IRL: Indy 500 Friday Practice Report 98-05-15

STEWART PREPARES FOR RUN AT POLE BY LEADING PRACTICE INDIANAPOLIS, May 15, 1998 - Tony Stewart secured his position as the favorite for the pole for the 82nd Indianapolis 500 by leading practice with a speed of 223.797 mph, the fastest...

STEWART PREPARES FOR RUN AT POLE BY LEADING PRACTICE

INDIANAPOLIS, May 15, 1998 - Tony Stewart secured his position as the favorite for the pole for the 82nd Indianapolis 500 by leading practice with a speed of 223.797 mph, the fastest speed ever at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a new-formula Pep Boys IRL car.

Pole qualifying starts at 11 a.m. (CDT) Saturday. Pep Boys Indy Racing League points leader Stewart has led four of the last six days of practice in his Glidden-Menards Special Dallara/Aurora/Firestone, including the last two. He has shown remarkable consistency, as his leading times the four days have ranged from 223.430 to 223.797.

"We can sit here and guess all day," Stewart said when asked to predict the pole speed. "Whatever the pole speed is going to be, it's going to be."

Stewart had recorded the previous fastest lap by a new-formula IRL car, 223.703 mph, during practice Monday. New-formula IRL cars are powered by normally aspirated engines.

Arie Luyendyk recorded the fastest official lap ever at the Speedway, 239.260 mph, during practice May 10, 1996. IRL cars used turbocharged engines that year. The league switched to the new formula in January 1997.

A.J. Foyt's drivers, Kenny Brack and Billy Boat, continued to pressure Stewart on Friday. Brack was second fastest at 223.797 mph in the Power Team Racing Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear, and Boat was third at 221.691 in his backup Conseco Racing Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear.

Boat was forced to use his backup car when he crashed his primary car just 22 minutes into the practice session. Boat was unhurt after he hit the outside retaining wall with the right side of his car while exiting Turn 3, slid through the short chute and hit the outside wall again with the right side of the car in Turn 4.

1983 Indianapolis 500 winner Tom Sneva was honored as part of the Speedway's Parade of Champions. He drove two ceremonial laps in the Texaco Star that he guided to victory.

The 82nd Indianapolis 500 is May 24.

