GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE MBNA MID-ATLANTIC 200 DOVER DOWNS INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY â€” 1.0-MILE OVAL DOVER, DEL., AUG. 1, 1999 NUMBER OF TIRES REQUIRED: PRIMARY FRONT PRIMARY REAR 240 ...
GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE MBNA MID-ATLANTIC 200 DOVER DOWNS INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY — 1.0-MILE OVAL DOVER, DEL., AUG. 1, 1999
NUMBER OF TIRES REQUIRED: PRIMARY FRONT PRIMARY REAR 240 370 OPTIONAL FRONT OPTIONAL REAR 210 120
RECOMMENDED COLD PRESSURE: Left front and rear 30 psi Right front and rear 40 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 60 laps, based on fuel consumption. Race length is 200 miles/200 laps.
NOTES AND QUOTES: • The MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200 at Dover Downs "Monster Mile" is round seven of the 1999 Indy Racing League season. Goodyear comes to Dover having won five of the first six Indy Racing League events in 1999, including a Kenny Brack-led 1-2-3 sweep at the Indianapolis 500. Defending Dover winner Scott Sharp jumped into championship contention with a well-deserved victory in Atlanta two weeks ago. 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.
• Dover's 24-degree high banks and concrete surface have given the track a fearsome reputation in NASCAR racing and that reputation has carried over to the IRL as well.
"Dover Downs is a challenge unlike any other in the Indy Racing League," says Paul Lauritzen, Goodyear's operations manager for the IRL. "The unique concrete surface and the high-banked layout place a big demand on the Goodyear Eagles to perform throughout the tire's entire lifecycle, and it is under challenging conditions like this that Goodyear has proven to have the best tire."
• Dover Downs recently completed a grinding operation on the 30-year-old track, smoothing the surface. "That project will make things much easier on the equipment and that would make the cars much faster around the 'Monster Mile' this year except for the 500 rpm reduction in the engines and rear wing changes the sanctioning body has made to slow the cars down," adds Lauritzen. "The slower speeds should make for some close and exciting racing."
• After Atlanta, Goodyear racers solidified their claims in the IRL points chase, holding the top five spots and eight of the top 10 positions in the IRL points championship. Scott Goodyear continues to lead the way with 180 points, followed by Atlanta winner Scott Sharp (159), Jeff Ward (153), Eddie Cheever (149) and Kenny Brack (144). Davey Hamilton (eighth, 133), Billy Boat (ninth, 125) and Mark Dismore (10th, 120) round out the top 10.
• One Year Ago: Scott Sharp took the Indy Racing League points lead after holding off Buddy Lazier to win the first Indy car race contested at Dover since 1969. Sharp led 145 laps in the 248-mile (400 kilometer) race. The race was slowed by seven caution periods totalling 99 laps, dropping Sharp's winning speed to 99.318 mph. Lazier made up a four-second deficit in the final laps, but had to lock-up his brakes at the finish line to avoid hitting Sharp. Goodyear-equipped cars claimed five of the first six positions in the race.