IRL: Indy500 Sam Schmidt Fastest on Carburetion Day

INDIANAPOLIS, May 27, 1999 - Sam Schmidt posted the fastest speed, 222.458 mph, on Thursday during Coors Carburetion Day, the last practice before the 83rd Indianapolis 500. Greg Ray was second and third fastest, respectively, at 221.822 and ...

INDIANAPOLIS, May 27, 1999 - Sam Schmidt posted the fastest speed, 222.458 mph, on Thursday during Coors Carburetion Day, the last practice before the 83rd Indianapolis 500. Greg Ray was second and third fastest, respectively, at 221.822 and 221.790 in the #2 and #32 Glidden-Menards Dallara/Aurora/Firestone entries. No. 2 qualifier Ray practiced in the #32 entry for Indy teammate Robby Gordon, in St. Louis driving in the CART event. Gordon was the only driver in the 33-car starting field not to participate in the two-hour practice. The Indianapolis 500 starts at noon (EDT) Sunday. Schmidt will start seventh in the #99 Unistar Auto Insurance G Force/Aurora/Firestone on the 2.5-mile oval. "We might have got a little tow on the 222 lap, but the car is really solid," Schmidt said. "We wanted to make sure we had the right gear setup, and I think we've got it. On Race Day, we're going to have a darned good race car in traffic, and we're gonna race to be there at the end." PPG Pole winner Arie Luyendyk was fourth fastest at 221.380 in the Sprint PCS-Meijer G Force/Aurora/Firestone as he finished preparation for his final Indianapolis 500. Luyendyk is the 12th driver to start from the pole in his final Indianapolis 500 start. If he wins, he will be the first driver since Bobby Unser in 1981 to win at Indy in his last start. Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Eddie Cheever was 15th fastest at 219.047 in The Children's Beverage Group-Team Cheever Dallara/Infiniti/Goodyear. He will start 16th. Pep Boys Indy Racing League points leader Scott Goodyear was 24th fastest at 215.600 in the Pennzoil Panther G Force/Aurora/Goodyear after engine problems. He will start ninth. "We broke a motor, so we don't know," Goodyear said. "Everything felt fine up to that point." Galles Racing and driver Davey Hamilton earned $37,500 for winning the Coors Indy Pit Stop Challenge. Galles and Hamilton beat A.J. Foyt Enterprises and driver Kenny Brack in the final, changing four tires and simulating a fuel-hose connection in 12.680 seconds. Foyt and Brack trailed at 14.560 seconds. It was the sixth victory for Galles, tying Team Penske for the most victories in the 23-year history of the contest. The team will donate its winnings to its primary sponsor Spinal Conquest, which raises funds for spinal-cord research through motorsports sponsorships. Coors will donate $5,000 to the Spinal Conquest in the name of Galles Racing.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Davey Hamilton , Arie Luyendyk , Scott Goodyear , Kenny Brack , Sam Schmidt , Bobby Unser , A.J. Foyt
Teams A.J. Foyt Enterprises , Team Penske