Daily Practice Report 5/15/98 (18:00) 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 1 Stewart, Tony D/A/F 11 40.215 223.797 12:26 73 40.215 223.797 5/15/98 2 14 Brack, Kenny D/A/G 17 40.275 223.464 13:29 48 40.275 223.464 5/15/98 3 11T Boat, Billy D/A/G 32 40.597 221.691 16:29 85 40.539 222.008 5/11/98 4 14T Brack, Kenny D/A/G 5 40.764 220.783 16:43 46 40.615 221.593 5/12/98 5 97 Ray, Greg D/A/F 18 40.793 220.626 16:48 95 40.410 222.717 5/14/98 6 8T Sharp, Scott D/A/G 22 40.796 220.610 16:33 120 40.629 221.517 5/13/98 7 5T Luyendyk, Arie G/A/F 67 40.923 219.925 17:55 264 40.823 220.464 5/13/98 8 28T Dismore, Mark D/A/G 11 40.926 219.909 16:12 86 40.926 219.909 5/15/98 9 1T Stewart, Tony G/A/F 16 40.966 219.694 17:59 108 40.619 221.571 5/14/98 10 3 Buhl, Robbie D/A/F 35 40.970 219.673 12:28 215 40.835 220.399 5/14/98 11 99 Schmidt, Sam D/A/F 21 41.064 219.170 14:19 155 40.616 221.588 5/11/98 12 8 Sharp, Scott D/A/G 19 41.067 219.154 17:18 108 40.521 222.107 5/11/98 13 15 Salazar, Eliseo R/A/G 10 41.115 218.898 17:01 58 40.607 221.637 5/14/98 14 91 Lazier, Buddy D/A/G 42 41.261 218.124 12:46 97 41.072 219.127 5/14/98 15 6 Hamilton, Davey G/A/G 43 41.277 218.039 14:29 265 41.106 218.946 5/14/98 16 51 Cheever Jr, Eddie D/A/G 16 41.304 217.897 12:24 140 40.748 220.870 5/11/98 17 35T Ward, Jeff G/A/G 59 41.316 217.833 12:13 117 41.144 218.744 5/12/98 18 21 Guerrero, Roberto D/A/G 61 41.357 217.617 16:49 309 41.152 218.701 5/11/98 19 4 Goodyear, Scott G/A/G 53 41.376 217.517 16:45 225 40.797 220.604 5/11/98 20 28 Dismore, Mark D/A/G 17 41.397 217.407 17:28 125 41.105 218.951 5/12/98 21 52 Unser, Robb1e D/A/G 16 41.402 217.381 16:47 170 41.402 217.381 5/15/98 22 40 Miller, Jack D/I/F 20 41.412 217.328 17:26 76 41.412 217.328 5/15/98 23 40T Yeley, J. J. D/I/F 33 41.416 217.307 17:46 33 41.416 217.307 5/15/98 24 12 Calkins, Buzz G/A/G 74 41.422 217.276 17:55 213 41.422 217.276 5/15/98 25 17 Michner, Andy D/A/G 38 41.438 217.192 16:33 111 41.438 217.192 5/15/98 26 55 Knapp, Steve G/A/G 19 41.446 217.150 17:58 43 41.446 217.150 5/15/98 27 16 Greco, Marco G/A/F 26 41.506 216.836 11:05 229 40.874 220.189 5/14/98 28 44 Yeley, J. J. D/A/F 12 41.554 216.586 14:41 160 41.094 219.010 5/14/98 29 91T Unser, Johnny D/A/G 20 41.563 216.539 16:05 53 40.989 219.571 5/14/98 30 27 Bourbonnais, Claude D/A/F 63 41.569 216.507 16:30 201 41.569 216.507 5/15/98 31 51T Cheever Jr, Eddie D/A/G 39 41.663 216.019 17:22 43 41.663 216.019 5/15/98 32 98 Beechler, Donnie G/A/F 49 41.690 215.879 17:19 214 41.690 215.879 5/15/98 33 33T Roe, Billy D/A/G 78 41.763 215.502 15:13 130 41.763 215.502 5/15/98 34 10 Groff, Mike G/A/F 64 41.787 215.378 17:23 177 41.430 217.234 5/13/98 35 66 Harrington, Scott D/A/F 58 41.825 215.182 17:57 173 41.483 216.956 5/14/98 36 40T Miller, Jack D/I/F 41 41.829 215.162 13:51 73 41.829 215.162 5/15/98 37 18 Hewitt, Jack G/A/G 77 41.943 214.577 17:57 210 41.943 214.577 5/15/98 38 40 Yeley, J. J. D/I/F 18 42.051 214.026 12:13 18 42.051 214.026 5/15/98 39 30T Boesel, Raul G/I/G 33 42.117 213.690 17:58 68 42.117 213.690 5/15/98 40 81 Paul, John D/A/F 46 42.133 213.609 16:46 82 42.133 213.609 5/15/98 41 90 St James, Lyn G/I/G 40 42.174 213.402 16:13 150 41.417 217.302 5/14/98 42 30 Boesel, Raul G/A/G 11 42.311 212.711 13:14 153 41.564 216.534 5/11/98 43 11 Boat, Billy D/A/G 4 42.334 212.595 11:21 60 40.770 220.751 5/13/98 44 77 Gregoire, Stephan G/A/G 40 42.346 212.535 13:54 168 41.405 217.365 5/11/98 45 7T Kite, Jimmy D/A/G 14 42.387 212.329 15:42 186 41.140 218.765 5/10/98 46 33 Roe, Billy D/A/G 21 42.610 211.218 17:45 113 41.835 215.131 5/13/98 47 19 Wattles, Stan R/A/G 6 42.623 211.154 17:55 148 42.387 212.329 5/11/98 48 20 Carlson, Tyce D/A/G 10 42.732 210.615 11:52 94 42.062 213.970 5/14/98 49 29 Gosek, Joe G/A/F 58 43.071 208.957 17:58 58 43.071 208.957 5/15/98 50 6T Hamilton, Davey G/A/G 9 43.217 208.251 17:26 19 41.699 215.833 5/11/98 51 54 Matsuda, Hideshi D/I/F 9 44.260 203.344 17:57 12 44.260 203.344 5/15/98 52 23T Guthrie, Jim G/A/G 6 45.030 199.867 17:58 6 45.030 199.867 5/15/98 53 23T Durant, Paul G/A/G 2 76.841 117.125 17:42 2 76.841 117.125 5/15/98 54 24 Drinan, Dan D/A/G 2 94.605 95.132 17:20 85 41.587 216.414 5/12/98 55 19T Wattles, Stan R/A/G 2 98.194 91.655 13:28 2 98.194 91.655 5/15/98 56 28 Dismore, Mark D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 17 41.075 219.111 5/11/98 57 53 Guthrie, Jim G/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 96 41.106 218.946 5/11/98 58 35 Ward, Jeff G/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 111 41.194 218.478 5/14/98 59 43 Goodyear, Scott G/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 79 41.320 217.812 5/13/98 60 15T Salazar, Eliseo R/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 111 41.351 217.649 5/11/98 61 35T Knapp, Steve G/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 53 41.508 216.826 5/11/98 62 91T Lazier, Buddy D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 46 41.694 215.858 5/13/98 63 81 Ongais, Danny D/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 28 41.707 215.791 5/11/98 64 3T Buhl, Robbie G/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 25 41.793 215.347 5/12/98 65 21T Guerrero, Roberto D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 37 41.812 215.249 5/12/98 66 5 Luyendyk, Arie G/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 26 41.895 214.823 5/11/98 67 12T Calkins, Buzz G/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 96 42.399 212.269 5/11/98 68 10T Groff, Mike G/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 91 42.422 212.154 5/11/98 69 32 Buhl, Robbie D/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 10 43.152 208.565 5/11/98 70 10T Gosek, Joe G/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 18 43.428 207.240 5/14/98 71 10 Groff, Robbie G/A/F 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 10 44.838 200.723 5/11/98 72 20 Gosek, Joe D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 25 45.549 197.589 5/12/98 73 23 Durant, Paul G/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 45 49.469 181.932 5/13/98 74 7 Kite, Jimmy D/A/G 0 0.000 0.000 0:00 4 49.504 181.803 5/14/98 Total 1633 7400

Legend: SR=Speed Rank, C=Chassis, E=Engine, T=Tire Chassis: D=Dallara, G=G Force, R=Riley & Scott Engine: A=Aurora by Oldsmobile, I=Infiniti Indy V8 Tire: F=Firestone, G=Goodyear

Source: IRL

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Arie Luyendyk , Billy Boat , Kenny Brack , Tom Sneva , A.J. Foyt