May 30 -- Indianapolis, Ind. -- Goodyear continued its recent domination of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" when Kenny Brack won the 83rd running of the Indianapolis 500. Brack, driving the Goodyear-equipped Dallara-Aurora from the A.J. Foyt...
May 30 -- Indianapolis, Ind. -- Goodyear continued its recent domination of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" when Kenny Brack won the 83rd running of the Indianapolis 500. Brack, driving the Goodyear-equipped Dallara-Aurora from the A.J. Foyt PowerTeam, led the most laps during the race while giving the legendary Texan his fifth Indy 500 win.
The race marked a stellar day for Goodyear, as the company swept the podium and placed six cars in the top 10. Jeff Ward finished second to Brack, 6.557 seconds behind, while Foyt teammate Billy Boat finished third. Robbie Buhl drove the third A.J. Foyt entry to sixth place, followed by 1996 Indy winner Buddy Lazier in seventh and Tony Stewart in ninth.
"I don't know what this means yet, but I've been practicing drinking milk all week," Brack said. "I got to thank the A.J. Foyt team for giving me a good car and Goodyear for the tires, they really came through in the end."
"I always wanted to come here five times, even if it means coming here five times as a car owner, who cares, I'm here in victory circle again," Foyt said. "All of my drivers drove a good race -- they all can't win, but they all drove a heckuva race. And I gotta tell you these Goodyear tires were so fantastic today it was unbelieveable."
Brack became the first driver since Bobby Unser in 1975 to win the national championship and follow that up with an Indianapolis win.
"To sweep the podium in what is still the greatest spectacle in racing is incredible, and a tribute to all the hard work our entire team has put into our Goodyear Racing Eagles," said Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager of worldwide racing. "We've taken some shots from people who really don't understand how good our tires are. You don't sweep at the Indy 500 two years in a row without a great product. I'm very happy for Kenny, A.J. and all of our guys."
"Goodyear congratulates the A.J. Foyt team on a perfect race," said IRL chief engineer Rick Campbell, who worked with Foyt's cars during the race. "The crew nailed every one of their pit stop during the race and A.J. had a perfect strategy. The Goodyear tires were wearing great today and we kept in close communication with the team throughout the race. Once Kenny knew how the tires were wearing near the end of the race, he nailed it."
Goodyear-equipped drivers hold the top four positions in the IRL points chase. Based on his second-placed finish, Ward now leads the IRL points standings with 115 points, followed by Scott Goodyear with 96, Boat with 90 and defending Indy winner Eddie Cheever with 75. Goodyear-equipped drivers Mark Dismore (70) Brack (66) and Scott Sharp (63) hold positions seven through nine in the IRL after three races.
Paul Lauritzen, Goodyear's operations manager for the IRL, said, "Our teams ran a terrific race, and we're pleased that Goodyear tires were a part of Brack's and the Foyt team'swinning effort. Indianapolis is the most demanding race on the Indy Racing League schedule and placing six Goodyear-equipped teams in the top 10 shows how fast and consistent our tires were this month."
"Winning Indianapolis is always a thrill, no matter how many times you accomplish the feat," Lauritzen added. "Goodyear's engineers and designers have worked hard since last year's race to develop a winning product, and that effort paid off here at Indy. Goodyear Racing Eagles proved to be the best tire this year and we are well placed to continue that success through the end of the Indy Racing League season."
The win marks Goodyear's 28th win in the past 33 Indianapolis 500s, dating back to A.J. Foyt's third Indy 500 win in 1967. Howdy Wilcox won the 1919 Indianapolis 500 on Goodyear tires, the tire company's first victory in the Memorial Day Classic.
POST-RACE QUOTES FROM GOODYEAR'S TOP FINISHERS
JEFF WARD, second: "The tires were great, I never had a problem all day. I was just fine tuning the car to the conditions and we got it going, so it was perfect. The Goodyear tires were perfectly balanced. I don't think I could have got by Kenny , he had a great car at the end. We got the points lead, and we're looking forward to Texas."
BILLY BOAT, third: "The Goodyear tires stayed consistent throughout the day; I think especially when it got cooler towards the end of the day, we were really hooked up. I have to really congratulate Kenny, he did a really great job. To have the A.J. Foyt team finish first, third and sixth, I can't complain too much."
BUDDY LAZIER, seventh: "The tire performance was great. It's great to see Kenny and Goodyear win the race. We personally had a very long day. We hit a piece of debris on the first yellow so hard I thought I broke my left heel; I thought our day was ended there."