IRL: Pikes Peak Cheever earns season best sixth place

Fountain, CO (June 17, 2001) - Defending race winner Eddie Cheever Jr. started tenth and muscled his ...

Fountain, CO (June 17, 2001) - Defending race winner Eddie Cheever Jr. started tenth and muscled his #51 Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti to a season best sixth place finish at Sunday's sixth round of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series, the Radisson Indy 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

The 1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion - who earned the first victory for Infiniti Motorsports last season at the 1-mile Pikes Peak oval - ran strongly in fifth position for most of Sunday's race despite losing a cylinder approximately midway through the 200-lap event.

Cheever's solid performance marked the second best finish for the Infiniti Indy 35A engine. Infiniti-powered Robbie Buhl posted the best finish for the new powerplant, finishing just ahead of Cheever in third place.

In a dominating performance last week in Texas, Cheever led the first laps (a total of 64) and notched the first fastest race lap for the Infiniti 35A.

Eddie Cheever Jr. (on the race): "We're not sure what happened yet. We lost a cylinder about half-way through the race. It was very difficult - I had to drop down two gears to fourth just to keep going - but we soldiered on. I've got to say the Infiniti 35A is pretty tough. It was a good race. The guys did an awesome job in the pits today. They were the best pit stops I've had all year."

-Cheever Indy Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl