IRL: Cheever, Ray in final Homestead test

MIAMI (March 26, 2001) -- Eddie Cheever Jr. and Greg Ray visited Homestead-Miami Speedway on Monday to cram in a final testing session prior to the April 6-8 running of the Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel. It was the...

MIAMI (March 26, 2001) -- Eddie Cheever Jr. and Greg Ray visited Homestead-Miami Speedway on Monday to cram in a final testing session prior to the April 6-8 running of the Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel. It was the first opportunity for Cheever Indy Racing to test the new 35A Infiniti engine in Miami in their No. 51 Excite@Home Indy Race Car. "We're very excited," said Cheever, who unofficially bettered 200 mph, his team's best testing time in Miami. "We got a late start with our new motor, and we wanted to test it here before the race. We came here wanting to run as many laps as can. This is a big race for us." Ray had already tested at the 1.5-mile oval four times, but the 1999 Indy Racing Northern Light Series champion felt that Team Menard couldn't turn down another opportunity to prepare for the million dollar event. "We wanted to come back and try three or four different things," said Ray, a four-time winner in Indy Racing competition. "We're continuing to add to our book of notes for this track. We've already tested here, but we felt there were still a few things we wanted to change before the race. "It isn't like we've had five full tests here," continued Ray, who ran laps in the 199-mph range. "Our first session was working on tires for Firestone, and in our second, we were still undecided between the G Force and Dallara chassis. We had a strong third test, but it ended early due to my incident in turn four, and there were a lot of different teams here during the Open Test." Official practice for the Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel begins on Friday, April 6, with qualifying set for Saturday. The race is set for a 2 p.m. start on Sunday, April 8.

Family-friendly priced tickets for the April 6-8 Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami begin at $10 for Friday and $20 for Saturday, with reserved Sunday grandstand seats ranging from $25 to $45. Youth 12 and under are free Friday and Saturday when accompanied by a paying adult, while grandstand seats for youth 18 and under are $15 on Sunday if purchased in advance. Weekend paddock tickets are $20, with youth 12 and under free.

Individual weekend passes, including reserved grandstand seat and Paddock pass, cost $70, a $25 savings. Parking is free all weekend. For additional information or to order tickets, call (305) 230-RACE, visit any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, or order on-line at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

-JJ O'Malley

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever