Long Beach Forsythe Champ Race Report

Forsythe Championship Racing, Ltd. 1999 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship Texaco/Havoline Challenge Long Beach, California April 16-18, 1999 Circuit: 1.85-mile temporary street course Race: 41 Laps Broadcast: April 18 - ESPN2 6:30 pm - 7:30...

Forsythe Championship Racing, Ltd. 1999 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship

Texaco/Havoline Challenge Long Beach, California April 16-18, 1999

Circuit: 1.85-mile temporary street course Race: 41 Laps Broadcast: April 18 - ESPN2 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST

RACE REPORT

Airton Dare, #1 Banestado Lola

Started 5th Finished 17th (Contact on first lap) Championship Ranking - 6th

"Obviously this was too quick of a day for us.  Jonny Kane and I came
together.  I was already turning and there was not enough room for two. I
don't think he saw me.  It broke the steering arm and that was it."

Guy Smith, #6 Swift Caravans Lola:

Started 2nd Finished 18th (Contact on first lap) Championship Ranking -16th

"I knew the only way to beat (polesitter) Felipe (Giaffone) was at the start. I knew my car was good under braking. I had a good start, out-dragged Felipe and was able to brake later into Turn One. On the exit, I slid about a foot too wide and caught the tires just enough the bend the rear suspension. I went from hero to zero in an instant."

Top Five:

1. Philipp Peter 2. Scott Dixon 3. Geoff Boss 4. Didier Andre 5. Casey Mears

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Guy Smith , Casey Mears , Didier André , Airton Daré , Scott Dixon , Jonny Kane , Geoff Boss , Philipp Peter