For Immediate Release SALAZAR FASTEST AS WDWS TESTING RESUMES LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., January 9, 1996 -- Eliseo Salazar, driving a Scandia/Simon machine, was the fastest of the first day of 1996 testing at Walt Disney World Speedway...
For Immediate Release
SALAZAR FASTEST AS WDWS TESTING RESUMES
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., January 9, 1996 -- Eliseo Salazar, driving a Scandia/Simon machine, was the fastest of the first day of 1996 testing at Walt Disney World Speedway today with a lap of 20.480 seconds, 175.781 miles per hour. Salazar was one of five drivers on the track.
"We did 20.4 seconds," Salazar said. "The last time, we did 19.8. The track needs some more cars running on it before it'll be as quick as last month."
Scott Brayton was second fastest in a Team Menard car at 173.997, followed closely by rookie Stan Wattles at 173.410 in a Leigh Miller Racing entry.
Lyn St. James put in her first laps at speed at the world's newest superspeedway Tuesday and posted a fastest lap of 156.126 miles per hour in one of Scandia/Simon Racing's machines. She drove a Scandia/Simon machine in the five-car, five-lap track dedication ceremonies Nov. 28.
"This was my first time in a race car since Michigan (last August), other than those five (formation) laps," St. James said. "I've been trying to stay unrusty with my 125cc shifter kart. It's a pretty serious go-kart. It goes about 140 miles an hour."
The second woman ever to make an Indianapolis 500 field has scheduled an announcement for Wednesday on her 1996 plans.
Salazar explained the track to the group of young and rookie drivers in a meeting before the first round of testing in December. It was less than a year ago when Salazar, a Formula One veteran, competed on an oval for the first time.
"You have to adapt to the sheer speed of running so much faster constantly," Salazar said Tuesday of the adjustment. "You have to get used to the rhythm lap after lap. Running on your own is not that difficult, but running a race with 20-something cars, finding the lines...
"It's like being in a video game for an hour and a half."
Salazar will be in the video business Thursday morning. A production company is featuring him in a commercial being shot here for his sponsor, Cristal, the largest selling beer in Chile.
Unofficial fastest speeds from USAC Timing and Scoring: DRIVER TEAM LAPS FAST TIME FAST SPEED ==================================================================== Eliseo Salazar Scandia/Simon Racing 103 20.480 175.781 Scott Brayton Team Menard 63 20.690 173.997 Stan Wattles Leigh Miller Racing 82 20.760 173.410 Michele Alboreto Scandia/Simon Racing 63 20.930 172.001 Lyn St. James Scandia/Simon Racing 97 22.970 156.726