Goodyear Captures Pole for Belterra Resort Indy 300 Speed of 219.191 Sets Pace for IRL Race
August 26, 2000 - It was a day of firsts at Kentucky Speedway during Saturday's qualifying for the Indy Racing League Northern Lights Series Belterra Resort Indy 300. Scott Goodyear (No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara Oldsmobile) claimed his first career IRNLS pole position for the first IRNLS race at Kentucky Speedway by becoming the first driver to eclipse the 219 miles per hour barrier at the track.
Goodyear, who is third in the points race entering this weekend, claimed the pole during MBNA Pole Qualifying with a speed of 219.191 miles per hour. Earlier on Saturday, Goodyear recorded the fastest lap in the morning practice sessions with a speed of 218.827 miles per hour.
"It hasn't been since my CART days that I had a pole, and that's been a long time, so this is nice," Goodyear said. "When we came through the tunnel here I was excited to get out there and attack the track."
Eliseo Salazar (No. 11 Rio A.J. Foyt Racing G Force Oldsmobile) and Greg Ray (No. 1 Conseco/Quaker State/Menards Dallara Oldsmobile) qualified in second and third with speeds that were also over 219 miles per hour. Salazar will start on the outside of Row One after qualifying with a speed of 219.067 miles per hour. Ray, last year's series champion, will start on the inside of Row Two after posting a speed of 219.031 in the qualifying.
The Belterra Resort Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway will take place on Sunday beginning at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are still available by calling 1-888-652-RACE.