IRL: Texas Goodyear Race Report

SCOTT GOODYEAR GRABS FOURTH IRL WIN FOR GOODYEAR TIRES FORT WORTH, Texas, June 12 – On a warm and muggy afternoon, Goodyear kept a pair of winning streaks going full steam as Panther Racing driver Scott Goodyear gave the tire company its...

SCOTT GOODYEAR GRABS FOURTH IRL WIN FOR GOODYEAR TIRES

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 12 – On a warm and muggy afternoon, Goodyear kept a pair of winning streaks going full steam as Panther Racing driver Scott Goodyear gave the tire company its fourth consecutive win in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League at the Longhorn 500.

Goodyear's fourth win marks the first time any tire company has won the first four races in any IRL season. The win also gives Goodyear its fourth straight win in IRL night races, a mark extending back to the 1998 True Value 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Scott Goodyear took control of the race on lap 166, passing Sam Schmidt, Stephan Gregoire and Greg Ray after a lap 162 restart. He led the final 43 laps to collect his second IRL win of 1999 and regain the points lead, taking home $137,400.

"The Goodyear tires were beautiful throughout the race," said Goodyear. "The tires were perfect all week long. We never had a single problem with the tires.

"After that last restart, I was watching the splits back to Greg Ray open up. I'm pleased we had a strong-enough car to get to the finish line first. The Panther Racing pit crew did a great job tonight. It's a dicing situation -- we got past them on the race track and we got past them in the pits -- you have to do the job anywhere you can."

"Two of the reasons we're successful are because we have a great driver with Scott Goodyear and great tires from Goodyear," said Andy Brown, Panther Racing's chief engineer. "Our belief is that to be successful on the ovals requires good tire management and that means taking care of the right rear tires and not putting too much of a load on the tire.

"Goodyear engineers were there with us this weekend. They made sure we didn't over-pressure the tire or have too much heat. We found a good combination and that's what helped Scott put the car in victory circle."

Galles Motorsports' driver Davey Hamilton finished seventh, followed by Mark Dismore in eighth and Scott Sharp in 10th. "I'm real proud of our effort," Hamilton said. "We had to drive our hearts out today. Our car was set up for a large stagger but after that first tire stop we readjusted our strategy and went to a smaller stagger. We never had any tire problems after that and the car was a lot better when the sun went down."

"Goodyear congratulates Scott Goodyear and the Panther Racing team on their win tonight," said Paul Lauritzen, Goodyear's IRL operations manager. "Their team had a trouble-free race against tough competition.

"Now, we're off to Pikes Peak and we're confident Goodyear can put another car in the winner's circle there."

Goodyear now holds eight of the top nine positions in the IRL points championship. Scott Goodyear leads the way with 146 points, followed by Jeff Ward (second, 127), Mark Dismore (third, 97), Billy Boat (fourth, 96), Eddie Cheever (fifth, 89), Scott Sharp (sixth, 85), Kenny Brack (seventh, 83) and Buddy Lazier (ninth, 74).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Buddy Lazier , Stephan Gregoire , Jeff Ward , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Billy Boat , Mark Dismore , Scott Goodyear , Kenny Brack , Sam Schmidt , Paul Lau
Teams Panther Racing