IRL: Indy500: Infiniti Motorsports practice 2001-05-17

Indianapolis, Ind. (May 17, 2001) -- Infiniti's trio of drivers all went on track today in practice for the Indianapolis 500 on May 27. Robbie Buhl and Scott Goodyear both ended up in the top-five on the speed charts for the day. Buhl was...

Indianapolis, Ind. (May 17, 2001) -- Infiniti's trio of drivers all went on track today in practice for the Indianapolis 500 on May 27. Robbie Buhl and Scott Goodyear both ended up in the top-five on the speed charts for the day.

Buhl was fourth fastest of the day with a 220.222 mph lap, driving 37 laps in the No. 24 Team Purex/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Infiniti. Scott Goodyear, in the No. 52 Thermos Grill2Go Infiniti, drove more laps than any driver today, 81, and recorded the fifth fastest lap of the day at 219.959 mph. Eddie Cheever Jr. was 11th fastest in the No. 51 Excite@Home Infiniti with a 218.376 mph lap.

All three Infiniti drivers have qualified for the Indianapolis 500. Robbie Buhl is ninth on the provisional starting grid in the No. 24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Infiniti, while Scott Goodyear is 16th in the No. 52 Thermos Grill2Go Infiniti. Eddie Cheever Jr. is currently 30th in the No. 51 Excite@Home Infiniti.

Practice continues May 18 and 19 from Noon to 6 p.m. each day. Live television coverage includes a daily report on ESPN2 from 6 to 7 p.m. (all times EDT).

Robbie Buhl, No. 24 Team Purex/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force-Infiniti: "We had a good day. We accomplished everything we set out to do in practice today. We were focusing on our race setups, so we were pleased to see our times were so quick."

Scott Goodyear, No. 52 Thermos Grill2Go Cheever Indy Racing Dallara-Infiniti: "We spent the day concentrating on just running the fuel in race day position and race day setup. So far it has gone well. We made some positive changes since yesterday. It would have been nice to have this car for qualifying day, but if we can have it for the race day we will have something that works pretty good. We ran a lot of laps today. These long runs help us to learn more about the car."

Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Excite@Home Dallara-Infiniti: "Today we made progress with the handling. We had to stop because we had another electrical problem that forced us to stop early. We're not sure what it is but we are analyzing that now. It was a good day, we picked up a lot and we've learned something about the handling that we have been stuck on for about a week. We have three more days to get some mileage in and we've made changes in the alternator. So far it is running well, we'll keep our fingers crossed."

-IM

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl , Scott Goodyear
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing