Pep Boys Indy Racing League Mall.com 500 At Texas Motor Speedway Oct. 17, 1999 Car Driver Residence Car Name C/E/T Entrant 2 Greg Ray Plano, Texas ...
Pep Boys Indy Racing League Mall.com 500 At Texas Motor Speedway Oct. 17, 1999 Car Driver Residence Car Name C/E/T Entrant 2 Greg Ray Plano, Texas Glidden/Menards D/A/F Team Menard 2T Greg Ray Plano, Texas Glidden/Menards D/A/F Team Menard 4 Scott Goodyear Carmel, Ind. Pennzoil Panther G Force G/A/G Panther Racing 4T Scott Goodyear Carmel, Ind. Pennzoil Panther G Force G/A/G Panther Racing 6 Eliseo Salazar Santiago, Chile Nienhouse Motorsports Racing Special G/A/F Nienhouse Motorsports 6T Eliseo Salazar Santiago, Chile Nienhouse Motorsports Racing Special G/A/F Nienhouse Motorsports 7 Stephan Gregoire Indianapolis Dick Simon Racing/Mexmil/Tokheim/Viking Air Tools G/A/F Dick Simon Racing 7T Stephan Gregoire Indianapolis Dick Simon Racing/Mexmil/Tokheim/Viking Air Tools G/A/F Dick Simon Racing 8 Scott Sharp Carmel, Ind. Delphi Automotive Systems D/A/G Kelley Racing 8T Scott Sharp Carmel, Ind. Delphi Automotive Systems D/A/G Kelley Racing 9 Davey Hamilton Las Vegas Galles Racing Spinal Conquest D/A/G Galles Racing 9T Davey Hamilton Las Vegas Galles Racing Spinal Conquest D/A/G Galles Racing 11 Billy Boat Phoenix Harrah’s A.J. Foyt Racing D/A/G A.J. Foyt Enterprises 11T Billy Boat Phoenix Harrah’s A.J. Foyt Racing D/A/G A.J. Foyt Enterprises 12 Buzz Calkins Denver Bradley Food Marts/Sav-O-Mat G/A/F Bradley Motorsports 12T Buzz Calkins Denver Bradley Food Marts/Sav-O-Mat G/A/F Bradley Motorsports 14 Kenny Brack Karlstad, Sweden A.J. Foyt Power Team Racing G/A/G A.J. Foyt Enterprises 14T Kenny Brack Karlstad, Sweden A.J. Foyt Power Team Racing D/A/G A.J. Foyt Enterprises 17 TBA TBA Tristarmall.com/Tri Star Motorsports Inc. D/A/G Tri Star Motorsports 20 Tyce Carlson Indianapolis Hubbard Photographics/Immke Auto Group D/A/F Blueprint-Immke Racing 20T Tyce Carlson Indianapolis Hubbard Photographics/Immke Auto Group D/A/F Blueprint-Immke Racing 21 Jeff Ward San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Yahoo!/MerchantOnline.com/Dallara/Olds D/A/G Pagan Racing 22 Robbie Buhl Indianapolis Tristarmall.com/Tri Star Motorsports Inc. D/A/G Tri Star Motorsports 27 Niclas Jonsson (R) Ramsey, Great Britain Blueprint Racing/ZMax/Firestone G/A/F Blueprint Racing 28 Mark Dismore Greenfield, Ind. MCI World Com D/A/G Kelley Racing 28T Mark Dismore Greenfield, Ind. MCI World Com D/A/G Kelley Racing 30 TBA TBA Cole Bros. Water/Team Losi/Fast Rod G/A/F McCormack Motorsports 30T TBA TBA Cole Bros. Water/Team Losi/Fast Rod G/A/F McCormack Motorsports 33 Jaques Lazier (R) Vail, Colo. Warner Bros. Studio Stores/Truscelli Team Racing G/A/G Truscelli Team Racing 33T Jaques Lazier (R) Vail, Colo. Warner Bros. Studio Stores/Truscelli Team Racing G/A/G Truscelli Team Racing 42 John Hollansworth Jr. (R) Dallas CompuCom/Lycos/TeamXtreme D/A/F TeamXtreme 42T John Hollansworth Jr. (R) Dallas CompuCom/Lycos/TeamXtreme D/A/F TeamXtreme 43 TBA TBA Mid America Freight Systems/Western Star Trucks D/A/F Mid America Motorsports 48 Sarah Fisher (R) Commercial Point, Ohio Team Pelfrey D/A/F Team Pelfrey 51 Eddie Cheever Jr. Orlando, Fla. The Children’s Beverage Group/Team Cheever/Infiniti D/I/G Team Cheever 51T Eddie Cheever Jr. Orlando, Fla. The Children’s Beverage Group/Team Cheever/Infiniti D/I/G Team Cheever 55 Robby McGehee (R) St. Louis Energizer Advanced Formula D/A/F Conti Racing 55T Robby McGehee (R) St. Louis Energizer Advanced Formula D/A/F Conti Racing 66 Scott Harrington (R) Indianapolis CertainTeed Building Products Special D/A/F Harrington Motorsports 66T Scott Harrington (R) Indianapolis CertainTeed Building Products Special D/I/F Harrington