IRL: Indy500: Infiniti drivers turn final practice lap

Indianapolis, Ind. (May 24, 2001) -- Infiniti's trio of drivers turned their final practice laps of the month prior to the start of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27. Robbie Buhl was the fastest Infiniti driver of Carburetion Day, posting the 12th...

Indianapolis, Ind. (May 24, 2001) -- Infiniti's trio of drivers turned their final practice laps of the month prior to the start of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27.

Robbie Buhl was the fastest Infiniti driver of Carburetion Day, posting the 12th fastest speed at 220.297 mph. He completed 19 laps of practice in the No. 24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Infiniti.

Cheever Indy Racing teammates Eddie Cheever Jr. and Scott Goodyear were 19th (217.847 mph) and 27th (216.073 mph) fastest of the day, respectively. Cheever completed 26 laps in the No. 51 Excite@Home Infiniti and Scott Goodyear completed 28 laps in the No. 52 Thermos Grill2Go Infiniti.

Three Infiniti-powered cars have qualified for the 85th running of the Indianapolis 500. Robbie Buhl qualified ninth and will start from the outside of row three, while Scott Goodyear is 16th, starting from the inside of row six. Eddie Cheever Jr. will start from the inside of row nine from the 25th position.

The starting grid is the closest ever in the history of the Indianapolis 500 with only 3.484 seconds separating the 33-car field.

The 2001 Indianapolis 500 starts at Noon (EDT) on May 27 and will be televised live on ABC.

Robbie Buhl, No. 24 Team Purex/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force-Infiniti: "We are happy with the car today. It repeated how we finished up last week. That's our Infiniti race motor in there and all of our race components and everything seemed to work. I was happy with it. The guys are just going to go back and rub on the car for a couple of days now. We are good to go. There are some fast speeds being posted out there. It is kind of a guessing game in terms of what people are going to gear for, but you can't get sucked into that game. Our car repeated its strong performance from practice last week, so I am pretty confident about what we have."

Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Excite@Home Dallara-Infiniti: "We ran on full tanks, and the car is okay. We made a decision on what we think the race pace is going to be, and we'll either be right or we'll be wrong."

Scott Goodyear, No. 52 Thermos Grill2Go Cheever Indy Racing Dallara-Infiniti: "I think we're ready. We ran a lot of fuel. There are pretty big times out there. If they keep running like that on race day, I think we'll be in chase mode. I have a good race car right now and think we'll be good on race day."

-IM

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