For Immediate Release PAUL JR. REACHES 213.614 IN GOODYEAR TEST AT SPEEDWAY INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, April 14, 1997 -- John Paul, Jr. turned a lap at 213.614 miles an hour to lead three Indy Racing League drivers during a pre-May testing session...
For Immediate Release
PAUL JR. REACHES 213.614 IN GOODYEAR TEST AT SPEEDWAY
INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, April 14, 1997 -- John Paul, Jr. turned a lap at 213.614 miles an hour to lead three Indy Racing League drivers during a pre-May testing session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Paul Jr., took PDM Racing's Klipsch/Tnemec/Overhead Door/Pyle/V-Line/Earl's Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora to the fast lap on control tires as part of a Goodyear test. In all, he ran 104 laps on the 2 =BD-mile oval as the teams prepare for the 81st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.
Rookie Jack Miller got his first ever run at the Speedway in a system-check session of 24 laps in the AMS/Crest Racing Dallara/Nissan Infiniti Indy.
Buzz Calkins turned 58 laps in the Bradley Food Marts G Force/Aurora. Robby Gordon ran 12 laps in Team Sabco's Coors Light G Force/Aurora. *** QUOTES: JOHN PAUL, JR.: "We're testing different tires right now. I'm curious to see what it's going to be when it's hot like Friday (of race weekend) in Phoenix. Then, I think it'll be different. We've been trying some things. We made a change to the sump and got 500 miles or so on it. We have some things we want to do to take away the drag. I always find laps here help me -- the more, the better." (about competition with the new IRL cars and engines): "It's given us all the opportunity to be competitive. We were pretty good at Phoenix as far as competitiveness is concerned. Here, we seem to be right there. Overall, it's a pretty good format. With (Jim) Guthrie winning the race (at Phoenix), it should get teams with other series to say, 'There is an opportunity there.' The racing's going to be close." (about his chances in the "500"): "It is by far (my best chance to win the race). I've waited a long time to have a car like I had at Phoenix. We're clicking as a team. Twice, I think, I've been here for one day of testing (before May) but never three times. That's because we're helping Goodyear. Luckily, we're fast enough to be of use to them. We're really looking forward to this. I'd like to BE IN this race for once. Between Paul (Diatlovich) and Chuck (Buckman, co-owners of PDM), they give me a basic setup that I can trust to run on the edge with."
DR. JACK MILLER: (about being on the Speedway for the first time): "Never (on it) in my life ... not even on that tour bus. It's awesome. I thought I'd get caught up in the mental part of it but I really didn't have time to. The 35 years or so I've been coming out here since I was a kid, it's kind of mind-boggling to be actually doing it. We didn't go real quick, obviously, just doing a system check. The real test will be tomorrow when we start going quicker. We wanted to take it one step at a time."