Former IndyCar standout Scott Goodyear has been the expert analyst on ESPN’s coverage of the IndyCar Series since 2002.
Goodyear, who last raced professionally in 2003, brings more than two decades of racing experience to the broadcast booth. He raced for four years in the IndyCar Series, winning three races and recording one top-five and two other top-10 finishes in the season point standings.
Prior to the formation of the IndyCar Series in 1996, Goodyear raced in the CART Indy Car Series, winning his first race in 1992 at Michigan International Speedway. That same year he was involved in the closest-ever Indianapolis 500 finish when he chased Al Unser Jr. to the line and finished second by just .043 second. He also finished second in 1997 to Arie Luyendyk.
Goodyear’s last of his 12 consecutive starts in the Indy 500 was in 2001 when he suffered a broken back in a crash on the eighth lap. After recovering from the injury, he decided to retire from Indy cars and join the ESPN team for 2002. He drove in some sports car races in 2003 when his TV schedule allowed and took a Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series victory at Watkins Glen International.
The Toronto native has been racing since age nine, winning national and North American karting championships between 1969 and 1976. He started racing cars in 1980 in the Formula Ford circuit and won three Canadian championships. He advanced to the North American Formula Atlantic Championship and won the 1986 title, following a season in which he won five of nine races. That same year he was named Driver of the Year by the Canadian Race Drivers Association. He first drove Indy Cars in 1987.
Goodyear was inducted into the Canadian Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
- 30 -