IRL: Goodyear, Ray test at Homestead

MIAMI (January 29, 2001) -- Looking to get a head start on preparations for the April 6-8 Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami, Team Cheever tested its 2000 car at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a private session Monday. "We're testing with the car and...

MIAMI (January 29, 2001) -- Looking to get a head start on preparations for the April 6-8 Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami, Team Cheever tested its 2000 car at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a private session Monday.

"We're testing with the car and engine that the team ran with last year so we can get a baseline for when we come back with the update kit and new engine," said test driver Scott Goodyear. While he is still to sign a contract for 2001, Goodyear is hoping to run the Indianapolis 500 and possibly additional races for Team Cheever, in addition to running in the International Race of Champions.

"This motor feels very strong, it's got a lot of torque and it feels different in some areas than the Oldsmobile I had last year, but overall it's a good package," added Goodyear, who finished second in the 2000 Indy Racing championship driving for Panther Racing. His victory in the Texas finale was his third Indy Racing triumph, but he finished 18 counters behind Buddy Lazier in the points championship.


Scott Goodyear Photo: Homestead-Miami Speedway

"I raced here once before in 1996 on the old Homestead-Miami Speedway configuration, but this is my first time on the new layout," said Goodyear. "This is also my first time testing with Team Cheever, so we're learning a lot about the track and getting to know the guys on the team."

Also testing on Monday was Team Menard, with Greg Ray unhurt when he crashed his 2000 Aurora Dallara exiting turn four. He was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for precautionary x-rays. Ray, the 1999 Indy Racing champion, was in good condition with a minor concussion. Ray was released from the hospital early Monday evening.

The two-day test concludes on Tuesday. Goodyear is testing in the absence of #51 Excite@Home driver Eddie Cheever Jr., who is out of the country.

Practice for the Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami begins on Friday, April 6, with qualifying on Saturday, April 7. Tickets range from $10 for Friday and $20 for Saturday (children 12 and under are free both days). Reserved grandstand seats for Sunday's race begin at $25. Tickets are now on sale by calling (305) 230-RACE, or may be ordered on-line at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Buddy Lazier , Scott Goodyear
Teams Panther Racing