Long Beach, Calif. -- Eddie Cheever Jr. recorded a fast qualifying lap of 1 minute 21.063 seconds -- 87.399 mph -- and will start ninth Saturday in the inaugural Crown Royal Grand American Challenge of Long Beach. Cheever will drive the first...
Long Beach, Calif. -- Eddie Cheever Jr. recorded a fast qualifying lap of 1 minute 21.063 seconds -- 87.399 mph -- and will start ninth Saturday in the inaugural Crown Royal Grand American Challenge of Long Beach.
Cheever will drive the first segment of the race before partner Christian Fittipaldi takes the wheel of the No. 39 Cheever Racing Crown Royal Reserve Porsche.
"Our qualifying went very well this afternoon with the changes we made to car," Cheever said. "I will start the race off tomorrow and our driver change with Christian will take place around the first or second yellow of the race depending on how the race goes. The circuit is tight and our engine configuration is not that good off the corners, but we are very confident in the car. Tomorrow's race will be a good but exciting race."
Luis Diaz will start from the pole position when the green flag drops at 7 p.m. ET. The race will be shown on a delayed basis on Speed beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Daytona Prototypes will have a 20-minute morning workout Saturday morning in preparation for the green flag to drop at 4 p.m. local time. Cheever's entry leads the Grand Am team standings after the first three events of the season, including a runner-up finish March 25 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"We were in good shape this afternoon during qualifying," Fittipaldi said. "We were a little bit shy from where we expected to run, but everyone wants to start at the front. We had a trouble-free day along with everyone else today. It was a very clean qualifying session. I feel we have a very solid car for tomorrow. It is very important for us to finish in the points due to our position in the series points standings."