For Immediate Release
GROFF RUNS 74 MORE LAPS WITH NISSAN POWER; TRUCKS TO ARRIVE THURSDAY
ORLANDO, FLA., January 14, 1997 =97 Mike Groff and Jonathan Byrd/Cunningham Racing ran 74 laps Tuesday with its G Force/Nissan Infiniti Indy with a top lap of 155.211 miles an hour in Indy Racing League testing at Walt Disney World Speedway.
It was the team's third day of testing with the first Nissan powerplant to reach the track. The team plans to continue Wednesday, tentatively scheduled to be joined by Hemelgarn Racing and Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier with the second Infiniti engine.
The 74 laps raised the total for Groff to 145. He ran 13 laps on Jan. 8 and 58 on Jan. 10.
MIKE GROFF: "It's getting better...we're just chipping away at it. We're going easy because it's all new to us. We learned more today than we learned the other day. We're trying to get the miles up and get data to see how things are working and wearing. This team...we all work well together. The first two races we were kind of thrown together but now it's definitely jelling. We have some more days of running planned. I'm pretty optimistic. This is the first engine and first engines usually don't wind up well. This engine's still in the car. I imagine the motors will only get better from here and we feel good about that." *** MEDIA ADVISORY: The Hauler Parade for the 64 entries in this Sunday's Chevy Trucks Challenge is scheduled to arrive at Walt Disney World Speedway between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursday. After the haulers enter the track, 1996 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr., will be available for interview at the track media center.=20 *** Credential office hours at Walt Disney World Speedway: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 6 a.m.-Noon on Sunday.
If you have not yet applied for credentials and require them, an assignment letter must be overnighted to Media Credentials, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W. 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222, phone (317) 481-8500. *** Veteran Eliseo Salazar, who suffered a compression fracture in his lower back in an accident Saturday during Indy Racing League testing at Walt Disney World Speedway, was transferred this morning from Orlando Regional Medical Center to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he is being re-examined. Dr. Henry Bock, IRL medical director, said today that Salazar would not be able to compete in the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World. *** The draw for qualifying order for the Chevy Trucks Challenge will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at Pleasure Island, hosted by ESPN anchor Dave DeSpain. Fans can attend Pleasure Island's "Race Party" and receive 20 percent off the regular admission by showing a race ticket. Media representatives are invited to attend and should see Bill York in the Walt Disney World Speedway Media Center on Friday. *** Tickets for Sunday's Chevy Trucks Challenge and the Jan. 25 Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Presented by Aurora are available at Race Rock, 8986 International Drive in Orlando (I-4 to Sand Lake exit); Pleasure Island at Walt Disney World, Seminole Towne Center in Sanford; the Florida Mall in Orlando and Tyrone Square in St. Petersburg. The ticket trailer at Walt Disney World Speedway opens at 8 a.m. Thursday.