1998 Indy Lights season

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The 1998 CART PPG/Dayton Indy Lights Championship consisted of 14 races. Future 2002 CART champion and Formula One driver Cristiano da Matta captured four wins on his way to the championship.

Calendar[edit]

Race No Track State Date Laps Distance Time Speed Winner Pole Position Most Leading Laps Fastest Race Lap
1 Homestead Florida March 15, 1998 67 2.41395=161.73465 km 0'52:35.077 184.542 km/h Shigeaki Hattori Sérgio Paese Shigeaki Hattori Shigeaki Hattori
2 Long Beach California April 5, 1998 47 2.533=119.051 km 0'49:20.748 144.755 km/h Cristiano da Matta Didier André Cristiano da Matta Cristiano da Matta
3 Nazareth Pennsylvania April 27, 1998 100 1.5223978=152.23978 km 0'55:56.268 163.295 km/h Cristiano da Matta Cristiano da Matta Cristiano da Matta Cristiano da Matta
4 Madison Illinois May 23, 1998 79 2.011625=158.918375 km 0'55:21.083 172.265 km/h Shigeaki Hattori Jorge Goeters Shigeaki Hattori Shigeaki Hattori
5 Milwaukee Wisconsin May 31, 1998 97 1.6607976=161.0973672 km 0'51:59.624 185.904 km/h Derek Higgins Sérgio Paese Derek Higgins Derek Higgins
6 Detroit Michigan June 7, 1998 32 3.775=120.813 km 0'50:29.610 143.559 km/h Airton Daré Airton Daré Airton Daré Airton Daré
7 Portland Oregon June 21, 1998 38 3.169=120.411 km 0'56:53.931 126.974 km/h Didier André Guy Smith Guy Smith Didier André
8 Cleveland Ohio July 12, 1998 36 3.3891858=122.0106888 km 0'44:36.384 164,116 km/h Luiz Garcia, Jr. Luiz Garcia, Jr. Luiz Garcia, Jr. Sérgio Paese
9 Toronto  Canada July 19, 1998 43 2.7696053=119.093028 km 0'47:59.761 148.879 km/h Guy Smith Guy Smith Guy Smith Luiz Garcia, Jr.
10 Brooklyn Michigan July 25, 1998 50 3.2186=160.93 km 0'45:34.943 211.832 km/h Tony Renna Tony Renna Tony Renna Sérgio Paese
11 Trois-Rivières  Canada August 2, 1998 50 2.4477453=122.387265 km 0'58:16.612 126.006 km/h Cristiano da Matta Cristiano da Matta Cristiano da Matta Cristiano da Matta
12 Vancouver  Canada September 6, 1998 42 2.8999586=121.798261 km 0'59:26.074 122.957 km/h Cristiano da Matta Cristiano da Matta Cristiano da Matta Cristiano da Matta
13 Monterey California September 13, 1998 34 3.6016134=122.454856 km 0'49:53.011 147.289 km/h Didier André Didier André Didier André Chris Simmons
14 Fontana California October 31, 1998 50 3.2186=141.6184 km 0'39:40.916 214.130 km/h Mark Hotchkis Tony Renna Tony Renna Airton Daré

Race summaries[edit]

Homestead race[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 2 16 Japan Shigeaki Hattori Indy Regency Racing 67 52:35.077 64 21
2 4 2 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Tasman Motorsports 67 +0.468 0 16
3 7 6 United Kingdom Guy Smith Johansson Motorsports 67 +1.420 0 14
4 6 32 Spain Oriol Servià Dorricott Racing 67 +5.534 0 12
5 9 78 United States Chris Simmons Mattco Raceworks 67 +6.853 0 10
Race average speed: 114.825 mph (184.793 km/h)
Lead changes: 1 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 21 laps

Long Beach race[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 2 2 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Tasman Motorsports 47 49:20.748 47 21
2 4 14 United States Geoff Boss Lucas Place Motorsports 47 +0.459 0 16
3 6 27 Japan Naoki Hattori Team KOOL Green 47 +1.083 0 14
4 5 31 Austria Philipp Peter Dorricott Racing 47 +3.378 0 12
5 1 18 France Didier André PacWest Lights 47 +7.317 0 11
Race average speed: 89.951 mph (144.762 km/h)
Lead changes: none
Cautions: 2 for 6 laps

