IRL: Pikes Peak Day One Report

Fountain, Colo. (June 25, 1999) - Kenny Brack, driver of A.J. Foyt's Power Team entry, set today's fastest lap during practice for Sunday's Radisson 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Brack's lap at 174.893 miles per hour was set during...

Fountain, Colo. (June 25, 1999) - Kenny Brack, driver of A.J. Foyt's Power Team entry, set today's fastest lap during practice for Sunday's Radisson 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Brack's lap at 174.893 miles per hour was set during this morning's practice session.

"Obviously we had a good race car," said Brack. "But there's a lot of good teams in the Indy Racing League. Just because you're on top now, doesn't mean anything for Sunday".

Brack's teammate on the A. J. Foyt team, Billy Boat, could only manage a lap at 171.257 miles per hour. Boat, who sat on the pole at last year's Radisson 200, was eighteenth fastest overall.

John Hollansworth, of Dallas, Texas, was the surprise of the day, setting the second fastest lap of the day with a lap at 174.689 miles per hour. Hollansworth, who had never driven a racecar at Pikes Peak, was fast his first time out. "The car was fast right off the trailer," said Hollansworth. "This is the best first day we've ever had. The credit goes to our engineers."

Although Hollansworth has never raced at Pikes Peak International Raceway, he got a chance to preview the track during last night's rain. "Last night I came here, and after security left, I got about fifty laps in my van," he said with a grin. "That was the extent of our testing program."

Indianapolis native Tyce Carlson was third fastest today. Carlson has been quick in his last few races but has had a streak of bad luck, which has kept him from finishing races. "This is our first time here, and we didn't know how thing were going to work out for us," said Carlson. "Obviously, we have taken to the track quite nicely, and we feel we have a legitimate shot at the pole."

Pep Boys Indy Racing League points leader, Scott Goodyear switched to his backup car this afternoon after reporting an electrical problem with his primary car. Goodyear's backup car is the same chassis he used to win the Longhorn 500 at Texas Motor Speedway two weeks ago.

"The number 4 we were running this morning was a brand new chassis, said Goodyear's car owner John Barnes. "It appeared that there was a kink in the wiring somewhere that was causing electrical failure, so we switched to the backup number 4T."

Goodyear set his fastest lap in the backup car with a lap at 172.406 miles per hour.

Scott Harrington, who broke his leg at the Longhorn 500, was back in the CertainTeed Building Products Special today. Although Harrington is getting around the garage area on crutches, he managed to get around the Pikes Peak one-mile oval fast enough to be ninth fastest at the end of the day. "I've felt better, I've felt worse," said Harrington. "We're going to give it a whirl and see what things look like. It's a matter of how I feel. If I feel I'm well enough, I'll stay in the car. If I can't make it, I have to be man enough to step out of the car."

John Paul Jr. is standing by at Pikes Peak International Raceway this weekend in case the Harrington team needs a replacement driver.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Billy Boat , Scott Goodyear , Kenny Brack , Tyce Carlson , Scott Harrington , John Paul , John Barnes , A.J. Foyt