IRL: Nashville: Cheever Racing preview

Red Bull Cheever Racing looks to turn season around at Nashville. A combination of a dominating run at Kansas and a successful test at Nashville early last week, provides some much needed encouragement for the drivers and crew at Red Bull...

Red Bull Cheever Racing looks to turn season around at Nashville.

A combination of a dominating run at Kansas and a successful test at Nashville early last week, provides some much needed encouragement for the drivers and crew at Red Bull Cheever Racing who are looking for their first victory this season.

In a July 9 test at the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway, Tomas Scheckter completed 125 laps on the unique concrete oval, breaking the 200 mph barrier in the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara-Infiniti-Firestone. His unofficial quick lap of 201.6 mph, surpassed last year's pole speed of 199.922 mph.

The test followed the team's dominating, but heartbreaking, weekend at Kansas Speedway, where Scheckter led over half the race and was knocking on the door of victory when a cut tire took him out of contention with only nine laps remaining. The team also had a strong qualifying effort at Kansas with Scheckter earning his second career pole position and Eddie Cheever Jr. qualifying third.

Eddie Cheever Jr. on Nashville
"We are still recuperating from Kansas where our performance was more of the same: win the pole, lead the race, and then heartbreak. I keep thinking that things will eventually change, and I am hoping that will be at Nashville. The Indy Racing League has more momentum than ever right now. I think once fans see our racing, they return to see it again and again. At Kansas, the crowd seemed larger and more enthusiastic than ever. I hope we see the same thing at Nashville, another track that is in its second season with the IRL."

Tomas Scheckter on Nashville
"I enjoyed running at Nashville. I am happy we had a chance to test at Nashville because the concrete surface is different. It has less grip and a few bumps. During our test we were able to make several improvements on the Red Bull Infiniti. I am happy with what we have for the race. I hope it will be similar to Kansas, with the only difference being everything stays together for the last nine laps."

Flashback: Cheever's History at Nashville
Coming off a victory at Kansas, Cheever was poised for a strong run in the IRL's inaugural race at the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway. Qualifying fifth, he ran as high as fourth in the 200-lap race on the 1.33-mile concrete oval. Midway through the race he tangled with a backmarker ending his day on lap 103.

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