Nazareth race[edit]

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 2 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Tasman Motorsports 100 55:56.268 100 22
2 9 18 France Didier André PacWest Lights 100 +14.174 0 16
3 8 9 United States Casey Mears Mears Racing Team 100 +14.745 0 14
4 5 15 United States Brian Cunningham Lucas Place Motorsports 100 +17.914 0 12
5 11 1 Brazil Airton Daré Tasman Motorsports 100 +18.725 0 10
Race average speed: 101.470 mph (163.300 km/h)
Lead changes: none
Cautions: 2 for 30 laps

Gateway race[edit]

Held May 23 at Gateway International Raceway. Jorge Goeters won the pole. No qualifying held due to rain. The line up was based on combined practice times.

Top Five Results

  1. Shigeaki Hattori
  2. Philipp Peter
  3. Cristiano da Matta
  4. Felipe Giaffone
  5. Jorge Goeters

Milwaukee race[edit]

Held May 31 at The Milwaukee Mile. Sérgio Paese won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Derek Higgins
  2. Felipe Giaffone
  3. Sérgio Paese
  4. Geoff Boss
  5. Tony Renna

Detroit race[edit]

Held June 7 at Belle Isle Raceway. Airton Daré won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Airton Daré
  2. Cristiano da Matta
  3. Geoff Boss
  4. Mark Hotchkis
  5. Didier André

Portland race[edit]

Held June 21 at Portland International Raceway. Guy Smith won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Guy Smith
  2. Felipe Giaffone
  3. Luiz Garcia, Jr.
  4. Airton Daré
  5. Brian Cunningham

Cleveland race[edit]

Held July 12 at Burke Lakefront Airport. Luiz Garcia, Jr. won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Luiz Garcia, Jr.
  2. Derek Higgins
  3. Didier André
  4. Guy Smith
  5. Tony Renna

Toronto race[edit]

Held July 19 at Exhibition Place. Guy Smith won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Guy Smith
  2. Naoki Hattori
  3. Chris Simmons
  4. Philipp Peter
  5. Didier André

Michigan race[edit]

Held July 25 at Michigan International Speedway. Tony Renna won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Tony Renna
  2. Cristiano da Matta
  3. Sérgio Paese
  4. Andy Boss
  5. Oriol Servià

Trois-Rivières race[edit]

Held August 2 at the Trois-Rivières, Quebec Street Circuit. Cristiano da Matta won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Cristiano da Matta
  2. Oriol Servià
  3. Naoki Hattori
  4. Guy Smith
  5. Didier André

Vancouver race[edit]

Held September 6 at Pacific Place. Cristiano da Matta won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Cristiano da Matta
  2. Derek Higgins
  3. Airton Daré
  4. Mike Borkowski
  5. Felipe Giaffone

Laguna Seca race[edit]

Held September 13 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Didier André won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Didier André
  2. Oriol Servià
  3. Derek Higgins
  4. Geoff Boss
  5. Naoki Hattori

Fontana race[edit]

Held October 31 at The California Speedway. Tony Renna won the pole.

Top Five Results

  1. Mark Hotchkis
  2. Felipe Giaffone
  3. Tony Renna
  4. Cory Witherill
  5. Didier André

Final points standings[edit]

Driver[edit]

For every race the points were awarded: 20 points to the winner, 16 for runner up, 14 for third place, 12 for fourth place, 10 for fifth place, 8 for sixth place, 6 seventh place, winding down to 1 points for 12th place. Additional points were awarded to the pole winner (1 point) and to the driver leading the most laps (1 point).

Place Name Country Team Total Points United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States Canada United States Canada Canada United States United States
1 Cristiano da Matta  Brazil Tasman Motorsports 154 16 21 22 14 3 16 - - - 16 22 22 - 2
2 Didier André  France PacWest Lights 123 - 11 16 1 - 10 5 14 10 6 10 8 22 10
3 Guy Smith  United Kingdom Johansson Motorsports 110 14 5 - 2 - 5 22 12 22 8 12 5 - 3
4 Felipe Giaffone  Brazil Conquest Racing 104 - - 5 12 16 4 16 5 8 4 8 10 - 16
5 Derek Higgins  Ireland Quaker State Team Go 94 6 - - 8 21 1 3 16 - - 3 16 14 6
6 Airton Daré  Brazil Tasman Motorsports 78 - 4 10 4 5 22 12 - 5 - - 14 2 -
7 Oriol Servià  Spain Dorricott Racing 73 12 - - - - 8 - 8 3 10 16 - 16 -
8 Tony Renna  United States Mattco Raceworks 68 - 1 3 - 10 - 1 10 - 22 - - 5 16
9 Geoff Boss  United States Lucas Place Motorsports 67 4 16 1 - 12 14 2 - - - - 6 12 -
10 Naoki Hattori  Japan Team KOOL Green 66 - 14 6 5 1 - - - 16 - 14 - 10 -
11 Philipp Peter  Austria Dorricott Racing 62 2 12 - 16 4 3 - 6 12 - 2 4 - 1
12 Luiz Garcia, Jr.  Brazil Johansson Motorsports 60 - 3 - -
Brian Stewart Racing 2 - 14 22 2 - 1 - 8 8
13 Sérgio Paese  Brazil Brian Stewart Racing 53 1 8 - 3 15 - 8 - 4 14 - - - -
14 Shigeaki Hattori  Japan Indy Regency Racing 52 21 2 - 21 - - - - - - - - 4 4
15 Mark Hotchkis  United States Mattco Raceworks 50 - - 4 - 6 12 - - - - 6 2 - 20
16 Jorge Goeters  Mexico Quaker State Team Go 34 - - 2 10 8 - 4 4 6 - - - - -
17 Brian Cunningham  United States Lucas Place Motorsports 33 1 - 12 - - 6 10 1 - - - 3 - -
Casey Mears  United States Penske Racing 33 3 - 14 6 - - - 3 - 2 - - - 5
19 Chris Simmons  United States Mattco Raceworks 32 10 - - - - - - - 14 3 5 - - -
20 Andy Boss  United States Conquest Racing 22 - - 8 - - - - 2 - 12 - - - -
21 Paul Morris  Australia PacWest Lights 18 8 - - - - - 6 - - - 4 - - -
22 Mike Borkowski  United States Team Rahal 15 - - - - - 2 - - 1 - - 12 - -
23 Cory Witherill  United States Genoa Racing 13 - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 12
24 Clint Mears  United States Penske Racing 8 - - - - - - - - - 5 - - 3 -
25 Mattias Andersson  Sweden Brian Stewart Racing 6 - 6 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mario Domínguez  Mexico Herdez Competition Team 6 - - - - - - - - - - - - 6 -
27 Rodolfo Lavín, Jr.  Mexico Indy Regency Racing 5 5 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
28 Bud Kaeding  United States Dorricott Racing 1 - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - -
Wim Eyckmans  Belgium Brian Stewart Racing 1 - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - -

Note:

Race 4 no additional point for the qualifying were awarded due to rain.

Complete Overview[edit]

first column of every race 10 = grid position
second column of every race 10 = race result

R20=retired, but classified NS=did not start NT=no time set in qualifying (3)=place after practice, but grid position not held free

