For Immediate Release
DISNEY SPEEDS PREDICT FAST PACE AT PHOENIX
INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 1, 1996 -- Racing lap speeds in excess of 170 miles per hour and qualifying speeds of more than 180 mph last Saturday at the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World predict a fast pace for the Phoenix 200 live on ABC Sports television March 24, the next Indy Racing League event.
"Cars qualify at one speed, and race at another," commented Jack Long, IRL executive director. "What we learn by comparing speeds on the one-mile ovals at Disney and Phoenix is that fans in Phoenix could quite possibly see record speeds at the IRL event in March."
At Disney, the first-year IRL's inaugural event, Buddy Lazier won the pole starting position by qualifying at 181.388 miles per hour on the Walt Disney World Speedway, which measures exactly one mile (5,280 feet) around the race track at a point 10 feet above the white line (inside boundary). During the race, quick laps consistently registered in the 168-171 mph range. Buzz Calkins, the Indy 200 winner, clocked the fastest leading lap of the event at 171.805 mph on Lap 188 of the 200-lap race. He had five laps of 170-mph-plus.
At the 200-lap Indy race in Phoenix (that track also measures exactly a mile) last April, the pole speed was 181.952 mph and the fastest lap of the race was 169.492 mph.
"The comparisons of speeds throughout the field -- from Phoenix last year to Disney this year -- are very interesting," Long said. At Disney, 17 of the 20 starters clocked race laps faster than 160 mph and eight of the 17 were faster than 165. At Phoenix in 1995, 22 of 27 starters saw 160 mph in the race and 10 eclipsed 165. In testing this year at Phoenix, Lazier clocked an all-time unofficial record PIR lap of 19.47 seconds, 184.900 mph.
# # #
TICKETS FOR THE Phoenix 200 Indy Racing League event at Phoenix International Raceway March 22-23-24 are available by calling the PIR ticket office at 602/252-2227. Phoenix 200 media inquiries and credentials will be handled by PIR public relations director Craig Fischer at 602/252-3833 (Fax 602/254-4622).