Red Bull Cheever Racing prepares for qualifying as Scheckter returns to track. With the race for the pole position scheduled for Saturday, May 11, the Red Bull Cheever Racing trio of drivers focused on their qualifying setups for this weekend by...
Red Bull Cheever Racing prepares for qualifying as Scheckter returns to track.
With the race for the pole position scheduled for Saturday, May 11, the Red Bull Cheever Racing trio of drivers focused on their qualifying setups for this weekend by simulating qualifying runs by turning laps without the assistance of tows from other cars.
Eddie Cheever Jr. and Max Papis turned more laps today, than any other practice day this week, although practice was delayed several hours due to rain showers. Cheever was 11th fastest of the day, recording 63 laps in the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti. In the No. 53 car, Papis improved on his best speed by turning a 224.558 mph lap. He drove 79 laps today and was 21st fastest.
Completing his three-day suspension, Tomas Scheckter was on track for the first time this month. Completing 55 laps, Scheckter was 16th fastest of the day with a 225.803 mph lap.
Eddie Cheever Jr. on Practice:
"We concentrated on the primary Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti today. We tried some different things, some of which will carry through to tomorrow. We are starting to hone in on what we need to do for Saturday. I have no idea what the pole time is going to be. You can't tell if the times turned have been done with tows, and who has done what. The only one I saw today was Junqueira, who did a very fast lap all by himself today. As far as everyone else, I have no idea."
Tomas Scheckter on Practice:
"We just worked with the same car we had here in ROP. Again the Red Bull Cheever Racing guys have given me a great car. I am flat out the whole way. The car is really good. We used two sets of tires today. The only thing that was stopping me was that we didn't have long enough gears and it was hitting the rev-limiter. Otherwise, the car was flying. I am very happy with today, we still have loads of tires to use and the car is stuck to the ground. (WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THE PAST THREE DAYS) I have been a spectator with Mr. Unser and Mr. Rutherford. I have learned a lot from them, watching from the outside of the track. I just need to put that to good use on Saturday."
Max Papis on Practice:
"Today was actually a very positive day for us. For the first time we had a good amount of time on track. We made some positive improvements. We definitely picked up on the speed with the No. 53 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti. We know exactly where we need to work on the car. We had a little too much downforce on the car, but we are at a good starting point. We have to find a little more speed for Saturday, but the confidence in the car is there."
The 86th running of the Indianapolis 500 starts at noon (EDT) Sunday, May 26. 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 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.