IRL: Cheever Kentucky qualifying

Sparta, KY (August 11, 2001) - Eddie Cheever Jr. qualified third for Sunday's Belterra Resort Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway, the fifth time this season that he has started third or higher. Cheever, who captured the first victory for the new ...

Sparta, KY (August 11, 2001) - Eddie Cheever Jr. qualified third for Sunday's Belterra Resort Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway, the fifth time this season that he has started third or higher. Cheever, who captured the first victory for the new Infiniti Indy 35A engine at Kansas City in July, clocked a quick lap of 25.328 seconds (213.200 mph) in his #51 Cheever Indy Racing entry.

Tomorrow's tenth round of the 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series, the Belterra Resort Indy 300, will be broadcast live on ABC at 12:30pm Central time.

Eddie Cheever Jr. (on qualifying): "We made a mistake on the gearing this afternoon in qualifying. We keep hovering between a gear that is too short and a gear that is too long. The air is really thick. It's like driving through oatmeal out there, it's so heavy. I think it's adding a lot of drag to the car."

On tomorrow's race: "Once we get the gearing right we'll be okay. It's a very long race. We're looking forward to tomorrow. Our team has done all of the development on this new engine and the Infiniti 35A has been particularly strong on these 1.5-mile ovals. I think it will come down to consistency. We've always worked on consistency and the Infiniti 35A is a very 'driveable' engine in traffic. I'm sure that heat will play a very important role too."

-CIR

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