On the Track

On the Track

These are my photos from around the track at Vancouver. Being a temporary street circuit built around Concord Place in the heart of the city, a proliferation of concrete walls and fencing makes it hard to get unobstructed views.
Mark Blundell

Qualifying

After a minor crash during Friday practice, here we see Mark Blundell qualifying his Motorola Reynard/Mercedes twelfth on Saturday afternoon.

Bryan Herta in the Shell Reynard/Ford took the sixth spot on the grid.

Bryan Herta
Dario Franchitti

Dario Fanchitti lined up tenth in the Hogan Reynard/Mercedes.

Andre Ribeiro could only manage thirteenth in his LCI/Marlboro Reynard/Honda.

Andre Ribeiro
Jimmy Vasser

Jimmy Vasser returned to form in Vancouver, getting his set-up together for third place in qualifying.

Scott Pruett was strong in the race but could only make eleventh place on the grid in his Brahma Reynard/Ford.

Scott Pruett
Michael Andretti

Michael Andretti exits the hairpin and cranks it up for Turn 4 in his Kmart/Havoline Swift/Ford, qualifying 4th.

Bobby Rahal has been strong in the second half of the season, qualifying in Vancouver in second place in the Miller Lite Reynard/Ford.

Bobby Rahal
Vasser and Fittipaldi

Vasser leads Christian Fittipaldi on sticker tyres through Turn 2.

But dominating qualifying was Alex Zanardi in the Target Reynard/Honda. He scooped pole with a 54.025 second lap, ahead of Rahal's 54.351 and 0.681 miles per hour faster.

Alessandro Zanardi
Christian Fittipaldi and Gualter Salles

Warm-up

Moving on to race warm-up on Sunday morning, Christian in his Kmart/Budweiser Swift/Ford passes Gualter Salles.

Scott Pruett leads Zanardi, Michel Jourdain and Fittipaldi out of the pits as they resume the morning warm-up.

Pruett, Zanardi, Jourdain, Fittipaldi
Raul Boesel

Raul Boesel, who struggled to make twelfth in qualifying, but finished the race sixth, in his Brahma Reynard/Ford.

Paul Tracy had another disastrous weekend. After crashing his Marlboro Penske/Mercedes during Friday practice, he could only qualify 17th in his spare car on Saturday and then fell out of the race on the first lap.

Paul Tracy
Gil de Ferran

The Race

Gil de Ferran on the pace lap in the Valvoline Reynard/Honda. He went on to finish third after starting seventh.

Star of the race was Alex Zanardi. Making a good start from his pole position, he started to pull away from the field. However, brake problems caused him to miss the hairpin twice and we watched in awe as he worked his way back up from last to finish fourth.

Alex Zanardi
Michael Andretti

Michael Andretti has won three times in Vancouver, including last year, but he dropped out on the 71st lap this year after making contact.

Local favourite Greg Moore had another luckless weekend, crashing out on lap 63 after qualifying 9th in his Players/Indeck Reynard/Mercedes.

Greg Moore
Mauricio Gugelmin and Michael Andretti

Race winner Mauricio Gugelmin leading Michael Andretti in the Hollywood Reynard/Mercedes. "Big Mo" picked up his first win after starting fifth.

In the Paddock

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1997 Paul Jasper. Last updated Friday May 06, 2005.