FORT WORTH, Texas, June 12, 1999 - Scott Goodyear regained the Pep Boys Indy Racing League points lead with a victory at the Longhorn 500 presented by MCI WorldCom on Saturday evening at Texas Motor Speedway, winning by .888 of a second...
FORT WORTH, Texas, June 12, 1999 - Scott Goodyear regained the Pep Boys Indy Racing League points lead with a victory at the Longhorn 500 presented by MCI WorldCom on Saturday evening at Texas Motor Speedway, winning by .888 of a second over Greg Ray.
It was Goodyear's second victory of the season in the Pennzoil Panther G Force/Aurora/Goodyear, as he also won the MCI WorldCom 200 in March at Phoenix. Goodyear took the lead in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League points standings from Jeff Ward, 146-127, with his second career league victory.
"We had a great car this weekend," Goodyear said. "We were off a little in qualifying. We had great pit stops. We didn't get it done in Indy. We're chasing the championship.
Goodyear, from Carmel, Ind., averaged an event-record 151.177 mph and earned $134,700. He led 43 of the 208 laps, taking the lead for good from Sam Schmidt on Lap 166. Schmidt ended up third in the Sprint PCS-Unistar Auto Insurance G Force/Aurora/Firestone.
Ray led 56 laps in the Glidden-Menards Dallara/Aurora/Firestone - more than any driver. But he was slowed by a cracked cylinder head over the last 60 laps and never led after Lap 137.
Despite leading the last 43 laps, Goodyear had trouble shaking Ray. The field was bunched by the last caution period on Lap 179, when Tyce Carlson crashed between Turns 1 and 2.
Goodyear made an aggressive move on the restart on Lap 190 and opened a lead of about one second on Ray as both cars sliced through lapped traffic. Ray closed the gap inside of one second as laps counted down but never was closer than the final margin.
The finishing drive by Goodyear capped a wild affair in which two- and three-wide racing was common on the high-banked oval. The league's new 10,000-rpm rev limit helped to keep the gaps between competing cars close. There were 15 lead changes among nine drivers.
"This was a great show for the fans," Goodyear said. "We were wheel-to-wheel, four-strong and in the grass."
PPG Pole winner Mark Dismore finished eighth in the MCI WorldCom Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear, three laps down. Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack was 13th in the A.J. Foyt-PowerTeam Racing Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear, six laps down.
The next Pep Boys Indy Racing League event is the Radisson 200 on June 27 at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo.