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SALAZAR RETURNS FOR SECOND WALT DISNEY WORLD SPEEDWAY TEST ORLANDO, FLA., December 16, 1996 -- Eliseo Salazar, the second Indy Racing League driver to test the new cars last month, returned to Walt Disney World Speedway with Team ...

SALAZAR RETURNS FOR SECOND WALT DISNEY WORLD SPEEDWAY TEST

ORLANDO, FLA., December 16, 1996 -- Eliseo Salazar, the second Indy Racing League driver to test the new cars last month, returned to Walt Disney World Speedway with Team Scandia Monday for a second round of testing. Salazar, driving Team Scandia's No. 22 Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora, was on hand for two days of Goodyear tire testing prior to a League open test scheduled to start Wednesday. Salazar ran 48 shakedown laps as the team sorted out a new engine, pushing the IRL new car testing lap total past the 1,000 mark to 1,021. Speeds were not announced. Fermin Velez, another of Team Scandia's drivers who became the first driver from Spain ever to make an Indianapolis 500 field last May, is also on hand and is expected to take the wheel later in the week. Tony Stewart was the only driver to run laps over the weekend, turning 23 circuits at the one-mile oval in a Team Menard G Force/Aurora on Sunday with a top speed of 165.975.

Christine Stevens, the Belgian ambassador to Bolivia, and her family came to Walt Disney World Speedway Monday for a tour of the facility and met Salazar, Velez and Team Scandia engineer and Indianapolis 500 veteran Dick Simon. Her son, Axel, had met some racing people at their hotel, and they invited the family to the track. Golf pro Hilton Jones also visited the test.

QUOTES: DICK SIMON: "We had some engine malfunction problems with some components so we decided not to run further until we found out what caused the readings." ELISEO SALAZAR: "We had a problem with the (fuel) map and it wasn't pulling right out of the corners. This is our first (Paul) Gentilozzi engine (built by RocketSports) and we were expecting small glitches, but we have the whole week."

FERMIN VELEZ (about the car): "It looks nice and sounds nice. From what I've heard, it's a little different. It's more like I'm used to with a flat bottom, less downforce. That should be good for me because I'm used to low downforce cars. It should be easier for me to adjust to than the Lola."

For ticket information to the Jan. 19 Chevy Trucks Challenge and the Jan. 25 Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Presented by Aurora, call 1-800-822-INDY. Tickets are also on sale at Race Rock, 8986 International Drive, Orlando (I-4 to Sand Lake Road exit).

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