IRL: Pikes Peak Qualifying Report

Fountain, Colo. (August 28, 1999) - Greg Ray captured the pole position for Sunday's Colorado Indy 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. With the three bonus points from gaining the pole, Ray takes the provisional points lead 194-193, over...

Fountain, Colo. (August 28, 1999) - Greg Ray captured the pole position for Sunday's Colorado Indy 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. With the three bonus points from gaining the pole, Ray takes the provisional points lead 194-193, over Scott Goodyear.

Ray was excited after recording his lap at 20.424 seconds. "That's faster than we qualified last time, and the conditions I don't think are as good. It was as good as it gets."

Sam Schmidt starts on the outside of the front row, setting an identical time to Ray's.

"This just shows how competitive it is," said Ray. "The equipment is great, and that says a lot for the Treadway team and the Menard team both."

Sam and I get along. If he's quicker, I'll let him go. And if I'm quicker, he'll let me go. It's just the last ten laps we'll give each other trouble."

Sam Schmidt was a bit disappointed at not getting the pole. "We'll try to go out and get our first pole in Vegas," said Schmidt. "I was more disappointed for the team than I was for myself. I figure I'll give him today (pole) and I'll take tomorrow (race win)."

Qualifying third in the MCI WorldCom car was Mark Dismore. "That's the fastest I've gone by two-tenths of a second. That just comes from taking chances, just hanging on to it."

Scott Harrington, who has been atop the speed charts in every practice session, qualified fourth, his career best in IRL competition. "I can't say enough about the guys," said Harrington. "They've given me the best car I could've asked for. The team has given me a great car in every session all weekend long.

Davey Hamilton rounded out the top-five with a lap at 20.564 seconds, just 14 one-hundredths of a second off the pole speed. "I do love this track," said Hamilton. "The Galles team has the Spinal Conquest car running well. I think I could have squeezed a little more out of it. I missed the line and had to back out a little bit in (turns) three and four."

Twenty two cars qualified within one second for Sunday's race which takes the green flag at 2:00 p.m. (MDT). Live television coverage on FOX Sports Net starts at 4:00 p.m. (EDT).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Davey Hamilton , Mark Dismore , Scott Goodyear , Sam Schmidt , Scott Harrington