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1998 American Championship Car season
Series  : Indy Racing League
Champion : 22px-Flag of Sweden Kenny Bräck
Previous: 1996–97 Next: 1999

The 1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League season was one of relative stability compared to the previous two seasons. For the first time the season consisted of a single and complete spring, summer, and fall like all other forms of motorsport. 15 drivers completed the entire 11 race schedule, twice as many as the previous season. It was also the first complete season for the new Riley & Scott chassis, though it proved unpopular due to its late introduction. A. J. Foyt Enterprises drivers captured 4 wins, the Indy 500 pole, and the championship, arguably the most successful year in the team's history.

CalendarEdit

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rnd Date Location Laps Distance Time Speed
(km/h)
Winner Pole Position Most Leading Laps Fastest Race Lap
1 January 24 USAflagsmall Walt Disney World Speedway 200 200 mi
(322 km)
2'06:04.000 153.186 USAflagsmall Tony Stewart USAflagsmall Tony Stewart USAflagsmall Tony Stewart 22px-Flag of Sweden Kenny Bräck
2 March 22 USAflagsmall Phoenix International Raceway 200 200 mi
(322 km)
2'02:18.735 157.888 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp USAflagsmall Jeff Ward USAflagsmall Tony Stewart USAflagsmall Tony Stewart
3 May 24 USAflagsmall Indianapolis Motor Speedway 200 500 mi
(805 km)
3'26:40.524 233.598 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever USAflagsmall Billy Boat USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever USAflagsmall Tony Stewart
4 June 6 USAflagsmall Texas Motor Speedway 208 312 mi
(502 km)
2'08:45.543 233.973 USAflagsmall Billy Boat USAflagsmall Tony Stewart USAflagsmall Billy Boat USAflagsmall Tony Stewart
5 June 28 USAflagsmall New Hampshire International Speedway 200 211.6 mi
(340.5 km)
1'51:30.262 183.237 USAflagsmall Tony Stewart USAflagsmall Billy Boat USAflagsmall Tony Stewart USAflagsmall Davey Hamilton
6 July 19 USAflagsmall Dover International Speedway 248 248 mi
(399 km)
2'29:49.262 159.833 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp USAflagsmall Tony Stewart USAflagsmall Scott Sharp USAflagsmall Greg Ray
7 July 25 USAflagsmall Lowe's Motor Speedway 208 312 mi
(502 km)
1'58:10.555 254.926 22px-Flag of Sweden Kenny Bräck USAflagsmall Tony Stewart 22px-Flag of Sweden Kenny Bräck 22px-Flag of Sweden Kenny Bräck
8 August 16 USAflagsmall Pikes Peak International Raceway 200 200 mi
(322 km)
1'29:52.649 214.866 22px-Flag of Sweden Kenny Bräck USAflagsmall Billy Boat USAflagsmall Jeff Ward USAflagsmall Jeff Ward
9 August 29 USAflagsmall Atlanta Motor Speedway 200 312 mi
(502 km)
2'17:15.289 225.343 22px-Flag of Sweden Kenny Bräck USAflagsmall Billy Boat 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear USAflagsmall Billy Boat
10 September 20 USAflagsmall Texas Motor Speedway 208 312 mi
(502 km)
2'21:53.557 212.316 USAflagsmall John Paul, Jr. USAflagsmall Billy Boat USAflagsmall Tony Stewart USAflagsmall Jeff Ward
11 October 11 USAflagsmall Las Vegas Motor Speedway 208 312 mi
(502 km)
2'18:19.202 217.800 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Arie Luyendyk USAflagsmall Billy Boat 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Arie Luyendyk

Race summariesEdit

Indy 200Edit

This race was held January 24 at Walt Disney World Speedway. Tony Stewart won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 1- Tony Stewart
  2. 35- Jeff Ward
  3. 6- Davey Hamilton
  4. 77- Stephan Gregoire
  5. 28- Mark Dismore
  6. 8- Scott Sharp
  7. 10- Mike Groff
  8. 5- Arie Luyendyk
  9. 99- Sam Schmidt
  10. 18- John Paul, Jr.

Dura-Lube 200Edit

This race was held March 22 at Phoenix International Raceway. Jeff Ward won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 8- Scott Sharp
  2. 1- Tony Stewart
  3. 11- Billy Boat
  4. 77- Stephan Gregoire
  5. 35- Jeff Ward
  6. 4- Scott Goodyear
  7. 99- Sam Schmidt
  8. 30- Raul Boesel
  9. 12- Buzz Calkins
  10. 51- Eddie Cheever

82nd Indianapolis 500Edit

The Indy 500 was held May 24 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Billy Boat won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 51- Eddie Cheever
  2. 91- Buddy Lazier
  3. 55- Steve Knapp
  4. 6- Davey Hamilton
  5. 52- Robby Unser
  6. 14- Kenny Bräck
  7. 81- John Paul, Jr.
  8. 17- Andy Michner
  9. 44- J. J. Yeley
  10. 12- Buzz Calkins

True Value 500Edit

This race was held June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Tony Stewart won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 11- Billy Boat
  2. 97- Greg Ray
  3. 14- Kenny Bräck
  4. 4- Scott Goodyear
  5. 8- Scott Sharp
  6. 3- Robbie Buhl
  7. 6- Davey Hamilton
  8. 16- Marco Greco
  9. 52- Robby Unser
  10. 19- Stan Wattles

New England 200Edit

This race was held June 28 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Billy Boat won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 1- Tony Stewart
  2. 4- Scott Goodyear
  3. 8- Scott Sharp
  4. 6- Davey Hamilton
  5. 5- Arie Luyendyk
  6. 15- Eliseo Salazar
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 28- Mark Dismore
  9. 51- Eddie Cheever
  10. 3- Robbie Buhl

Pep Boys 400KEdit

Pep Boys 400K was held July 19 at Dover International Speedway. Tony Stewart won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 8- Scott Sharp
  2. 91- Buddy Lazier
  3. 16- Marco Greco
  4. 6- Davey Hamilton
  5. 77- Stephan Gregoire
  6. 4- Scott Goodyear
  7. 23- Jim Guthrie
  8. 1- Tony Stewart
  9. 5- Arie Luyendyk
  10. 14- Kenny Bräck

Visionaire 500KEdit

This race was held July 25 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Tony Stewart won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 14- Kenny Bräck
  2. 35- Jeff Ward
  3. 4- Scott Goodyear
  4. 5- Arie Luyendyk
  5. 16- Marco Greco
  6. 10- John Paul, Jr.
  7. 6- Davey Hamilton
  8. 77- Stephan Gregoire
  9. 40- Jack Miller
  10. 21- Stevie Reeves

Radisson 200Edit

This race was held August 16 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Billy Boat won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 14- Kenny Bräck
  2. 3- Robbie Buhl
  3. 1- Tony Stewart
  4. 77- Stephan Gregoire
  5. 6- Davey Hamilton
  6. 16- Marco Greco
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 51- Eddie Cheever
  9. 11- Billy Boat
  10. 98- Donnie Beechler

Atlanta 500 ClassicEdit

This race was held August 29 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Billy Boat won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 14- Kenny Bräck
  2. 6- Davey Hamilton
  3. 51- Eddie Cheever
  4. 4- Scott Goodyear
  5. 1- Tony Stewart
  6. 35- Jeff Ward
  7. 28- Mark Dismore
  8. 5- Arie Luyendyk
  9. 15- Andy Michner
  10. 30- Raul Boesel

Lone Star 500Edit

This race was held September 20 at Texas Motor Speedway. Billy Boat won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 10- John Paul, Jr.
  2. 52- Robby Unser
  3. 35- Jeff Ward
  4. 23- Roberto Guerrero
  5. 14- Kenny Bräck
  6. 91- Buddy Lazier
  7. 3- Robbie Buhl
  8. 19- Stan Wattles
  9. 6- Davey Hamilton
  10. 28- Mark Dismore

Las Vegas 500KEdit

This race was held October 11 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Billy Boat won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 5- Arie Luyendyk
  2. 99- Sam Schmidt
  3. 91- Buddy Lazier
  4. 10- John Paul, Jr.
  5. 51- Eddie Cheever
  6. 81- Brian Tyler
  7. 3- Robbie Buhl
  8. 16- Marco Greco
  9. 18- Steve Knapp
  10. 14- Kenny Bräck

Final points standingsEdit

Pos Driver WDW
USAflagsmall
PHX
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
NHS
USAflagsmall
DOV
USAflagsmall
CMS
USAflagsmall
PIK
USAflagsmall
ATL
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
LSV
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 22px-Flag of Sweden Kenny Bräck 13 14 6 3 18 10 1* 1 1 5 10 332
2 USAflagsmall Davey Hamilton 3 26 4 7 4 4 7 5 2 9 19 292
3 USAflagsmall Tony Stewart 1* 2* 33 14 1* 8 21 3 5 20* 14 289
4 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp 6 1 16 5 3 1* 18 11 18 23 12 272
5 USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier 15 28 2 11 7 2 13 7 17 6 3 262
6 USAflagsmall Jeff Ward 2 5 13 17 22 19 2 20* 6 3 21 252
7 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear 17 6 24 4 2 6 3 18 4* 22 22 244
8 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 8 24 20 13 5 9 4 22 8 28 1* 227
9 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever 24 10 1* 26 9 16 20 8 3 25 5 222
10 25px-Brazilflag Marco Greco 27 20 14 8 13 3 5 6 13 16 8 219
11 USAflagsmall John Paul, Jr. 10 19 7 16 26 21 6 15 23 1 4 216
12 22px-Flag of France Stéphane Grégoire 4 4 17 25 24 5 8 4 20 26 17 201
13 USAflagsmall Billy Boat 21 3 23 1* 21 9 12 14 26 194
14 USAflagsmall Sam Schmidt 9 7 26 18 12 17 14 13 15 27 2 186
15 USAflagsmall Mark Dismore 5 16 27 21 8 18 15 19 7 10 15 180
16 USAflagsmall Robby Unser 5 9 11 11 12 16 2 16 176
17 USAflagsmall Robbie Buhl 20 12 31 6 10 2 11 7 7 174
18 USAflagsmall Brian Tyler 19 17 DNQ 14 12 16 16 21 13 6 140
19 USAflagsmall Buzz Calkins 14 9 10 15 15 24 28 11 11 134
20 25px-Brazilflag Raul Boesel 18 8 19 28 19 14 24 25 10 17 18 132
21 USAflagsmall Greg Ray 25 11 18 2 15 17 24 21 25 128
22 USAflagsmall Steve Knapp 3 13 14 14 18 9 118
23 USAflagsmall Dr. Jack Miller 23 DNS 21 22 16 20 9 23 27 12 28 100
24 USAflagsmall Andy Michner 8 12 17 9 15 92
25 USAflagsmall Stan Wattles 22 DNQ 28 10 17 26 8 13 88
26 22px-Flag of Colombia Roberto Guerrero 26 27 22 24 21 19 4 20 83
27 USAflagsmall Tyce Carlson 11 13 DNQ 12 11 73
28 USAflagsmall Donnie Beechler 32 27 20 19 10 22 19 23 71
29 22px-Flag of Chile Eliseo Salazar 12 23 DNQ 23 6 DNS 60
30 USAflagsmall Mike Groff 7 15 15 DNS 56
31 USAflagsmall Jimmy Kite 16 18 11 DNP 23 52
32 USAflagsmall J. J. Yeley 25 9 19 23 25 50
33 USAflagsmall Jim Guthrie DNS DNS 29 7 22 24 41
34 USAflagsmall Jack Hewitt 12 DNP 25 23
35 USAflagsmall Stevie Reeves 10 20
36 USAflagsmall David Steele 22 24 27 17
37 USAflagsmall Billy Roe DNQ 30 20 11
38 USAflagsmall Paul Durant 21 DNQ DNP 9
39 USAflagsmall Scott Harrington DNQ 22 8
40 USAflagsmall Johnny Unser 25 5
41 USAflagsmall Robbie Groff 28 DNQ 2
- 25px-Brazilflag Affonso Giaffone DNQ 0
- 25px-Canadaflag Claude Bourbonnais DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Dan Drinan DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Joe Gosek DNQ DNP 0
- USAflagsmall John Hollansworth, Jr. DNS 0
- USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier DNQ 0
- Flag-of-japansmall Hideshi Matsuda DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Danny Ongais DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Lyn St. James DNQ 0
Pos Driver WDW
USAflagsmall
PHX
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
NHS
USAflagsmall
DOV
USAflagsmall
CMS
USAflagsmall
PIK
USAflagsmall
ATL
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
LSV
USAflagsmall
Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th-10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
(Ret)
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(3 points)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(2 points)</span>
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns all the points
had they taken part.
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

In every race, points are awarded to drivers on the following basis:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
Points 50 40 35 32 30 28 26 24 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 1 1
  • Ties in points broken by number of wins, followed by number of 2nds, 3rds, etc., and then by number of pole positions, followed by number of times qualified 2nd, etc.

Additional points were awarded to the pole winner (3 points), the second best qualifier (2 points), the third best qualifier (1 point) and to the driver leading the most laps (2 point).

Note:
WDW: No additional points for the qualifying were awarded due to rain, starting grid were determined by 1996-97 entrant points for the first 20 positions and the remaining eight went to top practice times from Thursday.
PHX: Scott Sharp had 7 points deduction, because his car failed the post race fuel capacity inspection.
PIK: Tony Stewart and Robbie Buhl had 15 points deduction each, because the rear wings of both Team Menard cars were found to be in violation of technical specifications.

See also Edit

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