IRL: Rice and Cheever top Friday's speed chart at Chicagoland

Joliet, Illinois (September 6, 2002) The Red Bull Cheever Racing duo of Buddy Rice and Eddie Cheever sat atop the speed charts after the first day of practice for Sunday's Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Rice topped the charts, beating ...

Joliet, Illinois (September 6, 2002) The Red Bull Cheever Racing duo of Buddy Rice and Eddie Cheever sat atop the speed charts after the first day of practice for Sunday's Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Rice topped the charts, beating Cheever, his teammate and race team owner by 0.0112 seconds.

Both drivers set their fast time in the morning session before filling their fuel tanks for long runs in the afternoon.

"The first session, obviously, we were set up for qualifying trim," said Rice. "This afternoon was all full-tank runs, and we were running everything out just for race trim."

A full tank run of 40 laps or more allows the team to check the balance of the car as the fuel load lightens. It also permits team engineers to observe tire wear under race conditions. Rice and Cheever each completed a total of 109 laps today.

Sam Hornish set the fastest lap in the afternoon session at 223.429 mph, placing him third overall on the day. Rice, Cheever and Hornish were the only three drivers to exceed 223 mph.

The top ten cars were split evenly among engine manufacturers, five each for Chevrolet and Infiniti, with Billy Boat's Infiniti-powered car fourth fastest on the day.

Hornish is backed by a Chevrolet powerplant along with fifth fastest Vitor Meira in the Team Menard entry, Dan Wheldon, who was seventh and Felipe Giaffone and Al Unser Jr., who were ninth and tenth respectively.

Sarah Fisher continued to show speed in her Dreyer and Reinbold Smart Blade entry, turning a lap 0.2063 seconds faster than her teammate. Fisher's best lap placed her sixth on the speed charts while her teammate Robbie Buhl was 19th.

The 25 cars that ran today were separated by 0.7460 seconds from fastest to slowest.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Robbie Buhl , Billy Boat , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Sam Hornis