Cheever and Scheckter in top Five of practice speeds In today's perfect track conditions, Tomas Scheckter and Eddie Cheever Jr. both broke the 230 mile per hour mark to land in the top five of the speed charts in practice for the Indianapolis ...
Cheever and Scheckter in top Five of practice speeds
In today's perfect track conditions, Tomas Scheckter and Eddie Cheever Jr. both broke the 230 mile per hour mark to land in the top five of the speed charts in practice for the Indianapolis 500.
Scheckter was third fastest of the day, and overall, at 231.600 mph in the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti. Eddie Cheever Jr. was fifth fastest at 230.882 mph in the No. 51 car.
Max Papis only completed six laps early today in the No. 53 car when a loose oil fitting dropped oil on the right rear tire, sending the car into a spin. Papis was unhurt in the accident and completed six shakedown laps in the No. 52 T car during the last hour of practice.
General Manager Richard Caron reported, "We are doing everything we can to repair his car even if it means working through the evening. As a back up plan he did a few laps in the 52T this afternoon to get comfortable in that car."
Eddie Cheever Jr. on Practice:
"A day like today is perfect for driving. The temperature, the amount of rubber on track, and the lack of wind all make for perfect conditions. It's a lot of fun to drive. You can really hang it out. Three of the four corners are a walk in the park. One of them, you're just hanging on (turn one)."
Tomas Scheckter on Practice:
"My day was very good. Today the conditions improved. The Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti is good. We are still saving a little bit for qualifying tomorrow. I did a four-lap run where I think most of them were over 231 (mph). Maybe one of those laps was with a tow. I think if you can get one lap flat out and the car is good then you can do four. It's a little bit different than what I am used to because it is not just a one off. You have to keep your concentration for four laps. (POLE PREDICTION) It depends on the weather. If it rains tonight it can be back down to 228, 229s. If it stays like this it will be the high 230s or low 231s."
Max Papis on Practice:
"I am very proud of the crew of the No. 53 car. They have worked very hard to get me up to speed this week. The accident today was very unfortunate, but these things happen. I am a fighter, and this is not going to slow me down. My plan is still to qualify in the top ten this weekend."
Eddie Cheever Jr. on His Two Rookie Drivers:
"There is only so much advice you can offer a rookie at the Indianapolis 500. The most important thing now is that we have so much data that the drivers can analyze. They can really look carefully at what other drivers are doing on track. We are sharing all of that material. I think both of our rookie drivers are doing a good job. They are complete opposites. Max is very methodical in his approach; Tomas drives a lot more on instinct and he is at a different point in his career. I think if they both have good, clean runs they will qualify very well. I am sorry that the team created a problem for Max. He was on schedule to be right up there in the speed charts."
Red Bull Cheever Racing's Formula One Connection:
It's not yet time for the U.S. Grand Prix, but at Red Bull Cheever Racing there are several Formula One Connections. All three drivers have a history in F1: Eddie Cheever Jr. raced in 132 Grand Prix events from 1978 to 1989, the most of any American driver. Max Papis drove in seven F1 races for Team Arrows in 1995. Tomas Scheckter was a test driver for the Jaguar F1 team early last season and is the son of 1979 Formula One World Champion Jody Scheckter. Additionally the team's partner Red Bull also sponsors the Arrows and Sauber F1 teams.
College Interns Learn the Trade with Red Bull Cheever Racing This Month:
Red Bull Cheever Racing is taking full advantage of summer interns for this year's Indianapolis 500. Kelly Kight, a junior from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, is working with the team's public relations staff, and Holly Helmling is a mechanical engineering intern from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. Both are getting valuable hands-on experience from their internships.
Kight said, "So far this has been a wonderful learning experience for me. Instead of having someone explain PR to me, I actually get to do it and see for myself how it works."
Helmling said, "I hope to learn a lot while I am here, and I hope this will help guide me to my future career."
Eddie Cheever Jr. (No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti) Qualifying Notes:
* Fastest Practice Lap as of May 10: 38.9810, 230.882 (5th)
* Number of laps completed this month: 233
* This will be Cheever's 13th attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. His best ever qualifying was second with a qualifying speed of 229.630 mph in 1992.
* Qualifying Draw: #51 - 10; #51T - 58
Tomas Scheckter (No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti) Qualifying Notes:
*Fastest Practice Lap as of May 10: 38.8601, 231.600 mph (3rd)
*Number of laps completed this month: 129
*This will be Scheckter's first attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.
*Scheckter has qualified fifth or better in all four IRL races this season, his rookie IRL Season.
* Qualifying Draw: #52 - 40; #52T - 36
Max Papis (No. 53 Red Bull Cheever Racing Infiniti) Qualifying Notes:
*Fastest Practice Lap as of May 10: 39.5273, 227.691 mph (28th)
*Number of laps completed this month: 228
*This will be Papis' first attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.
* Qualifying Draw: #53 - 16
Practice continues at 8 a.m. (EST) and 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.