IRL: Longhorn 500 Friday Report

Fort Worth, TX (June 11, 1999) - Robby Unser set the fastest lap of the day in preparation for tomorrow's Longhorn 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Unser, driver of the PetroMoly Team Pelfrey No. 81 entry, toured the 1.5-mile superspeedway at an ...

Fort Worth, TX (June 11, 1999) - Robby Unser set the fastest lap of the day in preparation for tomorrow's Longhorn 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Unser, driver of the PetroMoly Team Pelfrey No. 81 entry, toured the 1.5-mile superspeedway at an average speed of 215.192 in this afternoon's final practice session.

"We just got the car dialed in," Unser said. "That last session we got in and out, made changes, did all of our tire stuff, and it came to us. Our car is working really good right now."

Scott Goodyear, who was fastest in this morning's session with a lap at 214.760, was second fastest this afternoon. Goodyear was just one one-hundredth of a second faster this afternoon's practice session. "We made some final changes to the car, and it really improved. We ran almost identical times on light tanks and full tanks, which is very encouraging," Goodyear said.

USAC midget ace, Ronnie Johncox, qualified his ADP Security Systems Dallara on the outside of the fifth row yesterday becoming the fastest rookie in the field. Johncox backed up his strong showing yesterday by turning in the second fastest practice time in this morning's session. Johncox's practice lap of 214.619 mph was nearly three miles an hour faster than he qualified.

"We tried to get some drafting practice," Johncox said after turning in his fast lap. "We picked up some good cars to work with."

The Kelley Racing duo of Mark Dismore and Scott Sharp will start on the front row of tomorrow's Longhorn 500. The pair, who have run nearly identical times in every session, were fifth and sixth in the morning session and fourth and fifth this afternoon.

"I'm real happy," said pole-sitter Mark Dismore. "I think we've figured out a few things, and I'm very pleased. I think we're prepared for tomorrow's race."

When asked about the high temperatures today, Dismore replied, "We're going to be coming back here in October, and it could be very warm. Hopefully the track temperature will go down about 10 degrees, and if it does, it will help everybody. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?"

The Longhorn 500 presented by MCI WorldCom takes the green flag at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow night. Live television coverage will be provided by Fox Sports Net starting at 7:30 EDT. For more information visit www.indyracingleague.com or www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Mark Dismore , Scott Goodyear , Ronnie Johncox , Robby Unser