First Car to Meet IRL Specifications Put through Paces in Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) _ Treadway Racing trotted out a car designed to 1997 Indy Racing League specifications Wednesday for three days of tests.
Arie Luyendyk, who lives in nearby Scottsdale and won the 1990 Indianapolis 500, put the Oldsmobile-powered G Force chassis through 23 laps on the one-mile oval, including five at racing speeds.
The car, first chassis-engine package completed for next year’s Indy 500 and other races in the IRL series, is No. GF-01-001. It features a normally aspirated Aurora V-8 engine.
``My initial impression is that it’s going to be a fun car to drive,″ Luyendyk said. ``I’m excited about being here. We’re not running flat-out to the potential of the engine yet. After all, we only had five laps.″
Ed Keating, manager of Oldsmobile’s IRL program, said the initial tests were for data acquisition and to determine if the car is reliable.
``It’s very gratifying for us and all our suppliers,″ Keating said. ``It’s been a very good first day. All the basic systems checked out.″
Laurie Gerrish, manager of North American operations for England-based G Force, said the first trials were the culmination of 5 1/2 months of development.
``There were no leaks, no problems,″ Gerrish said.