Scheckter seventh fastest at Indy; Two Red Bull Infiniti cars in top ten. Tomas Scheckter was seventh fastest in the fifth day of practice for the 86th running of the Indianapolis 500. He turned his best speed of the month by recording a fast...
Scheckter seventh fastest at Indy; Two Red Bull Infiniti cars in top ten.
Tomas Scheckter was seventh fastest in the fifth day of practice for the 86th running of the Indianapolis 500. He turned his best speed of the month by recording a fast lap of 227.599 mph in the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti.
Eddie Cheever Jr. was close behind with a 227.189 mph lap in the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti. He was ninth fastest of the day. Max Papis also made big gains in practice today turning a lap at 226.059 mph which ranked 15th fastest.
Eddie Cheever Jr. on Practice:
"We figured a lot out today. There are two things we want to try tomorrow, some qualifying simulations. I think we can probably do mid-227s but there are cars out there that can do mid-228s. (Helio) Castroneves looked really, really strong today. All three of us at Red Bull Cheever Racing are honing in on what we need to do. The biggest gain today was made by Max (Papis). He made a lot of improvement. I think he is going to surprise a lot of people tomorrow in the 53 car. He is whittling away at it carefully. He now understands that he is driving an IRL car. He is making some very fine and careful modifications so that he is comfortable with the car."
Tomas Scheckter on Practice:
"Practice was very good. We were working a little more on the qualifying setups. We're taking the car out and trimming it up. It's getting better and better, and our times are getting better. We're in the top seven so hopefully tomorrow we will improve a little bit more. With my T car we had a little bit of an engine problem. It was a brand new engine so we're going to look at it. But I jumped back in my other Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti and it was great."
Max Papis on Practice:
"We did exactly what we had to do today. We went the next step up. Now I feel comfortable in the No. 53 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti. We still have tomorrow for the final tuning and to get the last bit out of the car. Today I felt that we could go out and run in the 226's (mph) and we did that. We have taken a great step forward compared to a couple of days ago."
Practice continues at 11 a.m.(EST) Friday, May 10. Pole Day qualifications start at 11 a.m. (EST) Saturday, May 11. 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.