GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE MALL.COM 500 TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY -- 1.5-MILE OVAL FORT WORTH, TEXAS, OCT. 17, 1999 NUMBER OF TIRES REQUIRED: PRIMARY FRONT PRIMARY REAR 300 370 ...
GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE MALL.COM 500 TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY -- 1.5-MILE OVAL FORT WORTH, TEXAS, OCT. 17, 1999
NUMBER OF TIRES REQUIRED: PRIMARY FRONT PRIMARY REAR 300 370 OPTIONAL FRONT OPTIONAL REAR 300 370
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 consumption. Race length is 500 kilometers (312 miles)/208 laps.
NOTES AND QUOTES:
The 1999 Indy Racing League championship comes down to a Texas shootout at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, with the top two racers each claiming bragging honors for the state. Goodyear-equipped Kenny Brack, who resides in Houston, is just 13 points behind points leader Greg Ray from Plano, Texas, 255-242. The IRL entrants' championship is just as close: Brack's Houston-based A.J. Foyt Power Team trails Ray's Team Menard, also by the same point margin.
Three additional Goodyear racers -- Kelley Racing's Scott Sharp (209 points), Panther Racing's Scott Goodyear (207) and Hemelgarn Racing's Buddy Lazier (204) -- enter Texas with a mathematical chance at the championship. With a possible 55 points available to the winner (50 for the win, three for the pole, two for most laps led), it's still anyone's game.
Goodyear has won five of the nine Indy Racing League events contested in 1999, including the Kenny Brack-led 1-2-3 sweep at the Indianapolis 500. Scott Goodyear has won twice this year, at Phoenix in March and again at Texas in June. Scott Sharp jumped into championship contention with a well-deserved victory in Atlanta last month. Eddie Cheever won the season opener at Walt Disney World Speedway in Florida.
Goodyear's racing division conducted a two-day hot weather test in mid-September at Texas with A.J. Foyt Enterprises' Brack and Billy Boat, Pagan Racing's Jeff Ward and Hemelgarn Racing's Buddy Lazier. Other teams taking advantage of the Goodyear test to work on their cars included Kelley Racing's Sharp and Mark Dismore, Galles Racing's Davey Hamilton, Panther Racing's Goodyear and Tri Star Motorsports' Robbie Buhl and Ronnie Johncox.
"Goodyear engineers made a significant effort to find the most competitive tire for the Texas finale," said Paul Lauritzen, Goodyear's IRL operations manager. "After some well-publicized tire issues at last year's race, Goodyear rebounded at June's Longhorn 500 with a win and a pole. Goodyear has a new tire that is very consistent and fast and we feel it will enable the Goodyear-equipped teams to secure high finishes. During the test, most of the teams were able to run faster than Mark Dismore's pole speed in June."
Goodyear can clinch the unofficial season title for tire manufacturers in Texas with its sixth victory in 1999. "With five wins in nine races, Goodyear has proven to be the tire the winners rely on in the Indy Racing League," said Lauritzen. "Goodyear can claim the 1999 tire manufacturers' honors with a win this weekend, but it is just as important to make sure that our Goodyear-equipped teams and drivers get to victory lane and claim as many top finishing positions as possible at every race we compete in. We're looking to help our teams earn the IRL drivers' and entrants' championships."