Red Bull Cheever Racing Claims Second Row in Qualifying at Miami Teammates Tomas Scheckter and Eddie Cheever Jr. qualified side-by-side on the second row of the starting grid for the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Rookie ...
Red Bull Cheever Racing Claims Second Row in Qualifying at Miami
Teammates Tomas Scheckter and Eddie Cheever Jr. qualified side-by-side on the second row of the starting grid for the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Rookie Scheckter came back from a crash in practice to qualify third in the backup No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti with a 201.868 mph lap. Cheever was fourth fastest in qualifying with a 201.432 mph lap in the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti.
General Manager Dick Caron said: "It's a big change for Red Bull Cheever Racing when all the guys on the team are disappointed with getting both cars on the second row in qualifying. That's a sign of how much progress we have made. Eddie went out and ran a quick lap, and was able to give us some changes to put on Tomas' car for his run in the backup car. Tomas jumped into a brand new car that had never been run before. The mechanics set it up so well that it handled just like the primary car. We are very pleased. The cars were prepped well, and we didn't miss a beat all day."
Tomas Scheckter on Qualifying Third (201.828 mph, 26.75 seconds):
"Well you know the last time I was out there I was in the wall at turn four, so I just have to say thank you to the Red Bull Cheever crew for getting the backup car out there for qualifying. The car felt pretty good. Our setup was a little conservative. We could have gone a little quicker, but we will save that for tomorrow. This morning I had a fright with the wind, but I learned my lesson. It shocked me a little bit, hitting the wall, but I am a professional. I had to get it together and do what I have to do. I am happy to be starting in third place. Hopefully we will have a good race tomorrow."
Eddie Cheever Jr. on Qualifying Fourth (201.432 mph, 26.81 seconds):
"That was the worst balance we've had on this track. The conditions are very windy and the weather is just funky this weekend. The car was loose coming off turn three. This track can be very difficult. You've got days like this where the tropical wind blows through and plays havoc with the car. This is like landing an airplane with a cross wind. You've got to get it just right. My biggest problem is turning into turn three at 207 miles per hour and trying to convince my foot to stay down. My foot says I'm the first one to hit, I'm coming up. It's not easy."
Scheckter Quickest of the Weekend-and Youngest:
Tomas Scheckter turned the quickest lap of the weekend, at 204.487 mph, in the first practice session on Thursday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. At 21 years old he is the youngest driver in the 26-car field.
"He is very talented, very determined, and young," said Eddie Cheever Jr. "Apart from this morning when he hit the wall, he doesn't have any negative thoughts when it comes to racing on ovals. If he continues to progress, he will become one of the better drivers."