Lake Buena Vista, FL, (Dec. 10) - Race teams arrived at Walt Disney World Speedway this morning only to find a damp track due to heavy overnight rain. With overcast skies, the track took until midafternoon to dry. The cars were taken to pit lane under threatening skies in the hope of an hour or two of track time. But it wasn't to be, as the skies opened ending the day's activities early.
Ten drivers managed to get track time during the brief session.
Team Menard's problems continued as Tony Stewart got very little time in the car today. Stewart's best lap was at a speed of 120.180 miles an hour. During yesterday's session, Stewart's best lap was 161.587 in his primary car. Stewart drove both the primary and back up cars yesterday, completing 13 laps in the primary car and 14 laps in the back up.
Roberto Guerrero shaved a half a second off yesterday's time after the team changed engines overnight. Pagan Racing was pleased with the results as no other changes had been made to the car. Rain fell before Guerrero was able to push the car to its limit. "Is this the same car as yesterday?" Roberto remarked over radio, as he pulled the car into the pits.
Sam Schmidt is a spectator at the WDW test this week. Schmidt owns his own car and has been fielded by LP Racing of Indianapolis. Sam says he has enough money to run the first three races of the 1998 season as he seeks sponsorship to complete the season.
Robbie Buhl was to be aboard the Menard G Force/Aurora this afternoon. With the rain shortened day, Stewart was back in the Menard car this afternoon. During the off season, Buhl has been testing the new Reynard chassis for next season's Barber Dodge series.
Just before the skies opened, former Atlantic champion, Greg Ray, hit the turn two wall hard, skidding to a stop 250 feet from the initial impact. The left rear corner of the car was a write off and the engine was broken in the accident too. Greg stepped from the car unhurt.
Today's Top Speeds
1. Billy Boat 162.660 2. Buddy Lazier 161.667 3. Roberto Guerrero 159.518 4. Kenny Brack 158.730 5. Arie Luyendyk 156.563 6. Stan Wattles 152.439 7. Jimmy Kite 150.981 8. Jeff Ward 150.924 9. Greg Ray 150.912 10. Tony Stewart 120.180
David Reininger - Motorsport News International