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Pep Boys Indy Racing League FASTFACTS Pikes Peak International Raceway WHAT: Second annual RADISSON 200 Eighth of 11 races in the 1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League WHERE: Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, Colo. 1-mile tri-oval...

Pep Boys Indy Racing League FASTFACTS Pikes Peak International Raceway

WHAT: Second annual RADISSON 200 Eighth of 11 races in the 1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League

WHERE: Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, Colo. 1-mile tri-oval superspeedway

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, 1998

DISTANCE: 200 miles/200 laps POSTED AWARDS: More than $1 million CARS: Dallara, G Force and Riley & Scott chassis; Oldsmobile Aurora V8 and Nissan Infiniti Indy V8 engines; Firestone and Goodyear tires 1997 RACE WINNER: Tony Stewart 1996-97 IRL CHAMPION: Tony Stewart POINTS LEADER: Scott Sharp

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 1998 8 a.m. Spectator gates open 9 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. SCCA Spec Racer Ford Pro Series practice 9:30 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. AC Delco ASA practice 11 a.m. - 12:55 p.m. Pep Boys IRL practice (2 groups) 1 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. AC Delco ASA practice 2 p.m. - 3:25 p.m. Pep Boys IRL practice (2 groups) 3:30 p.m. - 4:25 p.m. AC Delco ASA qualifying 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. SCCA Spec Racer Ford Pro Series practice 5:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. Cornwell Tools ASA last chance driver introductions 6 p.m. Cornwell Tools ASA last chance race (25 laps)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 1998 8 a.m. Spectator gates open 8:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. SCCA Spec Racer Ford Pro Series practice 9 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. Cornwell Tools AC Delco ASA final practice 9:30 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Pep Boys IRL practice (2 groups) 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. SCCA Spec Racer Ford Pro Series qualifying 12 noon - 1:45 p.m. Oldsmobile Pole Day: Pep Boys IRL qualifying 1:50 p.m. Cornwell Tools AC Delco ASA pre-race driver introductions 2:15 p.m. Cornwell Tools ASA 200 4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Pep Boys IRL “Happy Hour” final practice 5:15 p.m. Pep Boys IRL autograph session (garage open to public)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 1998 8 a.m. Spectator gates open 11:30 a.m. - 12 noon Pre-race festivities 11:30 a.m. KIDDE Safety Media Pit Stop Charity Challenge finals 1 p.m. IRL cars on grid 1:20 p.m. IRL driver introductions 2 p.m. Pep Boys IRL Radisson 200 4:15 p.m. SCCA pre-race driver introductions 4:30 p.m. SCCA Spec Racer Ford Pro Series feature (50 laps)

TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying: Scott Sharp, 20.441 seconds, 176.117 mph, June 28, 1997 Race: Tony Stewart, 1 hour, 59 minutes, 50 seconds, June 29, 1997 Average speed: 100.128 mph

THE TRACK: 1-mile paved tri-oval Elevation of facility: 5,357 feet Length of front straightaway: 1,510 feet Length of back straightaway: 1,350 feet Length of turns: 1,210 feet Turn width: 71 feet Front straightaway width: 65 feet Back straightaway width: 60 feet Banking in turns: 10 degrees Banking on front straightaway: 7 degrees Banking on rear straightaway: 3 degrees

THE RACE: This Pep Boys IRL event has taken place annually at Pikes Peak International Raceway since 1997. 1996-97 Pep Boys IRL champion Tony Stewart earned the first victory of his IRL career at this event on June 29, 1997. Scott Sharp won the pole.

RACE NOTES: Indianapolis 500 pole sitter Billy Boat will return to IRL competition at this event after missing the last two races due to a broken left leg and broken pelvis suffered in an accident during the New England 200 on June 28 at Loudon, N.H. Boat won the True Value 500 on June 6 at Fort Worth, Texas, his first career victory in the Conseco Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear owned by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt.

- Other prominent drivers returning to IRL competition at this event will be Robbie Buhl, Buzz Calkins, Stan Wattles, Steve Knapp and Robby Unser. Buhl missed the last two races, in Dover, Del., and Charlotte, N.C., when car owner John Menard decided to field a car only for defending league champion Tony Stewart. Calkins missed the Charlotte event after mechanical problems at Dover, and Wattles skipped the Charlotte and Dover races to concentrate on testing and development. Rookies Knapp and Unser missed the Charlotte event due to injuries suffered in the Pep Boys 400K at Dover.

