Kelley Racing driver Mark Dismore was just inches away today from repeating as pole winner at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. However, Dismore's fast lap speed of 216.071 mph couldn't hold off Team Menard driver Greg Ray who clocked a speed of...
Kelley Racing driver Mark Dismore was just inches away today from repeating as pole winner at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. However, Dismore's fast lap speed of 216.071 mph couldn't hold off Team Menard driver Greg Ray who clocked a speed of 216.107 mph. Dismore, who won the pole at TMS back in June, looks to challenge Ray at the start of the race, and hopes to end the IRL season with a victory for his MCI WorldCom team. Dismore is currently in 10th place in the championship standings. Teammate Scott Sharp, piloting the #8 Delphi Automotive Systems car, finished qualifying in 7th position and is aiming for a win in tomorrow's 500K race. Sharp, who is 4th in the points standings, is one of six drivers still eligible for the IRL championship.
#8 Scott Sharp, Delphi Automotive Systems/Dallara/Oldsmobile/Goodyear:
We're working hard to have the best car possible. This is a tough race track, and the competition is so strong out there. We didn't qualify as well as I had hoped. We're in the top 10 for tomorrow's start and it should help. It's going to be a long race, and who knows what could happen."
#28 Mark Dismore, MCI WorldCom/Dallara/Oldsmobile/Goodyear:
"The MCI WorldCom was fantastic! I'm surprised we were able to run a 216 mph, but very happy with it. It's nice to start up front, but I would have loved that pole win. We should be in really good shape for the race. We're not in contention for the championship, so we have nothing to lose going for the win. I'm going to drive all out."
The Mall.Com 500 starts tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. (local time). This will be the final race of the 1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League Championship. A taped-delayed television broadcast will be aired on ABC at 4:00 p.m. (EDT). Check local television listings for accurate times.