IRL: Pike Peak Fast Facts

Radisson 200 FAST FACTS WHAT: Second annual RADISSON 200 Eighth of 11 races in the 1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League WHERE: ...

Radisson 200 FAST FACTS

WHAT: Second annual RADISSON 200 Eighth of 11 races in the 1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League WHERE: Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, Colo. 1-mile tri-oval superspeedway WHEN: 2 p.m. (MDT) Sunday, Aug. 16, 1998

DISTANCE: 200 miles/200 laps

POSTED AWARDS: More than $1 million

CARS: Dallara, G Force and Riley & Scott chassis; Oldsmobile Aurora V8 and Nissan Infiniti Indy V8 engines; Firestone and Goodyear tires 1997 RACE WINNER: Tony Stewart

1996-97 IRL CHAMPION: Tony Stewart

POINTS LEADER: Scott Sharp

TV: (Race) ABC (live), 4 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 16 Announcers: Paul Page, Mike Groff Pit reporters: Jack Arute, Jon Beekhuis (Qualifying) SpeedVision (live), 2 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 15 Announcer: Gary Lee Pit reporters: Calvin Fish, Vince Welch RADIO: (Race) IMS Radio Network (live), 4 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 16; prerace show starting at 3:30 p.m. Local affiliates: KRDO-AM, 1240, Colorado Springs, Colo.; KKFN-AM, 950, Denver; KKPC-AM, 1230, Pueblo, Colo. Announcers: Gary Lee, Larry Rice Pit reporters: Mark Jaynes, Vince Welch Backstretch reporter: Doug Rice (Qualifying) IMS Radio Network, 5:30 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 15. Local affiliates: KRDO-AM, 1240, Colorado Springs, Colo.; KKFN-AM, 950, Denver; KKPC-AM, 1230, Pueblo, Colo. Announcers: Gary Lee, Larry Rice Pit reporters: Mark Jaynes, Vince Welch Backstretch reporter: Doug Rice SCHEDULE (all times local): (Aug. 14) 7 a.m.: Pep Boys IRL garage opens 11 a.m.-12:55 p.m.: Pep Boys IRL practice (Two groups) 2-3:25 p.m.: Pep Boys IRL practice (Two groups) (Aug. 15) 7 a.m.: Pep Boys IRL garage opens 9:30-10:55 a.m.: Pep Boys IRL practice (Two groups) Noon-1:45 p.m.: Pep Boys IRL qualifications (Best of two laps) 4:30-5 p.m.: Pep Boys IRL final practice 5:15-6:15 p.m.: Pep Boys IRL autograph session (Garage area) (Aug. 16) 7 a.m.: Pep Boys IRL garage opens 1 p.m.: Pep Boys IRL cars to grid 2 p.m.: Radisson 200 (200 miles/200 laps) TRACK RECORDS: (Qualifying) Scott Sharp, 20.441 seconds, 176.117 mph, June 28, 1997 (Race) Tony Stewart, 1 hour, 59 minutes, 50 seconds, June 29, 1997 Average speed: 100.128 mph THE TRACK: 1-mile paved tri-oval Elevation of facility: 5,357 feet Length of front straightaway: 1,510 feet Length of back straightaway: 1,350 feet Length of turns: 1,210 feet Turn width: 71 feet Front straightaway width: 65 feet Back straightaway width: 60 feet Banking in turns: 10 degrees Banking on front straightaway: 7 degrees Banking on rear straightaway: 3 degrees

Pikes Peak International Raceway opened in the shadow of 14,110-foot Pikes Peak in June 1997. The 1,000-acre facility features a 1-mile oval and a 1.38-mile road course. There are 42,787 permanent grandstand seats. The facility also includes 33 luxury VIP suites and the Pikes Peak Club, a private club. Sanctioning bodies that conduct races at the scenic facility include the Indy Racing League, NASCAR, USAC and the American Motorcyclist Association.

