IRL: Nazareth: Infiniti Motorsports preview

Firestone Indy 225 Race 4 of 15-race Indy Racing League Series Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pa., one-mile oval April 16, 2002 INFINITI DRIVERS: *Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara-Infiniti-Firestone *Sarah Fisher, No. 24...

Firestone Indy 225
Race 4 of 15-race Indy Racing League Series
Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pa., one-mile oval
April 16, 2002

INFINITI DRIVERS:
*Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara-Infiniti-Firestone
*Sarah Fisher, No. 24 Team Purex/Aventis Dreyer & Reinbold Racing GForce-Infiniti-Firestone
*Shigeaki Hattori, No. 12 Epson Bradley Motorsports Dallara-Infiniti-Firestone
*Tomas Scheckter, No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara-Infiniti-Firestone
*Laurent Redon, No. 34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing Dallara-Infiniti-Firestone

*Sarah Fisher joins the Infiniti lineup this weekend at Nazareth Speedway, filling in for Robbie Buhl who was injured during qualifying at California Speedway last month. Fisher has a career-best IRL finish of second in 2001 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Her best start was second in 2001 at Richmond. "I am thrilled about driving an Indy Racing League car for Dreyer & Reinbold at Nazareth," said Fisher. "It is a privilege to drive such an awesome race car like the No. 24 and to be invited to join such a well-respected group of people like Dreyer & Reinbold, Purex, and Aventis."

*Eddie Cheever Jr. has a mission to accomplish at Nazareth: to win. He raced seven times at Nazareth Speedway in the Champ Car series, with six top-ten results. His most notable race was in 1995. Leading with just over a lap remaining, his Foyt Enterprises car ran out of fuel ending his day with a disappointing fifth-place finish.

"Have you ever gone crazy about all the single socks you have stored away in drawer at home?" says Cheever. "I have a lot of those, and this race is one of them. Winning at Nazareth would be like finding one of those lost socks."

2002 Infiniti results

Miami: Tomas Scheckter started 3rd and finished 6th. Robbie Buhl started 7th and finished 12th. Laurent Redon started 9th and finished 15th. Eddie Cheever Jr. started 4th and finished 25th (crash).

Phoenix: Robbie Buhl started 6th and finished 13th. Eddie Cheever Jr. started 16th and finished 15th, leading 10 laps. Laurent Redon started 12th finished 14th. Tomas Scheckter started 5th and finished 24th.

California: Laurent Redon started fifth and finished third. Eddie Cheever Jr. started first and finished 20th, leading 33 laps. Memo Gidley (substitute for Buhl at Dreyer & Reinbold) started 27th and finished 21st. Tomas Scheckter started third and finished 24th, leading 28 laps. Shigeaki Hattorie started 12th and finished 26th.

Infiniti Milestones

*Eddie Cheever Jr. earned Infiniti its first ever IRL pole position with at 221.422 mph lap at California Speedway on March 23, 2002.

*Infiniti has won two victories in the Indy Racing League both with driver Eddie Cheever Jr. at Pikes Peak International Raceway in 2000 and Kansas Speedway in 2001.

Schedule (All times eastern):

*The Firestone Indy 225 starts at 1 p.m. April 21. MBNA Pole Qualifying starts at 11:30 a.m. April 20. Practice sessions start at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. April 19, 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. April 20.

TV/Radio Broadcasts:

*The Firestone Indy 225 will be broadcast live on ABC at 1 p.m. (EDT) April 21. "Indy Racing 2Day" will be televised live at noon (EDT) April 21. *IMS Radio Network will broadcast the race live with a pre-race show starting at 12:30 p.m. (EDT).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Sarah Fisher , Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl , Shigeaki Hattori , Memo Gidley , Laurent Redon
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing , Conquest Racing