GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE LONGHORN 500 TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY - 1.5-MILE OVAL FORT WORTH, TEXAS, JUNE 12, 1999 NUMBER OF TIRES REQUIRED: PRIMARY FRONT PRIMARY REAR 320 375 ...
GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE LONGHORN 500 TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY - 1.5-MILE OVAL FORT WORTH, TEXAS, JUNE 12, 1999
NUMBER OF TIRES REQUIRED: PRIMARY FRONT PRIMARY REAR 320 375 OPTIONAL FRONT OPTIONAL REAR 320 375
RECOMMENDED COLD PRESSURE: Left front and rear 28 psi Right front and rear 38 psi
DESCRIPTION: Goodyear Eagle IRL Racing Radial Front 25.5 x 10.0-15 inch Rear 27.0 x 14.0-15 inch
ESTIMATED PIT STOPS: Approximately every 45 laps, based on fuel capacity. Race length is 500 kilometers (312 miles)/208 laps.
NOTES AND QUOTES: * Goodyear enters the Longhorn 500 having won all three Indy Racing League events in 1999, including a Kenny Brack-led 1-2-3 sweep at the Indianapolis 500, the company's 28th Indy 500 victory since 1967. IRL points leader Jeff Ward and defending Longhorn 500 winner Billy Boat finished second and third at Indy as Goodyear placed six cars in the first nine positions at the Brickyard.
* Goodyear has dominated the top 10 at all IRL races this season. The 1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League opened on a winning note as Eddie Cheever Jr. led a Goodyear 1-2-3-4 finish at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla., in January. Goodyear Eagles were also on the sixth-through-10th place finishers as well.
In March, Scott Goodyear claimed his first IRL victory, winning at Phoenix International Raceway, also on Goodyear Eagle Radials. Ward finished second at Phoenix as Goodyear placed six cars in the top 10. In both races, Goodyear-equipped teams led the most laps and set the fastest race lap.
* The Longhorn 500 marks the first of two night races on the IRL circuit this season. In 1998, Goodyear won all three night races, as Boat won at Texas and A.J. Foyt teammate Brack won at Charlotte and Atlanta.
* Goodyear conducted a two-day test on April 19-20 to develop and refine the tire choices for this weekend's competition. Cars from A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Kelley Racing, Galles Racing and Hemelgarn Racing took part in the tests.
"After our success at Indianapolis, Goodyear is looking to extend its season-opening winning streak to four in the Indy Racing League, something no tire manufacturer has done in the series' brief history," says Paul Lauritzen, Goodyear's operations manager for the IRL. "The information we obtained from our Charlotte and Texas tests in April have allowed Goodyear to improve an already competitive tire.
"The high-banked track at Texas is one of the most competitive tracks the IRL visits each year. The 24-degree banking allows the cars to generate more downforce through the turns and that helps the Goodyear Racing Eagles to develop more grip, a combination that should make for some exciting racing," Lauritzen adds. "The recent engine rpm restrictions that the sanctioning body has imposed for this event will slow the cars down and should help make the racing closer."
* Goodyear-equipped drivers hold the top four positions in the Indy Racing League standings after three races. Ward leads the championship with 115 points, followed by Goodyear (96), Boat (90) and Cheever (75). Goodyear Eagles are also on the top-10 cars of Mark Dismore, (sixth, 70 points), Brack (seventh, 66), Scott Sharp (eighth, 63) and Buddy Lazier (10th, 58).
Goodyear-equipped drivers top the IRL earnings charts. Brack has won $1,508,790 for the season, followed by Ward ($720,650), Boat ($549,600), Goodyear ($435,150) and Cheever ($409,100).
Goodyear-equipped drivers have also led the most laps in competition. After three races Scott Goodyear has led 170 laps, followed by Sharp at 103. Both Cheever and Brack have led 66 laps each in 1999. Altogether, Goodyear-equipped cars have led 451 of the 600 competition laps.