MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200 FAST FACTS WHAT: MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200 Seventh of 10 races in the 1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League WHERE: Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover, Del. 1-mile high-banked concrete oval superspeedway WHEN: 12:30 p.m.
MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200 FAST FACTS
WHAT: MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200 Seventh of 10 races in the 1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League WHERE: Dover Downs International Speedway, Dover, Del. 1-mile high-banked concrete oval superspeedway WHEN: 12:30 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999 DISTANCE: 200 miles/200 laps POSTED AWARDS: More than $1 million CARS: Dallara, G Force and Riley & Scott chassis; Oldsmobile Aurora V8 and Nissan Infiniti Indy V8 engines; Firestone and Goodyear tires 1998 RACE WINNER: Scott Sharp 1998 PEP BOYS INDY RACING LEAGUE CHAMPION: Kenny Brack 1999 POINTS LEADER: Scott Goodyear
TV: (Race) FOX (tape delayed), 3 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 1 Announcers: Jack Arute, Arie Luyendyk, Vince Welch Pit reporters: Calvin Fish, Steve Roggie (Qualifying) SpeedVision (live), noon (EDT) July 31 Announcers: Jack Arute, Dave Calabro, Arie Luyendyk Pit reporters: Calvin Fish, Vince Welch
RADIO: (Race) Indy Racing Radio Network (live), 12:30 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 1. Pre-race show starts at noon. Area affiliates are WDSD-FM 92.9, and WRDX-FM 94.7, Dover, Del. Host: Mike King Analyst: Larry Rice Pit reporters: Mark Jaynes, Doug Rice Backstretch reporter: Jerry Baker (Qualifying) Indy Racing Radio Network, 3:30-4 p.m. (EDT) July 31. Area affiliates are WDSD-FM 92.9, and WRDX-FM 94.7, Dover, Del. Host: Mike King Analyst: Larry Rice Pit reporters: Mark Jaynes, Doug Rice
SCHEDULE (all times local): (Friday, July 30) 7 a.m.: Pep Boys Indy Racing League garage opens 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Practice (Two groups) 2-3:30 p.m.: Practice (Two groups) (Saturday, July 31) 7 a.m.: Pep Boys Indy Racing League garage opens 9-10:30 a.m.: Practice (Two groups) Noon: PPG Pole qualifications 3:45-4:15 p.m.: Final practice 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Autograph session (Sunday, Aug. 1) 7 a.m.: Pep Boys Indy Racing League garage opens 11:30 a.m.: Cars to grid 12:30 p.m.: MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200 (200 miles/200 laps) TRACK RECORDS: (Qualifying) Tony Stewart, 19.438 seconds, 185.204 mph, July 18, 1999 (Race) Scott Sharp, 2 hours, 29 minutes, 49.262 seconds, July 19 1999 Average speed: 99.318 mph
THE TRACK: 1.0-mile high-banked oval, concrete surface Straights: 1,076 feet Turns: 1,564 feet Banking: maximum (center of turns) 24 degrees minimum (center of straights) 9 degrees Property: total including parking approx. 400 acres speedway, stands, and infield 188 acres
*Dover Downs annually plays host to two NASCAR Winston Cup weekends, the first and last Winston Cup events of the year in the Northeast. *Dover Downs serves race fans and corporate sponsors in the Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington areas. It is the only speedway with three top-25 markets in its primary marketing area. *Dover Downs is also a leader in harness horse racing, playing host to live racing from November through April on the 5/8-mile track located in the speedway infield. *Dover Downs is nicknamed the "Monster Mile" for the challenge presented by its high-banked design.
THE RACE: This is the second Pep Boys Indy Racing League event at Dover Downs International Speedway. Scott Sharp won the inaugural Pep Boys Indy Racing League event at Dover, Del. in 1998. 1996-97 Pep Boys Indy Racing League champion Tony Stewart won the pole driving for Team Menard. A USAC Championship Trail open-wheel event took place Aug. 24, 1969 at Dover, with Art Pollard the winner. Bobby Unser won the pole with a track- record speed of 155.259 mph, a mark that stood until May 1998, when Rusty Wallace qualified at 155.898 in a NASCAR Winston Cup stock car.
