For Immediate Release
SALAZAR CONTINUES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD; GALLES, JONES ON TRACK AT PHOENIX
ORLANDO, FLA., Dec. 17, 1996 -- Eliseo Salazar continued a Goodyear tire test with a Dallara/Aurora for Team Scandia Tuesday, running 79 laps around the one-mile Walt Disney World Speedway oval. Salazar will continue with the start of a four-day Indy Racing League open test on Wednesday. PDM Racing, with 1983 Michigan 500 winner John Paul Jr., arrived Tuesday and expects to be on the track Wednesday afternoon. Also expected during the test are Treadway Racing, Team Blueprint with Indianapolis 500 veteran Jim Guthrie, Team Cheever, a new team headed by former Formula One driver and Indy front-row starter Eddie Cheever, and 1996 Indy Racing League co-champion Buzz Calkins with Bradley Motorsports. DICK SIMON (Team Scandia engineer): "We tried a different set of shocks and he (Salazar) liked it. I think (the car) reads very well, responds very well, and in my opinion, stays consistent. You can take things off, put them back on and everything's the same in terms of cross-weight. The drivers can feel what the cars are doing...the car gives good feedback."
Danny Ongais, who returned to Indianapolis in May to drive the Team Menard car qualified for the "500" pole by the late Scott Brayton, was a visitor to Walt Disney World Speedway Tuesday. He was accompanied by Joie Chitwood, Jr., who has formed a new team with his brother, Tim, as owners and Ongais as the driver. Chitwood said the Tampa-based team has taken delivery of a Dallara chassis which will house an Aurora engine. "The tub's painted and we hope to test the week of Jan. 6 (at Walt Disney World)," Chitwood said.
*** PHOENIX, ARIZ., Dec. 17, 1996 -- Davy Jones, the second-place finisher in the 1996 Indianapolis 500, continued testing for the second day at Phoenix International Raceway in the first test of Galles Racing's new G Force/Aurora. Jones ran 21 laps in a half-hour warmup session Monday. The team plans to continue its Goodyear tire test throughout the week.
RICK GALLES (team owner): "Yesterday (Monday) was just to sort the car and motor out and get Davy comfortable. We've run over 100 laps today (by Noon, Phoenix time). Davy likes the car, likes the way it feels. It's a different sensation than the turbocharged car. We're real happy. We're pretty quick. Our goal is to put 1,500 miles on the car this week."
For ticket information for 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 in Orlando (I-4 to Sand Lake exit).