NA-F2000: WDW practice notes 96-01-24

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24 The first car on the track for Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Presented by Aurora weekend was the ...

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24

The first car on the track for Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Presented by Aurora weekend was the #54 Formula Ford 2000 of Kim Windsor of Centereach, N.Y., when practice officially opened at 10:09 a.m. "I was just first in line," Windsor said, "and got out there before everyone else. It's a beautiful track. This was the first time in my car. We're not going to make any real changes before qualifying but maybe add just a little bit of wing."

At 10:24 a.m., the track went yellow for contact between #38 Kevin Frisbie and #23 Chris Oddo in Turn 3. Frisbie continued. Oddo slid 110 feet to hit the outside wall, then slid 115 feet to come to a stop in the middle of the front straight. Frisbie was uninjured. Frisbie's car had nose damage. Oddo's car had gearbox, rear wing, left rear suspension and right rear damage. Oddo's crew reported the car was repairable if parts could be located. Oddo was examined at the track first-aid station and was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center for further evaluation.

At 11:12 a.m., the track went yellow for debris.

At 11:26 a.m., the track went yellow for contact between #24 Mark Noske and #35 Aaron Justus in Turn 1. After the contact, #24 Noske slid 150 feet to hit the wall with the right front. #35 Justus went 350 feet with a half-spin to the ouitside wall to hit with the rear. Both drivers walked to the ambulance. Noske's car had right front damage. Justus' car had left front, left rear and wing damage. The accident ended the Formula Ford 2000 practice session.

POST-PRACTICE FORMULA FORD 2000 QUOTES: JASON BRIGHT: "It's a good track...nice and smooth. All I need is new tires tomorrow and I'll be ready to go for it. We had the car set up pretty good by the end of the session."

ALLEN MAY: "I borrowed the car at the last minute. We'll have it all worked out tomorrow. We need just a little less wing. This is a big track. I've never been on an oval this big."

SAM SCHMIDT: "This was a really smooth track...and fast. I liked it. These caers usually don't run this fast. It's a little tricky in Turn 1 but by the next practice session, we'll have it nailed down. The cars should hold up fine in the race. We're probably pulling 3 Gs when we go around the turns."

At 3:05 p.m., a spokesman for Orlando Regional Medical Center said Formula Ford 2000 driver Chris Oddo, transported earlier to ORMC, had suffered an apparent back injury and was undergoing continued evaluation. At 4:45 p.m., Oddo was listed in stable condition and possibly will be admitted overnight for continued observation. He was under the care of Dr. Robert Levine, attending physician, and Dr. Donald Behrmann, consulting physician.

--WDWS--

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