GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE KOBALT MECHANICS TOOLS 500 ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY -- 1.54-MILE OVAL HAMPTON, GA., JULY 17, 1999 NUMBER OF TIRES REQUIRED: PRIMARY FRONT PRIMARY REAR 300 370 ...
GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE KOBALT MECHANICS TOOLS 500 ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY -- 1.54-MILE OVAL HAMPTON, GA., JULY 17, 1999
NUMBER OF TIRES REQUIRED: PRIMARY FRONT PRIMARY REAR 300 370
OPTIONAL FRONT OPTIONAL REAR 300 370
RECOMMENDED COLD PRESSURE: Left front and rear 28 psi
Right front and rear 38 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 capacity. Race length is 500 kilometers (320.32 miles)/208 laps.
NOTES AND QUOTES: * The Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway opens the second half of the 1999 Indy Racing League season. Goodyear goes to Atlanta having won four of the first five Indy Racing League events in 1999, including a Kenny Brack-led 1-2-3 sweep at the Indianapolis 500. IRL points leader Scott Goodyear has won twice this year, at Phoenix in March and again at Texas in June. Eddie Cheever Jr. won the season opener at Walt Disney World Speedway in Florida.
* Atlanta is also the final night race in the 1999 IRL calendar and Goodyear looks to keep its after-dark winning streak alive, having captured the last four races, sweeping the 1998 races at Texas (Billy Boat), Charlotte (Kenny Brack) and Atlanta (Brack again), and opening 1999 with a win at Texas (Scott Goodyear).
"Goodyear is looking to maintain its No. 1 position at each Indy Racing League event," says Paul Lauritzen, Goodyear's operations manager for the IRL. "Our Atlanta tire is based on the winning formula for the high-banked tracks that captured the front-row starting spots and race victory at Texas last month.
"The high-banked track at Atlanta is one of the most competitive tracks the IRL visits each year. The 24-degree banking allows the cars to generate more downforce through the turns and that helps the Goodyear Racing Eagles to develop more grip, a combination that should make for some exciting racing," Lauritzen adds. "The recent engine rpm restrictions that the sanctioning body has imposed for this event will slow the cars down and should help make the racing closer."
* Goodyear racers hold nine of the top 10 positions in the IRL points championship. Scott Goodyear leads the way with 164 points, followed by Jeff Ward (second, 149), Eddie Cheever (fourth, 121), Scott Sharp and Kenny Brack (tied for fifth, 109), Mark Dismore and Davey Hamilton (tied for seventh, 107), Buddy Lazier (ninth, 104) and Billy Boat (10th, 102).
* Goodyear-equipped teams also hold five of the top six positions in the IRL entrants points championship. Panther Racing #4 (Scott Goodyear) is in front with 164 points, followed by Team Cheever #51 (Eddie Cheever, third, 121), Pagan Racing #21 (Jeff Ward, fourth, 114) and a tie for fifth between Kelley Racing #8 (Scott Sharp) and A.J. Foyt Enterprises (Kenny Brack), each with 109 points.
* Kenny Brack is the top money-winner on the Indy Racing League circuit at the halfway point of the season, another category where Goodyear-equipped drivers dominate the standings. The Indy 500 winner has won $1,594,290 to date. Jeff Ward is second in earnings with $800,150, followed by Billy Boat ($615,800), Scott Goodyear ($610,450) and Eddie Cheever Jr. ($522,000). Goodyear racers Buddy Lazier, Scott Sharp and Mark Dismore are also among the top 10 money earners.
* Goodyear racers also lead the way in a number of other IRL categories including laps completed (Jeff Ward, 972 of 1,008), laps led (Scott Goodyear, 213 of 1,008) and race winners (Scott Goodyear, two wins in five races).
* One Year Ago: Kenny Brack made history when he became the first driver to win three consecutive Indy Racing League events (Charlotte, Pikes Peak, Atlanta). The victory also propelled him to the top of the 1998 Indy Racing League standings, a position he would not relinquish. Brack passed Jeff Ward going into Turn 1 on lap 195 and then held off a hard-charging Davey Hamilton, winning by 0.944 seconds. The win also gave the A.J. Foyt Enterprises team a sweep of the 1998 IRL night races.