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1999 Indy Racing League

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The 1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League 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.

1999 Indy Racing League season
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1999 Indy Racing League
Season
Races11
Start dateJanuary 24
End dateOctober 17
Awards
Drivers' championUnited States Greg Ray
Indianapolis 500 winnerSweden Kenny Bräck
← 1998
2000 →
Greg Ray won his first and only Drivers' Championship while Kenny Bräck (pictured) finished second in the championship.

Contents

Teams and driversEdit

Team Chassis Engine Tires No. Drivers Round(s)
  Team Menard Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 2   Greg Ray All
  Brant Motorsports Riley & Scott Mark VII Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 3   Andy Michner 1-3
  Raul Boesel 4-7
  Panther Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 4   Scott Goodyear All
  Nienhouse Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F/G 6   Eliseo Salazar All
  Dick Simon Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 7   Stéphan Grégoire All
  Kelley Racing Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 8   Scott Sharp All
28   Mark Dismore All
  Galles Racing G-Force GF01C
Dallara IR9
Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 9   Davey Hamilton 1, 4-11
  A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 11   Billy Boat All
14   Kenny Bräck All
  Bradley Motorsports Dallara IR9
G-Force GF01C
Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 12   Buzz Calkins All
  Blueprint-Immke Racing Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 20   Tyce Carlson All
  Pagan Racing Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 21   Jeff Ward 2-11
  McCormack Motorsports G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 30   Raul Boesel 1-3
  Jimmy Kite 4-9
  Willy T. Ribbs 10
  John Paul Jr. 11
  Truscelli Team Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 33   Brian Tyler 1
  Roberto Moreno 2-4
  Jaques Lazier (R) 5-11
  ISM Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 35   Jeff Ward 1
  Steve Knapp 2-7
  Team Xtreme Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F/G 42   John Hollansworth Jr. (R) All
  Team Cheever Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8
Nissan Infiniti VHR355ADE
G 51   Eddie Cheever All
  Conti Racing Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 55   Robby McGehee (R) 3-11
  Harrington Motorsports Dallara IR9 Nissan Infiniti VHR35ADE
Oldsmobile Aurora V8
F 66   Scott Harrington (R) All
  Team Pelfrey Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 81   Robby Unser All
  Hemelgarn Racing Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 91   Buddy Lazier All
  Cahill Racing Dallara IR9
G-Force GF01C
Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 98   Donnie Beechler All
  Treadway Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 99   Sam Schmidt All
Part Time and Indy 500 Entries
  Treadway Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 5   Jason Leffler 1
  Arie Luyendyk 3
  Byrd-Cunningham Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 10   John Paul Jr. 1-4
  Brant Motorsports Riley & Scott Mark VII Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 10   Andy Michner 4
  DR Motorsports G-Force GF01C Nissan Infiniti VRH35ADE G 15   Jaques Lazier (R) 2, 4
  Phoenix Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 16   Marco Greco 2
  Tri-Star Motorsports Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 17   Dr. Jack Miller 4, 7
  Ronnie Johncox (R) 10-11
22 5, 7-9
  Gualter Salles 1
  Tony Stewart 4
  Robbie Buhl 10-11
  PDM Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 18   Steve Knapp 1
  Mike Borkowski (R) 3-4
  Metro Racing Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 19   Stan Wattles 1, 3-4
  Barnhart Motorsports Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 25   Davey Hamilton 2-4
  Truscelli Team Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 26   Bobby Regester 9
  Blueprint-Immke Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 27   Niclas Jönsson 10-11
  McCormack Motorsports G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 31   Nick Firestone 4
  Team Menard Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 32   Robby Gordon 4
  Coulson Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 34   Jim Guthrie 4
  ISM Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 36   Brian Tyler 4
  Vincenzo Sospiri 4
  Panther Racing G-Force GF01C Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 43   Dave Steele 4
  Mid America Motorsports Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 43   Doug Didero 11
  Sinden Racing Dallara IR9 Nissan Infiniti VRH35ADE F 44   Robbie Buhl 1-3
  Team Xtreme Dallara IR9 Nisssan Infiniti VRH35ADE F 46   Mike Groff 4
  Team Pelfrey Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 48   Sarah Fisher 11
  Cobb Racing G-Force GF01C Nissan Infiniti VHR35ADE F 50   Roberto Guerrero 1-2, 4
96   Jeret Schroeder 3
  Team Cheever Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8
Nissan Infiniti VHR355ADE
G 52   Wim Eyckmans 4
  Beck Motorsports Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 54   Hideshi Matsuda 4
  A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 84   Robbie Buhl 4
  Lyn St. James Racing Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 F 90   Lyn St. James 4
  Hemelgarn Racing Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 G 92   Johnny Unser 3-7, 10

Race summariesEdit

TransWorld Diversified Services Indy 200Edit

The TransWorld Diversified Services Indy 200 was held on January 24 at Walt Disney World Speedway. Scott Sharp qualified on the pole position. The race was broadcast on ABC.

Top 10 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

The MCI WorldCom 200 was held on March 28 at Phoenix International Raceway. Greg Ray qualified on the pole position. The race was broadcast on Fox Sports Net.

