IRL: Pikes Peak Friday Report

David Reininger - Motorsport News International Fountain, CO (August 14, 1998) - Mark Dismore set an unofficial track record at Pikes Peak International Raceway today. Forty five minutes into this morning's first session, Dismore ran a lap at...

David Reininger - Motorsport News International

Fountain, CO (August 14, 1998) - Mark Dismore set an unofficial track record at Pikes Peak International Raceway today. Forty five minutes into this morning's first session, Dismore ran a lap at 176.922 mph to better Scott Sharp's record of 176.117 mph set last year.

But Dismore didn't rest there. In the afternoon session, Dismore blasted around the one mile oval at an average speed of 178.386 mph, over two miles an hour faster than last year's pole speed.

"The car is getting dialed in," Dismore said. "There's still some issues to be corrected, however. We've got 40 minutes to take care of it. The way my luck has been lately, I don't want to elaborate too much."

Dismore credited his speed to changes made to the car. "It's not any one thing," Dismore stated. "It's just a combination of things. Right out of the box the thing is pretty good. Then we made some camber changes, shock changes and some stagger changes, played with the wings a little bit, and we hit the sweet spot, really".

A change to Aurora engines prepared by Comptech didn't seem to hurt the program either. Hopefully Dismore's luck will change too.

Tony Stewart was second fastest in both sessions today. Stewart's fastest lap, at 175.704 mph, was set in this morning's session. Stewart reported that the car does not feel comfortable yet. The defending Pep Boys IRL champion will be a factor in the battle for the pole during tomorrow's official time trials. Stewart has drawn the 15th spot in the qualifying line.

Roberto Guerrero returns to IRL competition this weekend at Pikes Peak. Guerrero has a lot to learn as his new team, Cobb Racing, runs the G Force chassis and Firestone tires. Guerrero ran the first four races this season in the Pagan Racing Dallara on Goodyear tires. Cobb's team has switched to the Nissan Infiniti engine which is essentially a different engine from the one Guerrero raced when it was first introduced.

"It went pretty much as expected," Guerrero said. " It's my first time with a G Force, on Firestone, and it's an all new team. We are optimistic. We'll take it step-by-step, but we feel we definitely feel we've got the potential".

Guerrero tested here last week in an Aurora powered car but only managed 15 laps when the car suffered mechanical problems.

Scott Goodyear tagged the turn four wall in this morning's practice session when he tried to pass John Paul Jr. on the outside. Paul looked as if he was to enter the pits as he drove through turn four but decided to stay on the track forcing Goodyear high on the track and into the marbles. Goodyear was examined in the infield care center and cleared to drive. Goodyear's primary car suffered heavy damage forcing Goodyear to use the spare car this afternoon.

NOTES:

A. J. Foyt is on crutches this weekend after having minor surgery done on his right knee recently.

Bobby Unser was in the pits today to watch his son Robby Unser in the second Team Cheever entry.

Danny Ongais was an interested spectator at Pikes Peak today,

The Pep Boys IRL drivers will be signing autographs in the garage area starting at 5:15 on Saturday.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Scott Sharp , Mark Dismore , Scott Goodyear , Roberto Guerrero , Bobby Unser , Danny Ongais , Robby Unser , John Paul