IRL: Kentucky: Cheever Racing qualifying report

Rice leads Red Bull Cheever Racing to sixth in qualifying at Kentucky. Rookie Buddy Rice led Red Bull Cheever Racing in qualifying at Kentucky by earning sixth place with a 220.264 mph lap in the No. 53 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti. Eddie...

Rice leads Red Bull Cheever Racing to sixth in qualifying at Kentucky.

Rookie Buddy Rice led Red Bull Cheever Racing in qualifying at Kentucky by earning sixth place with a 220.264 mph lap in the No. 53 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti.

Eddie Cheever Jr., who drew sixth in the qualifying order, was one of nine drivers who gave up one of their qualifying laps to go later in the session hoping for better track conditions. His delayed qualifying attempt produced a 220.072 mph lap, earning him seventh on the starting grid in the No. 51 Red Bull Infiniti.

Rookie Tomas Scheckter was the first Red Bull Cheever Racing driver to go on track for qualifying. He qualified 17th with a 217.557 mph lap in the No. 52 Red Bull Infiniti.

The Red Bull Cheever Racing drivers were significantly faster in the two practice session before qualifying. Scheckter was third fastest overall with a 222.244 mph lap. Rice's quicket lap of 222.232 mph was fourth fastest, while Cheever was seventh fastest with a 221.890 mph lap.

Eddie Cheever Jr. on Qualifying:
"We've had a difficult time getting the cars balanced here. We were just guessing when it came to qualifying. We should do well in the race. It's great to see another pole for the TWR Infiniti engine. It's a great accomplishment for Sarah."

Tomas Scheckter on Qualifying:
"We just made the wrong decision. We stayed out when we shouldn't have. But it's a long race tomorrow. I think we've got a good race car. There is definitely some momentum for the team coming off a win at Michigan, but it just deflated a bit. We'll get it back for tomorrow. I'd like to give the guys another win this weekend. There was a lot of stuff said in the press lately that shouldn't have been said in the press, but we've got a win out of it. That's the most important thing. Maybe that's what we need to do, fight with each other to win races."

Buddy Rice on Qualifying:
"It was alright. The track changed quite a bit from our last session. We made some minor qualifying adjustments. There was a little bit of a problem with the track conditions, but I don't think it was really that bad. It just put us off a little bit. Sixth place is a solid start for the race. We need another good finish in the race tomorrow."

Race Information
The Belterra Casino Indy 300 starts at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, Aug. 11. The race will be televised live on ABC and by the Indy Racing Radio Network. Live timing and scoring of all on-track activity can be found on www.indyracing.com.

Red Bull Cheever Racing, based in Indianapolis, is the brainchild of 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. A leader in American motorsports, the Indy Racing League team is built on Cheever's experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel oval racing. Corporate and technical partnerships with the world's leading energy drink Red Bull, Nissan North America's Infiniti Division, TWR Group, and Lincoln Financial Group greatly enhance the team's resources and technology. For more information, visit www.cheeverindyracing.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Eddie Cheever , Buddy Rice