IRL: Indy500: Eddie Cheever fastest on second practice day

1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion Eddie Cheever Jr. topped the timesheets Sunday during the second day of practice for the 84th running of the Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 28. Cheever clocked his fast lap of 220.881mph during the final five ...

1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion Eddie Cheever Jr. topped the timesheets Sunday during the second day of practice for the 84th running of the Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 28. Cheever clocked his fast lap of 220.881mph during the final five minutes of practice in his Infiniti-powered #51 Excite@Home Indy Race Car.

Cheever (on posting the fastest lap of the day): "It's kind of like having the best grades on the first day of school, but today was a lot of fun. Today was for the mechanics - they've worked really hard. The #51 Excite@Home car wasn't perfect - we had some push in Turn 2 - and the westerly wind was making things very tricky. The winds will actually move you over about ten feet going through the corners, and it's not a nice feeling when you're going 230mph. You have to take a deep breath and hope the car sticks all the way around. The Infiniti engine was just tremendous today, we are extremely pleased with the performance of the Firestone tires, and the #51 Excite@Home Dallara is handling very well."

(On the importance of focus at the Indianapolis 500): "What happens at Indy is that you have so much time to test that everybody is kind of lazy in the beginning, so we had a team meeting this morning to make sure that we hit our objectives earlier in the week rather than later. It is hard to get back into the run of things after you have a mechanical failure because you're not sure if it will happen again. You just point your nose in the wind and keep on going."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever