IRL: Cheever Nashivlle qualifying

Lebanon, TN (July 20, 2001) - Eddie Cheever Jr. qualified fifth for Saturday's inaugural Harrah's Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway, posting a fast lap of 23.5058 seconds (199.100 mph) in his ...

Lebanon, TN (July 20, 2001) - Eddie Cheever Jr. qualified fifth for Saturday's inaugural Harrah's Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway, posting a fast lap of 23.5058 seconds (199.100 mph) in his #51 Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti. Cheever's qualifying performance marked the fifth time in the last seven races that the Indy Racing veteran has started fifth or higher. Cheever, who captured the first victory for the new Infiniti Indy 35A engine two weeks ago at Kansas City, will aim for back-to-back wins tomorrow. The Harrah's Indy 200 will be broadcast live on ESPN at 7:00pm Central.

Eddie Cheever Jr. (on his qualifying run): "We've been chasing the car the whole weekend, and we made some changes before qualifying. We've had too much push all the time. The car was capable of doing more than I did with it today. We should have been faster by about half a mile per hour. I left a little bit of time in Turns 1 and 2. It was unfortunate that we missed the last five minutes in practice earlier today when it started to rain."

On passing at Nashville Superspeedway: "Passing is a state of mind. If you don't believe that you can, you probably won't. If you kind of think you can, you're probably going to have an accident. If you really believe you can, you will. I need to pass cars tomorrow, so I think I'll find a way around."

On the concrete track: "I keep looking outside to see if the moon is in the sky because I'm not sure if I'm on Mars or not. This is a different kettle of fish. There's no feeling in the track at all. You have to go on memory and trust the changes that the team makes to the car because I can't tell if the car is getting better or worse for me. I keep picking up more speed and using more and more track, but I have never once felt the car slide. It's very bizarre. I'm very uncomfortable."

-CIR

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