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