IRL: Indy 500 Carb Day Report

FOYT'S DRIVERS FAST IN FINAL CARB DAY PRACTICE AT INDY INDIANAPOLIS, May 21, 1998 - A.J. Foyt's drivers, Kenny Brack and Billy Boat, posted the two fastest speeds Thursday during Carburetion Day, the last day of practice before the 82nd...

FOYT'S DRIVERS FAST IN FINAL CARB DAY PRACTICE AT INDY

INDIANAPOLIS, May 21, 1998 - A.J. Foyt's drivers, Kenny Brack and Billy Boat, posted the two fastest speeds Thursday during Carburetion Day, the last day of practice before the 82nd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Brack, who will start third Sunday, led at 220.994 mph in the PowerTeam Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear. Pole sitter Boat was second at 219.181 in the Conseco Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear on the 2.5-mile oval.

"The car performed good, same as all week," Brack said. "We had a small brake fluid leak. But that's what Carb Day is for, to find the smallest glitches and get ready for race day."

The Indianapolis 500 starts at 11 a.m. (CDT) Sunday.

Pep Boys Indy Racing League points leader Tony Stewart, who will start fourth, was third fastest at 218.999 in the Glidden-Menards Special Dallara/Aurora/Firestone. No. 2 starter Greg Ray was fourth fastest at 217.754 in the TKM/Genoa Racing Dallara/Aurora/Firestone. The low-budget TKM/Genoa team received a boost when it learned that True Value, Texas Motor Speedway and The Nashville Network will serve as primary sponsors for Ray's car at this race.

Treadway Racing and defending race champion Arie Luyendyk apparently have conquered the engine demons that plagued them during Pole Day last Saturday. Luyendyk was fifth fastest at 217.229 in the Sprint PCS-Radio Shack-Qualcomm G Force/Aurora/Firestone. Luyendyk is starting 28th, as he didn't qualify until Bubble Day last Sunday. He won last year from the pole.

"As far as the race goes, I'm going to lay back in the beginning rather than attack," Luyendyk said. "We'd like to go to the front, and be there and stay there. It really depends on how the race unfolds. The approach will be pretty sensible, all in all, to get to the front."

Panther Racing and its driver, Scott Goodyear, earned $40,000 for winning the Coors Indy Pit Stop Challenge. Panther and Goodyear beat Team Menard and driver Robbie Buhl in the final, changing four tires and simulating a fuel-hose connection in 17.307 seconds, including a five-second penalty for a loose lugnut. It was the first victory in any competition at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Goodyear, who has finished second twice in the Indianapolis 500.

"I think it's a great omen," Goodyear said. "You're always looking for an advantage here. We just have to make sure we cross the line first. We have some unfinished business here, for sure."

All 33 starters for Sunday's race participated in the final practice.

Final Carb Day Report 5/21/98 (1:00PM) Race Starts at 11AM Central S E S S I O N E V E N T SR Car Driver C/E/T Laps Time Speed When Laps Time Speed Date 1 14 Brack, Kenny D/A/G 17 40.725 220.994 12:14 67 40.275 223.464 5/15/98 2 11 Boat, Billy D/A/G 17 41.062 219.181 11:50 17 41.062 219.181 5/21/98 3 1 Stewart, Tony D/A/F 20 41.096 218.999 11:20 110 40.215 223.797 5/15/98 4 97 Ray, Greg D/A/F 20 41.331 217.754 11:49 124 40.410 222.717 5/14/98 5 5 Luyendyk, Arie G/A/F 17 41.431 217.229 12:14 17 41.431 217.229 5/21/98 6 4 Goodyear, Scott G/A/G 14 41.471 217.019 11:43 271 40.797 220.604 5/11/98 7 21 Guerrero, Roberto D/A/G 14 41.573 216.487 11:43 341 41.130 218.818 5/16/98 8 77 Gregoire, Stephan G/A/G 25 41.708 215.786 12:41 210 41.405 217.365 5/11/98 9 51 Cheever Jr, Eddie D/A/G 19 41.709 215.781 11:55 173 40.748 220.870 5/11/98 10 3 Buhl, Robbie D/A/F 25 41.792 215.352 11:38 256 40.746 220.881 5/16/98 11 99 Schmidt, Sam D/A/F 24 41.821 215.203 12:24 187 40.616 221.588 5/11/98 12 55 Knapp, Steve G/A/G 19 41.940 214.592 12:06 73 41.446 217.150 5/15/98 13 91 Lazier, Buddy D/A/G 21 42.014 214.214 11:31 136 41.072 219.127 5/14/98 14 44 Yeley, J. J. D/A/F 28 42.070 213.929 11:50 209 41.094 219.010 5/14/98 15 6 Hamilton, Davey G/A/G 20 42.090 213.828 11:29 302 40.935 219.861 5/16/98 16 30 Boesel, Raul G/A/G 22 42.130 213.624 11:28 190 41.564 216.534 5/11/98 17 52 Unser, Robb1e D/A/G 24 42.145 213.548 11:20 205 40.888 220.113 5/16/98 18 16 Greco, Marco G/A/F 21 42.249 213.023 12:02 270 40.874 220.189 5/14/98 19 35 Ward, Jeff G/A/G 19 42.382 212.354 12:40 147 41.194 218.478 5/14/98 20 53 Guthrie, Jim G/A/G 16 42.383 212.349 11:41 123 41.106 218.946 5/11/98 21 98 Beechler, Donnie G/A/F 15 42.423 212.149 12:40 248 41.374 217.528 5/16/98 22 28 Dismore, Mark D/A/G 17 42.463 211.949 11:43 34 41.075 219.111 5/11/98 23 81 Paul, John D/A/F 15 42.657 210.985 12:49 103 41.267 218.092 5/16/98 24 10 Groff, Mike G/A/F 33 42.750 210.526 11:48 228 41.430 217.234 5/13/98 25 18 Hewitt, Jack G/A/G 22 42.864 209.966 11:36 247 41.647 216.102 5/16/98 26 9 Unser, Johnny D/A/G 18 42.871 209.932 11:49 32 41.489 216.925 5/16/98 27 12 Calkins, Buzz G/A/G 17 43.164 208.507 11:41 249 41.361 217.596 5/16/98 28 33 Roe, Billy D/A/G 22 43.345 207.636 12:50 135 41.835 215.131 5/13/98 29 40 Miller, Jack D/I/F 14 43.488 206.954 11:45 98 41.412 217.328 5/15/98 30 7 Kite, Jimmy D/A/G 25 43.538 206.716 11:37 29 43.538 206.716 5/21/98 31 8 Sharp, Scott D/A/G 6 45.140 199.380 11:21 124 40.521 222.107 5/11/98 32 19 Wattles, Stan R/A/G 7 58.954 152.661 12:38 176 42.149 213.528 5/16/98 33 17 Michner, Andy D/A/G 5 67.085 134.158 11:08 126 41.390 217.444 5/16/98 Total 619 10218

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Greg Ray , Robbie Buhl , Arie Luyendyk , Billy Boat , Scott Goodyear , Kenny Brack , A.J. Foyt
Teams Panther Racing