1999 IRL (Various)

1999 Indy Racing League

Diecast manufacturers are noted with each vehicle.

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#2 Greg Ray // Team Menard // Dallara-Oldsmobile-Firestone (Johnny Lightning)

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#4 Scott Goodyear // Panther Racing // G-Force-Oldsmobile-Goodyear (Johnny Lightning)

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#5 Arie Luyendyk // Treadway Racing // G-Force-Oldsmobile-Firestone (Johnny Lightning)

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#8 Scott Sharp // Kelley Racing // Dallara-Oldsmobile-Goodyear (Johnny Lightning)

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#11 Billy Boat // A.J. Foyt Enterprises // Dallara-Oldsmobile-Goodyear (Johnny Lightning)

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#14 Kenny Brack // A.J. Foyt Enterprises // Dallara-Oldsmobile-Goodyear (Johnny Lightning)

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#22 Tony Stewart // Tri-Star Motorsports // Dallara-Oldsmobile-Goodyear (Racing Champions)

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#28 Mark Dismore // Kelley Racing // Dallara-Oldsmobile-Goodyear (Johnny Lightning)

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BONUS: 1999 Indianapolis 500 Event Car (Johnny Lightning)

The last year of IRL-only entries competing at Indianapolis, the race nonetheless received a boost when 1997 champion Tony Stewart returned for a one-off drive as part of “The Double.” Stewart became the first driver to finish both the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, albeit slightly short of the 1100 scheduled miles; his ninth-place finish in Indianapolis came four laps behind the winner, while he ranked fourth in Charlotte, on the lead lap. Kenny Brack and Jeff Burton were the respective race winners.

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BONUS: #99 Yahoo! (Johnny Lightning)

Johnny Lightning issued a series of diecast named .com Racers, a six-issue set that included fictional offerings on a number of different car models. Yahoo wasn’t just on an IndyCar for show, though: they would actually join the IRL as a sponsor at Indianapolis with Jeff Ward in the car (and a slightly different livery). Ward placed second in the race, locking in the purple-and-yellow colors for the rest of the season, and placed 11th in the championship for the first of four consecutive years. Ward’s latest pro racing experience came in 2016 in Red Bull Global Rallycross with SH Rallycross.

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