IRL: Homestead: Cheever Racing qualifying report

Cheever's Return to an IRL IndyCar Series Cockpit Will Come from Eighth-Row Starting Spot at Homestead Indy 300 HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Saturday, March 25, 2006) Eddie Cheever, Jr., back behind the wheel of an IRL IndyCar Series race car for the first...

Cheever's Return to an IRL IndyCar Series Cockpit Will Come from Eighth-Row Starting Spot at Homestead Indy 300

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Saturday, March 25, 2006) Eddie Cheever, Jr., back behind the wheel of an IRL IndyCar Series race car for the first time since 2002, will start Sunday's season-opening Indy 300 from the eighth row after qualifying today at Homestead Miami Speedway.

After posting a top-10 practice lap earlier in the day, Cheever, the 1998 Indy 500 champion and the league's first owner/driver dating back to its inaugural season in 1997, toured the 1.5-mile oval with a fast qualifying lap of 214.105 mph in the #51 Cheever Racing Honda-powered Dallara this afternoon.

Final practice is set for 10 a.m. Sunday. Race time is at 3:45 p.m. EST with live ABC-TV coverage set to begin at 3:30 p.m. EST.

EDDIE CHEEVER, JR.

"Our goal when we came to Homestead was to leave here with a solid top-10 finish and I think we're in position to achieve that, provided all the right things happen. We've spent all weekend getting our Circle K car race ready. We didn't turn a single qualifying lap until it was time to actually qualify. I think we'll be in fine shape for tomorrow. I'll admit the first 30-40 laps yesterday were a handful because things were coming at us pretty quickly out there. But things are more and more comfortable with each lap we turn. I'd say we're about 70% where we want to be by the time we get ready for the Indy 500 in earnest. We want to be at 90% when we go to Indy for the first test in April. And, of course, I want to be peaking at about 12:05 p.m. on the last Sunday in May! We're doing this race and next week's in St. Petersburg in order to properly prepare us for our Indy 500 effort. We'll get what we can tomorrow, hopefully get a solid top 10, and then move on to St. Pete."

-cr-

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