Place Name Country Team United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States Canada United States Canada Canada United States United States
1 Cristiano da Matta  Brazil Tasman Motorsports 3 2 2 1 1 1 10 3 22 10 2 2 2 R20 3 R22 6 15 15 2 1 1 1 1 8 R22 6 11
2 Didier André  France PacWest Lights 11 R14 1 5 9 2 7 12 11 15 9 5 3 8 7 3 5 5 10 7 8 5 7 6 1 1 7 5
3 Guy Smith  United Kingdom Johansson Motorsports 6 3 11 8 15 R21 13 11 9 R22 4 8 1 1 6 4 1 1 4 6 5 4 10 8 4 15 9 10
4 Felipe Giaffone  Brazil Conquest Racing 10 R19 10 R24 13 8 6 4 5 2 12 9 7 2 13 8 12 6 20 9 7 6 8 5 18 R18 3 2
5 Derek Higgins  Ireland Quaker State Team Go 15 7 12 R21 6 15 5 6 7 1 13 12 10 10 8 2 14 17 21 13 10 10 3 2 6 3 12 7
6 Airton Daré  Brazil Tasman Motorsports 13 R17 8 9 11 5 15 9 15 8 1 1 11 4 20 13 16 8 7 R19 17 R21 5 3 19 11 17 15
7 Oriol Servià  Spain Dorricott Racing 5 4 16 19 2 13 17 16 3 14 10 6 4 R21 2 6 8 10 13 5 2 2 11 R19 3 2 11 R25
8 Tony Renna  United States Mattco Raceworks (24) NS 15 12 10 10 14 R22 2 5 3 15 20 12 10 5 11 R21 1 1 9 R20 - - 11 8 1 3
9 Geoff Boss  United States Lucas Place Motorsports 17 9 4 2 18 12 20 15 12 4 7 3 5 11 12 R20 9 19 8 14 4 R19 6 7 9 4 26 18
10 Naoki Hattori  Japan Team KOOL Green 9 R18 6 3 12 7 11 8 18 12 5 R23 8 16 5 17 3 2 18 16 3 3 12 R17 13 5 23 17
11 Philipp Peter  Austria Dorricott Racing 14 11 5 4 3 R19 2 2 8 9 8 10 12 R22 9 7 4 4 9 R23 6 11 2 9 2 16 5 12
12 Luiz Garcia, Jr.  Brazil Johansson Motorsports 21 R22 20 10 - -
Brian Stewart Racing 23 20 21 11 18 R21 9 3 1 1 15 11 22 15 21 R12 15 16 10 6 16 6
13 Sérgio Paese  Brazil Brian Stewart Racing 1 R21 3 6 17 R20 8 10 1 3 23 R22 6 6 4 18 7 9 19 3 20 R13 - - - - 25 R26
14 Shigeaki Hattori  Japan Indy Regency Racing 2 1 7 11 22 14 3 1 6 R21 16 R20 21 R18 19 R21 18 16 3 R20 11 R16 20 13 15 9 19 9
15 Mark Hotchkis  United States Mattco Raceworks - - - - 19 9 4 21 17 7 6 4 - - - - - - - - 13 7 17 11 - - 2 1
16 Jorge Goeters  Mexico Quaker State Team Go 16 R16 24 15 16 11 1 5 23 6 19 16 18 9 11 9 10 7 17 R21 14 R15 - - - - 22 20
17 Brian Cunningham  United States Lucas Place Motorsports 4 12 17 R22 5 4 12 R23 14 R20 11 7 15 5 18 12 19 14 12 R22 15 R18 13 10 7 R20 13 R24
Casey Mears  United States Penske Racing 12 10 21 13 8 3 16 7 24 16 20 R19 - - 15 10 - - 14 11 - - - - 20 R21 18 8
19 Chris Simmons  United States Mattco Raceworks 8 5 13 R23 - - - - - - - - 14 14 14 15 2 3 6 10 12 8 9 R18 5 13 4 14
20 Andy Boss  United States Conquest Racing 19 13 14 16 7 6 18 13 13 17 17 14 13 R19 17 11 20 13 5 4 19 R14 16 R22 17 14 8 13
21 Paul Morris  Australia PacWest Lights 18 6 18 R20 14 R22 21 18 10 R24 14 13 17 7 16 R19 13 20 NT - 16 9 14 R20 - - - -
22 Mike Borkowski  United States Team Rahal 7 R20 23 R25 20 16 24 19 20 18 15 11 16 15 21 14 17 12 2 R18 18 R17 4 4 22 17 24 R23
23 Cory Witherill  United States Genoa Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - 22 13 - - - - - - - - 22 15 23 12 14 4
24 Clint Mears  United States Penske Racing (3) NS - - 4 R18 9 17 16 19 22 17 - - 22 16 - - 11 8 - - - - 16 10 21 R22
25 Mattias Andersson  Sweden Brian Stewart Racing 20 R15 9 7 21 R17 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mario Domínguez  Mexico Herdez Competition Team - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 19 14 14 7 - -
27 Rodolfo Lavín, Jr.  Mexico Indy Regency Racing 22 8 22 R18 23 NS 22 R24 19 13 21 18 19 R17 - - 21 18 23 17 - - 21 R21 21 R23 - -
28 Bud Kaeding  United States Dorricott Racing - - - - - - 19 14 4 R23 - - - - - - - - 16 12 - - - - - - 15 16
Wim Eyckmans  Belgium Brian Stewart Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 18 12 12 R19 10 19
- Tim Moser  United States Irish Motorsports/Bordin Racing - - 19 14 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Eric Jensen  Canada Genoa Racing - - 25 17 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Paul Jasper  United States PacWest Lights - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 20 21