IRL: WDW test 96-12-23

For Immediate Release GOODYEAR BESTS LUYENDYK FOR TOP DISNEY WORLD SPEED ORLANDO, December 23, 1996 -- Scott Goodyear reeled off a lap Sunday at 168.145 in Treadway Racing's G Force/Aurora to...

For Immediate Release

GOODYEAR BESTS LUYENDYK FOR TOP DISNEY WORLD SPEED

ORLANDO, December 23, 1996 -- Scott Goodyear reeled off a lap Sunday at 168.145 in Treadway Racing's G Force/Aurora to claim the top speed in Indy Racing League winter testing at Walt Disney World Speedway.

The lap, one of 107 run by Goodyear on the final pre-holiday testing day, bested Arie Luyendyk's Dec. 13 lap of 166.898 in the same car. Goodyear's time was 21.41 seconds around the one-mile oval.

Eddie Cheever, in the FirstPlus G Force/Aurora for Team Cheever in his first test as a driver/car owner, and 1996 Indy Racing League co-champion and inaugural Indy 200 winner Buzz Calkins, in a G Force/Aurora for Bradley Motorsports, also tested over the weekend.

In all, 1,614 laps were run in the pre-holiday testing period at Walt Disney World and another 306 at Phoenix International Raceway with the new IRL machines.

The teams are preparing for the Jan. 25 Indy 200 at Walt Disney World presented by Aurora.

QUOTES: SCOTT GOODYEAR: "We're working on balance. Each driver has a different preference. I'm pretty much acclimated to this race track. It's neat. It's fun. So far, it's been good. Turn 1's a little bit like Phoenix. Turn 2 is all unto itself. Turn 3 is very similar to Turn 1 at Nazareth, but it's not as tight as Nazareth." (after his fast lap): "It's going to go faster. I still think there's lots to do yet. I think 21 (seconds) flat will be the pole if conditions are right. You never know...maybe a little bit quicker."

BUZZ CALKINS: "It feels like it's a nice stable car that gives you a lot of confidence. It feels more substantial than the old cars. The engine has a lot more torque...you don't have the turbo lag. I think they're going to be good...having everybody so close in similar equipment. You're not going to have somebody run off and lead by two laps." (about his first return to the site of his IRL victory): "I forgot how fun it was. I forgot the elevation hanges ... pretty quick place, too. You kind of think about where it all started last year. I thought about it more when I first drove in here. It (the win) was the high point in my life. It kind of hit me more later, after the fact. It was a pretty important race to win. The fact that the IRL is getting stronger and going straight up makes it more significant, too. It (the win) gives you a different attitude going into the next season. Last year, I was trying to get experience and feel my way through it. This year, I'm a lot more confident and know what to expect going into the first race."

EDDIE CHEEVER: "We haven't done any setting up...making sure all the systems work. We're very happy with it (the car). We accomplished what we came to do. The G Force aerodynamicist was here with us to make our baptism as trouble-free as possible." (about being a driver/owner): "The driver's saying, 'Let's stay and go faster' and the semi-intelligent guy is saying 'Let's go home.' When I'm out here, ownership has very little to do with it. My role really doesn't change at the race track. We hired good people...the best people we could. Thanks to FirstPlus, we've been able to do that. We're going to go home, take the car apart and do serious testing in January. We'll probably have two more tests."

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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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This concludes the series of testing reports until testing resumes after Jan. 1.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buzz Calkins , Eddie Cheever , Arie Luyendyk , Scott Goodyear