IRL: Texas: Cheever Racing Friday report

Cheever and Scheckter continue streak of speed in practice at Texas. Red Bull Cheever Racing continued its streak of speed from pole day with Tomas Scheckter leading the first practice session of the day and Eddie Cheever Jr. leading the final...

Cheever and Scheckter continue streak of speed in practice at Texas.

Red Bull Cheever Racing continued its streak of speed from pole day with Tomas Scheckter leading the first practice session of the day and Eddie Cheever Jr. leading the final full-tank practice session.

Both Cheever and Scheckter will be looking for their first victory of the 2002 Indy Racing League championship on Saturday night. Both Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti drivers sit on the front row for the 200 lap race on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. Scheckter will start from pole position, while Cheever will start second.

Eddie Cheever Jr. on Practice
"The Red Bull Infiniti ran well in the full-tank session. As always it's busy as a hornet's next out there in the final session. You have to make decisions very quickly. I really hope that everyone is using their spotters. The second groove is not going to be as easy as it has in the past. If you're turning in at 224 (mph), 225, there's not much room. You really have to be confident that the guy on the inside knows that you are there. You'll see a lot of side-by-side racing tomorrow."

Tomas Scheckter on Practice
"For me practice is just getting used to this banking and working with the traffic. It is one thing to be quick in qualifying and another in the race. Racing here is going to be a learning experience. Eddie was very quick here this afternoon, I am not sure that I could stick with him right now."

Chief Mechanic Snyder Receives Special Birthday Gift
Celebrating his birthday June 6, chief mechanic Owen Snyder III received a special gift from his rookie driver Tomas Scheckter - a pole position.

"The neatest thing is that it is Tomas' first time here at Texas Motor Speedway. After qualifying I added up all the laps he ran here and it was only about 80 laps. To be new to the place I thought he did a pretty good job. It shows how big of a talent he really is. He's fast. How he does it, is a good question. Tomas just has a gift that seldom comes around.

"On the other hand, Saturday night we've got our hands full using that talent to finish the race and to win the race. That is our next goal now. It was pretty rewarding getting the first pole for Tomas, and to have an all Red Bull Infiniti team on the front row."

Owen Snyder III joined Red Bull Cheever Racing in 1997 and played a key role in the team's 1998 Indianapolis 500 victory. Snyder's extensive racing resume includes 21 Indy car wins (CART and Indy Racing), including two Indianapolis 500 victories (Eddie Cheever Jr. in 1998, and Al Unser Jr. in 1992) and one CART championship.

Race Information
The Boomtown 500 starts at 7 p.m. (CDT) Saturday, June 8. The race will be televised live on ESPN 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 , Al Unser Jr.