IRL: Eddie Cheever Atlanta Qualifying Notes

Eddie Cheever qualified his ...

Eddie Cheever qualified his #51 The Children's Beverage Group Dallara/Goodyear/ Infiniti twenty-first in this evening's Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 Indy Racing League qualifer. Cheever covered the 1.5-mile track in 25.632 seconds at an average speed of 210.674 mph. Bill Boat took the PPG Pole with 25.087 lap time at an average speed of 215.251 Cheever is currently 4th in the Championship Drive while Team Cheever is 3rd in the Team Standings.

"The car is very good in traffic. We've been able to do 215s consistently in traffic, but when we are by ourselves, we're absolutely stuck. I thought this qualifying was going to be tough. We thought we'd be doing a 213 tonight, so we're definitely surprised with 210s. It is so easy to go flat here. It should be all about power and drag and I thought we had that figured out. I guess we're missing something."

"We've started from the back before and had great results. It'll just be long hard race. Finding a drafting partner or partners will be key because it is the best way to keep your speeds up on a track that is so easy to get lapped on. After that, I'll just keep passing cars until there are no other cars to pass."

TELEVISION COVERAGE The Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 presented by MCI Worldcom will be televised LIVE on Fox Sports Net, Saturday, July 17th at 730pm EDT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever