IRL: Hearn to start WDW in replacement chassis

For Immediate Release HEARN, DELLA PENNA GET REPLACEMENT CAR FOR INDY 200 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., January 26, 1996 -- Della Penna Motorsports, which fielded a front-row car for Richie Hearn for Saturday's Indy 200 at Walt Disney World ...

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HEARN, DELLA PENNA GET REPLACEMENT CAR FOR INDY 200

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., January 26, 1996 -- Della Penna Motorsports, which fielded a front-row car for Richie Hearn for Saturday's Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Presented by Aurora, announced it had replaced the car that was crashed in final practice and will start the inaugural Indy Racing League event.

Pagan Racing, for which Roberto Guerrero had qualified for third position and now will start on the front row, loaned its backup machine to the Della Penna team, which will now start 19th in the field.

Hearn had originally qualified at 180.905 miles per hour for a spot beside Buddy Lazier, who took the pole at 181.388.

"Basically, we got a car from Pagan Racing that we're going to run," said car owner John Della Penna. "It's a '95 Reynard. We're going to put our own engine in it and some of our own suspension pieces.

"We have to guarantee that we'll bring it back in the same condition we left it. It's a pretty generous gesture (from Pagan). I've never been offered that in my whole racing career."

Hearn, the reigning Formula Atlantic champion making his first Indianapolis-car start, had tangled with Eddie Cheever during final practice. Both drivers were uninjured, but representatives from both teams said their cars were too badly damaged to start the Indy 200. Cheever and Team Menard had announced at 6:15 p.m. that they would start their backup machine. Cheever, originally scheduled to start ninth, will start 20th.

"I'm still disappointed it happened," said Hearn at the 6:45 p.m. Della Penna announcement. "I'll be trying to keep it (the Pagan car) in one piece, we'll get all our stuff back together and get ready for Phoenix (March 24).

"We were running good on full tanks. I'd rather be fast and crash than slow and crash. I talked to him (Cheever) a little bit. I was concerned he was hurt. When he got in the ambulance, he was very, very kind to me. He could've been a lot worse. He said to forget it.

Cheever said, "it was just youthful exuberance."

--WDWS--

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Buddy Lazier , Roberto Guerrero , Richie Hearn