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1998 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami

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Date  March 15, 1998
1998 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami
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)

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.

Contents

Starting grid

  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. Maurício 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)

Lap 27

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

Lap 34

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

Lap 44

Green flag. de Ferran leads.

Lap 57

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

Lap 67

New leader: Michael Andretti!

Lap 75

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

Lap 82

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

Lap 97

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

Lap 100

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

Lap 107

Green flag. Alex Zanardi leads.

Lap 116

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

Lap 117

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

Lap 122

Green flag. Andretti once again was leading the race.

Lap 130

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

Lap 140

Green flag. Andretti leads.

Final results

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. Maurício Gugelmin
  11. Patrick Carpentier
  12. Mark Blundell

Drivers who did not completed the race

  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

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

References

1998 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Wikipedia


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