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For Immediate Release '500' Vet Scott Sharp Named To Second AJ Foyt Enterprises Ride LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA., Jan. 15, 1996 -- Indianapolis 500 veteran Scott Sharp was named today to rejoin AJ Foyt Enterprises for the 1996 Indy Racing League...

For Immediate Release

'500' Vet Scott Sharp Named To Second AJ Foyt Enterprises Ride

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA., Jan. 15, 1996 -- Indianapolis 500 veteran Scott Sharp was named today to rejoin AJ Foyt Enterprises for the 1996 Indy Racing League season.

"Scott drove for me at Indy and did a helluva job the last day getting in the race," said four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt.

Sharp joins rookie Davey Hamilton in the Foyt stable for the IRL campaign, which starts Jan. 27 with the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Presented by Aurora. Both tested today at Walt Disney World Speedway.

Sharp is a two-time Indy 500 veteran who graduated from Babson College with majors in finance and investments. His father is six-time national Sports Car Club of America champion Bob Sharp.

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Scott Brayton recorded his fastest lap of testing for Team Menard and the fastest lap of the day at 19.820 seconds, 181.634 miles per hour.

"We were just working with the balance to optimize the setup," Brayton, the 1995 Indy 500 polewinner, said. "And it's a better day. I think the car's genuinely faster. I've been in the '19s' consistently today."

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At 1:45 p.m. on a warm-up lap, Johnny Parsons' Blueprint Racing entry bottomed out going into Turn 1, did a 1/4 spin toward the outside wall in Turn 1, then did a 3/4 reverse spin and hit the wall with the left side. Parsons was uninjured. The car sustained left rear and left front wing damage.

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Robbie Buhl got his first "hot" laps at WDWS today before heading overseas for a unique racing program.

Buhl, after warming up the Beck Motorsports/Zunne Group entry Sunday, reached a top time and speed of 21.740 seconds, 165.593 miles per hour today. "Comparing it to other mile tracks...they're all different and unique for their own reasons, and this fits the mold," Buhl said of the world's newest superspeedway. "The elevation rises going into some of the these turns are unique."

On Tuesday, Buhl starts a week of a different kind of racing. He's one of six drivers who will represent the United States in an international go-kart racing program on ice in Sosnoybor, (pronounced SOYCE-noy-borr), Russia.

The other U.S. team members in the program are U.S. pro road racers Jim Pace and Walt Bohren, along with Skip Barber Driving School instructors Gregg Borland, Chris Menning and Tim Moser.

"They say it's not a vacation, it's an adventure," Buhl said.

CORRECTION: Buhl will visit Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women in Orlando on Wednesday, Jan. 24 as part of the "Racing for Kids" program, not Jan. 29 as previously announced.

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Unofficial Fastest Speeds From USAC Timing & Scoring:

DRIVER TEAM LAPS FAST TIME FAST SPEED ============================================================================ Scott Brayton Team Menard 70 19.820 181.634 Arie Luyendyk Jonathan Byrd/Leberle-Treadway 70 20.220 178.041 Buzz Calkins Bradley Motorsports 20 20.368 176.750 Davey Hamilton AJ Foyt Enterprises 61 20.500 175.609 Robbie Buhl Beck Motorsports/Zunne Group 143 21.740 165.593 Scott Sharp AJ Foyt Enterprises 59 22.040 163.339 Johnny Parsons Blueprint Racing 6 (warmup only)

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buzz Calkins , Robbie Buhl , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk , Skip Barber , Johnny Parsons , A.J. Foyt , Bob Sharp