IRL: Indy 500: Cheever Racing day five practice report

Red Bull Cheever Racing gets in another solid day of practice at Indy--with a bit of excitement. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 8, 2003) -- It was another solid day of practice for Buddy Rice and the Red Bull Cheever Racing crew, with the...

Red Bull Cheever Racing gets in another solid day of practice at Indy--with a bit of excitement.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 8, 2003) -- It was another solid day of practice for Buddy Rice and the Red Bull Cheever Racing crew, with the team completing 50 laps. The day started with a bit of excitement though when Rice slowed because of a throttle problem. Rice spun on the warm up lane but made no contact.

"My throttle spring broke this morning which was a bit exciting," Rice said. "I dropped down on the warm up lane and when I hit the bumps it jacked the throttle and I did a full 360 and touched the grass."

Rice turned the 18th fastest lap in the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone at 39.5243 seconds, 227.7080 mph.

"The weather is now just rolling in as the day is ending," Rice reported just before 6 p.m. (EST). "It was another good day here at Indy. More or less, even if it rains tomorrow, we are ready for qualifying. We have a few more things to try, but nothing of any major magnitude. Hopefully, if tomorrow works out we will put everything together and try a few mock qualifying runs and see where we are."

Pole qualifying for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 10, with the race set for May 25. The race will be televised live on ABC and by the Indy Racing Radio Network. 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 IRL IndyCar Series team is built on Cheever's experience in Formula One, sports cars and open-wheel oval racing. Corporate and technical partnerships include the world's leading energy drink Red Bull, Menards, Chevrolet, Dallara, Firestone and Menard Cheever Technologies. For more information visit www.cheeverracing.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Buddy Rice