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INDY 200 1997 - WALT DISNEY WORLD

QUALIFYING

Tony Stewart Takes Pole After Davy Jones Shunt in Practice

Tony Stewart braved a track which has claimed many victims in its short history to take Pole Position for the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World. Circulating the speedway in just 21.685s, 166.013 mphon his second lap Stewart qualified over 1mph faster than nearest rival Arie Luyendyk who travelled at 164.964 mph.

This qualifying result must make Stewart, whose pre-race testing form excelled, one of the top favourites to win the event.

Earlier on, in practice, driver number 4, Davy Jones, had a huge accident when he found himself sideways on turn 3. The car then slid on to the dirt inside the turn before going sideways to hit the outside wall twice. The wrecked car eventually came to a stop on the infield grass and Davy Jones, suffering critical head injuries, was taken by helicoptered to the Orland Regional Medical Center.

Since then Jones has regained conciousness and is talking but his condition is still said by doctors to be serious.

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