IRL: Cheever Racing Test in the West notes 2003-02-04

Buddy Rice took the morning stint, while Eddie Cheever Jr. drove in the afternoon in the IRL IndyCar Series Test in the West at California Speedway. Completing 50 laps, Rice was 14th fastest of 22 drivers with a 219.730 mph lap in the No. 52 Red...

Buddy Rice took the morning stint, while Eddie Cheever Jr. drove in the afternoon in the IRL IndyCar Series Test in the West at California Speedway. Completing 50 laps, Rice was 14th fastest of 22 drivers with a 219.730 mph lap in the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara-Chevrolet-Firestone. Cheever drove 83 laps and was 17th fastest with a 218.957 mph lap.

Rice will continue testing for Red Bull Cheever Racing at Phoenix International Raceway on Feb. 8 and 9 as part of the eighth annual Test in the West.

Buddy Rice: "We were basically working on getting up to speed with the new Dallara chassis and Chevrolet engine. More of the same from our previous tests this year. We have a lot of work to do and will carry over what we have done today to our two days of testing at Phoenix later this week. Being here at California Speedway is like being at a big dyno or wind tunnel. The information the MCT engineers gather today will be used in our continuing development all year long. What we learned here today aerodynamically will be important for the season opener in Miami. I think for a Tuesday, daytime event there was a lot of fan support here. It was nice to see. I was also happy to see all of our friends from the Red Bull LA office out here today. If I were to have a second home I would say it is here in the LA area. Driving from my house in Phoenix, I spend a lot of time with friends in Huntington Beach. I am looking forward to returning here to California to race."

Eddie Cheever Jr.: "This is my first day in the car since the last race in Texas. It is definitely a different car than we were running last year. It's going to take a while to get used to the torque curves in this Chevy engine. We have a lot of room for improvement on how the engine adapts itself to a two-mile oval. It was a decent day. We know what our objectives are, now we need to go out and achieve them."

Red Bull Cheever Racing, based in Indianapolis, is the brainchild of 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. A leader in American motorsports, the IRL IndyCar Series team is built on Cheever's experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel oval racing. Corporate and technical partnerships include the world's leading energy drink Red Bull, Menards, Chevrolet, Dallara, Firestone and Menard Cheever Technologies. For more information visit www.cheeverracing.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Buddy Rice