For Immediate Release BOESEL TAKES FIRST LAPS IN IRL CAR; SHARP SETS UNOFFICIAL TRACK RECORD LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., January 9, 1998 - Open-wheel veteran Raul Boesel made his debut in an Indy Racing League car, and 1996 IRL co-champion...
For Immediate Release
BOESEL TAKES FIRST LAPS IN IRL CAR; SHARP SETS UNOFFICIAL TRACK RECORD
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., January 9, 1998 - Open-wheel veteran Raul Boesel made his debut in an Indy Racing League car, and 1996 IRL co-champion Scott Sharp set an unofficial track record of 20.967 seconds, 171.698 mph Friday during testing at Walt Disney World Speedway.
Boesel, who finished third in the 1989 Indianapolis 500, completed 57 laps of the 1-mile oval in the McCormack Motorsports G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora. He will continue testing Saturday in preparation for the Indy 200 presented by Aurora on Jan. 24. Boesel also will make a special announcement at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the track.
Sharp, one of seven drivers testing Friday, broke the unofficial record of 21.21, 169.651 set by Scott Goodyear in December 1996 during a Goodyear tire test. Sharp was driving the Delphi Automotive Systems Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora fielded by Kelley Racing for just the second day, as he made his debut with the team during shakedown laps Thursday. Sharp will continue testing Saturday morning with teammate Mark Dismore.
RAUL BOESEL: "I just need to adjust to the car. It's different. This place is a little bit different. It's quiet nice, actually. I hope tomorrow to concentrate some more on speed. I've been driving turbo cars for a long time, and this engine is different. The car is heavier. I think the car, once you get used to it, is more forgiving. I'm not at that stage, so I need to build my confidence slowly."
SCOTT SHARP: "It's unbelievable. For these conditions, our car is working really well. Chances are things will be a little bit different when we come back for the race. To be able to dial a car the way we have today, I don't see any reason why we can't dial the car into different conditions. To come out here and Go as fast as we did, I never event planned on dreaming about doing that."
*** UNOFFICIAL TOP TIMES, SPEEDS OF THE DAY
Driver Team Car/Engines Time Speed Scott Sharp Kelley Racing Dallara/Aurora 20.967 171.698 Robbie Buhl Team Menard G Force/Aurora 21.639 166.366 Buzz Calkins Bradley Motorsports G Force/Aurora 21.715 165.784 Eddie Cheever Team Cheever Dallara/Aurora 21.79 165.213 Jeff Ward ISM Racing G Force/Aurora 21.9 164.384 Mark Dismore Kelley Racing Dallara/Aurora 21.97 163.860 Raul Boesel McCormack Motorsports G Force/Aurora 22.716 158.479
Tickets for the Jan. 24 Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway Presented by Aurora are available by calling Ticketmaster 407/839-3900 (Orlando) or 813/287-8844 (Tampa).