- Three Indianapolis 500 winners are entered in this event: 1998 champion Eddie Cheever Jr., 1990 and 1997 champion Arie Luyendyk and 1996 champion Buddy Lazier.

- This race has a strong Colorado connection. 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier lives in Vail, and 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever formerly lived in Aspen. Buzz Calkins, winner of the first IRL event in January 1996 at Orlando, Fla., lives in Denver and is a graduate of the University of Colorado with degrees in economics and history.

- It’s almost certain that either Arie Luyendyk or Buddy Lazier will become the first drivers to reach the $3 million IRL career-earnings mark at this event. Luyendyk has earned $2,986,653 during his IRL career, while Lazier has earned $2,936,504.

- One of the most famous names in Pikes Peak racing history will return to compete in this area, this time at PPIR. Rookie Robby Unser, son of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser, will drive as a teammate to 1998 Indianapolis 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. Robby Unser is an eight-time winner of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

- Five rookies are entered in this event: Andy Michner, Steve Knapp, Robby Unser, Brian Tyler and Donnie Beechler, Michner, Tyler and Beechler are USAC open-wheel standouts who have competed in USAC Silver Crown races at PPIR. Knapp was named Indianapolis 500 Bank One Rookie of the Year in May after finishing third. Unser, son of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser, has won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb eight times.

SERIES NOTES: No Pep Boys IRL driver recorded a top-10 finish in each of the first seven races of the season.

- Consistency and durability have propelled Scott Sharp to the top of the Pep Boys IRL point standings. He has completed 1,339 of 1,464 possible laps this year, a 91.5 percent completion rate. Davey Hamilton is second on the list, completing 1,299 of 1,464 laps (88.7 percent).

- Race teams will be allowed to tow their cars to the garage from the pits for service during the race under an IRL rule instituted last October at the Las Vegas 500K. Teams are allowed to repair their cars in the garage and return to the race. Teams can’t change their engines or chassis. Two IRL technicians must approve any repairs before the car returns to the track, with IRL Technical Director Phil Casey overseeing the process.

- All teams are aiming for the Pep Boys Million, a $1 million prize from Pep Boys to be split between the championship-winning driver and owner at the end of this season.

STATISTICS: 1998 Pep Boys IRL point standings 1. Scott Sharp 214 2. Tony Stewart 206 3. Davey Hamilton 189 4. Kenny Brack 182 5. Scott Goodyear 182 6. Jeff Ward 164 7. Buddy Lazier 160 8. Stephan Gregoire 142 9. Arie Luyendyk 141 10. Marco Greco 135 11. Eddie Cheever Jr. 128; 12. Billy Boat 122; 13. John Paul Jr. 112; 14. Sam Schmidt 111; 15. Greg Ray 108; Mark Dismore 108

1998 MBNA lap leaders Tony Stewart 514 Scott Sharp 209 Billy Boat 132 Jeff Ward 129 Kenny Brack 100

1998 Pep Boys IRL winners Scott Sharp 2 Tony Stewart 2 Billy Boat 1 Kenny Brack 1 Eddie Cheever Jr. 1

PPG Poles Tony Stewart 4 Billy Boat 2 Jeff Ward 1

1998 Pep Boys IRL money leaders Eddie Cheever Jr. $1,611,200 Tony Stewart $790,050 Buddy Lazier $786,100 Kenny Brack $679,900 Scott Sharp $659,800

1998 wins by chassis Dallara 6 G Force 1

1998 wins by engine Aurora 7

1998 wins by tire Goodyear 5 Firestone 2

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Buzz Calkins , Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl , Buddy Lazier , Stephan Gregoire , Jeff Ward , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk , Billy Boat , Mark Dismore , Scott Goodyear , Donnie Beechler , Kenny Brack , Sam Schmidt , Bobby Unser , Steve Knapp , Brian Tyler , Stan Wattles , Robby Unser , John Paul