1998 Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota

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United States 1998 Fontana
Race details
Race 19 of 19 in the 1998 CART season
Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) - Speedway.svg
California Speedway
Date 1 November, 1998
Official name 1998 Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota
Location California Speedway
Fontana, California
Course Permanent oval course
2.029 mi / 3.265 km
Distance 250 laps
507.25 mi / 816.25 km
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 75.9 °F (24.4 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)[1]
Pole position
Driver Scott Pruett (Patrick Racing)
Time 31.249
Fastest lap
Driver Greg Moore (Forsythe Racing)
Time 31.119 (on lap 78 of 250)
Podium
First Jimmy Vasser (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Second Greg Moore (Forsythe Racing)
Third Alex Zanardi (Chip Ganassi Racing)

The 1998 Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota was the nineteenth and final round of the 1998 CART FedEx Championship Series season. The race was held November 1, 1998, and was the 2nd running of the Marlboro 500 at California Speedway. It was won by Jimmy Vasser who passed Greg Moore at a final lap restart of a long race, which took well over 3 hours and also had many retirements.

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos Nat Name Team Chassis Time
1 United States Scott Pruett Patrick Racing Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth 31.249
2 United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 98i Honda 31.301
3 United States Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing Swift 009.c Ford-Cosworth 31.372
4 United States Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports Swift 009.c Ford-Cosworth 31.377
5 United States Bobby Rahal Team Rahal Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth 31.394
6 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 31.429
7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 31.441
8 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team Green Reynard 98i Honda 31.514
9 Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 31.523
10 Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing Reynard 98i Honda 31.619
11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing Swift 009.c Ford-Cosworth 31.646
12 Canada Paul Tracy Team Green Reynard 98i Honda 31.648
13 United States Al Unser, Jr. Team Penske Penske PC27 Mercedes-Benz 31.650
14 Canada Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 31.688
15 United States Alex Barron All American Racers Eagle 987 Toyota 31.699
16 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Bettenhausen Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 31.754
17 United States Bryan Herta Team Rahal Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth 31.766
18 Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 98i Honda 31.824
19 Brazil André Ribeiro Team Penske Penske PC27 Mercedes-Benz 31.887
20 Finland JJ Lehto Hogan Racing Reynard 98i Mercedes-Benz 31.940
21 West Germany Arnd Meier Davis Racing Lola T98/00 Ford-Cosworth 31.973
22 United States Robby Gordon Arciero-Wells Racing Reynard 98i Toyota 32.013
23 Brazil Tony Kanaan Tasman Motorsports Reynard 98i Honda 32.077
24 Italy Max Papis Arciero-Wells Racing Reynard 98i Toyota 32.114
25 Mexico Michel Jourdain Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth 32.462
26 Italy Vincenzo Sospiri All American Racers Eagle Toyota No time
27 Mexico Adrian Fernandez Patrick Racing Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth No time
28 United States Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing Reynard 98i Ford-Cosworth No time

Classification[edit]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 United States Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 250 3:17:54.639 2 20+1
2 99 Canada Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 250 +0.360 9 16
3 1 Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing 250 +1.117 18 14
4 40 Mexico Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 250 +1.137 27 12
5 17 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing Group 250 +1.164 6 10
6 18 United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Racing Group 250 +1.463 7 8
7 11 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 250 +2.486 11 6
8 10 United States Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 250 +11.685 4 5
9 24 United States Robby Gordon Arciero-Wells Racing 249 +1 Lap 22 4
10 16 Brazil Hélio Castro-Neves Bettenhausen Racing 249 +1 Lap 16 3
11 7 United States Bobby Rahal Team Rahal 249 +1 Lap 5 2
12 19 Mexico Michel Jourdain Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 247 +3 Laps 25 1
13 36 United States Alex Barron All American Racing 246 +4 Laps 15
14 26 Canada Paul Tracy Team Green 245 Contact 12
15 8 United States Bryan Herta Team Rahal 239 Contact 17
16 25 Italy Max Papis Arciero-Wells Racing 239 Contact 24
17 5 Brazil Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 232 Engine 10
18 6 United States Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 210 Contact 3
19 21 Brazil Tony Kanaan Tasman Motorsports Group 171 Wheel Bearing 23
20 20 United States Scott Pruett Patrick Racing 138 Contact 1 1
21 9 Finland JJ Lehto Hogan Racing 124 Engine 20
22 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team Green 112 Engine 8
23 98 Italy Vincenzo Sospiri All American Racing 94 Water leak 26
24 77 West Germany Arnd Meier Davis Racing 85 Engine 21
25 34 United States Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing 66 Suspension 28
26 33 Canada Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 59 Transmission 14
27 2 United States Al Unser, Jr. Team Penske 33 Oil leak 13
28 3 Brazil André Ribeiro Team Penske 6 Contact 19

Caution flags[edit]

Laps Cause
8-17 Ribeiro (3) contact
89-96 Meier (77) engine blow-up
113-121 Franchitti (27) engine blow-up
127-130 Lehto (9) engine blow-up
140-148 Pruett (20) contact
184-193 Hearn (10) spin
212-221 Andretti (6) contact
236-240 de Ferran (5) engine blow-up
241-246 Herta (8), Papis (24) contact
247-249 Tracy (26) contact

Lap Leaders[edit]

Laps Leader
1-2 Jimmy Vasser
3 Michael Andretti
4-24 Jimmy Vasser
25-40 Michael Andretti
41-42 Greg Moore
43-44 Maurício Gugelmin
45-51 Richie Hearn
52-58 Greg Moore
59-70 Michael Andretti
71-80 Greg Moore
81 Maurício Gugelmin
82 Mark Blundell
83-84 Maurício Gugelmin
85-121 Greg Moore
122-130 Maurício Gugelmin
131-141 Paul Tracy
142-150 Michael Andretti
151-181 Jimmy Vasser
182-200 Maurício Gugelmin
201-206 Michael Andretti
207-213 Jimmy Vasser
214-220 Maurício Gugelmin
221-245 Paul Tracy
246-248 Greg Moore
249-250 Jimmy Vasser
 
Driver Laps led
Jimmy Vasser 63
Greg Moore 59
Michael Andretti 44
Maurício Gugelmin 40
Paul Tracy 36
Richie Hearn 7
Mark Blundell 1

Point standings after race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1 Italy Alex Zanardi 285
2 United States Jimmy Vasser 169
3 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 160
4 Mexico Adrián Fernández 154
5 Canada Greg Moore 141

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1998 Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-07-13.