*Trackside Report, Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 presented by MCI WorldCom, Atlanta Motor Speedway* Qualifying -- Friday, July 16 Infiniti Indy and Team Cheever earned 21st in qualifying tonight for the Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor...
*Trackside Report, Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 presented by MCI WorldCom, Atlanta Motor Speedway* Qualifying -- Friday, July 16
Infiniti Indy and Team Cheever earned 21st in qualifying tonight for the Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a qualifying lap of 210.674 mph.
Earlier in the day during a practice session, Cheever posted the seventh quickest time with a 213.794 mph lap.
The Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 race will be televised live on Fox Sports Net on July 17 starting at 7:30 p.m. (EDT.) In addition the Indy Racing Radio Network live broadcast can be heard on the Internet at www.indyracingleague.com.
Quotes: Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Team Cheever/Children's Beverage Group Infiniti/Dallara/Goodyear (Qualified 21st): "The car is very good in traffic. We've been able to do 215s (average miles per hour) consistently in traffic, but when we are by ourselves, we're absolutely stuck. I thought this qualifying was going to be tough. We thought we'd be doing a 213 tonight, so we're definitely surprised with 210. It is so easy to go flat here. It should be all about power and drag and I thought we had that figured out. I guess we're missing something."
About the Race: "We've started from the back before and had great results. It'll just be a long, hard race. Finding a drafting partner or partners will be key because it is the best way to keep your speeds up on a track that is so easy to get lapped on. After that, I'll just keep passing cars until there are not other cars to pass."
1. Billy Boat, 215.251 2. Greg Ray, 214.848 3. Sam Schmidt, 214.737 4. Mark Dismore, 214.669 5. Scott Goodyear, 214.362 6. Scott Sharp, 214.338 7. Davey Hamilton, 213.329 8. Jeff Ward, 213.321 9. John Hollansworth, 213.169 10. Robby Unser, 212.799 21. Eddie Cheever Jr., 210.674