IRL: WDW testing notes 96-01-18

For Immediate Release ST. JAMES READY TO GO FAST ON FINAL WDWS TESTING DAY LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., January 18, 1996 -- Lyn St. James and the Scandia/Simon Racing team worked with a variety of chassis setups today and head into Friday's last...

For Immediate Release

ST. JAMES READY TO GO FAST ON FINAL WDWS TESTING DAY

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., January 18, 1996 -- Lyn St. James and the Scandia/Simon Racing team worked with a variety of chassis setups today and head into Friday's last day of preseason testing at Walt Disney World Speedway ready to go fast.

"We did three different chassis setups, and at the end, we found one that's a good starting point," said St. James. "I'm in the ballpark with what I have to feel to go fast."

St. James' fastest lap of the day was 21.990 seconds, 163.710 miles per hour.

Dick Simon, the team's general manager and chief engineer, is due in town Friday, when St. James will try to "go fast."

"Dick will be here tomorrow and we hope the weather holds," said St. James. "I've felt more prepared going into races, but I certainly feel a lot better today than I did a week ago. Tomorrow's the last day we can run before the event, so it's an important day.

"On one-mile ovals, two or three tenths (of a second) can be 5-10 miles an hour...the incremental gains you make are big chunks in miles an hour.

"Ideally, I'd want to be in the 19s (second bracket), but it's hard to get that in one day."

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Johnny O'Connell and the Cunningham Motorsports team arrived at WDWS and were preparing their car for the final day of testing Friday.

"It'll be good not to have a roof over my head again," joked O'Connell, the former IMSA Nissan factory sportscar driver.

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At 10:20 a.m., Bill Tempero in the Tempero Racing entry did a half-spin at the exit of Turn 1, hit the wall with the left rear, came around and hit again with the front. Tempero was uninjured and returned to the track in a backup car. The car sustained minor front wing and left rear damage.

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Ron McQueeney, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Director of Photography, has been on-site throughout testing at Walt Disney World Speedway. He has many photos available for media use in advance coverage of the Indy 200. For information, call Ron at the IRL office at WDWS,

407/939-0502, or contact Pat Jones at the IMS photo office at 317/484-6771.

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PHOTOGRAPHERS NOTE: On Race Day (Jan.27) at WDWS, firesuits will be mandatory for entry into the team areas immediately behind the pits. Behind the team areas, firesuits are not required. Entry to team areas is by team invitation only. If you anticipate shooting from a team area, please make your own arrangements for the necessary gear. ###

Unofficial Fastest Speeds From USAC Timing & Scoring:

DRIVER TEAM LAPS FAST TIME FAST SPEED ============================================================================ Eddie Cheever Team Menard 82 20.280 177.777 Lyn St. James Scandia/Simon Racing 60 21.990 163.710 Bill Tempero Tempero Racing 49 26.340 136.674

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Johnny O'Connell , Lyn St. James , Dick Simon