For Immediate Release STEWART 'TOP GUN' OF WINTER IRL TESTING WITH LAP AT 168.327 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD SPEEDWAY ORLANDO, FLA., January 9, 1997 -- Tony Stewart drove Team Menard's G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora to a lap of 168.327 miles an...
For Immediate Release
STEWART 'TOP GUN' OF WINTER IRL TESTING WITH LAP AT 168.327 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD SPEEDWAY
ORLANDO, FLA., January 9, 1997 -- Tony Stewart drove Team Menard's G Force/Oldsmobile Aurora to a lap of 168.327 miles an hour Thursday to become the fastest of Indy Racing League winter testing at Walt Disney World Speedway. Stewart's speed, posted at 9:10 a.m., beat the 168.145 turned by Scott Goodyear for Treadway Racing on Dec. 22. Stewart's time was 21.387. Davy Jones and Galles Racing's G Force/Olds posted the second fastest speed of the day at 167.629. Fermin Velez made his first appearance on the one-mile oval in a Team Scandia Dallara/Olds. The track is open for testing to IRL teams until midday Thursday, Jan. 16, when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series haulers are scheduled to arrive in preparation for the Jan. 17-19 Chevy Trucks Challenge. *** QUOTES: TONY STEWART: "I wish I knew (where the gain was made). We just made a little setup change and it made a big difference. I didn't anticipate it'd make that much difference but it did." (about having the fastest lap of testing): "It's probably going to be a big morale booster for the team. It makes me feel good because that puts me a little bit ahead of schedule. I want to stay focused, not so much on the fact that we're on top right now, but to make changes and get better." DAVY JONES: (about the track): "Once I got the hang of it, it's a hoot. It feels like you're on a real short track. Learning to maneuver your car to get in a position to pass is going to be tricky. It's definitely an 'E' ticket (Disney designation for a top attraction)." FERMIN VELEZ: "New car...trying to learn it. I'm trying to get fitted for the car. I'm just learning my way around." (about the track): "It's fun. It's a neat little track." EDDIE CHEEVER: "I've driven 150 miles so far with the car. We're revving the engine at very low revs, trying to get as much in as we can. We have a whole bunch of systems we're trying to learn...so far so good." (about being an owner / driver): "The car owner and the car driver are on the same page today." *** MEDIA ADVISORY: Dale Earnhardt, 1996 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. and Dennis Huth, NASCAR vice president for administration, will be available on a national teleconference at 1 p.m. (EST) Tuesday to talk about the series and the season-opening Chevy Trucks Challenge Jan. 17-19. Phone number is 212-547-0196 and password is "trucks." The teleconference is open to media representatives only. *** High for the day was 78 degrees and wind was 17-20 mph out of the southwest at 3:43 p.m., when the track closed for the day because of wet conditions. *** Five drivers completed 341 laps today. FAST FAST DRIVER TEAM CAR/ENGINE LAPS TIME SPEED Tony Stewart Menard G Force/Aurora 41 21.387 168.327 Davy Jones Galles G Force/Aurora 131 21.476 167.629 Eddie Cheever Cheever G Force/Aurora 86 21.992 163.696 Scott Goodyear Treadway G Force/Aurora 61 22.832 157.673 Fermin Velez Scandia Dallara/Aurora 22 24.055 149.657 *** 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).