IRL: Championship Notes

-- Championship chase. Six drivers remain eligible to win the Pep Boys Million as season champion entering this final event of the season. Greg Ray, a resident of Plano, Texas, leads the standings with 255 points. 1999 Indianapolis 500 and ...

-- Championship chase. Six drivers remain eligible to win the Pep Boys Million as season champion entering this final event of the season. Greg Ray, a resident of Plano, Texas, leads the standings with 255 points. 1999 Indianapolis 500 and defending league champion Kenny Brack is second at 242. Brack drives the Houston-based team owned by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt. Sam Schmidt is third at 225, Scott Sharp fourth at 209, 1999 Longhorn 500 presented by MCI WorldCom winner Scott Goodyear fifth at 207 and 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier sixth at 204. The winner of the championship will earn a $1 million bonus from series sponsor Pep Boys.

-- Rookie race. 1999 Indianapolis 500 Bank One Rookie of the Year Robby McGehee leads Scott Harrington, 138-137, in the race for the Sprint PCS Rookie of the Year title. Dallas resident John Hollansworth Jr. is fourth in the rookie standings with 116 points and has an outside shot at claiming the rookie award. The Sprint PCS Rookie of the Year will earn a $50,000 bonus.

-- Close finishes. There have been five finishes closer than one second in the eight races with a green-flag finish this season in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League. That's a percentage of .625, better than any other major national series this season.

-- The future is here. Seven of the 28 entrants for this event - one-quarter of the drivers in the field - are rookies.

-- IRL Kids and IRL Ministries. Finding day-care and church services can be tough at a racetrack, but the Pep Boys Indy Racing League has it handled. IRL Kids is a mobile day-care center for drivers' children that travel to each race. IRL Ministries Chaplain Mark Wingler conducts prayer services at every Pep Boys Indy Racing League race and helps all league drivers and officials with any and all spiritual matters.

-- The teacher and the student: Marvin Stout, the high school driver-education teacher for Pep Boys Indy Racing League rookie Scott Harrington, now serves as the spotter for Harrington and his CertainTeed Building Products Special Dallara/Aurora/Firestone during Indy Racing events. Stout also taught advanced algebra and trigonometry to Harrington at Eastern High School in Pekin, Ind.

-- Mall.com. This premier Internet shopping site recently signed a multiyear deal as the title sponsor of this event. The company also is promoting its involvement through the Mall.com 500 Net Speed Challenge, a Web-based contest in which a lucky contestant could win $25,000.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Lazier , Scott Sharp , Scott Goodyear , Kenny Brack , Sam Schmidt , Scott Harrington , A.J. Foyt