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1998 Molson Indy Toronto

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Date  July 19, 1998
1998 Molson Indy Toronto
Official name  1998 Molson Indy Toronto
Location  Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Course  Temporary street course 1.755 mi / 2.824 km
Distance  95 laps 166.725 mi / 268.28 km
Weather  Temperatures reaching up to 25 °C (77 °F); wind speeds up to 14 kilometres per hour (8.7 mph)

The 1998 Molson Indy Toronto was the eleventh round of the 1998 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on July 19, 1998, on the streets of Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Alex Zanardi passed Michael Andretti with three laps to go to win the race, after Andretti had inherited the lead when pole-sitter Dario Franchitti retired due to a brake failure.


Starting Grid

  1. Dario Franchitti (second straight pole in Toronto)
  2. Alex Zanardi
  3. Michael Andretti
  4. Gil de Ferran
  5. Christian Fittipaldi
  6. Jimmy Vasser
  7. Tony Kanaan (R)
  8. Scott Pruett
  9. Bobby Rahal
  10. Paul Tracy
  11. André Ribeiro
  12. Greg Moore
  13. Richie Hearn
  14. Al Unser, Jr.
  15. Mark Blundell
  16. Adrian Fernandez
  17. Bryan Herta
  18. Patrick Carpentier
  19. Maurício Gugelmin
  20. Max Papis
  21. Hélio Castroneves (R)
  22. Robby Gordon
  23. P. J. Jones
  24. Michel Jourdain, Jr.
  25. Arnd Meier
  26. JJ Lehto (R)
  27. Alex Barron (R)
  28. Gualter Salles

Lap 17

Richie Hearn locked up the right front tire and spun on turn 1. Top 6 was composed by: Dario Franchitti, Alex Zanardi, Michael Andretti, Gil de Ferran, Jimmy Vasser and Paul Tracy.

Lap 26

First full course caution. Michel Jourdain, Jr. and Alex Barron collided at the hairpin. Arnd Meier stalled the car metres in front and started a jampack. Meanwhile, Gil de Ferran retired after an incident in the pits. Christian Fittipaldi had problems, also, but did not retired.

Lap 27

Top 6: Dario Franchitti, Michael Andretti, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Alex Zanardi and Tony Kanaan.

Lap 30

Before going green, Patrick Carpentier collided with Mark Blundell on turn 9.

Lap 32

Second full course caution, as Blundell's car stalled on turn 9, following the collision with Carpentier. On lap 36, green flag came out.

Lap 38

JJ Lehto had a big crash. Third full course caution. Green flag came out some laps later.

Lap 52

Top 6: Dario Franchitti, Michael Andretti, Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi, Tony Kanaan and Paul Tracy.

Lap 61

Tony Kanaan had a pit fire. Meanwhile, in the hairpin, Alex Zanardi had a collision with his teammate Jimmy Vasser.

Lap 68

Gualter Salles had a collision at the hairpin with Al Unser, Jr. and went airborne.

16 laps to go

Dario Franchitti spun and stalled. Paul Tracy slightly t-boned him. Heartbreak for Team KOOL Green! Fourth full course caution was out. Green flag came out with 11 laps to go.

8 laps to go

Top 6: Michael Andretti, Alex Zanardi, Jimmy Vasser, Bobby Rahal, Bryan Herta and Scott Pruett.

5 laps to go

Paul Tracy and Adrian Fernandez collided on turn 1 while they were battling for 9th place.

3 laps to go

Alex Zanardi overtakes Michael Andretti at the hairpin.


1998 Molson Indy Toronto Wikipedia

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