Fort Worth, TX (June 12, 1999) - Scott Goodyear won his second Pep Boys Indy Racing League event of the season this evening at the Longhorn 500 presented by MCI WorldCom. The high banks of the Texas Motor Speedway always promises exciting side by...
Fort Worth, TX (June 12, 1999) - Scott Goodyear won his second Pep Boys Indy Racing League event of the season this evening at the Longhorn 500 presented by MCI WorldCom. The high banks of the Texas Motor Speedway always promises exciting side by side racing action and tonight was no exception. With fourteen lead changes by nine different drivers, fans were treated to one of the best IRL races of the season. Despite the high number of lead changes, Goodyear led once, picking up the lead with forty three laps to go and holding it until the finish.
'I ran it as hard as I could and was flat-footed for the last twenty laps," Goodyear said. "This is a great track for racing."
Greg Ray, who finished second, agreed with Goodyear's impression of the track. "This is a track that pays dividends for aggression. These 1.5-mile ovals make for some really good racing.
Ray's second place finish was his best of the season. "We finally finished a race and finished well," said Ray. "This is what we should have been doing all along. This Glidden-Menard team has worked so hard all year long, but we've just had some rotten luck."
Sam Schmidt finished third, just a few feet behind Ray. "The last set of Firestone tires the guys put on were perfect," Schmidt said. "The last twenty laps I didn't lift the whole time. That's good racing. If the fans didn't enjoy this show, they didn't come to see a race."
Goodyear moves into the lead in the Pep Boys Indy Racing League point standings with tonight's win. Jeff Ward, who came into tonight's race with the points lead, had a wheel bearing break just past the mid-point of the race. "We'll get it back," said Ward regarding the points race. "This was just one of those races." Ward is now second in the championship standings, nineteen points behind Goodyear.
Jacques Lazier was the surprise of the evening. Racing in his IRL debut, he led eight laps before an unfortunate accident occurred while leaving the pits. Lazier lost control of his car when the pit lane speed limiter disengaged at the end of pit road. "It was a rookie mistake," Lazier said. "It's too bad because I had a great car. I could go high, I could go low, I could go anywhere I wanted to. I could go around anywhere I wanted to. The crew kept telling me to slow down."
Although he was sidelined by a rookie mistake, Lazier's strong run at the front of the field will be a big confidence booster as he heads into the next race at Colorado.
The Pep Boys Indy Racing League's next event, the Radisson 200, will take place at the Pikes Peak International Raceway on June 27.