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- Stéphane Grégoire

VisionAire 500kEdit

The VisionAire 500K was on held May 1 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Greg Ray qualified on the pole position. The race was broadcast on Speedvision.

Top 10 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
  • Failed to qualify: 35-Steve Knapp
  • On lap 62, Stan Wattles crashed after suffering a suspension failure. John Paul, Jr. made contact with, sending Wattles' right rear wheel and tire assembly into the seating area. Scott Harrington also spun in the incident.[1]
  • The race continued under caution with Lazier initially leading until he had to make a pit stop to replace a punctured tire, giving Ray the lead. On lap 79, the race was stopped so medical helicopters could land.
  • The race was stopped permanently by track general manager Humpy Wheeler when it was announced that three spectators were killed. As a result, fans and participants were offered refunds.
  • The race was scratched from the record books due to the fact it did not reach the official race distance of 105 laps (the halfway point plus one lap, unlike the FIA Code, which is simply making it to the start of the fourth lap).
  • Due to this race and a similar incident (where three people were killed) at the CART 1998 U.S. 500 at Michigan International Speedway, wheel teathers were added to open wheel cars.
  • As of 2017, this would be the final IndyCar race at Charlotte.

Indianapolis 500Edit

The Indianapolis 500 was held on May 30 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Arie Luyendyk qualified on the pole position.

Top 10 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

The Longhorn 500 was held on June 12 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mark Dismore qualified on the pole position. The race was broadcast on Fox Sports Net.

Top 10 results

  1. 4- Scott Goodyear
  2. 2- Greg Ray
  3. 99- Sam Schmidt
  4. 7- Stéphane Grégoire
  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

The Radisson 200 was held on June 27 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Greg Ray qualified on the pole position. The race was broadcast on Fox Sports Net.

Top 10 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
  • Ray's first IndyCar win.
  • Ray led 109 of 200 laps on his way to victory. Schmidt led the other 91 laps.

Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500Edit

The Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 was held on July 17 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Billy Boat qualified on the pole position. The race was broadcast on Fox Sports Net.

Top 10 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
  • Unser's best IndyCar finish.

MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200Edit

The MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200 was held on August 1 at Dover Downs International Speedway. Mark Dismore qualified on the pole position. The race was broadcast on Fox.

Top 10 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

The Colorado Indy 200 was held on August 29 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Greg Ray qualified on the pole position. The race was broadcast on Fox Sports Net.

Top 10 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
  • This would be the final race aired on Fox. After this race, ESPN/ABC purchased the rights for the remaining two races.

Vegas.com 500Edit

The Vegas.com 500 was held on September 26 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sam Schmidt qualified on the pole position. The race was broadcast on ESPN.

Top 10 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
  • Entering the season-finale, Greg Ray led Bräck by 15 points, Schmidt by 30 points, Sharp by 46 points and Scott Goodyear by 48 points.
  • Schmidt's only IndyCar win.

Mall.com 500Edit

The Mall.com 500 was held on October 17 at Texas Motor Speedway. Greg Ray qualified on the pole position. The race was broadcast on ABC.

Top 10 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
  • Failed to qualify: 27-Niclas Jönsson and 92-Johnny Unser
  • Points leader Ray was the only championship eligible driver to finish in the top 10, finishing 3rd. Scott Goodyear finished 23rd due to a crash. Scott Sharp finished 19th due to engine failure. Sam Schmidt finished 22nd due to a separate crash. Kenny Bräck finished 16th, 22 laps down.
  • There several changes in the top 10 in points following this race due to 3rd being separated from 10th by 31 points. Race winner Dismore moved up from 11th to 3rd, Jeff Ward (at one time the points leader) dropped from 7th to 11th, Sharp dropped from 4th to 8th, Goodyear dropped from 5th to 9th and Hamilton moved up from 7th to 4th.
  • Dismore's only IndyCar win.
  • Schmidt's final IndyCar race. His career would end due to a testing crash at Walt Disney World Speedway in January 2000 that left him paralyzed.
  • Sarah Fisher made her IndyCar debut in this race becoming the first woman since Lyn St. James at the 1997 Indianapolis 500 to start an IndyCar race. She started 17th, but finished 25th due to a broken timing chain.

ScheduleEdit

Season summaryEdit

Race resultsEdit

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rnd Race Winner Pole Position Most Laps Led Fastest Lap
1 Walt Disney World   Eddie Cheever   Scott Sharp   Scott Sharp   Scott Sharp
2 Phoenix   Scott Goodyear   Greg Ray   Scott Goodyear   Scott Goodyear
3 Charlotte   Greg RayA   Greg Ray   Greg Ray
4 Indianapolis   Kenny Bräck   Arie Luyendyk   Kenny Bräck   Greg Ray
5 Texas 1   Scott Goodyear   Mark Dismore   Greg Ray   Sam Schmidt
6 Pikes Peak 1   Greg Ray   Greg Ray   Greg Ray   Mark Dismore
7 Atlanta   Scott Sharp   Billy Boat   Scott Goodyear   Jaques Lazier
8 Dover   Greg Ray   Mark Dismore   Mark Dismore   Mark Dismore
9 Pikes Peak 2   Greg Ray   Greg Ray   Greg Ray   Buddy Lazier
10 Las Vegas   Sam Schmidt   Sam Schmidt   Kenny Bräck   Tyce Carlson
11 Texas 2   Mark Dismore   Greg Ray   Scott Goodyear   Scott Goodyear
  Abandoned race. IRL declares a race official after 50% of the race has been completed, unlike the FIA Code which makes races official after three completed laps.
^A Leader when race was abandoned after 79 laps, 26 laps before it would be declared official.

Final points standingsEdit

Pos Driver WDW
PHX
CLT
INDY
TXS
PIK
ATL
DOV
PIK
LSV
TXS
Pts
1   Greg Ray 21 21 C1 21 2* 1* 23 1 1* 21 3 293
2   Kenny Bräck 22 24 C1 1* 13 7 3 3 10 2* 16 256
3   Mark Dismore 6 7 C1 16 8 21 17 15* 3 20 1 240
4   Davey Hamilton 8 27 C1 11 7 3 7 23 2 13 2 237
5   Sam Schmidt 27 9 C1 30 3 2 22 5 5 1 22 233
6   Buddy Lazier 10 18 C1 7 14 5 21 2 4 11 10 224
7   Eddie Cheever 1 17 C1 18 16 4 6 21 11 17 4 222
8   Scott Sharp 4* 8 C1 28 10 8 1 22 22 4 19 220
9   Scott Goodyear 2 1* C1 27 1 12 16* 17 21 25 23* 217
10   Robby Unser 15 26 C1 8 6 6 2 12 9 16 14 209
11   Jeff Ward 3 2 C1 2 18 9 26 13 23 10 21 206
12   Billy Boat 9 4 C1 3 24 24 10 4 13 22 9 204
13   Buzz Calkins 17 14 C1 19 9 14 5 8 15 5 8 201
14   Scott Harrington  RY  25 5 C1 DNQ DNS 19 15 6 6 14 6 165
15   Stéphane Grégoire  R  16 10 C1 DNQ 4 11 24 14 14 8 15 162
16   Robby McGehee  R  C1 5 19 DNS 14 9 7 6 12 156
17   John Hollansworth, Jr.  R  19 15 C1 13 20 16 19 19 16 19 5 146
18   Jaques Lazier  R  DNS DNQ 22 10 12 7 12 7 7 144
19   Tyce Carlson 12 23 C1 14 21 23 20 11 17 9 13 139
20   Eliseo Salazar DNQ 20 C1 33 5 20 4 18 19 12 17 137
21   Donnie Beechler 26 11 C1 29 17 22 8 10 20 18 11 130
22   Robbie Buhl 20 3 C1 6 3 24 114
23   Raul Boesel 5 19 C1 12 23 18 11 98
24   Jimmy Kite 24 25 15 9 16 8 86
25   Steve Knapp 7 25 DNQ 26 12 17 27 69
26   Ronnie Johncox  R  DNQ 11 25 20 24 15 26 59
27   Johnny Unser C1 32 15 13 13 23 DNP 57
28   John Paul, Jr. 11 22 C1 DNQ 18 39
29   Roberto Moreno 6 C1 20 38
30   Roberto Guerrero 13 16 25 DNP 36
31   Robby Gordon 4 32
32   Andy Michner 18 13 C1 DNQ 29
33   Tony Stewart 9 22
34   Hideshi Matsuda 10 20
35   Stan Wattles 24 C1 17 DNP 19
36   Marco Greco 12 18
37   Brian Tyler 14 DNQ 16
38   Jeret Schroeder  R  15 15
39   Dr. Jack Miller 31 18 13
40   Bobby Regester  R  18 12
41   Arie Luyendyk 22 11
42   Doug Didero  R  20 10
43   Niclas Jönsson  R  24 DNS 9
44   Gualter Salles 23 7
45   Wim Eyckmans  R  23 7
46   Sarah Fisher  R  25 5
47   Willy T. Ribbs 26 4
48   Jason Leffler  R  28 2
-   Mike Borkowski C1 DNQ 0
-   Nick Firestone DNQ 0
-   Mike Groff DNQ 0
-   Jim Guthrie DNQ 0
-   Vincenzo Sospiri DNQ 0
-   Lyn St. James DNQ 0
-   Dave Steele DNQ 0
-   Troy Reiger DNP 0
Pos Driver WDW
PHX
CLT
INDY
TXS
PIK
ATL
DOV
PIK
LSV
TXS
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
(2 points)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(1 point)
DNS Any driver who qualifies
but does not start (DNS),
earns all the points
had they taken part.
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie
1 The 1999 VisionAire 500K at Charlotte was cancelled after 79 laps due to spectator fatalities.
  • 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 alsoEdit