IRL: Indy500: Infiniti drivers resume practice

Indianapolis, Ind. (May 16, 2001) -- After two official days of rest from on-track practice, Infiniti drivers Scott Goodyear and Robbie Buhl resumed practice, this time with a focus on preparing for the grueling 500 miles of the "Greatest...

Indianapolis, Ind. (May 16, 2001) -- After two official days of rest from on-track practice, Infiniti drivers Scott Goodyear and Robbie Buhl resumed practice, this time with a focus on preparing for the grueling 500 miles of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on May 27.

Scott Goodyear drove the most number of laps today, 50, of the Infiniti drivers. He was eighth fastest with a 218.312 mph lap in the No. 52 Thermos Grill2Go Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti. Robbie Buhl was 15th fastest at 215.590 mph, driving 19 laps in the No. 24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Infiniti. Eddie Cheever Jr. watched from the sidelines today, working with teammate Scott Goodyear on preparations for the race.

All three Infiniti drivers have qualified for the Indianapolis 500. Robbie Buhl is ninth on the provisional starting grid in the No. 24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Infiniti, while Scott Goodyear is 16th in the No. 52 Thermos Grill2Go Infiniti. Eddie Cheever Jr. is currently 30th in the No. 51 Excite@Home Infiniti.

Practice continues May 17 to 19 from Noon to 6 p.m. each day. Live television coverage includes a daily report on ESPN2 from 6 to 7 p.m. (all times EDT).

Scott Goodyear, No. 52 Thermos Grill2Go Cheever Indy Racing Dallara-Infiniti: "We spent the day finding a comfortable race pace with fuel. We're checking the balance of the car and identified areas to work on over the next couple of days. As the week wears on we'll try to run in traffic and get a better handle on the car. We'll see how the week progresses."

Robbie Buhl, No. 24 Team Purex/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force-Infiniti: "We actually had three days off track, we took Sunday off as well, which was good for the guys. We needed to regroup. Today we got out there in race mode. We tried some new bits with the Infiniti guys. We want to get comfortable with our durability and reliability. We will do that again tomorrow. We'll check gears and ride heights with full tanks. Most importantly, we'll put some mileage on some new bits so that we have 100-percent confidence going into the race."

Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Excite@Home Dallara-Infiniti: "Scott and I have a very good relationship. We're like the odd couple. Scott's very detailed in everything he does. He's like a painter who paints with a very small brush, whereas I just throw big buckets of paint on the canvas. Scott's very talented, very dedicated to what he's doing and very hungry. I know that Infiniti has been very happy with the work that he has been doing developing the 35A since that has been his primary responsibility since the beginning of the season. The good thing about having a teammate like Scott, who has so much experience at Indy, is that at the end of the day he can be working on some things on the car, I can be working on something else, and we get to where we want to be quicker."

-IM

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl , Scott Goodyear
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing