IRL: Homestead Cheever earns first top-10 for new Infiniti

Homestead, FL - 1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion Eddie Cheever Jr. started 16th and muscled his Infiniti-powered Excite@Home entry to a ninth place finish at Sunday's second round of 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series competition, the Infiniti...

Homestead, FL - 1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion Eddie Cheever Jr. started 16th and muscled his Infiniti-powered Excite@Home entry to a ninth place finish at Sunday's second round of 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series competition, the Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami. The performance marked the first top-10 result for the new Infiniti Indy 35A engine, which made its series debut at the Phoenix season opener last month.

Cheever and his #51 Excite@Home Indy Race Team captured the first Indy Racing victory for the Infiniti Motorsports program at Pikes Peak (CO) last June.

Eddie Cheever Jr.: "This is the first time that the new Infiniti engine has finished a long race like this [300 miles], so we're happy with that. We had no engine problems at all. We have to understand the handling of the car better, though. It was a very bad day for handling. Unfortunately, we did no testing over the winter because the engine arrived just before the season opener, so now we have to catch up as much as we can. The next step for the Excite@Home team is a test in Atlanta on Tuesday and Wednesday. We made a lot of improvements to the 35A since the first race at Phoenix, and we expect to make the same kind of progress before the Atlanta race."

-Cheever Indy Racing

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