Originally created 10/01/97

Indy Racing League adds events in Texas, Delaware



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indy Racing League has increased its 1998 schedule to 10 races with the addition of a second event at Texas Motor Speedway and a race at Dover Downs in Delaware.

The Lone Star 500K at the 1.5-mile Texas track will be a daytime event on Sept. 20, 1998. The second annual True Value 500, a night race like the inaugural this season, is scheduled for June 6, 1998.

Arie Luyendyk, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and the IRL's biggest star, won the first Indy-car race at the Fort Worth track, which also played host to a NASCAR Winston Cup event in its first season of operation.

Dover Downs, the site of two NASCAR Winston Cup races each year, will stage an Indy-car race for the first time since 1969. The event will be run on Sunday, July 19.

Denis McGlynn, president of the Delaware race track, announced the addition to the IRL schedule on Tuesday. Dover Downs will be the fifth one-mile oval on the IRL calendar.

"I was pretty pleased with the track itself," driver Scott Goodyear said. "There are some changes that need to be made, like changing the guardrails to cement on the inside sections of the turns and some minor repairs like repaving the pit entries."

It will be the only concrete track and the highest-banked one-mile oval in the IRL series.

"It's going to be an exciting track not only to compete on, but also for the spectators," Goodyear said. "It's a track that will not allow us any resting time. It seems like you're always turning or setting your car up for the turns.I don't feel that because it is a cement track it will make much of a difference to our racing line."