IRL: Texas Team Cheever Preview

Indianapolis 500 winner, Eddie Cheever and teammate Robby Unser, are geared to go for Round 10 of the Pep Boys Indy Racing League, The Lone Star 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Cheever is currently ranked 8th in the Drivers Points and is still in ...

Indianapolis 500 winner, Eddie Cheever and teammate Robby Unser, are geared to go for Round 10 of the Pep Boys Indy Racing League, The Lone Star 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Cheever is currently ranked 8th in the Drivers Points and is still in contention for the Championship. Unser, who has led all Rookies since his IRL debut, a 5th place finish at the Indy 500, is tied 16th overall.

Eddie Cheever, #51 Rachel's Gourmet Potato Chip Dallara/Oldsmobile Aurora/Goodyear On the Track "Bruton Smith's tracks are state of the art. They're fast, smooth and wide. Unlike Atlanta, the radius of the Texas corners are narrower and more angled. They scrub off more speed and demand more steering from the driver. These one and a half mile ovals are all about aerodynamics and horsepower."

On the Race "Though this is our second race of the year in Texas, this will be our first day race here. I anticipate that the heat will play a factor in our engine performance and the car's overall aerodynamics. Our cars are very sensitive to temperature changes due to their finer technical envelope. The team that finds the most effective way to push their car through this Texas heat will win on Sunday."

On the IRL "Motor racing has the largest fan base in America. As we are in our third year, the IRL is relatively young...as compared for example with the 50th Anniversary of NASCAR...but fans like speed and wheel to wheel racing and that's exactly what the IRL is all about. I hear over 100,000 people are expected on Sunday. I don't think any one of the fans will leave disappointed with our show."

Robby Unser, #52 The Children's Beverage Group/GForce/Oldsmobile Aurora/Goodyear On the Track "I really enjoy this track and am ready to go back. In June, it was my second IRL race ever and we ended up 9th. Now I have more miles under my belt and think the guys and I can accomplish an even better result. These (Bruton Smith built) tracks lend themselves to very competitive racing. The banks help us with our tire wear; they help hold the car on the road allowing two-to-three wide racing "

On the Race "I expect it to be a dogfight like every race has been this season. It says alot about our series when you know going into any race, any number of guys can take the checkered. I mean look at our Points Drive...it is still wide open. I really encourage everyone to come out Sunday afternoon: from the front of the field to the back of the field, it's gonna be a great race."

On the IRL "The IRL is very competitive racing. It's an over 200 mph 4 inches from the other guys wheels kind of show. You run hard every step of the race knowing that if you don't have your act together, the guy right behind you might and he'll be sure to take advantage of you if he can."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Robby Unser