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CART: Carpentier Has the Pole at Nazareth

25 April 1998

By Terry Callahan
The Auto Channel

NAZARETH, PA: Patrick Carpentier of Canada has grabbed his first pole of the 1998 CART FedEx Championship season. The sophomore driver will start up front for the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix in Nazareth. He powered his Reynard-Mercedes to the top spot with a speed of 184.896 mph. Greg Moore, also a Canadian, will start beside Carpentier on the front row. Moore had a qualifying speed of 182.822 mph in his Reaynard-Mercedes.

The complete lineup with starting position, (car number), driver, hometown/country, chassis/engine, and qualifying speed follows:

1. (33) Patrick Carpentier, Canada, Reynard-Mercedes, 184.896.
2. (99) Greg Moore, Canada, Reynard-Mercedes, 182.822.
3. (6) Michael Andretti, Nazareth, Pa., Swift-Ford, 182.743.
4. (5) Gil de Ferran, Brazil, Reynard-Honda, 182.704.
5. (12) Jimmy Vasser, Las Vegas, Reynard-Honda, 182.58
6. (11) Christian Fittipaldi, Brazil, Swift-Ford, 182.528.
7. (8) Bryan Herta, New Albany, Ohio, Reynard-Ford, 181.874.
8. (4) Alex Zanardi, Italy, Reynard-Honda, 181.836.
9. (7) Bobby Rahal, New Albany, Ohio, Reynard-Ford, 180.966.
10. (26) Paul Tracy, Canada, Reynard-Honda, 180.937.
11. (40) Adrian Fernandez, Mexico, Reynard-Ford, 180.697.
12. (20) Scott Pruett, Crystal Bay, Nev., Reynard-Ford, 180.362.
13. (10) Richie Hearn, Henderson, Nev., Swift-Ford, 180.238.
14. (17) Mauricio Gugelmin, Brazil, Reynard-Mercedes, 179.459.
15. (9) J.J. Lehto, Finland, Reynard-Mercedes, 179.403.
16. (21) Tony Kanaan, Brazil, Reynard-Honda, 179.252.
17. (27) Dario Franchitti, Scotland, Reynard-Honda, 179.204.
18. (2) Al Unser Jr., Albuquerque, N.M., Penske-Mercedes, 178.444.
19. (16) Helio Castro-Neves, Brazil, Reynard-Mercedes, 178.210.
20. (25) Max Papis, Italy, Reynard-Toyota, 178.136.
21. (18) Mark Blundell, England, Reynard-Mercedes, 178.099.
22. (34) Dennis Vitolo, Massapequa, N.Y., Reynard-Ford, 177.810.
23. (19) Michel Jourdain Jr., Mexico, Reynard-Ford, 177.255.
24. (24) Robbie Gordon, Cerritos, Calif., Reynard-Toyota, 176.419.
25. (98) P.J. Jones, Rolling Hills, Calif., Reynard-Toyota, 176.164.
26. (77) Arnd Meier, Germany, Lola-Ford, 174.093.