THE RACE: This Pep Boys IRL event has taken place annually at Pikes Peak International Raceway since 1997. 1996-97 Pep Boys IRL champion Tony Stewart earned the first victory of his IRL career at this event on June 29, 1997. Scott Sharp won the pole. RACE NOTES: Indianapolis 500 pole sitter Billy Boat will return to IRL competition at this event after missing the last two races due to a broken left leg and broken pelvis suffered in an accident during the New England 200 on June 28 at Loudon, N.H. Boat won the True Value 500 on June 6 at Fort Worth, Texas, his first career victory in the Conseco Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear owned by four- time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt. Other drivers returning to IRL competition at this event will be Robbie Buhl, Buzz Calkins, Roberto Guerrero, Stan Wattles, Steve Knapp and Robby Unser. Buhl missed the last two races, in Dover, Del., and Charlotte, N.C., when car owner John Menard decided to field a car only for defending league champion Tony Stewart. Calkins missed the Charlotte event after mechanical problems at Dover. Guerrero rejoins the league with a new team, CBR-Cobb Racing, after a three-race hiatus. Wattles skipped the Charlotte and Dover races to concentrate on testing and development. Rookies Knapp and Unser missed the Charlotte event due to injuries suffered in the Pep Boys 400K at Dover. Three Indianapolis 500 winners are entered in this event: 1998 champion Eddie Cheever Jr., 1990 and 1997 champion Arie Luyendyk and 1996 champion Buddy Lazier. This race has a strong Colorado connection. 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier lives in Vail, and 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever formerly lived in Aspen. Buzz Calkins, winner of the first IRL event in January 1996 at Orlando, Fla., lives in Denver and is a graduate of the University of Colorado with degrees in economics and history. It's almost certain that either Arie Luyendyk or Buddy Lazier will become the first drivers to reach the $3 million IRL career-earnings mark at this event. Luyendyk has earned $2,986,653 during his IRL career, while Lazier has earned $2,936,504. One of the most famous names in Pikes Peak racing history will return to compete in this area, this time at PPIR. Rookie Robby Unser, son of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser, will drive as a teammate to 1998 Indianapolis 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. Robby Unser is an eight-time winner of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Five rookies are entered in this event: Andy Michner, Steve Knapp, Robby Unser, Brian Tyler and Donnie Beechler. Michner, Tyler and Beechler are USAC open-wheel standouts who have competed in USAC Silver Crown races at PPIR. Knapp was named Indianapolis 500 Bank One Rookie of the Year in May after finishing third. Unser, son of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser, has won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb eight times. SERIES NOTES: Consistency and durability have propelled Scott Sharp to the top of the Pep Boys IRL point standings. He has completed 1,339 of 1,464 possible laps this year, a 91.5 percent completion rate. Davey Hamilton is second in the laps-led category, completing 1,299 of 1,464 laps (88.7 percent). Race teams will be allowed to tow their cars to the garage from the pits for service during the race under an IRL rule instituted last October at the Las Vegas 500K. Teams are allowed to repair their cars in the garage and return to the race. Teams can't change their engines or chassis. Two IRL technicians must approve any repairs before the car returns to the track, with IRL Technical Director Phil Casey overseeing the process. All teams are aiming for the Pep Boys Million, a $1 million prize from Pep Boys to be split between the championship- winning driver and owner at the end of this season.

STATISTICS: 1998 Pep Boys IRL 1998 MBNA point standings lap leaders 1. Scott Sharp 214 1. Tony Stewart 2. Tony Stewart 206 514 3. Davey Hamilton 2. Scott Sharp 189 209 4. Kenny Brack 182 3. Billy Boat Scott Goodyear 132 182 4. Jeff Ward 6. Jeff Ward 164 129 7. Buddy Lazier 160 5. Kenny Brack 8. Stephan Gregoire 100 142 9. Arie Luyendyk 1998 Pep Boys IRL 141 winners 10. Marco Greco 135 1. Scott Sharp 2 11. Eddie Cheever Jr. Tony Stewart 2 128 3. Billy Boat 1 12. Billy Boat 122 Kenny Brack 1 13. John Paul Jr. 112 Eddie Cheever Jr. 1 14. Sam Schmidt 111 15. Greg Ray 108 Mark Dismore 108 1998 PPG Poles 1. Tony Stewart 4 2. Billy Boat 2 3. Jeff Ward 1

1998 Pep Boys IRL 1998 wins by money leaders chassis 1. Eddie Cheever 1. Dallara 6 Jr. $1,611,200 2. G Force 1 2. Tony Stewart $790,050 1998 wins by 3. Buddy Lazier engine $786,100 1. Aurora 7 4. Kenny Brack $679,900 1998 wins by tire 5. Scott Sharp 1. Goodyear 5 $659,800 2. Firestone 2

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Buzz Calkins , Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Buddy Lazier , Stephan Gregoire , Jeff Ward , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk , Billy Boat , Mark Dismore , Scott Goodyear , Roberto Guerrero , Donnie Beechler , Kenny Brack , Calvin Fish , Sam Schmidt , Bobby Unser , Steve Knapp , Brian Tyler , Stan Wattles , Robby Unser , John Paul , A.J. Foyt