IRL: Homestead: Cheever Racing race report

Rice takes Red Bull Cheever Racing to the finish at Homestead. HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 2, 2003) - Continuing a streak started last season, Buddy Rice drove the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevy/Firestone to the finish at the IRL...

Rice takes Red Bull Cheever Racing to the finish at Homestead.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 2, 2003) - Continuing a streak started last season, Buddy Rice drove the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevy/Firestone to the finish at the IRL IndyCar Series season opener. Rice has finished all six races he has driven for the team.

Rice finished 16th in the race, struggling with a loose car and a lost gear.

"It was a learning experience," Rice said. "We've got to keep working on our full-tank runs. For us to get a full race in and get all the information we did will be very valuable as we go through the season, especially with how tricky this track is.

"We had excellent pit stops. The Red Bull Cheever crew did a really good job. We've just got to work a little bit harder on our race setup."

For the first time in 70 IRL IndyCar series races Eddie Cheever Jr. watched from pit lane concentrating full-time on his duties as team owner.

"I know that Buddy was having a hard time in the car," Cheever said. "It is very difficult to have to watch someone go through that for 200 laps. I never once thought that I wanted to drive today.

"Obviously we are not happy with how the car ran. Buddy did a very good job bringing the Red Bull Dallara home in one piece. In our first race with the Chevy engine I was pleased with the reliability. We will study what we have from today and try to learn from it."

Next on the schedule, Buddy Rice will race his IndyCar Series car for the first time in his hometown of Phoenix. The Purex Indy 200 on March 23 at Phoenix International Raceway will be televised live at 3:30 (EST) on ABC.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Buddy Rice