IRL: WDW test 97-01-07

For Immediate Release JONES FASTEST AT 167.777; STEWART RUNS 173 LAPS IN IRL TESTING AT WALT DISNEY WORLD SPEEDWAY ORLANDO, FLA., January 7, 1997 -- Davy Jones, in only his second day on the Walt Disney World Speedway track, had the fastest...

For Immediate Release

JONES FASTEST AT 167.777; STEWART RUNS 173 LAPS IN IRL TESTING AT WALT DISNEY WORLD SPEEDWAY

ORLANDO, FLA., January 7, 1997 -- Davy Jones, in only his second day on the Walt Disney World Speedway track, had the fastest speed among four drivers at 167.777 miles an hour Tuesday in the second of five days of Indy Racing League winter testing.

Jones' speed, in Galles Racing's G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora, was second fastest of the winter to Scott Goodyear's 168.145 set Dec. 22.

Tony Stewart, in Team Menard's G Force/Olds, was second fastest Tuesday at 167.598, third fastest of the winter at the one-mile oval. His 173 laps were third most of any driver in one day during the tests. *** QUOTES: DAVY JONES: (fastest of the day at 4:30 p.m. at 21.457 seconds, 167.777 miles per hour): "There was a lot that went into that. We developed a nice baseline with the car. Now we're at the point where we're starting to learn about fine-tuning the car. The time's coming to us. I'm pretty pleased with what we did today and where we are at this point. To be at this level with two days of running when everyone else has been here. We've gained a lot in a short time."

TONY STEWART: "We ran 64 laps (at one stretch) counting the 'out' lap. We had a total of 173 laps, all on one engine. There was not one motor problem all day. When we made the 64-lap run, that's when we started doing race setups. We're a little farther along than what we anticipated being at this point. We have a lot of stuff he (Team Menard director of racing Larry Curry) wants to test."

ARIE LUYENDYK: "It was a tough day at the office. I feel really ill so I'm not really with the program. But we're trying different things. We have to go around tonight, change some pieces and come back tomorrow." *** Jimmy Vasser was a visitor Tuesday to Walt Disney World Speedway. "I came by to see my friends," Vasser said. "This is the first time I've seen the track or the (new Indy Racing League) cars ... pretty nice." *** Four cars and four drivers ran a total of 367 laps Tuesday.

DRIVER TEAM CAR/ENGINE LAPS FASTEST TIME / SPEED Davy Jones Galles Racing G Force/Aurora 93 21.45 / 167.777 Tony Stewart Team Menard G Force/Aurora 173 21.48 / 167.598 Arie Luyendyk Treadway Racing G Force/Aurora 75 22.35 / 161.074 Buzz Calkins Bradley Motorsports G Force/Aurora 26 22.46 / 160.285 *** 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, Orlando (I-4 to Sand Lake exit).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Buzz Calkins , Arie Luyendyk , Scott Goodyear , Jimmy Vasser , Davy Jones