IRL: Indy500: Eddie cheever seveth fastest in thursday practice

Indianapolis, IN - 1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion Eddie Cheever Jr. and the ...

Indianapolis, IN - 1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion Eddie Cheever Jr. and the #51 Excite@Home Indy Race Team enjoyed another productive day of practice for the 84th running of the Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 28. Cheever posted the seventh quickest time of the day, touring the venerable 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit in 40.9706 seconds for a top speed of 219.670mph. Jimmy Vasser recorded the fastest lap of the day, marginally quicker than Cheever at 40.5989 seconds (221.681mph). Only one day of practice remains prior to pole qualifying for the "greatest spectacle in racing" on Saturday, May 20.

Cheever: "It was very, very windy out there today. It was probably the worst day for wind that we've had. We did four full tank runs and we're very happy with the #51 Excite@Home Infiniti. The car was a lot better, and we've put almost 500 miles on this engine with absolutely no problems. We didn't really see much point in going out and trying to set a time this afternoon. We're just going to sit down, look at the data, and take it from there tomorrow."

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Jimmy Vasser