SOUTHLAKE, Texas – Two late entries have joined the roster for the Indy Legends Pro-Am at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Indianapolis 500 veterans Scott Goodyear and P.J. Chesson will compete in the Indy Legends Pro-Am, a special feature of the June 6–8 Brickyard Invitational vintage race weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Earlier this week the Sportscar Vintage Racing Ass’n announced it had reached its goal of 24 Indianapolis 500 veterans in the event. The SVRA’s vision is to create a return to competition for veterans of the Indianapolis 500 with a 40-minute race of American muscle cars on the Speedway’s 2.43-mile Grand Prix road course on Sunday, June 8. Goodyear and Chesson join a great field steeped in the talent of veteran drivers holding a long list of championship credentials across a wide variety of motorsport disciplines.
Despite amassing an array of wins, podium finishes and championships in various top auto racing series Goodyear is best known for narrowly missing victory in the Indianapolis 500 no less than three times – in 1992, 1995 and 1997. He finished second in 1992 to Al Unser Jr. in what remains the closest finish in the 97 editions of the world’s most famous race. After starting last he charged through the field to narrowly miss racing’s biggest prize by .043 of a second.
In 1997 he scored an additional second-place in another of Indy’s closest finishes when in the closing stages of the race the green flag was waved even though the yellow light continued to burn during a restart. Goodyear finished behind teammate Arie Luyendyk. Controversy stalked Goodyear again when he was penalized for passing a slow pace car in a disputed officiating call during the closing stages of the 1995 Indianapolis 500. This time he finished ahead of race winner Jacques Villeneuve on the track but officials had stopped counting his laps. He competed in 11 Indianapolis 500 races.
Goodyear was one of the star drivers of Indy car racing and was selected as league representative to the International Race of Champions (IROC) series in 2001. He won the Michigan 500 twice as well as picking up two wins at Texas Motor Speedway and one at Phoenix. Goodyear also has impressive road racing credentials. He finished third overall for Porsche in the 1996 24 Hours of Le Mans after having competed there in 1987. In 1988 he snared the Rothmans Porsche Turbo Cup championship winning three of eight races. Goodyear fittingly closed out his competitive career in 2003 by winning the Grand-Am Daytona Prototype “Six Hours at the Glen” endurance race by pulling off a daring, wheel-banging pass on Didier Theys with less than two laps to go.