RACE NOTES: *1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League champion Kenny Brack or defending event champion Scott Sharp will become the all-time victory leader in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League if he wins the MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200. Brack and Sharp are tied with the retired Arie Luyendyk with four career victories. Brack's most recent win was the 1999 Indianapolis 500. Sharp's most recent win was the Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 presented by MCI WorldCom last month. *Three Indianapolis 500 winners are entered in this event: 1999 champion Kenny Brack, 1998 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. and 1996 champion Buddy Lazier. *Defending event champion Scott Sharp won the most recent Pep Boys Indy Racing League event, the Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 presented by MCI WorldCom at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 17. Sharp dominated this event last year, leading 145 of the 248 laps. *Scott Sharp won this event last year by .689 of a second over Buddy Lazier. With 15 laps to go, Sharp led Lazier by 4.046 seconds, but Lazier diced through traffic chasing Sharp and had to lock up his brakes at the finish line to avoid hitting the back of Sharp's car. Four of the 11 league races in 1998 were decided by a second or less. *Billy Boat will race for the first time at Dover Downs International Speedway after missing this event last year due to a broken left leg and a broken pelvis suffered in a crash during the New England 200 on June 28, 1998, at New Hampshire International Speedway. Boat won the PPG Pole for the most recent league event at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Harrah's A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear owned by four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt. Boat won two poles last year, at Indianapolis and New Hampshire International Speedway, prior to being sidelined, and came back to win the pole position for all four remaining Pep Boys Indy Racing League events.
SERIES NOTES: *Five Pep Boys Indy Racing League rookies are entered in this event: Scott Harrington, John Hollansworth Jr., Jaques Lazier, Robby McGehee and Ronnie Johncox. Hollansworth leads the Sprint PCS Rookie of the Year standings with 80 points. *John Hollansworth Jr. was the fastest rookie to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 this year, and qualified a career-best second at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Hollansworth is the first rookie to start on the front row of a Pep Boys Indy Racing League event since Billy Boat won the PPG Pole at Las Vegas in 1997. Hollansworth is leading the Sprint PCS Rookie of the Year points standings with 80 points. *Ronnie Johncox will make his third Pep Boys Indy Racing League start for co-car owner Tony Stewart - PPG Pole winner for this event last year -- driving the Tri Star Motorsports entry. Stewart is driving full time in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series this season. *Robby Unser has climbed from 24th to seventh in the Pep Boys Million championship point standings with four consecutive top-10 finishes in the PetroMoly-Team Pelfrey entry. Unser is the son of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser, who won the pole for the inaugural Indy Racing event at Dover Downs in 1969. *Scott Goodyear enters this event as the series points leader. Goodyear took the points lead for the first time after winning the MCI WorldCom 200 at Phoenix International Raceway in March in the Pennzoil Panther G Force/Aurora/Goodyear. Goodyear lost the points lead to Jeff Ward after the Indianapolis 500. Ward gained the top spot after finishing second at the 83rd Indianapolis 500, but Goodyear regained the lead after winning the Longhorn 500 presented by MCI WorldCom at Texas Motor Speedway, his second win of the season. Goodyear also won the MCI WorldCom 200 at Phoenix International Raceway in March. *Only three drivers have recorded top-10 finishes in both previous Indy Racing events on 1-mile tracks this season, at Phoenix and Pikes Peak. Scott Sharp finished eighth in both races, Jeff Ward finished second at Phoenix and ninth at Pikes Peak, and Sam Schmidt finished ninth at Phoenix and second at Pikes Peak. *All engines in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League are required to operate at a maximum of 10,000 rpm. This new rule was instituted for the Longhorn 500 presented by MCI WorldCom on June 12 at Texas Motor Speedway and continues throughout the remainder of the 1999 season. 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." *The Suspension & Wheel Management System (SWEMS) is required on every car competing in 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, has a breaking strength of five tons.