Motorsports 81 Robby Unser Albuquerque, N.M. Team Pelfrey/PetroMoly D/A/F Team Pelfrey 81T Robby Unser Albuquerque, N.M. Team Pelfrey/PetroMoly D/A/F Team Pelfrey 91 Buddy Lazier Vail, Colo. Delta Faucet/Coors Light/Hemelgarn Racing D/A/G Hemelgarn Racing 91T Buddy Lazier Vail, Colo. Delta Faucet/Coors Light/Hemelgarn Racing D/A/G Hemelgarn Racing 92 Johnny Unser Hailey, Idaho Tae-Bo/Delta Faucet/Hemelgarn Racing D/A/G Hemelgarn Racing 92T Johnny Unser Hailey, Idaho Tae-Bo/Delta Faucet/Hemelgarn Racing D/A/G Hemelgarn Racing 98 Donnie Beechler Springfield, Ill. Big Daddy’s BBQ Sauce and Spices D/A/F Cahill Auto Racing, Inc 98T Donnie Beechler Springfield, Ill. Big Daddy’s BBQ Sauce and Spices D/A/F Cahill Auto Racing, Inc 99 Sam Schmidt Las Vegas Sprint PCS/Mall.com G/A/F Treadway Racing, LLC 99T Sam Schmidt Las Vegas Sprint PCS/Mall.com G/A/F Treadway Racing,LLC
Legend: Chassis: D=Dallara, G=G Force. Engine: A=Oldsmobile Aurora, I=Nissan Infiniti. Tire: F=Firestone, G=Goodyear. R=Rookie. Issued: 10/5/99
Mall.com 500 FAST FACTS
Mall.com 500 Last of 10 races in 1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League season
Texas Motor Speedway 1.5-mile paved quad-oval superspeedway
1 p.m. (CDT) Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999
312 miles (500 kilometers)/208 laps
More than $1 million
Dallara, G Force and Riley & Scott chassis; Oldsmobile Aurora V8 and Nissan Infiniti Indy V8 engines; Firestone and Goodyear tires
1998 RACE WINNER:
John Paul Jr.
1998 PEP BOYS INDY RACING LEAGUE CHAMPION:
CURRENT POINTS LEADER:
Greg Ray TV:
ABC (tape delay), 4 p.m. (EDT) Oct. 17. Announcers: Jack Arute, Arie Luyendyk Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Marty Reid
SpeedVision (live), 1 p.m. (EDT) Oct. 16. Announcers: Jack Arute, Arie Luyendyk Pit reporter: Vince Welch
Indy Racing Radio Network (live), 2 p.m. (EDT) Oct. 17. Pre-race show starts at 1:30 p.m. Area affiliates are WBAP-AM 820, Arlington, Texas, KPUR-AM 1440, Amarillo, Texas, KWFS-AM 1290, Wichita Falls, Texas. Host: Mike King; Analyst: Larry Rice Pit reporters: Mark Jaynes, Doug Rice Backstretch reporter: Jerry Baker
Indy Racing Radio Network (live), 5:30 p.m. (EDT) Oct.16. Area affiliate is WBAP-AM 820, Arlington, Texas Host: Mike King Analyst: Larry Rice Pit reporters: Mark Jaynes, Doug Rice, Jerry Baker
SCHEDULE (all times local):
(Friday, Oct. 15)
10 a.m.: Pep Boys Indy Racing League garage opens 2-4 p.m.: Practice (two groups) 5-6 p.m.: Practice (two groups)
(Saturday, Oct. 16)
7 a.m.: Pep Boys Indy Racing League garage opens 9-10:30 a.m.: Practice (two groups) Noon: Dallas Morning News PPG Pole qualifying 4-4:30 p.m.: Final practice 4:45 p.m.: Autograph session (garage area)
(Sunday, Oct. 17)
7 a.m.: Pep Boys Indy Racing League garage opens Noon: Cars to grid 1 p.m.: Mall.com 500 (312 miles/208 laps)
Billy Boat, 23.896 seconds, 225.979 mph, Sept. 18, 1998
Scott Goodyear, 2 hours, 6.816 seconds, June 12, 1999 Average speed: 151.177 mph
1.5-mile paved quad-oval Front straightaway: 2,250 feet Back straightaway: 1,330 feet Four turns: 750 feet each Width: 58 feet (minimum) Banking: 24 degrees in all four turns, 5 degrees on front and back straightaway Facility opened in 1997. Texas Motor Speedway is North America's second-largest sports facility and the third largest in the world. The speedway has permanent seating for 154,861 and a total capacity of 200,000. The facility also includes 194 luxury skyboxes and the Lone Star Tower condominium and office complex. Texas Motor Speedway covers 950 acres, including a 23-acre lake. A state-of-the-art, permanent Musco Lighting system, which uses mirrors to simulate daylight without glare and shadows, is used to illuminate night events at the track.
