Cheever Team finds strong race setup for Red Bull Infiniti. In practice today, Eddie Cheever Jr. claimed he had the "best car yet" for the 86th running of the Indianapolis 500. He was so convinced that he had his rookie teammates Tomas Scheckter...
Cheever Team finds strong race setup for Red Bull Infiniti.
In practice today, Eddie Cheever Jr. claimed he had the "best car yet" for the 86th running of the Indianapolis 500. He was so convinced that he had his rookie teammates Tomas Scheckter and Max Papis jump in the car to try it his race setup.
Altogether the Red Bull Cheever Racing trio of drivers completed 412 miles of practice today, despite intermittent rain showers that closed the track for nearly two hours.
Eddie Cheever Jr. on Practice:
"We were working on tuning the engine, and gathering data for our race-day fuel strategy. We think we have settled into what the race pace is going to be. All we are doing now is accumulating data so that at the end of the day the engineers can sit down and sift through it. We hear it is going to rain tomorrow so we are trying to get through our work list today. I had the best setup yet for a race car. I wanted Tomas and Max to try it out. That's why they drove my car in practice today. I was interested in their input."
Tomas Scheckter on Practice:
"(About driving Eddie's car) I would really like to get the flowers on the dash, the dice and the furry steering wheel for my car! Seriously, Eddie has a lot of miles here and is good at setting the car up for the race. I trust his opinion. In the other races this year we had very similar setups. I like a little bit more oversteer, but overall I was happy with his setup."
Max Papis on Practice:
"It was a very productive day. We ran consistently this morning; making progress with the Red Bull Cheever Racing car. I think we are very close to a good race setup. I am working closely with Eddie and Tomas and their engineers to evaluate our data and develop a good race setup. Eddie's setup is a strong base to work from. I was pleased to have the chance to jump in his car. It's a good, solid car. I would just like to make a few small adjustments for my style of driving."
Drivers Comment on Rain Delays:
With above average rainfall in Indianapolis this month, the Red Bull Cheever Racing drivers are finding a lot of extra time on their hands due to the track closures caused by rainy weather. Besides spending extra time with the team engineers to fine tune the setups on the Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti cars, here's what else the drivers might be doing in Indy during a rain delay:
Eddie Cheever Jr., "I like to go to the motorhome, watch a film and then take a nap. But most of the time it's an opportunity to take care of some media interviews and sign autographs."
Tomas Scheckter, "This is all new to me, so I like to spend time with the fans and the guys on the team. Most of the time I try to catch up on my sleep."
Max Papis, "I still have to discover Indianapolis, but in the meantime I like to go to the gym if we get a rain delay."
Practice resumes Friday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST). The 86th running of the Indianapolis 500 starts at 11 a.m. (EST) Sunday, May 26. Live timing and scoring of all on-track activity can be found on www.indyracing.com.
Red Bull Cheever Racing, based in Indianapolis, is the brainchild of 1998 Indy 500 champion Eddie Cheever Jr. A leader in American motorsports, the Indy Racing League team is built on Cheever's experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel oval racing. Corporate and technical partnerships with the world's leading energy drink Red Bull, Nissan North America's Infiniti Division, TWR Group, and Lincoln Financial Group greatly enhance the team's resources and technology. For more information, visit www.cheeverindyracing.com.