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INDIANAPOLIS 500 FAST FACTS WHAT: 82nd INDIANAPOLIS 500 "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" Third of 11 races in the 1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League WHERE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway ...

INDIANAPOLIS 500 FAST FACTS

WHAT: 82nd INDIANAPOLIS 500 "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" Third of 11 races in the 1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League

WHERE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile paved oval superspeedway

WHEN: 11 a.m. (CDT) Sunday, May 24, 1998

DISTANCE: 500 miles/200 laps

POSTED AWARDS: More than $8.5 million

CARS: Dallara, G Force and Riley & Scott chassis; Oldsmobile Aurora V8 and Nissan Infiniti Indy V8 engines; Firestone and Goodyear tires

FIELD: 33 cars. No provisional starting spots.

1997 RACE WINNER: Arie Luyendyk

1996-97 IRL CHAMPION: Tony Stewart

CURRENT POINTS LEADER: Tony Stewart

TV: (Race) ABC (live), noon (EDT) May 24. Pre-race show starts at 11 a.m. (EDT).

(Qualifying) ABC (live), 1 p.m. (EDT) May 16; (live) 1:30 p.m. May 17. ESPN (live), 2 p.m. (EDT) May 16; (live) 5 p.m. May 17. ESPN2 (live), 5:30 p.m. (EDT) May 16; (live) 3 p.m. May 17.

(Practice) ABC (live), 2:30 p.m. (EDT) May 10. ESPN (live), 3 p.m. (EDT) May 21. ESPN2 (live), 5 p.m. (EDT) May 10.

RADIO:

(Race) IMS Radio Network (live), noon (EDT) May 24. Pre-race show starts at 11 a.m. (EDT).

(Qualifying) IMS Radio Network (live), 11:30 a.m., 6 p.m. (EDT) May 16; (live) 12:30 p.m., 6 p.m. (EDT) May 17.

SCHEDULE (all times local):

(May 10) 9 a.m.: Gates open to public 10 a.m.: Opening ceremonies 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Practice Admission: $5

(May 11-14) 9 a.m.: Gates open to public 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Practice Admission: $5

(May 15) 8 a.m.: Gates open to public 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Practice Admission: $5

(May 16, 7 a.m.: Gates open to public Pole Day) 8-10 a.m.: Practice 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Qualifications Admission: $10

(May 17, 8 a.m.: Gates open to public Bubble Day) 10-11:15 a.m.: Practice Noon-6 p.m.: Qualifications Admission: $10

(May 18-20) No track activity

(May 21, 8 a.m.: Gates open to public Carburetion Day) 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Final practice 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Coors Pit Stop Competition Admission: $10

(May 22) No track activity

(May 23) 9 a.m.: Gates open to public 11 a.m.: Drivers meeting

(May 24, 5 a.m.: Gates open to public Race Day) 11 a.m.: 82nd Indianapolis 500 General admission: $20

(May 25) 6:30 p.m.: Victory Banquet, Indiana Convention Center & RCA Dome

TRACK RECORDS: (Qualifying, one lap) Arie Luyendyk, 237.498 mph, May 12, 1996

(Qualifying, four laps) Arie Luyendyk, 236.986 mph, May 12, 1996

(Race) Arie Luyendyk, 2 hours, 41 minutes, 18.404 seconds, May 27, 1990 Average speed: 185.981 mph

PEP BOYS IRL NEW FORMULA MILESTONES: (Qualifying, one lap) Arie Luyendyk, 218.659 mph, May 10, 1997

(Qualifying, four laps) Arie Luyendyk, 218.263 mph, May 10, 1997

(Race) Arie Luyendyk, 3 hours, 25 minutes, 43.388 seconds, May 27, 1997 Average speed: 145.827 mph

THE TRACK: 2.5-mile paved oval, with 36-inch strip of the original bricks at start-finish line Front and back straightaways: 5/8-mile each Short straightaways (between Turns 1-2 & 3-4): 1/8-mile each Four turns: 1/4-mile each Width of straightaways: 50 feet Width of turns: 60 feet Banking: 9 degrees, 12 minutes in all four turns

Facility opened in 1909. The Speedway is the largest sports seating facility, with more than 250,000 permanent seats

THE RACE: This event has taken place annually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1911, except from 1917-18 due to World War I and 1942-45 due to World War II. It is the oldest automobile race in America.

RACE NOTES:

* Defending race champion Arie Luyendyk is the only two-time winner entered in this year's race. Luyendyk, who beat Scott Goodyear by .570 seconds last year, will attempt to become just the ninth driver to win The Greatest Spectacle in Racing three times. Other drivers who have won at least three Indianapolis 500's are: A.J. Foyt (1961, '64, '67. '77), Al Unser (1970, '71, '78, '87), Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991), Louis Meyer (1928, '33, '36), Wilbur Shaw (1937, '39, '40), Mauri Rose (1941, '47, '48), Johnny Rutherford (1974, '76, '80) and Bobby Unser (1968, '75, '81).

* Arie Luyendyk and Buddy Lazier are the only Indianapolis 500 winners entered in this year's field. Luyendyk won in 1990 and 1997, Lazier in 1996.

* Rookie J.J. Yeley, 21 could become the youngest winner in the history of the race. Troy Ruttman became the youngest Indianapolis 500 winner in 1952, when he won at 22.

* Only six rookies have won the Indianapolis 500: Ray Harroun (1911), Jules Goux (1913), Rene Thomas (1914), Frank Lockhart (1926), George Souders (1927), Graham Hill (1966).

* Sixteen drivers have won from the pole, more than any other starting spot, Arie Luyendyk won from the pole last year.

* Only three rookies have started from the pole position: Walt Faulkner (1950), Teo Fabi (1983), Tony Stewart (1996).

* Ten rookies are eligible to compete in this year's race after either completing or passing the first three phases of the Rookie Orientation Program in April at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The drivers: Donnie Beechler, Danny Drinan, Jack Hewitt, Jimmy Kite, Steve Knapp, Andy Michner, Brian Tyler, Robby Unser, Stan Wattles and J.J. Yeley. Hewitt still must pass the fourth and final phase of ROP on May 10 at the Speedway; all other drivers completed their test.

* The last current national champion to win the Indianapolis 500 was Bobby Unser in 1975.

* Buddy Lazier is the only driver to record a top-five finish in both of the years that the Indianapolis 500 has been part of the Pep Boys Indy Racing League. Lazier won in 1996 and finished fourth in 1997. Robbie Buhl is the only other driver to record a top-10 finish in both years. He was ninth in 1996 and eighth in 1997.

* Professional golfer Greg Norman will drive the Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car.

SERIES NOTES: * Tony Stewart, Jeff Ward and Stephan Gregoire have been models of consistency in the first two races of the season. Stewart won the season-opening Indy 200 in late January near Orlando, Fla., and finished second at the Dura-Lube 200 in late February at Phoenix. Ward finished second at Orlando and fifth at Phoenix, while Gregoire finished fourth in both events.

* There have been more entries than available starting spots at both races this season. Thirty-two drivers attempted to qualify at the Dura-Lube 200, a 28-car race. Thirty-one cars drivers tried to qualify at the season-opening Indy 200, also a 28-car event.

STATISTICS: 1998 Pep Boys IRL point standings: 1998 MBNA lap leaders 1. Tony Stewart 95 1. Tony Stewart 59 2. Jeff Ward 73 2. Buddy Lazier 34 3. Scott Sharp 71 3. Scott Sharp 30 4. Stephan Gregoire 64 4. Mark Dismore 27 5. Sam Schmidt 48 5. Jeff Ward 25 6. Billy Boat 46 7. Mark Dismore 44 1998 Pep Boys IRL winners 8. Scott Goodyear 41 1. Tony Stewart 1 Mike Groff 41 2. Scott Sharp 1 10. Davey Hamilton 39

1998 PPG poles 1998 wins by tire 1. Tony Stewart 1 1. Firestone 1 2. Jeff Ward 1 2. Goodyear 1

1998 Pep Boys IRL money leaders 1998 wins by chassis 1. Tony Stewart $217,550 1. G Force 1 2. Jeff Ward $156,050 2. Dallara 1 3. Scott Sharp $130,300 4. Stephan Gregoire $119,700 1998 wins by engine 5. Davey Hamilton $109,150 1. Aurora 2

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