IRL: Goodyear Tire Pikes Peak-2 Fast Facts

GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE COLORADO 200 PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY — 1.0-MILE OVAL FOUNTAIN, COLO., AUG. 29, 1999 NUMBER OF TIRES REQUIRED: PRIMARY FRONT PRIMARY REAR 240 340 ...

GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE COLORADO 200 PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY — 1.0-MILE OVAL FOUNTAIN, COLO., AUG. 29, 1999

NUMBER OF TIRES REQUIRED:      PRIMARY FRONT      PRIMARY REAR
                               240                340
                               OPTIONAL FRONT     OPTIONAL REAR
                               240                120
RECOMMENDED COLD PRESSURE:    Left front and rear      20 psi
                              Right front and rear     30 psi
DESCRIPTION:      Goodyear Eagle IRL Racing Radial
                  Front   25.5 x 10.0-15 inch      Rear   27.0 x 14.0-15 inch

ESTIMATED PIT STOPS: Approximately every 65 laps, based on fuel consumption. Race length is 200 miles/200 laps.

* The Indy Racing League returns to the rarified air of Pikes Peak International Raceway for the Colorado 200, the first time the mile-high mile-oval has hosted two Indy car races in one year. Goodyear has won five of the first seven Indy Racing League events in 1999, including a Kenny Brack-led 1-2-3 sweep at the Indianapolis 500. IRL points leader Scott Goodyear has won twice this year, at Phoenix in March and again at Texas in June. Scott Sharp jumped into championship contention with a well-deserved victory in Atlanta last month. Eddie Cheever won the season opener at Walt Disney World Speedway in Florida.

* Goodyear’s racing division conducted a successful three-day test in early August at Pikes Peak with A.J. Foyt Enterprises (Billy Boat and Kenny Brack), Pagan Racing (Jeff Ward) and Panther Racing (Scott Goodyear).

"Goodyear specifically went testing at Pikes Peak to find a tire that is more consistent with improved grip," says Paul Lauritzen, Goodyear’s operations manager for the IRL. "While that is the objective of every tire test, we are encouraged about the results of the Eagle IRL radials we tested and the feedback our engineers received from the drivers."

* Goodyear racers solidified their claims in the IRL points chase, holding nine of the top 11 positions in the IRL points championship. Scott Goodyear continues to lead the way with 193 points, followed by Indy winner Kenny Brack (third, 179 points), Jeff Ward (fourth, 170), Scott Sharp (fifth, 169), Eddie Cheever, (sixth, 158), Billy Boat (seventh, 157) and Buddy Lazier (ninth, 153) Davey Hamilton and Mark Dismore are tied for 10th with 140 points each.

* Goodyear reclaimed the 1999 season lead in Indy Racing League pole positions, 4-3, when Mark Dismore took his MCI Worldcom-sponsored entry from Kelley Racing around the high-banked mile at Dover Downs at an average speed of 182.639 mph. Dismore also earned the pole position at Texas, while teammate Scott Sharp claimed the pole at Walt Disney World. Billy Boat took the pole at Atlanta.

* Goodyear can clinch the unofficial season title for tire manufacturers in Colorado with its sixth victory in eight races. "With five wins in seven races, Goodyear has proven to be the tire the winners rely on in the Indy Racing League," Lauritzen says. "Goodyear can claim the 1999 tire manufacturers’ honors with a win this weekend, but it is just as important to make sure that our Goodyear-equipped teams and drivers get to victory lane and claim as many top finishing positions possible at every race we compete in."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Buddy Lazier , Jeff Ward , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Billy Boat , Mark Dismore , Kenny Brack , Paul Lau , A.J. Foyt
Teams A.J. Foyt Enterprises , Panther Racing