DISMORE CAPTURES FIRST CAREER PPG POLE AT TEXAS FORT WORTH, Texas, June 10, 1999 - Mark Dismore earned his first career Pep Boys Indy Racing League PPG Pole on Thursday with a speed of 215.272 mph, as he and Kelley Racing teammate Scott Sharp...
DISMORE CAPTURES FIRST CAREER PPG POLE AT TEXAS
FORT WORTH, Texas, June 10, 1999 - Mark Dismore earned his first career Pep Boys Indy Racing League PPG Pole on Thursday with a speed of 215.272 mph, as he and Kelley Racing teammate Scott Sharp swept the front row for the Longhorn 500 presented by MCI WorldCom at Texas Motor Speedway. Dismore, from Greenfield, Ind., took the top spot with a lap of 24.332 seconds in the MCI WorldCom Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear on the 1.5-mile quad-oval. Sharp was second fastest at 214.839 in the Delphi Automotive Systems Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear.
"We almost won a couple of poles last year but missed it by a few tenths," Dismore said. "But this feels great. I haven't been the luckiest guy in the world, so maybe the monkey has fallen off my back."
Dismore's pole marked quite a turn of fortunes from earlier in the day. He crashed in Turn 4 during the first practice after a mechanical malfunction. He was unhurt.
"I'm just so happy for my guys," Dismore said of the Kelley Racing crew. "We had a motor today that watered the back tires, and I put the thing in the wall. God, they just stayed after it today. This is for them. They are the reason I went fast. I didn't do anything."
The Longhorn 500 presented by MCI WorldCom starts at 6:30 p.m. (CDT) Saturday. The 208-lap race will be televised live on FOX Sports Net. Practice resumes at 1:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. (CDT) Friday.
Tyce Carlson will start third, his best career Pep Boys Indy Racing League start. Carlson ran 214.417 in the Blueprint-Immke Racing Dallara/Aurora/Firestone.
Greg Ray, from Plano, Texas, was fourth at 213.805 in the Glidden-Menards Dallara/Aurora/Firestone.
1998 Indianapolis 500 champion Eddie Cheever qualified fifth at 213.430 in the Team Cheever-The Children's Beverage Group Dallara/Infiniti/Goodyear, the best starting position for an Infiniti Indy engine in Pep Boys Indy Racing League history.
Pep Boys Indy Racing League points leader Jeff Ward qualified seventh at 212.245 in the Yahoo-Merchant Online Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear. 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner and 1998 series champion Kenny Brack qualified ninth in the A.J. Foyt PowerTeam Racing Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear at 211.936. His teammate, defending event champion Billy Boat, qualified 11th at 211.671 in the Harrah's A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear.
Rookie Ronnie Johncox will make his Indy Racing debut, starting 10th. Johncox ran 211.730 in the #22 ADT Security Systems Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear. That car is co-owned by 1996-97 league champion Tony Stewart, who advised Johncox in the pits Thursday.
LONGHORN 500 PRESENTED BY MCI WORLDCOM NOTEBOOK
On the air: The Longhorn 500 presented by MCI WorldCom will be televised live at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) June 12 on FOX Sports Net. The Indy Racing Radio Network will broadcast a 30-minute prerace show at 7 p.m. (EDT) June 12, followed by the live race broadcast at 7:30 p.m. The Fort Worth-area IRRN affiliate is KSCS-FM, 96.3. The IRRN race broadcast also will be available live on the Internet at www.indyracingleague.com as part of a partnership between Indy Racing Online and broadcast.com, the world's leading Web broadcast site. *** On the satellite: A Video News Release of highlights and interviews from the Longhorn 500 presented by MCI WorldCom will be available June 12. The date, time and satellite coordinates: .Saturday, June 12: 11:30-11:45 p.m. (EDT), SBS 6, Transponder 4, Audio 6.2/6.8 *** Tickets: Tickets are available for the Longhorn 500 presented by MCI WorldCom on June 12. Call (817) 215-8500 for more information. Ticket information also is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com .