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1999 American Championship Car season
Series  : Indy Racing League
Champion : USAflagsmall Greg Ray
Previous: 1998 Next: 2000

The 1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League season was highly competitive and parity was the order of the year. Team Menard had a very good season with their driver Greg Ray capturing 3 race wins in a row and the series championship. This was the last year before CART teams began to break ranks and jump to the IRL.

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, Florida 200 Template:Convert/mi 1'41:14.800 190.738 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever USAflagsmall Scott Sharp USAflagsmall Scott Sharp USAflagsmall Scott Sharp
2 March 28 USAflagsmall Phoenix International Raceway, Arizona 200 Template:Convert/mi 1'56:40.052 165.527 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear USAflagsmall Greg Ray 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear
C May 1 USAflagsmall Lowe's Motor Speedway, North Carolina 79 Template:Convert/mi N/A N/A Leader when abandoned:
USAflagsmall Greg Ray
USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Greg Ray N/A
3 May 30 USAflagsmall Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana 200 Template:Convert/mi 3'15:51.182 245.506 22px-Flag of Sweden Kenny Bräck 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 22px-Flag of Sweden Kenny Bräck USAflagsmall Greg Ray
4 June 12 USAflagsmall Texas Motor Speedway, Texas 208 Template:Convert/mi 2'00:06.816 250.813 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear USAflagsmall Mark Dismore USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Sam Schmidt
5 June 27 USAflagsmall Pikes Peak International Raceway, Colorado 200 Template:Convert/mi 1'29:28.676 215.825 USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Mark Dismore
6 July 17 USAflagsmall Atlanta Motor Speedway, Georgia 200 Template:Convert/mi 2'12:15.235 233.864 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp USAflagsmall Billy Boat 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier
7 August 1 USAflagsmall Dover International Speedway, Delaware 200 Template:Convert/mi 1'45:01.503 183.876 USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Mark Dismore USAflagsmall Mark Dismore USAflagsmall Mark Dismore
8 August 29 USAflagsmall Pikes Peak International Raceway, Colorado 200 Template:Convert/mi 1'28:35.633 217.979 USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Greg Ray USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier
9 September 26 USAflagsmall Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nevada 208 Template:Convert/mi 2'29:50.204 201.059 USAflagsmall Sam Schmidt USAflagsmall Sam Schmidt 22px-Flag of Sweden Kenny Bräck USAflagsmall Tyce Carlson
10 October 17 USAflagsmall Texas Motor Speedway, Texas 208 Template:Convert/mi 2'14:15.722 224.383 USAflagsmall Mark Dismore USAflagsmall Greg Ray 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear

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Race summariesEdit

TransWorld Diversified Services Indy 200Edit

This race was held January 24 at Walt Disney World Speedway. Scott Sharp won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 51- Eddie Cheever
  2. 4- Scott Goodyear
  3. 35- Jeff Ward
  4. 8- Scott Sharp
  5. 30- Raul Boesel
  6. 28- Mark Dismore
  7. 18- Steve Knapp
  8. 9- Davey Hamilton
  9. 11- Billy Boat
  10. 91- Buddy Lazier

MCI WorldCom 200Edit

This race was held March 28 at Phoenix International Raceway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Scott Goodyear
  2. 21- Jeff Ward
  3. 44- Robbie Buhl
  4. 11- Billy Boat
  5. 66- Scott Harrington
  6. 33- Roberto Moreno
  7. 28- Mark Dismore
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 99- Sam Schmidt
  10. 7- Stephan Gregoire

Visionaire 500kEdit

This race was held May 1 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

With crowds estimated at 50,000, the track opened extra sections of track to accommodate the additional spectators. As reported on the radio broadcast, sections of Turn 1 and Turn 4, and the first eight rows of all open grandstands, were closed by the track for safety. At 8:50 p.m. during lap 59 of the race, Stan Wattles suffered a suspension failure that shot his car into the wall, shearing both right wheels off the car. John Paul, Jr.'s car subsequently hit the debris field and the contact sent Wattles' right rear wheel and tire assembly over the catch fence. Three spectators in the vicinity of the section which had been opened for the overflow crowd were killed from the flying tire debris. Scott Harrington spun to miss the debris field and the accident is often described as a 3-car crash, however, Harrington's car made no contact with the wall or other cars and was undamaged.[1]

Buddy Lazier was leading the race at the time of the caution. He pitted a few laps later to change tires because of a puncture. Greg Ray then took over the lead. A long caution resulted from the lap 62 crash. After 25 minutes under yellow, race officials brought out the red flag, and stopped the cars in the pit area. Medical helicopters needed space to land to aid the injured spectators. At 9:15 p.m., the halted race was scored through 79 laps. Shortly after the red flag was put out, track and series officials announced the fatalities had occurred, and cancelled the remainder of the race.

It should be noted the Indy Racing League does not use the FIA Code on abandoning a race where a race is official on the start of the fourth lap, as the 1991 Australian Grand Prix is the most notable "abandoned race," having been abandoned on Lap 14 of 82 with half points awarded. Instead, the sanctioning body uses the traditional North American standard, similar to a rain situation in that more than one-half of the distance, rounded up, plus one lap, determines an official race (105 laps). As the race was stopped on Lap 79, the race was declared abandoned and all statistics were scratched from official record. Spectators were offered ticket refunds, and participants were reimbursed entry fees and selected travel costs. The league does not recognize the race in its historical archives, and omitted the event in it count for the 100th race celebration in 2004.

From the IRL radio broadcast, and consistent with the television broadcast on Speedvision, this was the leaderboard at the time of the abandonment of the race on lap 79:

  1. 2- Greg Ray
  2. 4- Scott Goodyear
  3. 51- Eddie Cheever
  4. 99- Sam Schmidt
  5. 98- Donnie Beechler
  6. 8- Scott Sharp
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 28- Mark Dismore
  9. 55- Robby McGehee
  10. 14- Kenny Bräck

83rd Indianapolis 500Edit

The Indy 500 was held May 30 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Arie Luyendyk sat on pole.

Top ten results

  1. 14- Kenny Bräck
  2. 21- Jeff Ward
  3. 11- Billy Boat
  4. 32- Robby Gordon
  5. 55- Robby McGehee
  6. 84- Robbie Buhl
  7. 91- Buddy Lazier
  8. 81- Robby Unser
  9. 22- Tony Stewart
  10. 54- Hideshi Matsuda

Longhorn 500Edit

This race was held June 12 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mark Dismore won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 4- Scott Goodyear
  2. 2- Greg Ray
  3. 99- Sam Schmidt
  4. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  5. 6- Eliseo Salazar
  6. 81- Robby Unser
  7. 9- Davey Hamilton
  8. 28- Mark Dismore
  9. 12- Buzz Calkins
  10. 8- Scott Sharp

Radisson 200Edit

This race was held June 27 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 2- Greg Ray
  2. 99- Sam Schmidt
  3. 9- Davey Hamilton
  4. 51- Eddie Cheever
  5. 91- Buddy Lazier
  6. 81- Robby Unser
  7. 14- Kenny Bräck
  8. 8- Scott Sharp
  9. 21- Jeff Ward
  10. 33- Jaques Lazier

Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500Edit

This race was held July 17 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Billy Boat won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 8- Scott Sharp
  2. 81- Robby Unser
  3. 14- Kenny Bräck
  4. 6- Eliseo Salazar
  5. 12- Buzz Calkins
  6. 51- Eddie Cheever
  7. 9- Davey Hamilton
  8. 98- Donnie Beechler
  9. 30- Jimmy Kite
  10. 11- Billy Boat

MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200Edit

This race was held August 1 at Dover International Speedway. Mark Dismore won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 2- Greg Ray
  2. 91- Buddy Lazier
  3. 14- Kenny Bräck
  4. 11- Billy Boat
  5. 99- Sam Schmidt
  6. 66- Scott Harrington
  7. 33- Jaques Lazier
  8. 12- Buzz Calkins
  9. 55- Robby McGehee
  10. 98- Donnie Beechler

Colorado Indy 200Edit

This race was held August 29 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 2- Greg Ray
  2. 9- Davey Hamilton
  3. 28- Mark Dismore
  4. 91- Buddy Lazier
  5. 99- Sam Schmidt
  6. 66- Scott Harrington
  7. 55- Robby McGehee
  8. 30- Jimmy Kite
  9. 81- Robby Unser
  10. 14- Kenny Bräck

Vegas.com 500Edit

This race was held September 26 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sam Schmidt won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 99- Sam Schmidt
  2. 14- Kenny Bräck
  3. 22- Robbie Buhl
  4. 8- Scott Sharp
  5. 12- Buzz Calkins
  6. 55- Robby McGehee
  7. 33- Jaques Lazier
  8. 7- Stephan Gregoire
  9. 20- Tyce Carlson
  10. 21- Jeff Ward

Mall.com 500Edit

This race was held October 17 at Texas Motor Speedway. Greg Ray won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 28- Mark Dismore
  2. 9- Davey Hamilton
  3. 2- Greg Ray
  4. 51- Eddie Cheever
  5. 42- John Hollansworth, Jr.
  6. 66- Scott Harrington
  7. 33- Jaques Lazier
  8. 12- Buzz Calkins
  9. 11- Billy Boat
  10. 91- Buddy Lazier

Final points standingsEdit

Pos Driver WDW
USAflagsmall
PHX
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
PIK
USAflagsmall
ATL
USAflagsmall
DOV
USAflagsmall
PIK
USAflagsmall
LSV
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 USAflagsmall Greg Ray 21 21 21 2* 1* 23 1 1* 21 3 293
2 22px-Flag of Sweden Kenny Bräck 22 24 1* 13 7 3 3 10 2* 16 256
3 USAflagsmall Mark Dismore 6 7 16 8 21 17 15* 3 20 1 240
4 USAflagsmall Davey Hamilton 8 27 11 7 3 7 23 2 13 2 237
5 USAflagsmall Sam Schmidt 27 9 30 3 2 22 5 5 1 22 233
6 USAflagsmall Buddy Lazier 10 18 7 14 5 21 2 4 11 10 224
7 USAflagsmall Eddie Cheever 1 17 18 16 4 6 21 11 17 4 222
8 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp 4* 8 28 10 8 1 22 22 4 19 220
9 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear 2 1* 27 1 12 16* 17 21 25 23* 217
10 USAflagsmall Robby Unser 15 26 8 6 6 2 12 9 16 14 209
11 USAflagsmall Jeff Ward 3 2 2 18 9 26 13 23 10 21 206
12 USAflagsmall Billy Boat 9 4 3 24 24 10 4 13 22 9 204
13 USAflagsmall Buzz Calkins 17 14 19 9 14 5 8 15 5 8 201
14 USAflagsmall Scott Harrington 25 5 DNQ DNS 19 15 6 6 14 6 165
15 22px-Flag of France Stéphane Grégoire 16 10 DNQ 4 11 24 14 14 8 15 162
16 USAflagsmall Robby McGehee 5 19 DNS 14 9 7 6 12 156
17 USAflagsmall John Hollansworth, Jr. 19 15 13 20 16 19 19 16 19 5 146
18 USAflagsmall Jaques Lazier DNS DNQ 22 10 12 7 12 7 7 144
19 USAflagsmall Tyce Carlson 12 23 14 21 23 20 11 17 9 13 139
20 22px-Flag of Chile Eliseo Salazar DNQ 20 33 5 20 4 18 19 12 17 137
21 USAflagsmall Donnie Beechler 26 11 29 17 22 8 10 20 18 11 130
22 USAflagsmall Robbie Buhl 20 3 6 3 24 114
23 25px-Brazilflag Raul Boesel 5 19 12 23 18 11 98
24 USAflagsmall Jimmy Kite 24 25 15 9 16 8 86
25 USAflagsmall Steve Knapp 7 25 26 12 17 27 69
26 USAflagsmall Ronnie Johncox DNQ 11 25 20 24 15 26 59
27 USAflagsmall Johnny Unser 32 15 13 13 23 DNP 57
28 USAflagsmall John Paul, Jr. 11 22 DNQ 18 39
29 25px-Brazilflag Roberto Moreno 6 20 38
30 22px-Flag of Colombia Roberto Guerrero 13 16 25 DNP 36
31 USAflagsmall Robby Gordon 4 32
32 USAflagsmall Andy Michner 18 13 DNQ 29
33 USAflagsmall Tony Stewart 9 22
34 Flag-of-japansmall Hideshi Matsuda 10 20
35 USAflagsmall Stan Wattles 24 17 DNP 19
36 25px-Brazilflag Marco Greco 12 18
37 USAflagsmall Brian Tyler 14 DNQ 16
38 USAflagsmall Jeret Schroeder 15 15
39 USAflagsmall Dr. Jack Miller 31 18 13
40 USAflagsmall Bobby Regester 18 12
41 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 22 11
42 25px-Canadaflag Doug Didero 20 10
43 22px-Flag of Sweden Niclas Jönsson 24 DNS 9
44 25px-Brazilflag Gualter Salles 23 7
45 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Wim Eyckmans 23 7
46 USAflagsmall Sarah Fisher 25 5
47 USAflagsmall Willy T. Ribbs 26 4
48 USAflagsmall Jason Leffler 28 2
- USAflagsmall Mike Borkowski DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Nick Firestone DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Mike Groff DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Jim Guthrie DNQ 0
- 22px-Flag of Italy Vincenzo Sospiri DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Lyn St. James DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Dave Steele DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Troy Reiger DNP 0
Pos Driver WDW
USAflagsmall
PHX
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
TXS
USAflagsmall
PIK
USAflagsmall
ATL
USAflagsmall
DOV
USAflagsmall
PIK
USAflagsmall
LSV
USAflagsmall
TXS
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).

ReferencesEdit

  1. Preliminary Charlotte Crash Details Outlined, The Auto Channel, May 15, 1999

See also Edit

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