IRL: WDW/Phoenix test 96-12-19

For Immediate Release GOODYEAR, PAUL JR., TEST AT ORLANDO; JONES IN 3rd DAY AT PHOENIX ORLANDO, FLA., December 19, 1996 -- Scott Goodyear needed only 45 laps to reach a circuit of 161.471 miles per hour Thursday at Walt Disney ...

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GOODYEAR, PAUL JR., TEST AT ORLANDO; JONES IN 3rd DAY AT PHOENIX

ORLANDO, FLA., December 19, 1996 -- Scott Goodyear needed only 45 laps to reach a circuit of 161.471 miles per hour Thursday at Walt Disney World Speedway in Treadway Racing's G Force/Aurora. It was Goodyear's first time on the one-mile Disney World oval.

SCOTT GOODYEAR: "First off, it's a delightful track. It's not like most conventional ovals. It has three distinctive turns with elevation changes that are a nice addition to it. The chassis is quite nice, very different than what I've been used to previously. The engine obviously has reduced power with the rule changes and is going to give us slower overall speed, but that's one of the reasons for the change. So, hopefully, it'll be safer. We've got quite a ways to go. There are some creature comfort things to work on overnight. I still feel like I'm not going very fast. We're going to start to run a little harder tomorrow."

John Paul, Jr, continued to test PDM Racing's Dallara/Aurora, running one of his 65 circuits for the day at 150.716.

JOHN PAUL JR.: "It's a nice car. It responds to changes. It actually 'hauls' once you get it going down the straightaway. We still have a few mapping problems getting the fuel and air mixture right at low RPMs. It sounds quite loud, even in the cockpit. We're just taking our time with it. The caster is heavy, the steering is heavy, so we're making that easier. It's a different seating position than what I'm used to. It's big inside and it takes a lot of seat material to make one for me. (He's 6-3). Usually, I have no room."

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PHOENIX, ARIZ. -- Davy Jones had turned more than 160 laps by midday Thursday at Phoenix in Galles Racing's G Force/Aurora. The Galles team planned to continue testing Friday. Top speed was not announced.

RICK GALLES (team owner): "We're been working on a development program and now we're into a Goodyear test. We put a total of 200 miles on it (the first motor) and there are no problems so far. I'm pleased with the package, period...the rules, the way the cars are. We really like the sound of the motor. It's just right for this series. There's nothing 'trick' on our car...everything's stock. Everyone else will be as quick as we are."

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John McMullin, president and general manager of Motor Racing Network, which will air the Chevy Trucks Challenge at Walt Disney World Speedway on the radio Jan. 19, paid the track a site visit Thursday. He predicted a record number of affiliated stations will air the broadcast of the season opener of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. "We'll probably do 260, 270 (stations)," McMullin said. "It'll be the largest network ever for a truck race." McMullin said the previous high was 225 stations for events at Las Vegas, Nev., and Homestead, Fla., in 1996.

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For ticket information for the Jan. 19 Chevy Trucks Challenge and the Jan. 25 Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Presented by Aurora, call 1-800-822-INDY. Tickets are also on sale at Race Rock, 8986 International Drive in Orlando (I-4 to Sand Lake exit).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Goodyear , Davy Jones , John Paul