This is the second consecutive year that this event has taken place but the first year as the Pep Boys Indy Racing League season finale. John Paul Jr. earned his first career Indy Racing victory at this race last year. Billy Boat won the PPG Pole, the fifth of six he claimed during the 1998 season.
(Three Indianapolis 500 winners are entered in this event: 1999 champion Kenny Brack, 1998 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. and 1996 champion Buddy Lazier.
(This race has a strong Texas connection. Team Menard driver Greg Ray, series points leader, lives in Plano. The two-car team fielded by four-time Indianapolis 500 champion A.J. Foyt is based in Houston. 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack and Billy Boat drive for Foyt. Rookie John Hollansworth Jr. of Dallas drives the #42 CompuCom-Lycos Dallara/Aurora/Firestone for TeamXtreme Racing, based in Rockwall. Three of TeamXtreme's owners have strong Texas connections. Mike Erwin owns and operates Lake Kiowa Realtors in northern Texas, Rick Sharp owns DFW Insulation, a commercial insulation contractor headquartered in Dallas, and Stan Stanley, former CEO of Professional Service Industries, an engineering consulting company, is retired and lives in Gainesville. Jack and Allan Pagan, the father-and-son owners of Pagan Racing, live in Corpus Christi. Pagan Racing fields the car for Jeff Ward.
(Six Pep Boys Indy Racing League Rookies are entered in this event: Scott Harrington, John Hollansworth Jr. and Niclas Jonsson, Jaques Lazier, Robby McGehee and Sarah Fisher. Four of these drivers are battling for Sprint PCS Rookie of the Year honors. Robby McGehee took the lead after finishing sixth at Las Vegas on Sept. 26. McGehee has a one-point advantage on Harrington, 138-137. Lazier is third at 118 followed by Hollansworth with 116 points. Fisher, 18, is making her Indy Racing debut with Team Pelfrey as teammate to 1998 Sprint PCS Rookie of the Year Robby Unser.
(If someone other than Billy Boat, Mark Dismore, Greg Ray, Sam Schmidt or Scott Sharp wins the PPG Pole a league record will be set for the most number of drivers to win a PPG Pole in one season. Six different drivers have won the PPG Pole this season, tying the record set during the 1996-97 season.
(Buzz Calkins hold the record for the most consecutive races running at the finish, at 10. If the Bradley Food Marts/Sav-O-Mat G Force/Aurora/Firestone takes the checkered flag for the Mall.com 500, Calkins will become the first driver to be running at the finish in every Indy Racing event during one season.
(If Greg Ray wins the Mall.com 500, he will set a league record with four wins in one season. Defending league champion Kenny Brack won three races last season.
(1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League champion Kenny Brack or Scott Sharp will become the all-time victory leader in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League if either driver wins the Mall.com 500. Brack and Sharp are tied with the retired Arie Luyendyk with four career victories. Brack's most recent win was the Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1999. Sharp's most recent win was the Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 presented by MCI WorldCom in Atlanta on July 17, 1999.
(Scott Goodyear has the most top-five finishes at Texas Motor Speedway of all drivers. Goodyear has finished in the top-five in three out of the four Indy Racing events at Texas Motor Speedway. A.J. Foyt Racing teammates Billy Boat and Kenny Brack along with points leader Greg Ray have each finished in the top-five twice. Goodyear and Boat are the only drivers entered in this event that have won at Texas.
