IRL: WDW testing notes 96-01-13

For Immediate Release LAZIER CRACKS UNOFFICIAL DISNEY WORLD MARK AGAIN LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA., January 13, 1996 -- Buddy Lazier, fastest in the preseason at both Walt Disney World Speedway and Phoenix, returned to WDWS Saturday and promptly...

For Immediate Release LAZIER CRACKS UNOFFICIAL DISNEY WORLD MARK AGAIN

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA., January 13, 1996 -- Buddy Lazier, fastest in the preseason at both Walt Disney World Speedway and Phoenix, returned to WDWS Saturday and promptly broke his unofficial track mark again.

Lazier turned the one-mile oval at 19.450 seconds, 185.089 miles per hour to break his previous unofficial track record of 19.713 seconds, 182.621 mph set Dec. 2, 1995. It took Lazier only a few laps to reach the 19-second bracket today. "We're working well together," Lazier said of the Hemelgarn Racing team. "We're getting an awful lot out of what we have and there's more for us to get."

On Jan. 9, Lazier toured Phoenix International Raceway at 19.47 seconds, 184.900 miles an hour, the fastest ever at the "Desert Mile." "It's movin', that's for sure," Lazier said of his Phoenix lap. "I've run laps a lot slower that have been more difficult for the driver."

About WDWS, he added, "I think, depending on conditions, this is a mid-to-low 19 second track. It's still changing because it's so green. It seems like since we were here last, it's changed a lot."

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Walt Disney World Speedway's distance measures exactly one mile -- 5,280 feet -- at a point 10 feet above the inside white line. In the racing "groove," Hemelgarn Racing's telemetry showed today that the racing line taken by Stephan Gregoire is actually between 5,355 and 5,363 feet, or about 75 feet longer than a mile. Hemelgarn team manager Lee Kunzman said Buddy Lazier's "groove" was 120 feet longer than Gregoire's.

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Stephan Gregoire has now tested at both Disney and Phoenix, his first experiences on one-mile ovals. "I like them," he said today. "On the inside of the corner, you get big downforce. That's why I need to get experience to get comfortable. It's so fast that I don't feel exactly the limit. It's different...I like the (Indianapolis Motor) Speedway because it's so fast. But here, I need to relearn more, for sure." Gregoire was the fastest rookie in the 1993 Indianapolis 500.

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At 2:07 p.m., rookie Butch Brickell did a one-half spin in Turn 1 and hit the outside wall with the left rear, came off the wall, then hit it a second time with the rear and came to a stop at the exit of Turn 1. Brickell was awake and alert and was transported to Sand Lake Hospital where he was admitted for observation and is listed in stable condition. As of 5 p.m., he was expected to be transferred to Orlando Regional Medical Center for further evaluation. The car sustained left rear and rear-end damage. Earlier, at 11:45 a.m., Brickell had spun in Turn 1 with no contact.

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DRIVER TEAM LAPS FAST TIME FAST SPEED ======================================================================= Buddy Lazier Hemelgarn Racing 57 19.450 185.089 Scott Brayton Team Menard 99 20.130 178.837 Stephan Gregoire Hemelgarn Racing 44 20.830 172.827 Butch Brickell Brickell Racing 73 24.120 149.253

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Lazier , Stephan Gregoire , Butch Brickell