IRL: Indy500: Infiniti Fastest on Second Day at Indy

Eddie Cheever Jr. drove his Infiniti-powered No. 51 Excite@Home car to the top of the timing charts during the second day of practice for the Indianapolis 500. Clocking the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 40.74 seconds, an average speed of 220.878...

Eddie Cheever Jr. drove his Infiniti-powered No. 51 Excite@Home car to the top of the timing charts during the second day of practice for the Indianapolis 500. Clocking the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 40.74 seconds, an average speed of 220.878 mph, Cheever was not only the fastest driver of the day, but also ran the quickest lap of the month so far.

QUOTES

Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Excite@Home Infiniti: (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."

<pre> PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS

*1. Eddie Cheever Jr., 220.878, #51 Dallara-Infiniti 2. Al Unser Jr., 220.686, #3T G Force-Oldsmobile 3. Robby McGehee, 219.783, #5 G Force-Oldsmobile 4. Scott Sharp, 219.770, #8T Dallara-Oldsmobile 5. Buddy Lazier, 219.453, #91 Dallara-Oldsmobile 6. Scott Harrington, 218.956, #17 Dallara-Oldsmobile 7. Jimmy Kite, 218.443, #27 G Force-Oldsmobile 8. Stephan Gregoire, 218.401, #7 G Force-Oldsmobile 9. Davey Hamilton, 218.351, #16 G Force-Oldsmobile 10. Robby Gordon, 218.300, #1T Dallara-Oldsmobile

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Robby McGehee , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Buddy Lazier , Stephan Gregoire , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Jimmy Kite , Scott Harrington