IRL: Las Vegas Fast Facts

GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE VEGAS.COM 500 LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY — 1.5-MILE OVAL LAS VEGAS, NEV., SEPT. 26, 1999 NUMBER OF TIRES REQUIRED: PRIMARY FRONT PRIMARY REAR 340 430 ...

GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE VEGAS.COM 500 LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY — 1.5-MILE OVAL LAS VEGAS, NEV., SEPT. 26, 1999

NUMBER OF TIRES REQUIRED:   PRIMARY FRONT    PRIMARY REAR
                            340              430
                            OPTIONAL FRONT   OPTIONAL REAR
                            340              430
RECOMMENDED COLD PRESSURE:  Left front and rear    27 psi
                            Right front and rear   35 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 45 laps, based on fuel consumption. Race length is 500 kilometers (312 miles)/208 laps.

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The Indy Racing League presents its penultimate event on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Goodyear has won two of the three IRL events at Las Vegas, starting with Richie Hearn’s victory at the track’s inaugural race in 1996 and backed up that performance when Eliseo Salazar won in 1997.

Goodyear has won five of the eight Indy Racing League events contested in 1999, including the Kenny Brack-led 1-2-3 sweep at the Indianapolis 500. 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 can clinch the unofficial season title for tire manufacturers in Nevada with its sixth victory in 1999. "With five wins in eight races, Goodyear has proven to be the tire the winners rely on in the Indy Racing League," said Paul Lauritzen, Goodyear’s IRL operations manager. "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. We’re looking to help our teams earn the IRL drivers’ and entrants’ championships."

Goodyear is even with its competition in the fight for Indy Racing League pole positions with four each. Mark Dismore paces all Goodyear racers with a pair of poles at Texas and Dover Downs. Kelley Racing teammate Scott Sharp claimed the pole at Walt Disney World and A.J. Foyt Enterprises’ Billy Boat took the pole at Atlanta.

Goodyear’s racing division conducted a two-day test in mid-August at Las Vegas with Panther Racing (Scott Goodyear), Team Cheever (Eddie Cheever) and Hemelgarn Racing (Buddy Lazier). A number of other drivers, including Kelley Racing’s Mark Dismore and Scott Sharp, Galles Racing’s Davey Hamilton and A. J. Foyt Enterprises’ Kenny Brack and Billy Boat took advantage of the Goodyear test to work on their cars.

"Goodyear has a number of drivers that are in excellent positions in the IRL championship and who give an excellent performance at each race," says Lauritzen. "That is one of the benefits we enjoy when Goodyear goes testing with a variety of teams and drivers. The more feedback the drivers give to the Goodyear engineers enables Goodyear to quickly construct a better race tire."

Goodyear racers hold nine of the top 11 positions in the IRL points championship. Second-placed Scott Goodyear heads the Goodyear contingent with 202 points, followed by Brack with 199, Lazier at 185 and Hamilton with 180 points to round-out the top five. Sharp, Jeff Ward and Cheever are in a three-way tie for seventh with 177 points, while Mark Dismore at 176 and Boat at 174 are just behind.

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