IRL: Pikes Peak Qualifying Summary

FOUNTAIN, Colo., Aug. 28, 1999 -- Greg Ray needed more than horsepower Saturday to win the PPG Pole for the Colorado Indy 200 presented by Deloitte & Touche: He needed the Pep Boys Indy Racing League Rule Book. Ray, from Plano, Texas, ran a lap of...

FOUNTAIN, Colo., Aug. 28, 1999 -- Greg Ray needed more than horsepower Saturday to win the PPG Pole for the Colorado Indy 200 presented by Deloitte & Touche: He needed the Pep Boys Indy Racing League Rule Book. Ray, from Plano, Texas, ran a lap of 20.424 seconds, 176.263 mph in the Glidden-Menards Dallara/Aurora/Firestone on the 1-mile tri-oval, a lap that was matched by Sam Schmidt just eight minutes later. League rules state that a tie for qualifying position is broken by granting the spot to the driver who made his attempt first. So Ray was No. 1, and Schmidt will start second Sunday in the Sprint PCS G Force/Aurora/Firestone. It was the first tie for the PPG Pole in Indy Racing League history. The previous closest margin was .004 of a second between pole winner Marco Greco and Scott Goodyear in August 1997 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Ray earned a $10,000 bonus and three bonus points Saturday, launching him past Scott Goodyear into the provisional points lead, 194-193. "I don't care what people tell you: This is a game of confidence, and I've been slowly working that up," said Ray. "Three points are huge right now." Said Schmidt: "It's a little disappointing. It's just one of those things that we've been nipping at all summer. I figure I'll give him today, and I'll take tomorrow." The 200-lap, 200-mile race starts at 2 p.m. (MDT) Sunday and will be televised live on FOX Sports Net. Mark Dismore qualified third at 20.455, 175.996 in the MCI WorldCom Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear. Rookie Scott Harrington will start fourth, his best career starting position, after posting a lap of 20.460, 175.953 in the CertainTeed Building Products Special Dallara/Aurora/Firestone. Harrington led both practice sessions Friday and the morning practice session Saturday. Davey Hamilton was fifth at 20.564, 175.063 in the Galles Racing Spinal Conquest Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear. Ray has earned all three of his career poles this year on 1-mile ovals, Phoenix and Pikes Peak. Both of his career wins also have been on 1-mile ovals. He won the most recent Indy Racing event at Dover Downs International Speedway in August and won at Pikes Peak in June. The drama between Schmidt and Ray capped a wild qualifying session in which five drivers swapped the top spot. Goodyear, points leader entering this event, qualified 11th at 20.789, 173.169 in the Pennzoil Panther G Force/Aurora/Goodyear. Kenny Brack, third in points, was 13th at 20.836, 172.778 in the A.J. Foyt Power Team Racing Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear.

Source: IRL/IMS

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Davey Hamilton , Mark Dismore , Scott Goodyear , Sam Schmidt , Scott Harrington , A.J. Foyt