IRL: Indy500: Eddie cheever sixth fastest on day 4 practice

Tuesday Practice: 6th 40.708 seconds 221.087mph Indianapolis, IN - 1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion Eddie Cheever Jr. was sixth-fastest overall during the fourth day of practice for the 84th running of the Indianapolis 500 ...

Tuesday Practice: 6th 40.708 seconds 221.087mph

Indianapolis, IN - 1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion Eddie Cheever Jr. was sixth-fastest overall during the fourth day of practice for the 84th running of the Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 28. For the second consecutive day, Cheever recorded a lap above 221mph in his #51 Excite@Home Infiniti-powered Dallara. His quick time of 40.708 seconds (221.087 mph) came in the morning session, just prior to a rain shower that halted track activity for almost three hours. Cheever: "We made some changes to the back end of the #51 Excite@Home Infiniti, and the car is a little bit better. The wind changes constantly here. This morning it was pushing to the north, so you're almost eight miles an hour faster on one straightaway than the other. The car is running well, though -- so far, so good. We're continuing to put miles on the #51 Excite@Home car and we made a lot of progress today. The cars are all very close and we're just slugging away, one day at a time. You just try to learn something every time you go out. In the afternoon, we went out to shake down the spare car that I crashed on Saturday, but we had an engine problem and that ended our day."

(On the rain delay): "The rain allows you to sit down and go through all the data instead of being out on the racetrack. You can study it instead of just accumulating it. In the beginning, it used to frustrate me, but it doesn't anymore. There's nothing you can do about it. You just need to use the time to your advantage, and go around and look at data, trying to figure things out."

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Series IndyCar
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