IRL: Chicagoland: Cheever Racing preview

Red Bull Cheever Racing looks to continue success at Chicago. Last season one of Eddie Cheever Jr.'s best races came at Chicagoland Speedway where he qualified on the front row and finished third. In this weekend's Delphi Indy 300, the Red Bull...

Red Bull Cheever Racing looks to continue success at Chicago.

Last season one of Eddie Cheever Jr.'s best races came at Chicagoland Speedway where he qualified on the front row and finished third. In this weekend's Delphi Indy 300, the Red Bull Cheever Racing team will look build on this success with a victory.

Leading the Red Bull effort at Chicagoland Speedway will be 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr., and rookie Buddy Rice of Phoenix, Ariz.

Red Bull Cheever Racing is the winner of the Michigan Indy 400 this year, and four pole positions at California, Texas, Kansas, and Michigan. The team has also set the fastest race lap in eight of 13 races this season.

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Eddie Cheever Jr. on Chicago:
"I am keeping my fingers crossed, but I believe there is a good possibility we will be celebrating a great weekend the Monday after Chicago. From a drivers point of view Chicago is a beautiful, modern speedway; one of the bright spots of oval racing in the Midwest. The track is smooth and fast. It's similar in configuration to Kansas, with a little more banking. It's Texas-style racing with a lot of drafting and running side-by-side."

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Buddy Rice on Chicago:
"Looking back at my first three races with Red Bull Cheever Racing the team has really given me good race cars. I anticipate another solid finish at Chicago and this time I am hoping for some podium results like we had in Michigan. The goal is to have a pair of strong finishes at Chicago and Texas and maybe even get my first IRL win under my belt."

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Flashback: Cheever's History at Chicagoland Speedway:
Last season in the inaugural IRL race at Chicagoland Speedway, Eddie Cheever Jr. started second and finished third. He had one of the fastest cars in the race, despite struggling with handling issues and an electrical problem that slowed him down during the pit stops late in the race. It was his best finish of the 2001 season, with the exception of his win at Kansas.

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Where to see the Red Bull Cheever Racing Drivers and Cars This Weekend:
The Red Bull Cheever Racing team will participate in the following public events in addition to the activities at the Chicagoland Speedway. Come by to meet the team and drivers and see the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti! For more details visit www.cheeverindyracing.com.

* Eddie Cheever Jr. will be signing autographs at the Michigan Ave. Nordstrom from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. The address is 55 East Grand Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611

* Red Bull Cheever Racing will have a pit stop competition from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at Prairie Rock in Shaumburg, Ill. on Friday, Sept. 6. Buddy Rice will sign autographs at the event from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The address is 1385 N. Meacham, Shaumberg, Ill. 60173

* Red Bull Cheever Racing will have a pit stop competition from 9 to 11:30 p.m. at Cubby Bear-Wrigleyville. The address is 1059 West Addison Street, Chicago, Ill. 60613

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Race Information
The Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway starts Noon (CDT) Sunday, Sept. 8. The race will be televised live on ABC and by the Indy Racing Radio Network. Practice takes place Sept. 6 and practice and qualifying takes place Sept. 7. Live timing and scoring of all on-track activity can be found on www.indyracing.com.

Red Bull Cheever Racing, based in Indianapolis, is the brainchild of 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. A leader in American motorsports, the Indy Racing League team is built on Cheever's experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel oval racing. Corporate and technical partnerships with the world's leading energy drink Red Bull, Nissan North America's Infiniti Division, TWR Group, and Lincoln Financial Group greatly enhance the team's resources and technology. For more information, visit www.cheeverindyracing.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Buddy Rice