1998 Lone Star 500

The 1998 Lone Star 500 was the tenth round of the 1998 Indy Racing League season. The race was held on September 20, 1998 at the 1.50 mi (2.41 km) Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Open-wheel veteran John Paul Jr. earned his first win since the 1983 Michigan 500 in a race determined by attrition and fuel strategy. It would be Paul's only win in his IRL career and the only win for Byrd-Cunningham Racing in the series. Rookie Robby Unser scored his first and only podium as well as led the only laps in his career.

United States 1998 Texas II
Race details
10th round of the 1998 Indy Racing League season
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DateSeptember 20, 1998
Official nameLone Star 500
LocationTexas Motor Speedway
CoursePermanent racing facility
1.500 mi / 2.414 km
Distance208 laps
312.000 mi / 502.115 km
Pole position
DriverBilly Boat (A.J. Foyt Enterprises)
Time23.896
Fastest lap
DriverJeff Ward (ISM Racing)
Time24.081 (on lap unknown of 208)
Podium
FirstJohn Paul Jr. (Byrd-Cunningham Racing)
SecondRobby Unser (Team Cheever)
ThirdJeff Ward (ISM Racing)

The race saw many crashes and problems plague the usual frontrunners, including Arie Luyendyk (fuel pump), Eddie Cheever (engine malfunction), Scott Sharp (crash), Greg Ray (engine malfunction), and Tony Stewart (led 51 laps before an engine problem ended his race). By finishing 5th, points leader Kenny Bräck maintained his comfortable lead in the points standings, all but ensuring he would be the next IRL champion in the next race.

ReportEdit

Key Meaning
R Rookie
W Past winner

QualifyingEdit

Two laps qualifying. The worst lap from any of the drivers are unknown.

Pos No. Name Lap Best (in mph)
1 11   Billy Boat W 23.896 225.979
2 1   Tony Stewart 24.014 224.869
3 8   Scott Sharp 24.048 224.551
4 28   Mark Dismore 24.075 224.299
5 35   Jeff Ward 24.099 224.076
6 6   Davey Hamilton 24.142 223.677
7 4   Scott Goodyear 24.240 222.770
8 77   Stéphan Grégoire 24.288 222.332
9 51   Eddie Cheever 24.295 222.268
10 14   Kenny Bräck 24.304 222.186
11 43   Dave Steele R 24.319 222.049
12 97   Greg Ray 24.333 221.921
13 30   Raul Boesel 24.387 221.429
14 10   John Paul Jr. 24.394 221.366
15 16   Marco Greco 24.398 221.330
16 3   Robbie Buhl 24.451 220.850
17 52   Robby Unser R 24.454 220.823
18 23   Roberto Guerrero 24.491 220.489
19 91   Buddy Lazier 24.499 220.417
20 18   Steve Knapp R 24.669 218.898
21 12   Buzz Calkins 24.723 218.420
22 40   Jack Miller 24.821 217.558
23 99   Sam Schmidt 24.857 217.243
24 81   Brian Tyler R 24.900 216.867
25 98   Donnie Beechler R 25.040 215.655
26 19   Stan Wattles 25.387 212.707
27 15   Andy Michner R 26.119 206.746
28 5   Arie Luyendyk1 W 24.585 219.646
Source[1][2]
  1. ^ Changed to a backup car for the race, after repeatedly changing engines during the weekend before loaning one from Panther Racing.

RaceEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Laps Led Points
1 10   John Paul Jr. Byrd-Cunningham Racing 208 2:21:53.557 14 31 50
2 52   Robby Unser R Team Cheever 208 +1.577 sec 17 22 40
3 35   Jeff Ward ISM Racing 208 Running 5 16 35
4 23   Roberto Guerrero Cobb Racing 208 Running 18 22 32
5 5   Kenny Bräck A. J. Foyt Enterprises 207 +1 Lap 10 30
6 91   Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn Racing 206 +2 Laps 19 14 28
7 3   Robbie Buhl Team Menard 205 +3 Laps 16 26
8 19   Stan Wattles Metro Racing Systems 205 +3 Laps 26 24
9 6   Davey Hamilton Nienhouse Motorsports 202 +6 Laps 6 22
10 28   Mark Dismore Kelley Racing 202 +6 Laps 4 14 20
11 12   Buzz Calkins Bradley Motorsports 201 +7 Laps 21 19
12 40   Jack Miller Sinden Racing Services 201 +7 Laps 22 18
13 81   Brian Tyler R Team Pelfrey 174 Engine 24 17
14 11   Billy Boat W AJ Foyt Enterprises 162 +46 Laps 1 19
15 15   Andy Michner R Riley & Scott 158 Engine 27 7 15
16 16   Marco Greco Phoenix Racing 133 Contact 15 14
17 30   Raul Boesel McCormack Motorsports 133 Contact 13 30 13
18 18   Steve Knapp R PDM Racing 131 +77 Laps 20 12
19 98   Donnie Beechler R Cahill Racing 122 Contact 25 11
20 1   Tony Stewart Team Menard 80 Engine 2 51 14
21 97   Greg Ray Knapp Motorsports 75 Engine 12 9
22 4   Scott Goodyear Panther Racing 71 Clutch 7 8
23 8   Scott Sharp Kelley Racing 67 Contact 3 1 8
24 43   Dave Steele R Panther Racing 39 Contact 11 6
25 51   Eddie Cheever Team Cheever 30 Engine 9 5
26 77   Stéphan Grégoire Chastain Motorsports 18 Contact 8 4
27 99   Sam Schmidt LP Racing 5 Engine 23 3
28 5   Arie Luyendyk W Treadway Racing 5 Fuel Pump 28 2
Source[1]

Race StatisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 17 among 10 drivers

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for the standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "1998 Lone Star 500". racing-reference.info. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "Starting Grid, Texas (1998-09-20)". indyracingleague.com. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
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1998 Atlanta 500 Classic
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1998 Las Vegas 500K

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