starting grid[edit]

  1. Greg Moore 217.541 mph / 24.856 seconds (1st CART career pole)
  2. André Ribeiro 214.665 mph
  3. Jimmy Vasser
  4. Christian Fittipaldi
  5. Adrian Fernandez
  6. Alex Zanardi
  7. Mark Blundell
  8. Michael Andretti
  9. Patrick Carpentier
  10. Mauricio Gugelmin
  11. Gil de Ferran
  12. Scott Pruett
  13. Dario Franchitti
  14. Al Unser, Jr.
  15. Richie Hearn
  16. Bryan Herta
  17. Bobby Rahal
  18. Tony Kanaan (R)
  19. Michel Jourdain, Jr.
  20. Max Papis
  21. Paul Tracy
  22. Hélio Castroneves (R)
  23. Roberto Moreno
  24. Hiro Matsushita
  25. Dennis Vitolo (Suffered an awful crash during practice. Suffered a broken finger, but raced.)
  26. P. J. Jones
  27. Alex Barron (R)
  28. Arnd Meier
  29. JJ Lehto (No speed due to gearbox problems)


Race[edit]

Lap 27[edit]

Top 6: Greg Moore, Alex Zanardi, Michael Andretti, Christian Fittipaldi, Gil de Ferran and Adrian Fernandez.

Lap 34[edit]

First full course caution was out, as rookie Tony Kanaan had hit the wall in turn 4.

Lap 44[edit]

Green flag. de Ferran leads.

Lap 57[edit]

Top 6: Gil de Ferran, Michael Andretti, Alex Zanardi, Christian Fittipaldi, Patrick Carpentier and Scott Pruett.

Lap 67[edit]

New leader: Michael Andretti!

Lap 75[edit]

Second full course caution came out, as Paul Tracy "brushed" the wall in the backstretch.

Lap 82[edit]

Green flag. de Ferran leads, but, laps later, he lost the lead, due to a pitstop.

Lap 97[edit]

Top 6: Michael Andretti, Alex Zanardi, Gil de Ferran, Christian Fittipaldi, Dario Franchitti and Scott Pruett.

Lap 100[edit]

Third full course caution, as another 1998 rookie had "brushed" the wall in turn 1: Helio Castroneves.

Lap 107[edit]

Green flag. Alex Zanardi leads.

Lap 116[edit]

Fourth full course caution came out as Mark Blundell was another victim of the wall. This time in turn 2.

Lap 117[edit]

Top 6: Andretti, Zanardi, Moore, Fittipaldi, Pruett and Fernandez.

Lap 122[edit]

Green flag. Andretti once again was leading the race.

Lap 130[edit]

Fifth full course caution: Hiro Matsushita had hit the wall in turn 2.

Lap 140[edit]

Green flag. Andretti leads.

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 United States Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 150 1:33:39.268 8 20+1
2 99 Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 150 +0.075 1 16+1
3 1 Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing 150 +0.918 6 14
4 11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 150 +3.359 4 12
5 20 United States Scott Pruett Patrick Racing 150 +5.257 12 10
6 40 Mexico Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 150 +5.926 5 8
7 5 Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 150 +6.810 11 6
8 8 United States Bryan Herta Team Rahal 150 +9.866 16 5
9 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team KOOL Green 150 +10.275 13 4
10 17 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing Group 150 +10.855 10 3
11 33 Canada Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 150 +11.382 9 2
12 18 United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Racing Group 150 +29.029 7 1
13 10 United States Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 149 +1 Lap 15
14 9 Finland JJ Lehto Hogan Racing 149 +1 Lap 29
15 15 Brazil Roberto Moreno Project Indy 149 +1 Lap 23
16 12 United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 148 +2 Laps 3
17 3 Brazil André Ribeiro Marlboro Team Penske 148 +2 Laps 2
18 36 United States Alex Barron All American Racing 148 +2 Laps 27
19 7 United States Bobby Rahal Team Rahal 147 +3 Laps 17
20 98 Italy P. J. Jones All American Racing 146 +4 Laps 26
21 77 West Germany Arnd Meier Davis Racing 136 +14 Laps 28
22 2 United States Al Unser, Jr. Marlboro Team Penske 122 Transmission 14
23 24 Japan Hiro Matsushita Arciero-Wells Racing 121 Contact 24
24 16 Brazil Hélio Castro-Neves Bettenhausen Racing 97 Contact 22
25 34 United States Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing 90 Withdrew 25
26 25 Italy Max Papis Arciero-Wells Racing 83 Wheel Bearing 20
27 26 Canada Paul Tracy Team KOOL Green 79 Suspension 21
28 19 Mexico Michel Jourdain Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 78 Handling 19
29 21 Brazil Tony Kanaan Tasman Motorsports Group 32 Contact 18

Final results[edit]

Top 12

  1. Michael Andretti 150 Laps
  2. Greg Moore
  3. Alex Zanardi
  4. Christian Fittipaldi
  5. Scott Pruett
  6. Adrian Fernandez
  7. Gil de Ferran
  8. Bryan Herta
  9. Dario Franchitti
  10. Mauricio Gugelmin
  11. Patrick Carpentier
  12. Mark Blundell

Drivers who did not completed the race[edit]

  1. Al Unser, Jr. +28 Transmission
  2. Hiro Matsushita +29 Contact
  3. Hélio Castroneves (R) +53 Contact
  4. Dennis Vitolo +60 Withdrawn due to injury
  5. Max Papis +67 Wheel bearing
  6. Paul Tracy +71 Suspension
  7. Michel Jourdain, Jr. +72 Handling
  8. Tony Kanaan (R) +118 Contact

Point standings[edit]

Top 6

  1. Andretti 21 points
  2. Moore 17 points
  3. Zanardi 14 points
  4. Fittipaldi 12 points
  5. Pruett 10 points
  6. Fernandez 8 points

Notes[edit]

  1. (R) denotes contender for Rookie of the Year award
  2. For this race, the Homestead-Miami Speedway was reconfigured for the third time in three years. In the summer of 1997, an $8.2 million reconfiguration project changed the turns from a rectangle to a traditional, continuous turn oval.
  3. First pole: Greg Moore

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1998 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami weather information". Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-07-13.