(Greg Ray enters the season finale as the series points leader. Ray took the points lead for the first time from Scott Goodyear after winning the Colorado Indy 200 on Aug. 29 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Ray has a 13-point advantage on 1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League champion Kenny Brack, 255-242. Sam Schmidt jumped from 12th to third, with 225 points, after winning the most recent Indy Racing event on Sept. 26 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A fourth-place finish at Las Vegas moved Scott Sharp from a tie for seventh to fourth in the standings, 46 points behind Ray. Goodyear's bad luck continued at Las Vegas. He finished 25th after an early accident and fell from second to fifth, with 207 points. Buddy Lazier dropped two positions to sixth, 51 points behind Ray, with 204 points, after finishing 11th at LVMS. Only the six drivers above are mathematically eligible to win the season title.
(Scott Sharp will become the new record holder for most career top-10 starts if he qualifies in the top 10 for the Mall.com 500. Sharp is tied with Tony Stewart, 1996-97 Pep Boys Indy Racing League champion, for most Indy Racing career top-10 starts at 22.
(Davey Hamilton holds many Pep Boys Indy Racing League records. He is the only driver to compete in all 33 Indy Racing events since the league's inception in 1996 and holds the record for most races running at he finish at 24. Hamilton also shares the record for most career top-five finishes with Scott Goodyear at 12.
(Greg Ray broke the league record for consecutive top-five starts, previously held by 1996-97 Pep Boys Indy Racing League champion Tony Stewart, at the MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200 on Aug. 1 at Dover, Del. Ray added two more top-five starts after claiming the PPG Pole at Pikes Peak International Raceway in August and starting fourth at Las Vegas in September. Ray's record nine consecutive top-five starts began in 1998 at Las Vegas, where he started fourth. Of the nine top-five starting positions, Ray has earned three poles, three second-, one third- and three fourth-place starting positions.
(Sam Schmidt is the only driver to have led at least one lap in the last seven Pep Boys Indy Racing League events. Schmidt, who won the most recent Indy Racing event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, is third in most laps lead at 208. Ray leads all drivers in total laps led this season at 408, followed by Goodyear with 265.
(All engines in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League are required to operate at a maximum of 10,000 rpm. This follows the reduction in rpm from 10,500 in 1998 to 10,300 at the beginning of 1999. The required reduction in rpm, controlled by a "rev limiter," will result in reduced speeds produced by the Indy Racing cars without jeopardizing handling. Engine revs are controlled electronically by Pep Boys Indy Racing League technical officials. Teams are not capable of manipulating the "rev limiters." One official can program an engine's electronic control unit in approximately five minutes.
(The Suspension & Wheel Management System (SWEMS) will be required on every car competing at this event. The system was used for the first time during the 83rd Indianapolis 500. Pep Boys Indy Racing League officials along with car constructors Dallara, G Force and Riley & Scott have worked vigorously to minimize the possibilities of wheel assemblies becoming detached during high-speed accidents. The SWEMS principle utilizes multiple restraints attached at multiple points to a car's chassis and suspension. The restraints are made of FIA-approved Zylon. This material, with its high-tensile properties and its wound construction (opposed to woven), has a breaking strength of five tons.
STATISTICS: 1999 Pep Boys IRL point standings 1. Greg Ray 255 2. Kenny Brack 242 3. Sam Schmidt 225 4. Scott Sharp 209 5. Scott Goodyear 207 6. Buddy Lazier 204 7. Jeff Ward 197 Davey Hamilton 197 9. Robby Unser 193 10. Eddie Cheever Jr. 190
1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League money leaders 1. Kenny Brack $1,898,040 2. Jeff Ward $949,650 3. Greg Ray $894,150 4. Billy Boat $802,900 5. Scott Goodyear $758,250 6. Sam Schmidt $718,700 7. Eddie Cheever Jr. $703,500 8. Buddy Lazier $703,450 9. Scott Sharp $686,700 10. Mark Dismore $635,350
1999 wins by tire 1. Goodyear 5 2. Firestone 4
1999 MBNA laps led leaders 1. Greg Ray 408 2. Scott Goodyear 265 3. Sam Schmidt 208 4. Scott Sharp 207 5. Kenny Brack 199
1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League winners 1. Greg Ray 3 2. Scott Goodyear 2 3. Eddie Cheever Jr. 1 Kenny Brack 1 Scott Sharp 1 Sam Schmidt 1
1999 PPG Poles 1. Greg Ray 3 2. Mark Dismore 2 3. Scott Sharp 1 Arie Luyendyk 1 Billy Boat 1 Sam Schmidt 1
1999 wins by chassis 1. Dallara 6 2. G Force 3
1999 wins by engine 1. Aurora 9