Davy Jones, driver of the
Monsoon-Galles Racing G-Force-Aurora was seriously
injured during the first qualifying session for the
opening round of the 1997 Indy Racing League season,
writes James Beckett.
the 1996 Le Mans 24 Hour race winner and also runner-up
in last year's Indianapolis 500, was listed in a serious
but stable condition after his car hit both the
inside and outside walls of Turn 3 at the Walt Disney
World Speedway, Florida.
year old from Lake Tahoe, Nevada, was taken from the
track to the Orlando Regional Medical Centre where he was
admitted with head injuries. At the time of the
accident Jones had recorded a lap speed of 164.556
mph to be the second fastest driver of the day.
fastest time was set by Team Menard's Glidden/Menard Special
driver, Tony Stewart. The 'Top Gun' from pre-season testing,
blasted around the one-mile oval at a speed of 167.715
mph. Second in last year's Indy 200 at WDW, and pole
sitter at Indianapolis, Stewart threw down the
gauntlet to everyone following his performance.
characteristics of the car are about the same as last year,
" Stewart said. "You have to work harder to
get the car up to speed. You are going to see closer
racing than last year."
the IRL race is the opening round of the US Formula
Ford 2000 Championship:
Rice, from Phoenix, Arizona, won pole-position for the
50-lap event with a track record time of 125.58 mph.
Foyt, the son of four-time Indy 500 winner AJ Foyt, qualified
tenth fastest and made his first FF2000 field.