IRL: California: Infiniti Motorsports preview

Yamaha Indy 400 Round 3 of the 15-race Indy Racing League series California Speedway, two-mile oval, Fontana, Calif. INFINITI DRIVERS: *Robbie Buhl, No. 24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing GForce-Infiniti-Firestone *Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51...

Yamaha Indy 400
Round 3 of the 15-race Indy Racing League series
California Speedway, two-mile oval, Fontana, Calif.

INFINITI DRIVERS:
*Robbie Buhl, No. 24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing GForce-Infiniti-Firestone
*Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara-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

INFINITI NOTES:
*Japanese driver Shigeaki Hattori joins the Infiniti lineup this weekend at the inaugural IRL race at California Speedway. He joins Bradley Motorsports for the 2002 season. In addition to primary sponsorship from EPSON America, Inc., Hattori will also be backed by NISMO, the motorsports division of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in Japan.

*Rookie Tomas Scheckter was the fastest driver during the Test in the West at California Speedway on Feb. 6 with a top lap of 221.952 mph in the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti. Team owner-driver Eddie Cheever Jr. was third during the test at 221.785 in the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti.

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.

INFINITI MILESTONES
*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. *Best qualifying result for Infiniti is second place, scored by Robbie Buhl at Pikes Peak International Raceway in 2000, and Eddie Cheever at Kansas Speeedway and Chicagoland in 2001.

SCHEDULE (All times local):
*The Yamaha Indy 400 starts at 12:30 p.m. March 24. MBNA Pole Qualifying starts at 11:30 a.m. March 23. Practice sessions start at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. March 22, 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. March 23.

TV/RADIO BROADCASTS:
*The Yamaha Indy 400 will be broadcast live on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. (EST) March 24. "Indy Racing 2Day" will be televised live at 2:30 p.m. (EST) March 24. *IMS Radio Network will broadcast the race live with a pre-race show starting at 3 p.m. (EST).

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