Cheever Sixth Fastest in Practice at Indy; Papis Improves Eddie Cheever Jr. was sixth fastest in a rain-shortened practice today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rain showers delayed practice until late afternoon when the track opened for...
Cheever Sixth Fastest in Practice at Indy; Papis Improves Eddie Cheever Jr. was sixth fastest in a rain-shortened practice today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rain showers delayed practice until late afternoon when the track opened for nearly an hour and a half. Driving 26 laps, Cheever turned a quick lap of 225.538 mph in the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti.
Indianapolis 500 rookie Max Papis improved on his best speed by almost three miles per hour in his second day of practice on the 2.5-mile oval. Turning the 15th fastest lap, at 223.473 mph, Papis drove 35 laps in the No. 53 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti.
Eddie Cheever Jr. on Practice
"The weather in Indianapolis is always unpredictable. For most of the day it was cloudy and raining, so I didn't think there was a chance that we would run today. I was pleasantly surprised when the sun came out and we got to practice for the final hour or so. It was a valuable session for us; we gathered some important data. We tried some different things on the handling that should have worked and they didn't. So we will go back to yesterday's setup and work from there."
Max Papis on Opening Day at Indianapolis
"I was really glad, after waiting all day, that we got to take the Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti on track. I have made progress from yesterday. I am getting more familiar with everyone on the team. I think we are reaching our goals. We are quicker today, but not as quick as we want. It's not necessary to be quick until Saturday. Now, I feel very confident that we are going in the right direction to find the feeling I am trying to get out of the car. I think we are making a lot of progress. During the rain, I finished off my seat fitting and went training. It was a good time today."
Cheever on "Bob and Tom Show" Tomorrow
Eddie Cheever Jr. will be a guest on the Bob and Tom Show on Tuesday, May 6 at 9 a.m. The popular morning show can be heard on WFBQ 94.7 FM in Indianapolis.
The 86th running of the Indianapolis 500 starts at noon (EDT) Sunday, May 26. 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.