Vancouver 1998 - Friday


These are my shots taken on Friday during practice and qualifying, and in the paddock.
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Max Papis and Adrian Fernandez

Adrian Fernandez pursues Max Papis through Turn 1 during the morning practice session.

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Cars line up in the pits during a red flag period of the practice session.

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Full Pits
Michael and Bryan

Michael Andretti, smoking his tyres, and Bryan Herta get underway again.

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Mauricio Gugelmin in the PacWest Reynard-Mercedes. "We really improved the car for qualifying . We've got plenty more to come."

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Big Mo
Greg on the Track

Local favourite Greg Moore heads back out onto the track.

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Bryan Herta passes Tony Kanaan.

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Bryan and Tony
Alex Zanardi

Alex Zanardi entered the weekend with the opportunity to clinch the championship. He took provisional pole in the afternoon qualifying session.

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Scott Pruett in the Patrick Racing team's Visteon Reynard-Ford.

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Scott Pruett
Gil de Ferran


Gil de Ferran rounds Turn 1 in his Walker Racing Reynard-Honda. "The layout is a definite improvement. It's a lot more fun to drive than last year's track."

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Andre Ribeiro takes his Penske-Mercedes into the turn.

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Andre Ribeiro
Dario Speedwagon

Scotsman Dario Franchitti was fast all weekend in the Team Kool Green Reynard-Honda. "I am a lot happier with the track - where the braking zones are, where you turn in and how far you can push the car."

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Bryan Herta in the Team Rahal Reynard-Ford.

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Bryan Herta
Robby Gordon


Robby Gordon enters the pit lane in his Toyota-powered Reynard.

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Bobby Rahal at his last ride in Vancouver.

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Bobby Rahal
Arnd Meier


Arnd Meier, in the field's only Lola, takes a pit stop during practice.

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Dennis Vitolo waits in his Smith Kline Beecham sponsored Reynard-Ford for practice to resume.

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Dennis Vitolo
Hello, I'm Bob Varsha...

Bob Varsha, race commentator for ABC and ESPN, watches the activities in the pit lane.

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With practice over, Mark Blundell sits on the pit wall and reflects on the session with his crew.

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Mark Blundell
Alex on TV

Alex Zanardi being interviewed by Marlo Klain for ESPNEWS. "It's very challenging and the circuit is nice, although I'm not so optimistic about how easy it's going to be to pass."

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Drivers Sticking their Tongues Out - Number 1 in a series: Greg Moore.

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Tongue #1
Greg Moore

Greg poses more conventionally while being interviewed about his performance in the session.

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Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy poses for photos with Miss Molson Indy Vancouver and $340,000 of prize money.

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Dario, Paul, Girl and Money
Robby Gordon

Robby Gordon making a cute pose.

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Arnd Meier analyzing the performance of the car in practice with his chief engineer. "I think our test at Laguna Seca last week was very helpful for me and the team. The car is working well."

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Arnd Meier
Michael in Vancouver

After a break for lunch (including a couple of pints at the nearby Yaletown Brewing Company), we return to the track for the provisional qualifying session. Here's Michael flying down the front straight with the mountains in the background.

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Greg Moore at speed. He had to settle for fifth on the provisional grid.

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Greg Moore on the Track
Bryan Herta at Speed

Bryan Herta was a disappointing eleventh while he struggled to find a working setup.

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His boss, Bobby Rahal, did no better, placing his Reynard-Ford 16th.

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Bobby Rahal
Mark Leading Alex

In the second qualifying group Mark Blundell leads Alex Barron in the new Eagle through Turn 9 at the south end of the track. "I was disappointed that I was blocked on my fastest lap by Paul Tracy, but he apologized and said he didn't see me."

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Richie Hearn pushing the only Swift on Firestone tyres through Turn 9.

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Richie Hearn
Tony Kanaan

Tony Kanaan approaches to sign my race ticket. How was that spin in qualifying? "Fortunately it didn't hurt my car. I think I was trying too hard. I ran out of fuel on the last lap as well, but I don't think I could have improved my lap times."

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