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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INDY AURORA V8 TO DEBUT AT WALT DISNEY WORLD Lake Buena Vista, Fla. -- After a year of anticipation and speculation, Oldsmobile's new production-based Indy Aurora V8 racing engine will make its ...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INDY AURORA V8 TO DEBUT AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. -- After a year of anticipation and speculation, Oldsmobile's new production-based Indy Aurora V8 racing engine will make its competition debut in the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Presented by Aurora on January 25. The 200-mile Indy Racing League event will be the first race contested under the IRL's new engine and chassis rules.

The roar of the naturally aspirated Indy Aurora V8 will rock the one-mile oval at the Magic Kingdom. Motorsports fans will witness the start of a new era in Indy car racing when the IRL's 4.0-liter engines take to the track in Dallara and G Force chassis, replacing the smaller turbocharged motors that have dominated Indy car racing for decades.

The new methanol-burning Indy Aurora V8 produces over 650 horsepower from 244 cubic inches of piston displacement. The racing engine shares its basic design with the 250hp production version that is standard equipment in every Aurora luxury performance sedan. The street and competition engines both have 32 valves, chain-driven dual overhead cams, sequential electronic fuel injection, and lightweight aluminum block and cylinder head castings.

"The Indy Racing League's new engine formula provides an opportunity for Oldsmobile to compete with the same type of engine that we sell to our customers," said Oldsmobile General Manager Darwin Clark. "Through racing, we will communicate to customers that *every* Aurora has a V8 engine -- and that the Aurora V8 is available *only* in Aurora by Oldsmobile."

The all-new Indy Aurora V8 has progressed from concept to competition in just 13 months. Oldsmobile announced its IRL program on January 4, 1996. The engine ran for the first time on the dyno on September 20, and completed its first track test on November 13. Teams using the Indy Aurora V8 have logged over 4,000 miles with the new powerplant in pre-season tests in Orlando and Phoenix.

The tentative entry list of teams using the Indy Aurora V8 includes defending Indy 200 champion Buzz Calkins in Bradley Motorsports' G Force chassis, IRL co-champion Scott Sharp and Davey Hamilton in A.J. Foyt Enterprises' Dallaras, Tony Stewart and Mark Dismore in Team Menard's G Force entries, 1990 Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk and 1992 Indy 500 runner-up Scott Goodyear in Treadway Racing's twin G Force cars, 1996 Indy 500 runner-up Davy Jones in Galles Racing's G Force, 1995 IMSA World Sports Car champion Fermin Velez in a Team Scandia Dallara, owner/driver Eddie Cheever in a G Force, John Paul, Jr. in the PDM Racing G Force, and Danny Ongais in Chitwood Motorsports' G Force.

Oldsmobile will have a high profile both on and off the track at Walt Disney World. Oldsmobile is sponsoring a charity golf event to benefit the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women of Orlando. The "Racing for Kids" golf tournament is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, January 22, with a field of 144 players that includes local sports celebrities and IRL drivers. Oldsmobile will host approximately 40 children from the hospital at the track on January 23. Aurora by Oldsmobile is the presenting sponsor for the second annual race, and Aurora is the Official Pace Car of the Indy Racing League.

Oldsmobile is celebrating its 100th birthday in 1997 -- the first American auto manufacturer to reach that milestone. A victory in the Indy Aurora V8's competition debut would be a great start for Oldsmobile's second 100 years.

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E-mail from: Rick Voegelin, 18-Jan-1997

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Buzz Calkins , Eddie Cheever , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk , Mark Dismore , Scott Goodyear , Danny Ongais , Davy Jones , Fermin Velez , John Paul , A.J. Foyt
Teams A.J. Foyt Enterprises