LUYENDYK ENTERED FOR FINAL DRIVE AT INDIANAPOLIS Hamilton, Michner also enter 500-Mile Race By Paul Kelly indy500.com INDIANAPOLIS, March 22, 1999 - Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk was entered by Treadway Racing for his...
LUYENDYK ENTERED FOR FINAL DRIVE AT INDIANAPOLIS Hamilton, Michner also enter 500-Mile Race
By Paul Kelly indy500.com
INDIANAPOLIS, March 22, 1999 - Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk was entered by Treadway Racing for his final ride at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, one of three entries received March 22. Barnhart Motorsports entered Davey Hamilton and Brant Racing submitted an entry for Andy Michner. Luyendyk, winner in 1990 and 1997, will retire as an open-wheel driver after this year's Indianapolis 500, May 30. He holds many records at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including: .Fastest race average speed: 185.981 mph, 1990. .Fastest qualifying speed, one lap: 237.498 mph, 1996. .Fastest average qualifying speed, four laps: 236.986 mph, 1996. Luyendyk also has won the PPG Pole at this event twice, in 1993 and 1997. He also recorded the fastest unofficial practice lap, 239.260 mph, in 1996. He will attempt to become just the ninth driver to win the world's most prestigious race three times. He has made 14 consecutive starts in the Indianapolis 500, starting with his debut in 1985. He was named the event's Rookie of the Year in 1985 after finishing seventh. This year Luyendyk will drive the #5 Sprint PCS-Meijer G Force/Aurora/Firestone fielded by Treadway Racing. He won the 1997 Indianapolis 500 for Treadway. Rick Hurford is chief mechanic, with Skip Faul as team manager. Two-time Pep Boys Indy Racing League runner-up Hamilton will drive the #25 Barnhart Motorsports-Spinal Victory Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear. Hamilton joined the new Barnhart team in March 1999 and will make his debut with the team at the MCI WorldCom 200 on March 28 at Phoenix International Raceway. Brian Nott is the chief mechanic. Hamilton's best finish in this event was fourth in 1998, in his third career start at the Speedway. Michner will drive the #3 Brant Racing R&S MKV Riley & Scott/Aurora/Goodyear. He finished eighth last year at Indianapolis in his Pep Boys Indy Racing League debut, one of four rookies in the top 10. Mike Anderson will serve as Michner's chief mechanic, with Mark Scott as team manager.
1999 INDIANAPOLIS 500 ENTRIES (as of March 22) Driver Entrant Car C/E/T Entry Date
Stephan Gregoire Dick Simon Racing #7, #7T Mexmil-Tokheim G/A/F Feb. 19
Scott Sharp Kelley Racing #8, #8T Delphi Automotive Systems D/A/G March 1
Mark Dismore Kelley Racing #28, #28T MCI WorldCom D/A/G March 1
Buzz Calkins Bradley Motorsports #12, #12T Bradley Food Marts-Sav-O-Mat D/A/F March 1
Billy Boat A.J. Foyt Enterprises #11, #11T A.J. Foyt Racing D/A March 1
Kenny Brack A.J. Foyt Enterprises #14, #14T A.J. Foyt-Power Team Racing D/A March 1
Robby Gordon Team Gordon #23, #23T Johns Manville-Menards-Duracell G/A/F March 16
Arie Luyendyk Treadway Racing #5, #5T Sprint PCS/Meijer G/A/F March 22
Davey Hamilton Barnhart Motorsports #25, #25T Barnhart Motorsports - Spinal Victory D/A/G March 22 Andy Michner Brant Racing #3 #3T Brant Racing R&S MKV R/A/G March 22
C/E/T - Chassis/Engine/Tire. Chassis key: G - G Force; D-Dallara; R-Riley & Scott. Engine key: A-Aurora; I-Infiniti. Tire key: F - Firestone; G - Goodyear.