IRL: Cheever Racing Phoenix Test in the West Saturday notes

Red Bull Cheever Racing Focuses on Race Simulations on Final Day of Test in the West PHOENIX, Ariz. (Feb. 9, 2002) - Red Bull Cheever Racing focused on race-day setups on the final day of the Indy Racing League's Test in the West at the one-mile...

Red Bull Cheever Racing Focuses on Race Simulations on Final Day of Test in the West

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Feb. 9, 2002) - Red Bull Cheever Racing focused on race-day setups on the final day of the Indy Racing League's Test in the West at the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway. Eddie Cheever Jr. completed more than the race distance by running 227 miles in the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti. Turning a quick lap of 175.042 mph, he was eighth fastest of the 17 drivers on track today. Test driving the No. 52 Red Bull Infiniti, Tomas Scheckter completed 132 miles. He was fifth fastest of the day at 177.717 mph.

Scheckter ranked in the top five in all three days of practice during the Test in the West. He was fastest at California Speedway and third fastest on the first day of practice at Phoenix International Raceway. Cheever was sixth fastest on Feb. 8 at Phoenix International Raceway and third fastest at the California Speedway on Feb. 6.

Richard Caron, general manager:
"We ran full tanks today and race simulations. Yesterday we worked on speed and balance. Today was about longevity. I'm pleased, but we still have some work to do." (ABOUT SCHECKTER): "Very, very, very talented. He is a quick learner, very disciplined. He is like Eddie only a little younger. They have the same temperment, same patience, and same style. He loves the ovals."

Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing
Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone:
"We focused on full tank runs today with the Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti. I was pleased with how the car felt on full tanks. I ran some with Tomas, a few laps with the Penske drivers, and the car felt good. We need to go home now and figure out how to get me to run quicker by myself. Tomas is a blazing gun and is doing very well. Overall, we have made all the gains that you need to make to win the championship. If anybody thinks that Penske is not going to do everything in their power to beat everybody, they're wrong. The gauge has changed dramatically. We have to make quantitative leaps forward in the off season, and I think we have done that."

Tomas Scheckter, No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing
Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone:
"Today went well. We used most of the day working on the race setup. I think we accomplished a lot. I learned a lot from Eddie by following him, and he followed me. We just worked the traffic with high fuel loads. I think yesterday was more of a speed day than today. We didn't really concentrate on our times today. We just worked on the car and what it would do in the race. I'm pleased with how things went."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Eddie Cheever