IRL: Infiniti Indy, Atlanta Thursday Practice Notes

*Trackside Report, Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 presented by MCI WorldCom, Atlanta Motor Speedway* Practice -- Thursday, July 15 Infiniti power ran in the top five all day--and night--in practice for the Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 today at Atlanta...

*Trackside Report, Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 presented by MCI WorldCom, Atlanta Motor Speedway* Practice -- Thursday, July 15

Infiniti power ran in the top five all day--and night--in practice for the Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 today at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Eddie Cheever Jr. and Team Cheever represented Infiniti well on the 1.5-mile high-banked speedway by posting the fourth fastest lap in the afternoon session, and the third fastest lap in the evening session.

Qualifying for the starting grid of the 208-lap race, will take place at 6 p.m. (EDT) tomorrow and be televised live on Speedvision. The Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 race will be televised live on Fox Sports Net on July 17 starting at 7:30 p.m. (EDT.)

Eddie Cheever Jr., No. 51 Team Cheever/Children's Beverage Group Infiniti/Dallara/Goodyear: "This circuit is very fast. Qualifying is futile out here. You just have to tow all day. Pit stops, tows and fuel strategy, that's it. This is going to be one of the most exciting races of the year. I wouldn't be surprised if there were two trains. One high, one low, five to six cars long. We just have to work on the tows, but the car is good."

Practice Highlights

(afternoon) 1. Sam Schmidt, 215.577 2. Scott Goodyear, 215.345 3. Mark Dismore, 215.045 4. Eddie Cheever Jr., 214.056 5. Scott Sharp, 213.853

(evening) 1. Sam Schmidt, 216.078 2. Scott Goodyear, 215.354 3. Eddie Cheever Jr., 215.157 4. Scott Goodyear, 215.148 5. Mark Dismore, 214.960

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Scott Sharp , Mark Dismore , Scott Goodyear , Sam Schmidt