IRL: Infiniti Motorsports Texas II Friday notes

FORT WORTH, Tex. (Oct. 5, 2001) -- The only winner in today's MBNA Pole Day competition for Saturday's Indy Racing season finale at Texas Motor Speedway was Mother Nature. Infiniti had four experienced drivers--Robbie Buhl, Eddie Cheever Jr., ...

FORT WORTH, Tex. (Oct. 5, 2001) -- The only winner in today's MBNA Pole Day competition for Saturday's Indy Racing season finale at Texas Motor Speedway was Mother Nature.

Infiniti had four experienced drivers--Robbie Buhl, Eddie Cheever Jr., Greg Ray, and Jeff Ward--ready to make their best attempt at winning the first pole position for the manufacturer since its Indy Racing debut in 1997. Unfortunately, wet weather conditions forced the cancellation of qualifying, leaving the starting grid to be determined by entrant points.

Teams had the opportunity to warm-up their cars in a 30-minute, yellow-flag practice session, but speeds were limited by IRL officials due to the cold, damp track conditions.

Practice is scheduled from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The final race of the 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. The race will be televised live on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. (EDT) Saturday, Oct 6.

Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Cheever Indy Racing Dallara-Infiniti-Firestone: "Unfortunately, it was a cold, windy waste of a day. The only information I gathered today was that I wished I'd worn two pairs of long underwear instead of one. We had the race engine in for practice today and we're ready for tomorrow."

Greg Ray, No. 11 Harrah's/Foyt Racing Dallara-Infiniti-Firestone (About first experience driving the Infiniti engine): "The vibrations are different, and the throttle pressure is different. But we never really got to put our foot up to the back side of it and go, so we really don't know yet. Robbie Buhl and Eddie Cheever Jr. have been very quick all year long, so I think the engine definitely has horsepower in all the right spots. (About the organization of the team with Eliseo Salazar driving Oldsmobile power, and Greg driving Infiniti power) This is A.J. Foyt's team so he is pretty much controls in everything. It is a great comparison. The cars are going to be pretty much identical. It's going to be a great exercise."

-IM-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl , Eliseo Salazar , Jeff Ward , A.J. Foyt