IRL: Chicagoland: Cheever Racing qualifying report

Rice on front row in Red Bull Cheever Infiniti at Chicago. Buddy Rice was less than a tenth of a second off the pole position set by Sam Hornish Jr. today in qualifying for the Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. With a fast lap of 24.61 ...

Rice on front row in Red Bull Cheever Infiniti at Chicago.

Buddy Rice was less than a tenth of a second off the pole position set by Sam Hornish Jr. today in qualifying for the Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. With a fast lap of 24.61 seconds, 222.349 mph he earned the outside spot on the front row in his first race at the Joliet, Illinois oval.

The Delphi Indy 300 will be Rice's fourth race with Red Bull Cheever Racing. The IRL rookie first joined the team at Michigan where he finished second. He finished 12th at Kansas, where he was setback by a blistered tire, and fourth at Gateway.

Eddie Cheever Jr. will start sixth, qualifying with a lap of 24.73 seconds, 221.281 mph, in the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti.

Buddy Rice on Qualifying:
"Yesterday we had the fastest practice time of the day, and we did full tank runs. We're real happy with that. It helps to be starting on the front row. This is going to be a big draft fest, and hopefully we can just get out front and stay up front with the lead pack. My whole plan right now is just to get through the weekend and have another strong finish for Red Bull Cheever Racing."

Eddie Cheever Jr. on Qualifying:
"I am very surprised at the big jump in the competitiveness of the Pennzoil car. I take my hat off to that team. They appear to have found two miles per hour since the last race. That's an amazing technical feat, and I don't say that spitefully. They really stepped it up for the end of the championship. Buddy did a great job getting a Red Bull car on the front row. I had a bad qualifying run. We had to change two engines leading into qualifying today. We've had a series of problems there, but we are working hard to resolve those issues. I am looking forward to tomorrow. It should be a good day for us."

Race Information
The Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway starts at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, Sept. 8. The race will be televised live on ABC and by the Indy Racing Radio Network. Live timing and scoring of all on-track activity can be found on www.indyracing.com.

Red Bull Cheever Racing, based in Indianapolis, is the brainchild of 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. A leader in American motorsports, the Indy Racing League team is built on Cheever's experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel oval racing. Corporate and technical partnerships with the world's leading energy drink Red Bull, Nissan North America's Infiniti Division, TWR Group, and Lincoln Financial Group greatly enhance the team's resources and technology. For more information, visit www.cheeverindyracing.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Buddy Rice , Sam Hornish Jr.