IRL: Texas Aurora post race report

Contact: Rick Voegelin High Performance Communications 408-761-2201 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AURORA V8 WINS IN TEXAS Oldsmobile Powers Top Nine Finishers, Leads Every Lap, and Notches Fourth ...

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Oldsmobile Powers Top Nine Finishers, Leads Every Lap, and Notches Fourth Straight Victory at Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth, Texas; June 7, 1997 -- The eyes of 128,000 racing fans were on the Indy Racing League's debut under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway. Indy 500 winner Arie scored his second consecutive IRL victory and led an Oldsmobile sweep of the top nine spots in the True Value 500. Teammates Billy Boat and Davey Hamilton were second and third respectively in cars owned by A.J. Foyt, Jr. of Houston, followed by Aurora racers Scott Goodyear, Tony Stewart, Eddie Cheever, Jr., Eliseo Salazar, Greg Ray, and Vincenzo Sospiri.

The official results were released at 9:00 a.m. on the morning following the race after USAC officials upheld a protest by Treadway Racing and revised the finishing positions for Luyendyk and Goodyear.

Oldsmobile's production-based Indy Aurora V8 dominated the 500-kilometer (312-mile) race on the high-banked 1.5-mile Texas oval, leading all 208 laps. Pole winner Tony Stewart led a total of 100 laps in Team Menard's entry and appeared to be on course for his first Indy car victory when he lost an engine two laps from the finish.

Davey Hamilton took the lead in the IRL championship race with his third-place finish. "I ran wide open all day long," said Hamilton, who graduated to Indy cars after a successful career in short-track racing. "We're looking at the championship. I get better every race, and I hope I can pull off a win soon."

The True Value 500 victory extended the Indy Aurora V8's perfect record in Indy Racing League competition. Oldsmobile engines have won all four IRL events, won all four poles, and led every racing lap since the series introduced its new engine formula in January. Oldsmobile leads the IRL Manufacturers Championship with 44 points.

Twenty-three of the 26 starters used Indy Aurora V8 engines. Thirteen cars were running at the finish -- 11 with Aurora V8s and two with Infiniti engines. Seven cars retired with engine-related problems, and three were eliminated in accidents. The highest finishing driver with an Infiniti engine was Johnny Unser in tenth place.

The next event for the Indy Aurora V8 will be the inaugural Samsonite 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo., on June 29, 1997.

                     TRUE VALUE 500 RESULTS
Driver              Entrant             Engine    Laps Status
1. Arie Luyendyk    Treadway Racing     Aurora    208  Running
2. Billy Boat       A.J. Foyt Ent.      Aurora    207  Running
3. Davey Hamilton   A.J. Foyt Ent.      Aurora    207  Running 
4. Scott Goodyear   Treadway Racing     Aurora    207  Running
5. Tony Stewart     Team Menard         Aurora    206  Engine
6. Eddie Cheever    Team Cheever        Aurora    206  Running
7. Eliseo Salazar   Team Scandia        Aurora    205  Running
8. Greg Ray         Knapp Motorsport    Aurora    204  Running
9. V. Sospiri       Team Scandia        Aurora    204  Running
10. Johnny Unser    Byrd-Cunningham     Infiniti  203  Running
11. Mark Dismore    Kelley Auto Grp.    Aurora    203  Running
12. A. Zampedri     Team Scandia        Aurora    201  Running
13. R. Guerrero     Pagan Racing        Infiniti  201  Running
14. Tyce Carlson    PDM Racing          Aurora    184  Running
15. Robbie Groff    McCormack           Aurora    173  Engine
16. Robbie Buhl     Team Menard         Aurora    167  Engine
17. Buddy Lazier    Hemelgarn Racing    Aurora    157  Engine
18. Kenny Brack     Galles Racing       Aurora    118  Water pump
19. Buzz Calkins    Bradley Motorsports Aurora    98   Gasket
20. A. Giaffone     Chitwood Motorsports Aurora   82   Engine fire
21. Jim Guthrie     Blueprint Racing    Aurora    81   Accident
22. Allen May  Sinden Racing Service    Aurora    36   Accident
23. Sam Schmidt     Blueprint Racing    Aurora    36   Accident
24. Jack Miller     Arizona Motorsports Infiniti  24   Electrical
25. Fermin Velez    Team Scandia        Aurora    1    Driver illness
26. Marco Greco     Team Scandia        Aurora    0    Engine

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E-mail from: Rick Voegelin, 08-Jun-1997

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Buzz Calkins , Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl , Eliseo Salazar , Buddy Lazier , Davey Hamilton , Arie Luyendyk , Billy Boat , Mark Dismore , Jim Guthrie , Scott Goodyear , Kenny Brack , Sam Schmidt , Tyce Carlson , Fermin Velez , Johnny Unser , Vincenzo Sospiri , A.J. Foyt , Jack Miller