IRL: Indy500: Cheever quick again, rain stops Goodyear

Indianapolis, IN (May 7, 2001) - ...

Indianapolis, IN (May 7, 2001) - #51 Excite@Home driver Eddie Cheever Jr. was among the pacesetters again on the second day of practice for the 85th Indianapolis 500, posting the sixth fastest lap at 220.037 mph. Teammate Scott Goodyear, fourth quickest yesterday with a 220.084 mph lap, logged only eight laps on Monday before rain ended practice early for the second straight day.

Eddie Cheever Jr:  #51 Excite@Home Indy Race Car

Position: 6th Speed: 220.037 mph Time: 40.9022 seconds

Cheever: "We did some more work on the #51 Excite@Home car for today but we're very unhappy with how it is handling. We can't get the back end to settle down. On a more positive note, we mileaged-out another Infiniti engine - this is the third 35A that we have put more than 500 miles on - and that's very encouraging. Scott was hoping to run his #52 car in the afternoon, but only got in eight laps before the downpour."

Scott Goodyear:  #52 Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti

Position: 33rd Speed: 212.301 mph Time: 42.3926 seconds

Goodyear (on Monday's rain-shortened practice): "From my standpoint, we didn't accomplish a whole lot today. I would have liked to have gone out there and done a little bit more running. We made one minor change overnight and it would have been nice to get a read on that but we got caught out by the thunderstorm. The weather rolled in a lot quicker than we thought it would. Eddie got some work done today and ran well again, and my anticipation was to get out there and have both cars in the top five again. Unfortunately, we only got a couple of laps in before the rain came in and drenched us."

On Cheever Indy Racing's preparation for qualifying: "We're in great shape. We ran strong yesterday, there's still more left in the car, and if we had to go out and qualify in two days from now, we'd be ready. Because of the rain, we're not behind, but we're not ahead. We'll just keep working on it. The panic usually doesn't set in for everybody until about Friday, since qualifying is on Saturday."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Scott Goodyear