Tom Sneva and Scott Goodyear are the final two drivers in the Firestone Heroes of Indy race, which will take place on the quarter-mile oval on the front stretch of the Texas Motor Speedway shortly before the IRL season-ending Chevy 500.

Sneva and Goodyear were the ninth and 10th drivers named to compete in the historic race.

Sneva won the 1983 Indianapolis 500 with Bignotti/Cotter Racing and won the 1977 and '78 USAC National Driving Championships driving for current IRL IndyCar Series team Penske Racing.

Goodyear, who serves as colour analyst for ABC/ESPN's coverage of the IndyCar Series, finished second in the Indianapolis 500 in 1992 and 1997. He lost to Al Unser Jr. in 1992 by .043 of a second, the closest finish in the history of the Indianapolis 500. He scored five Indy-style wins, including 500-mile races at Michigan in 1992 and 1994.

Sneva and Goodyear join legends Arie Luyendyk, Johnny Rutherford, Gordon Johncock, Parnelli Jones, Pancho Carter, Bill Vukovich II, Lloyd Ruby and Jim McElreath as drivers of the identically prepared Thunder Roadsters that will be used in the event.

Rick Mears will serve as the event's flagman, working closely with pace car driver Al Unser and grand marshal A.J. Foyt. The three men are the only drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 four times.

"The field for the first Firestone Heroes of Indy is phenomenal," said Texas Motor Speedway General Manager Eddie Gossage. "The participants represent 21 victories in 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,' a quarter of all Indianapolis 500 race wins. The competitive fire still burns in these greats. It will be special for the fans to see racing's history-makers in action."

The Thunder Roadsters are produced by 600 Racing and resemble the roadsters that dominated the Indianapolis 500 and Indy-style racing through the 1950s and 1960s. The cars are powered by a 1250cc Yamaha engine and will sport special Firestone Firehawk tyres for the event.

The Firestone Heroes of Indy race will include a full weekend of activities celebrating the accomplishments of drivers who established much of the history of the Indianapolis 500. In addition to practice and qualifying for the race, the participants will participate in autograph sessions open to the public and a special "Heroes" reception featuring "Mom" Unser's fabled chilli, an Indianapolis 500 tradition.

 

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