IRL: WDW testing 96-12-13

LUYENDYK SETS TOP TESTING SPEED AT 166.898 MPH AT WALT DISNEY WORLD ORLANDO, FLA., December 13, 1996 -- Arie Luyendyk drove a Treadway Racing G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora to a lap of 166.898 mph Friday at Walt Disney World Speedway, the fastest ...

LUYENDYK SETS TOP TESTING SPEED AT 166.898 MPH AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

ORLANDO, FLA., December 13, 1996 -- Arie Luyendyk drove a Treadway Racing G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora to a lap of 166.898 mph Friday at Walt Disney World Speedway, the fastest speed posted to date in the Indy Racing League's new cars.

Luyendyk also ran 179 laps during the day, the most for any driver in a single day of winter testing in the new machines. For the three days, he ran 298 laps, all on one Aurora engine.

Tony Stewart drove a Team Menard G Force/Aurora to a lap of 166.590 mph Friday morning, which was the fastest speed of testing until Luyendyk eclipsed it later in the day. Stewart ran 89 laps Friday.

QUOTES: ARIE LUYENDYK: "The car's quite sensitive to the changes we made. Once we start running these speeds, everything becomes sensitive. As far as that goes, there's not that much difference than the old car. You make a small adjustment, it's noticable. Today was a Firestone tire test, that's why we ran so many laps. With the control tires that everybody's basically running, we ran real decent laps. There was some stuff Firestone wanted to try, and we got into the high 50s (21.50 second-bracket). The engine seems to be doing pretty well. It's the stuff hanging off of it that's been a problem."

TONY STEWART: "We started in the 25-second range. The closer you work it down, it's harder to gain in time. We've been working with Firestone on some tires. We haven't changed the car from yesterday. I've been trying some things as a driver. We've had a little gearbox problem, and the gearbox guys fixed it. We had a little trouble with the motor from me spinning it yesterday, and the engine guys just jumped in and took care of it. I'm really proud of our guys. We've had a lot of little bitty hurdles, and everyone goes on not even breaking stride. They've been working really, really hard."

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEW CAR TESTING

DATE  SITE  DRIVER         TEAM              CAR/ENGINE    LAPS  SPEED
11/13  PHX  Arie Luyendyk  Treadway Racing   G Force/Olds   23   N/A
11/14  PHX  Arie Luyendyk  Treadway Racing   G Force/Olds   66   N/A
11/15  PHX  Arie Luyendyk  Treadway Racing   G Force/Olds   63   N/A
11/25  WDW  Eliseo Salazar Team Scandia      Dallara/Olds   94   N/A
11/26  WDW  Eliseo Salazar Team Scandia      Dallara/Olds   109  N/A
12/9   WDW  Scott Sharp    Foyt Enterprises  Dallara/Olds   50   164.159
12/10  WDW  Scott Sharp    Foyt Enterprises  Dallara/Olds   88   164.835
12/10  WDW  Tony Stewart   Team Menard       G Force/Olds   67   N/A
12/11  WDW  Tony Stewart   Team Menard       G Force/Olds   38   165.746
12/11  WDW  Arie Luyendyk  Treadway Racing   G Force/Olds   26   warmup
12/12  WDW  Arie Luyendyk  Treadway Racing   G Force/Olds   93   164.910
12/12  WDW  Tony Stewart   Team Menard       G Force/Olds   54   165.213
12/13  WDW  Tony Stewart   Team Menard       G Force/Olds   89   166.590
12/13  WDW  Arie Luyendyk  Treadway Racing   G Force/Olds   179  166.898
                                        Total Laps =        950

Legend: PHX-Phoenix Internation Raceway; WDW-Walt Disney World Speedway; N/A-Not Announced

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