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Pep Boys Indy Racing League 1998 Recap

 

Driver Point Champion - Kenny Brack A.J. Foyt Enterprises
Rookie of the Year - Robby Unser Team Cheever

Indy Racing League (IRL) Information
Indy Racing League (IRL) Drver Champion

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.

Pep Boys Indy Racing League 1998 Race Results

 

Date
Race
Track
Miles
Type
Winner
1/24/98
Orlando
200
PO
Tony Stewart
3/22/98
Phoenix
200
PO
Scott Sharp
5/24/98
Indianapolis
500
PO
Eddie Cheever
6/6/98
Ft. Worth
312
PO
Billy Boat
6/28/98
Loudon
200
PO
Tony Stewart
7/19/98
Dover
248
CO
Scott Sharp
7/25/98
Charlotte
312
PO
Kenny Brck
8/16/98
PPIR
200
PO
Kenny Brck
8/29/98
Atlanta
312
PO
Kenny Brck
9/20/98
Ft. Worth
312
PO
John Paul, Jr.
10/11/98
Las Vegas
312
PO
Arie Luyendyk

 

Pep Boys Indy Racing League 1998 Drivers Points

 

Rank
Driver
Points
Behind
Starts
Poles
Wins
Top 5
Top 10
Winnings
1
Kenny Brack
332
Leader
11
0
3
5
8
$2,106,700
2
Davey Hamilton
292
-40
11
0
0
6
9
$856,850
3
Tony Stewart
289
-43
11
4
2
5
6
$1,032,850
4
Scott Sharp
272
-60
11
0
2
4
5
$808,900
5
Buddy Lazier
262
-70
11
0
0
3
6
$994,850
6
Jeff Ward
262
-70
11
1
0
4
5
$801,650
7
Scott Goodyear
244
-88
11
0
0
4
6
$771,750
8
Arie Luyendyk
227
-105
11
0
1
3
6
$747,100
9
Eddie Cheever Jr.
222
-110
11
0
1
3
6
$1,811,200
10
Marco Greco
219
-113
11
0
0
2
5
$561,900
11
John Paul Jr.
216
-116
11
0
1
2
5
$693,900
12
Stephan Gregoire
201
-131
11
0
0
4
5
$686,550
13
Billy Boat
194
-138
9
6
1
2
3
$1,014,150
14
Sam Schmidt
186
-146
11
0
0
1
3
$662,800
15
Mark Dismore
180
-152
11
0
0
1
4
$595,450
16
Robby Unser
176
-156
8
0
0
2
3
$567,850
17
Robbie Buhl
174
-158
9
0
0
1
5
$557,150
18
Brian Tyler
140
-192
9
0
0
0
1
$317,700
19
Buzz Calkins
134
-198
9
0
0
0
2
$484,300
20
Raul Boesel
132
-200
11
0
0
0
2
$471,300
21
Greg Ray
128
-204
9
0
0
1
1
$432,650
22
Steve Knapp
118
-214
6
0
0
1
2
$515,350
23
Dr. Jack Miller
100
-232
10
0
0
0
1
$322,850
24
Andy Michner
92
-240
5
0
0
0
2
$319,550
25
Stan Wattles
88
-244
7
0
0
0
2
$253,250
26
Roberto Guerrero
83
-249
8
0
0
1
1
$304,000
27
Tyce Carlson
73
-259
4
0
0
0
0
$101,750
28
Donnie Beechler
71
-261
8
0
0
0
1
$220,000
29
Eliseo Salazar
60
-272
5
0
0
0
1
$93,400
30
Mike Groff
56
-276
3
0
0
0
1
$317,800
31
Jimmy Kite
52
-280
4
0
0
0
0
$368,150
32
J.J. Yeley
50
-282
5
0
0
0
1
$249,200
33
Jim Guthrie
41
-291
4
0
0
0
1
$200,500
34
Jack Hewitt
23
-309
2
0
0
0
0
$298,600
35
Stevie Reeves
20
-312
1
0
0
0
1
$24,900
36
Dave Steele
17
-315
3
0
0
0
0
$27,800
37
Billy Roe
11
-321
2
0
0
0
0
$149,200
38
Paul Durant
9
-323
1
0
0
0
0
$10,400
39
Scott Harrington
8
-324
1
0
0
0
0
$34,200
40
Johnny Unser
5
-327
1
0
0
0
0
$136,300
41
Robbie Groff
2
-330
1
0
0
0
0
$32,400