IRL: Eddie Cheever qualifies in top ten again at Pikes Peak

Morning Practice: 5th 174.199mph 20. 666 seconds Qualified: 10th 172.944mph 20.816 seconds Fountain, CO - After posting the fastest times in both Friday practice sessions and running among...

Morning Practice: 5th 174.199mph 20. 666 seconds

Qualified: 10th 172.944mph 20.816 seconds

Fountain, CO - After posting the fastest times in both Friday practice sessions and running among the pacesetters on Saturday morning, #51 Excite@Home driver Eddie Cheever Jr. notched his sixth consecutive top-ten start of the 2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series in qualifying for Sunday's Radisson Indy 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Cheever, who is the only driver to have finished every race this season and is consequently the leader in laps completed, will start the 200-lap event on the 1-mile Colorado oval from the outside of the fifth row.

Cheever (on qualifying): "That was my fastest time by myself and I was flat all around. I said earlier that I'd be happy with a 20.9 in qualifying, so it's okay. The tows have been kind of strange at all of the tracks this year, and it makes qualifying very difficult because you don't know what's going to happen when you're by yourself."

(On the race): "Historically we have always done better in the race than in qualifying. We can repeat the same time lap after lap after lap, and the #51 Excite@Home Infiniti is a very, very, very good racecar. I think you'll see a lot of improvement in the race tomorrow. As always it will be a very tough race here at PPIR."

(On the championship): "The #51 Excite@Home team is third in points right now, but we haven't won any races yet. I can see us very easily being in the top-three tomorrow, and hopefully coming away with the win. With the backing of Excite@Home and the support of Infiniti, we are in great shape to make a run for the Indy Racing Northern Light Series title."

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