IRL: Infiniti Indy, Dover Qualifying Notes

INFINITI INDY INSIDER *Trackside Report, MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200, Dover Downs International Speedway* Qualifying -- Saturday, July 31, 1999 Under heat-wave conditions at Dover Downs, Infiniti driver Eddie Cheever Jr. qualified 19th today with a...

INFINITI INDY INSIDER *Trackside Report, MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200, Dover Downs International Speedway* Qualifying -- Saturday, July 31, 1999

Under heat-wave conditions at Dover Downs, Infiniti driver Eddie Cheever Jr. qualified 19th today with a lap of 177.009 mph. The No. 51 The Children's Beverage Group/Team Cheever Infiniti will start the MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200 from the tenth row of the 23-car field.

In the final practice session Team Cheever fine-tuned their race setup and posted the sixth fastest time with a 179.426 mph lap.

The 200-mile race on "The Monster Mile" starts at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1. The MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200 race will be televised on a same-day, tape-delayed basis at 3 p.m. (EDT) Aug. 1 on FOX. The Indy Racing Radio Network race broadcast also will be available live on the Internet at: http://www.broadcast.com/sports/motorsports/autoracing/indy/irl/ as part of a partnership between Indy Racing Online and broadcast.com, the world's leading Web broadcast site.

Quotes:

Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 The Children's Beverage Group/Team Cheever Infiniti/Dallara/Goodyear (Qualified 19th): "After this morning's practice, the engine just didn't feel right, so we changed it out prior to qualifying. I think we made the right decision. We've had the same problem the past two or three races, where we are running really well in traffic but not when we are by ourselves. I'm quite baffled. We are running the minimum amount of downforce we can run here, so we're really not sure why we continue to fall off in qualifying trim. Starting from the back of the pack is like being bankrupt and having to regain your fortune all over again. Though Dover is not the best place to start from the back, it's a long race. We'll be fine."

Qualifying Highlights:

1. Mark Dismore, 182.639 2. Scott Sharp, 182.417 3. Greg Ray, 181.068 4. Sam Schmidt, 181.005 5. Scott Harrington, 180.415 6. John Hollansworth, 180.316 7. Jeff Ward, 180.189 8. Davey Hamilton, 179.919 9. Stephan Gregoire, 179.497 10. Robby McGehee, 179.301 19. Eddie Cheever Jr., 177.009

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby McGehee , Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Stephan Gregoire , Jeff Ward , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Mark Dismore , Sam Schmidt , Scott Harrington