Friday Practice: 10th 40.5470 seconds 221.965mph CHEEVER TENTH-FASTEST IN FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR POLE QUALIFYING Indianapolis, IN - Eddie Cheever Jr. piloted his ...
Friday Practice: 10th 40.5470 seconds 221.965mph
CHEEVER TENTH-FASTEST IN FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR POLE QUALIFYING
Indianapolis, IN - Eddie Cheever Jr. piloted his #51 Excite@Home Infiniti to the tenth-fastest lap on the final day of practice prior to pole qualifying on Saturday, May 20. Cheever, the 1998 Indianapolis 500 Champion, toured the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 40.5470 seconds for a top speed of 221.965mph in his Firestone-shod Dallara. Cheever, who has ranked in the top ten every day since practice began on May 13, drew the nineteenth and fifty-second qualifying slots for the #51 Excite@Home back-up car and the #51 Excite@Home primary car, respectively.
Cheever: "The last day before qualifying is always very difficult because you have to find a balance in both cars, so if one fails you have the other. We went out in our #51 Excite@Home primary car earlier today and it was the most difficult session we've had so far. We were wrong on the settings, the weather changed, and we didn't really find anything until we went to the back-up car, which handled like a jewel. We took all of that information off the T-car and put it on the primary car for our late afternoon run, but I'm still not happy with it. I'm having a continuous argument with the #51 Excite@Home primary car. My chief mechanic Owen Snyder is trying to get us to kiss and make up, but I'd like to divorce her for this weekend. I'm glad that we have one car that's running very well, but the other one is a little bit dubious right now."